During the annual music festivals, the varied contemporary showcase of Aix en Musique (June) and the Festival International d’Art Lyrique (opera and classical concerts; last two weeks of July), the alternative scene – of street theatre, rock concerts and impromptu gatherings – turns the whole of Vieil Aix into one long party. Tickets and programmes are available from the festival offices in the Palais de l’Ancien Archevêché on place des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance ( t 04 34 08 02 17, w festival-aix.com).

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