Avignon is home to the Palace of the Popes and other 14th Century church buildings, a good base for trips to St Remy ruin sites, Roman Arles, back road cycling, and lavender country hiking.
Chateneauf du Pape Wine Village
Avignon is close enough to Chateneauf du Pape for a day trip to the vineyards.
The Popes who resided in Avignon had summer retreats in Chateneuf where they built estates and vineyards,. The regionon on the east side of the Rhone is now noted for it wines.and tasting vineyards. The Romans started the wine trade here with a local grape. The famous Chateneurf du Pape wine is a blend of that grape and several imported grapes.
From City of and the village of are less than an hour away by auto towards the east.
To the west, Arles is a half hour drive, Nimes another 20 minutes .
Cavaillon is a 15 minute drive south.
St. Remy and the Roman Ruin of are a half hour drive south.
L'Isle-sur-la-Sourgue is a half hour drive south east of Avignon and noted for its antique fair Easter Week and for its many antique dealers.
Many short trips in all directions lead to interesting towns such as Chateuneuf du Pape to the north, noted for many tasting vineyards and a wine museum. The ruins of the Chateau are just a short distance south of Orange were you find Roman ruins. Twenty miles north of Arles, the Castle at Tarascon is located on the Rhone River, not far south oj Avignon.
South of Arles, the Camargue occupies a large flat expanse of grassland along the Rone River Delta
Avignon's Palace of the Popes, built by French Popes during the 1300s
Avignon and Arles
Avignon offers a short drive to Arles where you find Roman ruins along the Rhone River. There are other ruins at Fontviellie and at St. Remy where the GR-6 hiking trail leads to the Roman Ruin of Glanum.
Between Fontviellie and Arles, the Romans built a grain mill powered by water. The remains of the Aqueduct are still in place with a hiking trail beside them. The Roman aqueduct fed the Roman grain mill near Chateau de Barbegal, not far from the Daudet stone windmill.
Avignon is on the northern edge of the Alpilles mountains 15 miles north of Fontvieille and Les Baux.