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Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
Day Trips from Avignon: Touring France by Car
Set on the spectacular Rhone river in France’s Provence region, Avignon is one of the country’s most impressive cities, with reams of history in its magical buildings.
Once the center of Roman Catholicism, the city was left with majestic structures that represented its religious power, in particular the World Heritage listed Palais des Papes.
Once you have discovered the magnificent beauty of this prestigious city, why not explore the surrounding region in all its natural beauty and historic prowess by taking unforgettable day trips from Avignon. By touring France by car you can explore the heart of the Provence Region’s incredible countryside at your own pace and discover tucked-away villages and towns that make France simply delightful.
Here are some of the most amazing destinations within a short drive from Avignon:
Driving distance from Avignon: 30 minutes
Known for being the town where Van Gogh painted “Starry Night”, Saint Remy is a picture-perfect village that dates back to the ruins of its circular 14th century town wall. Its stunning Gallo-Roman interior features medieval buildings and ancient cobblestone streets. Take a walk through the streets and stop off at the many shops selling Provencal items, including regional pottery and sunflower plates inspired by Van Gogh himself.
Driving distance from Avignon: 40 minutes
Known as the “Island City”, the L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau in the plains of the Comtat Venaissin. The city is known for its colorful hues and stunning country landscape, with a green canal that runs through the heart of the city that is usually lined with sparkling flowers. Walking along the narrow ancient streets is a real treat, as they criss-cross the canal on little bridges that lead to more alleyways. Many of the stunning mansions of the city have been converted into stunning galleries and museums, giving visitors an insight into the city’s marvelous buildings.
Driving distance from Avignon: 1 hour
The breathtaking drive between L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Roussillon is a memorable one, taking you through the rolling hills of the province and along the corkscrew bends of the mountainside road. Considered one of the most impressive villages in France, Roussillon is painted with the beautiful pinks of the cliffs and greens of the countryside landscape. Most of the buildings are made of red rocks and have red roofs, distinguishing the village from the others in the region.
Driving distance from Avignon: 2 hours
Balanced on a precarious cliff face, Monstiers-Ste-Marie is a town known for its world-famous ceramics. Dating back to the fifth century, the village is one of the most charming in the region and features a 12th century church, Notre Dame de l’Assomption, which was made of the pink volcanic rock found in this region.
Driving distance from Avignon: 40 minutes
Another picturesque rocky village, Le Baux-de-Provence dates back to medieval times. The village, which has been named one of the most beautiful in France, features a stunning fortified castle and impressive views across the region. The village also has a number of interesting museums for those looking to learn more about the village’s past.
Driving distance from Avignon: 35 minutes
Known to locals as “cours”, Cavaillon is a laidback Provencal town with beautiful streets perfect for shopping and wandering. The village will often have events taking place in the city center, including a large merry-go-round. The most beautiful part of the town is the old center, with pedestrian streets for walking and sights such as the Canal St Julien there to be enjoyed.
Planning Your Trip to Provence
If the breathtaking region of Provence is on your next itinerary, you’re sure to enjoy a few day trips outside of Avignon. Begin your journey in the historic city center, then set out and explore with your Avignon car rental! Kemwel provides great travel deals on whatever you may need, from transportation to comfy accommodations and more. Check out our rates online or give us a call at 1-877-820-0668 to start planning your next trip to Provence today.