Things to do
Nothing prepares you for the looming presence of the Palais des Papes. The world’s largest gothic palace, built when Pope Clement V settled in Avignon, is awe-inspiring. So is time spent by the beautiful 12th-entury Pont St Bénézet, made famous by the French nursery rhyme – savour its crumbly elegance as the Rhone sparkles beneath its arches.
Avignon makes a superb point of departure for sampling the riches of Provence. A private Rhone Valley wine tour or visit to the sweeping, scented lavender fields are sensory treats. Or why not take Les Grands Bateaux out onto the Rhone to get a fresh perspective on this evocative region.
FOOD & WINE
A luxury break in Avignon is guaranteed to be a gastronomic treat. Wonderful restaurants, bistros and cafés have perfected the flavours of Provence, the Mediterranean and beyond with market-fresh ingredients. From dining rooms set in 12th-century palaces to sun-drenched terraces and boho brasseries, fine dining is assured.