Once I learned Aix-en-Provence was nicknamed the city of a thousand fountains, I started keeping an eye out and it seemed like fountains were popping up everywhere we walked!
Though there aren’t quite a thousand, there are quite a few, so it wasn’t hard to catch them as we explored Aix. Some are obvious and grand, while others are just random (La Fontaine du Sanglier of a wild boar) or trying to blend in by going au naturel (Fontaine Mossue on Cours Mirabeau covered in moss).
Starting out on Cours Mirabeau, the town’s main avenue, there are four fountains. First, Fontaine de la Rotonde, the grandest of them all, looking extra festive as we were in town for Aix’s annual carnival in April. Walking down the street, we saw Fontaine des Neuf Canons, originally a trough for migrating flocks of sheep, and then Fontaine Mossue, a natural hot water fountain covered in moss. Capping off the promenade is a 19th century fountain on Good King René, blessing his people with culture, art and wine.
Here are a few more of my favorites I spotted around Aix.