Avignon Bridge with Popes Palace and Rhone river, Provence, France
Popes Palace in Avignon, France
France, Vaucluse (84), Châteauneuf du Pape
France, Vaucluse (84), Avignon, rue des Teinturiers
Musee Du Petit Palai near Pope palace in Avignon, France
Heritage and tasting in Avignon
How better to discover the Avignon region than by attending one of the greatest festivals of the Côtes du Rhône vineyards? During a cultural and gourmet weekend, survey the ‘city of popes’ before joining the Fête de la Véraison at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In an atmosphere of medieval festivities, when the warmth of summer ripens the grapes destined for the most prestigious bottles, it offers an unforgettable tasting of wine and delicacies of the region.
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To understand the history of the city of Avignon, begin with a morning visit to the Palais des Papes. Lunch on a terrace in the shade of plane trees in Place de l’Horloge before browsing through old Avignon via the streets around Rue de la République. Next, head up to Pont Saint-Bénezet, also known as Pont d’avignon, stopping by the Petit Palais museum. You’ll find a magnificent collection of Italian paintings covering three centuries of art. Head back to the vibrant centre streets for a balmy summer evening.
On your way to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, stop among the vineyards for wine and chocolate tasting at the Castelain chocolaterie. Founder Bernard Castelain’s primary goal was to create bespoke chocolate for this exceptional vineyard. Once you arrive in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the fête de la Véraison plunges you headfirst into a medieval atmosphere. Over 200 actors provide numerous shows with one on offer every evening. Essential Detail: be sure to buy your own glass for all the tastings!
Your second day offers an opportunity to witness one of the historical re-enactments in this former holiday resort of the popes. The large artisan market with medieval music is a spectacle in itself with acrobats, bird handlers and numerous workshops focusing on forgotten skills. The chateau in ruins almost comes alive in this intense, gourmet hustle and bustle. Let yourself be tempted by the restaurants and street stalls…
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