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Greentraveller's Guide to Avignon, South of France

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 03:07 on Monday 28 September 2015

As part of our series of Greentraveller's Guides to European cities reachable by train, we have produced a guide to Avignon, the gateway to Provence in the south of France.

Ancient cobbles, gothic church spires, arched bridges sweeping over the Rhône, medieval ramparts (still intact) encircling the old city: it’s easy to see why people flock to Avignon. But alongside all this historical splendour – of the Palace of the Popes and the Place d l’Horloge – Avignon is a modern city with a vibrant theatre scene, an extraordinary gastronomic legacy, and a relaxed pace of life befitting a city which basks in sunshine 300 days a year.

Greentraveller's Guide to Avignon shows visitors how to make the most of the city's local scene, featuring local food and drink, places to stay, local attractions, activities, and how to travel to and around the city by public transport, including in-depth information on how to travel from London to Avignon by train.

Written by Florence Fortnam (right), the guide highlights some of city's greenest places to stay, chosen for their commitment to reducing their draw on energy, encouraging guests to use more sustainable forms of low carbon transport, and sourcing local, seasonal food. 

Florence writes: "Alongside the city's historical splendour – of the Palace of the Popes and the Place d l’Horloge – Avignon is a modern, living, breathing city, with a vibrant theatre scene, an extraordinary gastronomic legacy, and a relaxed pace of life befitting a city which basks in sunshine 300 days a year.

"Quietly respectful of its historical past, Avignon is also making great efforts to plant itself firmly on the environmentally-conscious map, catapulting this UNESCO world heritage site into a new, greener era."
Avignon's historic centre. Photo: Avignon TourismeAvignon's historic centre. Photo: Avignon TourismeThe guide highlights some of the city's greenest places to stay in Avignon, including a fabulous hotel with cookery school and Michelin-starred chef, a lively hostel serving great regional wines in the downstairs bar, and a welcoming B&B, just a stone's throw from the train station.

Florence has chosen some of the best places to eat in Avignon, from laid-back cafés where you can curl up with a book and a cuppa and a generous slab of cake on the side, to a bright and fun restaurant specialising in cheese: try the goat’s cheese herb gratin for starter, or the roasted duck with Manchego sauce for afters. There are also some fabulous wine cellars to explore...
One of the city's wine cellars. Photo: Avignon TourismeOne of the city's wine cellars. Photo: Avignon Tourisme
We've also included a sprinkling of local attractions in Avignon, from markets housed in the famous Les Halles where you can pick up wonderful local produce, to fascinating museums and lovely green spaces. We've also selected a handful of activities in Avignon such as walking tours, wine tasting, and festivals and events. 

Hop on a bike tour to explore the city. Photo: Avignon TourismeHop on a bike tour to explore the city. Photo: Avignon TourismeGreentraveller's Chief Executive, Richard Hammond, says: “We hope this Greentraveller’s Guide to Avignon will help visitors make the most of their time in this wonderful city in a way that utilises the city's many convenient car-free options whilst bringing local economic benefits.

"This guide is the latest of our online visitor guides for cities easily reachable by rail from the UK that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch."

>> Greentraveller's Guide to Avignon

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Posted by Florence Fortnam

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