Small in size, Avignon has all the makings of a big city! Capital of the Vaucluse, the city of the Popes reigns unchallenged over the History of Provence thanks to its flamboyant past. More than 70 years of Popes’ presence have shaped its architecture with the largest Gothic palace in Europe, 120 chapels and churches spread throughout the city walls and a 4 km long wall that make it one of the most intact fortified cities. Its bridge, of which only four arches remain spanning the Rhône, is known throughout the world and children of all nationalities dream of one day going to dance and sing on the centuries-old edifice.
Nestled in the heart of the Vaucluse, Avignon is the ideal starting point for all your discoveries in Provence. Closely linked to the Popes who introduced the cultivation of the vine, you will love discovering this priceless vineyard that is Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Its vines, warmed by the orange-coloured pebbles, spread out as far as the eye can see on its promontory, the ruins of the castle contemplate the Rhone plain.
To intoxicate your senses, if wine is an ideal companion, cultural and artistic emotions are no less so. Land of festivals and museums, Provence offers you all the palettes of discovery: theatre in July in Avignon, but also Photographic Encounters in Arles, Son et Lumières at the Carrières de lumières in Les Baux de Provence, lyrical art at the Chorégies d’Orange. Under the starry vault, experience a unique musical and artistic evening to the sounds of cicadas.
A land of colours, Avignon and the Vaucluse are full of a thousand faces. In the heart of the Luberon, discover the Ochres of Roussillon and the Provencal Colorado, marvel at the multicoloured facades of the typical villages that line the small roads of the Vallis Clausa. And pick, sensibly, bouquets of blue lavender in one of the many fields along your route on your way to the Abbey of Sénanque.
Between exceptional heritage, preserved nature and artistic awakening, your stay in Avignon promises to be a unique sensory experience.