The striking French town of Avignon is an ancient city enclosed by walls that once kept out invaders from foreign lands. Tree-lined streets and mysterious passageways which reveal churches, museums, shops, restaurants and typical French squares to enjoy in the sunshine. The stately and large Palais des Papes makes for a great day trip or you can enjoy the gardens at Rocher des Doms, which overlook the Rhone Valley. The Provencal countryside is another great reason to visit the region. This fertile, green valley gives rise to wonderful produce which you can buy at local markets and shops. Les Halles indoor market, superb eateries and The Roman remains at Arles, the Pont du Gard and the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence are all great ways to spend your days in Avignon.
Enjoying some French wine from your hotel balcony or sipping coffee and sampling pastries in the early morning is another way to slow things down and truly appreciate your visit to France. Whether you enjoy a stroll along the river or head downtown to watch some theater or dance the night away at a nightclub, night-time entertainment is widely on offer in the area.
Avignon features a Mediterranean climate with four seasons. Winters in the region are mild, summers are hot and spring and fall the most temperate. The hottest months in the city are the summer months of June to August, while the coldest months are December to February, with day time highs on average of 51 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall is the wettest month of the year, with most rain falling during October. Summers are dry as well as hot so this is often a busy time of the year.
Hotel and airfare rates during fall and winter are likely to be the cheapest as this is off-peak time due to lower temperatures and higher rainfall. Like many European cities, Avignon experiences higher visitor numbers over the festive season, school vacations, special events and on weekends, so rates are likely to be higher during this time of the year. Avoid peak times in the summer if you want to take advantage of the lower rates but be aware that rainy days are common in fall and the cold may make it less enjoyable to tour during winter.