Aix-en-Provence  
 
Shaped by nature and washed by the tides of history, Aix-en-Provence was once a crossroads between south and north, Mediterranean and Alps, Italy and Spain. "Sleeping beauty" for over a hundred years, it owes its promotion among the global crossroads to a "not-always-benign" political neglect that it suffered in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Re-awakening in the mid twentieth century, Aix (re)-discovers that its fountains, Roman and pre-Roman stones, its labyrinthine medieval streets, rectified and gentrified by gracious seventeenth and eighteenth century mansions, and to its incomparable "Cezannian countryside", charms neither withered by age, staled by custom, nor ignored by the tourists. Between revolutionary times and the second half of the twentieth century its cafés, churches, cathedral, festivals, and museums today attract admirers from the world over and, crowning irony, the Paris-Marseille main-line railway wich snubbed it rudely a century and a half ago, has bestowed upon it its own T.G.V. station, a tribute to the effects of its beauty slumber ?

Tourist Office Aix-en-Provence
2, place Général de Gaulle - BP 60
13605 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1
tel. : +33 (0)4 42 16 11 61 - Fax : +33 (0)4 42 16 11 62

www.aixenprovencetourism.com
www.provencelive.com (Practical information in English)
 
Pertuis    
Nestling around the remnants of its medieval fortifications, buffeted by constant and vicious rivalry between church, barony, and merchant, Pertuis has preserved many disparate fragments of its rich, varied, and turbulent past. Preferring the hustle and bustle of economic survival to the fate of neighboring "museum-villages", immaculate hostages to their age and beauty, Pertuis spilled over its ramparts in the 18th century, gaining a generous foothold in the "orchard-vineyard" countryside that lies between the Luberon and neighboring Durance river, the source of its earliest settlements. Pertuis' modern ramparts, unlovely commercial emporia, are an unpromising prelude to a glorious symphony of châteaux, villages, abbeys, and vineyards extending northwards to the calm majesty of the Luberon, inviting visitors to step outside time, where, in contrast to the town's turbulent history, muted colors, contours, and scents blend in the light of Provence and nourish the soul.

Tourist Office Pertuis
Place Mirabeau
84123 Pertuis
tel. : +33 (0)4 90 79 15 56 - Fax : +33 (0)4 90 09 59 06


www.pertuis.com
 
 
Salon-de-Provence    
 
Salon-de-Provence, carrefour de tous les échanges culturels du sud de la France, est implantée au croisement des routes d'Espagne, d'Italie et du nord de la France.
Située aux portes de la chaîne des Alpilles, proche du Parc régional du Luberon et petite voisine d'Avignon, d'Arles, de Marseille et d'Aix-en-Provence, Salon-de-Provence est un lieu privilégié pour séjourner dans la région et la visiter.
Le château de l'Empéri majestueux surplombe la vieille ville. Un des plus grands châteaux médiévaux de Provence, il accueille chaque été le Festival International de musique de Salon ainsi que le festival de théâtre "Côté Cour".
La ville commémore aussi la visite de Catherine de Médicis à son astrologue, Michel de Nostradame, dit Nostradamus et organise pendant 3 jours une reconstitution historique de l'évènement.
Associant modernité et tradition elle est l’hôte de la prestigieuse Patrouille de France ainsi que de l'École de l'Air mais aussi des Savons de Marseille qui, depuis trois générations, disposent, sur place des matières premières qui constituent la recette du meilleur savon au monde : huile d’olive des Alpilles, sel et soude de Camargue.

Office de Tourisme de Salon-de-Provence
56, Cours Gimo BP 70 167
13664 Salon-de-Provence
tél. : 04 90 56 27 60 - Fax : 04 90 56 27 09

www.visitsalondeprovence.com
   
  ATMIR Aix-en-Provence - Parc d'Ariane - bâtiment D - 11, Bd de la Grande Thumine - 13090 Aix-en-Provence
Administrative Office : Tel. : +33 (0) 442 952 718 - Fax : +33 (0) 442 952 720
   
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