Avignon, the capital city of the Vaucluse is a town that is alive all year round. With its busy street life of street-side cafés, musicians, mime and dance, you will not be bored one minute. All this is set against a backdrop of medieval palaces, ramparts and churches, where you can explore the unique history of Avignon in the Middle Ages.
With a large selection of restaurants, cafés and bistros, you are never short of finding a good eatery in the city. The Michelin Starred La Vielle Fontaine is notably one of the best in town and definitely worth a visit if you are looking for something special. Restaurant Christain Etienne, another Michelin starred restaurant, is located right next to the Palais des Papes with food made from fresh Provencal produce and set menus of up to 7 courses.
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The Palais des Papes, the Pont d'Avignon and Villeneuve d'Avignon are the most popular sights to see in this wonderful city. Most of the main sights are located within the area bounded by the old city walls. The impressive Papal structures are to the north of the city and afford wonderful views over the River Rhone. Wander along any alley in the ancient medieval quarter, peering through wrought-iron gates and heavy wooden doors, and you will find magnificent patios with their stone staircases, galleries and arcades.
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The Avignon Festival in July is one of the most famous cultural manifestations in France, attracting artists and visitors from all over the world. There are various other activities other than sightseeing available during a trip to the area. Just a 25 minute drive from the city centre is Amazonia, a Jungle themed park where you can take the kids to have a little run around, have a go on a waterslide and burn off some energy. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a chef or just want to learn more about cooking then there are a few courses you can attend. The most noticeable are the cookery courses that take place in Les Halles where you start off wandering the market purchasing the fresh Provencal produce, and then cook and taste during a lesson from 9.30am to 1.30pm. There are lessons available for children too so the whole family can enjoy the experience.
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If you're looking to find a beach near Avignon, there is a small section of beach near the Pont du Gard, otherwise if you'd like to swim in the sea, head south to the Carmague and places like Maries de la Mer.
There are a number of golf courses within driving distance of Avignon. Le Golf de Barbentane is the closest, with a 6 hole course.
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If you want a casual drink or bite to eat, Rue des Teinturiers is lined with various cafés and in the summer the large sycamores provide some cool and much needed shade. L’offest is a café and restaurant is favourite by locals, with outside seating on Rue des Teinturiers itself. La Tachedencre is a café-theatre that will be slightly different to your average dining experience, with performances and entertainment every night ranging from theatre to comedy to music, it is at 1 Rue Tarasque.
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