Head to Provence for your holidays
at château de Grimaldi
The enchanting setting of the Château Grimaldi in Aix-en-Provence
Château Grimaldi is located in the Pays d’Aix in the heart of one of France’s most beautiful regions: ‘Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur’. Aix-en-Provence is sure to enchant you.
Aix-en-Provence and its surrounding region is located at the crossroads of the Alpilles, the Luberon, the Calanques and the Var, close to the Mediterranean sea and less than 2 hours from the nearby ski resorts of the Southern Alps. Its most well-known symbolic site is the Sainte-Victoire mountain and the 1,011 metre high ‘Pic des Mouches’. Its dominance and majesty were immortalised for the whole world by the work of the artist Cézanne.
Discover the endless riches of the region’s historical, religious, cultural and natural heritage, including the city of Aix-en-Provence, a city of art and history with many parks, gardens, manor-houses, chapels, churches, oratorios and the picturesque hilltop villages of its local countryside.
The cultural heritage of Aix en Provence
Aix-en-Provence is classified as a ‘City of art and history’ for its cultural and architectural heritage.
The city centre overflows with 16th and 17th century buildings, manor-houses and religious edifices that you will be able to admire during your visits. The famous ‘Cours Mirabeau’ offers magnificent views of the city’s most enchanting historic façades.
The city of Aix-en-Provence has a number of museums in which you will be able to discover the riches of the city’s artistic heritage. These include the Granet museum, the tapestry museum, the Vasarely foundation, the Hôtel de Caumont museum, all of which house wonderful collections of artworks, paintings and sculptures.
Culture and tradition surrounds you
Aix-en-Provence : a SPA town
In antiquity Aix-en-Provence was a spa town, Aquae Sextiae, reputed for its hot springs which remain active to this day. You will be able to enjoy genuine moments of well-being and relaxation here.
The Sextius Spa is located in the heart of the city and offers treatments using mineral spring water in a setting which has preserved the vestiges of the original Roman spa.
You can easily get there from Château Grimaldi by bus or car for a welcome relaxing moment during your holiday.
Discover Provence’s gastronomic delights during you stay at Château Grimaldi
You will be able to discover the culinary wealth of the region and the local specialities: pistou soup, daube provençale, pieds paquets and aïoli. You will love the local colour of the region’s famous dishes and gastronomic delights. In Marseille you can also discover the world-famous bouillabaisse.
Aix-en-Provence’s most famous culinary speciality is in fact a sweet: the ‘calisson d’Aix’. Calissons are made with almond paste and melon, and have been a local speciality since the 17th century.
Culture in the heart of Provence
The region is host to numerous annual cultural events, mainly centred on music and the arts.
One of the most famous is the International Opera Festival which has been held in Aix-en-Provence since the end of the second World War. This reputed international music festival was named Best Opera Festival at the 2014 International Opera Awards.
The Grand Théâtre de Provence is also located in Aix-en-Provence and regularly hosts magnificent ballet and contemporary dance performances along with wonderful classical music concerts.
And then there is the Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival which has built up a fine reputation for classical, baroque and jazz music over its 30 years of existence.
Nearby, Avignon hosts a theatre festival, the Festival d’Avignon in July every year.
In Arles, another Provencal town, the Rencontres d’Arles, a world-famous photography festival takes place every summer.