Chateauneuf du Pape lies in the heart of the Vaucluse region, 19km to the north of Avignon and 10km south of Orange. It is of course, most famous for the wine it produces, but the village itself is also worth a trip, with its pretty medieval lanes and ruined castle.
The town's history dates back to the 12th century when it was called Castrum Novum. When the Popes moved to Avignon in the 14th century, they built the castle which became their summer residence throughout that century. The castle was destroyed in the 16th century during the Wars of Religion, and again in World War II.
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