LE ROY RENÉ
Surrounded by young almond trees, the Fabrique du Roy René and the Musée du Calisson are just 10 minutes from the centre of Aix-en-Provence.
In this Mediterranean Sustainable Building-labelled venue built with enormous blocks of stone from the Gard, the visitor is suspended between the past and the present.
LE ROY RENÉ
Située à 10 minutes du centre d’Aix-en-Provence et implantée au milieu de jeunes amandiers, s’élèvent la Fabrique du Roy René et le Musée du Calisson. Dans ce lieu labélisé Bâtiment Durable Méditerranéen construit avec d’énormes blocs de pierres du Gard, le visiteur reste suspendu entre le passé et l’aujourd’hui.
- For grouped individuals on Wednesdays and Saturdays all year round
- 7/7 during French school holidays
- For groups of 9 people or more on request, all year round.
Possibility of free commented tasting from 9 to 40 people, please book ahead
THE WORKSHOP, THE CALISSON MUSEUM AND THE GARDENS
Come and discover the history and the century-old know-how of this family confectionery which has been famous since 1920.
Wander around the museum’s display cases filled with items which tell the story of this Maison and watch the confectioners busy in the workshops, hard at work making the famous Calissons d’Aix and Nougats de Provence, through large picture windows.
Around the factory, the Jardins du Roy René are home to a collection of 300 almond trees in production and a heritage orchard made up of 19 different Provencal varieties.
A large factory shop offers a wide range of specialties including the famous Calisson d’Aix, black and white nougat from Provence, herbal teas, syrups and the famous Roy René ice creams!
This museum in Aix-en-Provence is dedicated to local craftsmanship and an ode to the Calisson d’Aix, as well as to the know-how of the craftsmen who make exceptional confectionery there every day.
These skills are passed on from generation to generation, because these gestures can only be learned from those who came before them.
Our raw materials are the symbols of Le Roy René’s commitment to promoting short supply chains and the work of committed producers in our regions, and we select them carefully before using them in the recipes.
The confectioner’s white gold, the almond, comes from the Mediterranean basin as well as from Provence. The candied melon that makes up the calisson is grown in Cavaillon before being candied in Apt, the capital of candied fruit in the Vaucluse.
Proud of its terroir and its eco-system, the Confiserie du Roy René has established a partnership with Adapi Provence to protect an endemic species: the black bee of Provence,
Le Roy René purchased ten hives which were entrusted to a committed young beekeeper who is in charge of moving them around Provence according to the seasons and transhumance.
The honeys used in the white and black nougat recipes are IGP Provence.
The Hôtel de Caumont, in the heart of the Mazarin district, is a listed historical monument and an important place in the cultural life of Aix. It recreates the atmosphere and aesthetics which are characteristic of the 18th century
Open to all forms of art, the Hôtel de Caumont’s vocation is to hold two temporary exhibitions per year, dedicated to great names in the history of art.
📍3 Rue Joseph Cabassol – Aix-en-Provence
Château La Coste, which is both a wine estate and an art centre, is an invitation to plunge into the heart of the Aix countryside.
A hotel and two gourmet restaurants also welcome you in a pastoral setting.
Enjoy guided tours and an immersive tour of the vineyard which also features contemporary art.
📍2750 Route de la Cride – Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade
Victor Vasarely was a very remarkable artist in the history of 20th century art.
Vasarely became famous during his lifetime and stood out in contemporary art with the creation of a new trend: optical art.
His work is highly coherent, from the evolution of his graphic art to his determination to promote a social art, accessible to all.
📍1 Avenue Marcel Pagnol – Aix-en-Provence