The City of Popes works its incomparable charm through its mediaeval lanes, its Renaissance mansions and its pretty squares. Les Collectionneurs offer a selection of hotels and restaurants in and around Avignon, an unmissable stop during a stay in Provence.
Relaxation and escape are the watchwords of this town of art and history located close to some of France's main cities. Thanks to its TGV station, Avignon is easily accessible from Marseille, Lyon or Paris. Located on the confluence of the Rhone and Durance rivers, the capital of the Vaucluse, called Avenio in Roman times, offers a real journey through time. Avignon has developed in step with religion since the Middle Ages. The Popes' Palace, the emblem of the town, is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and began construction in 1335 under the imperative of two popes keen to build, Benoît XII and his successor, Clément VI, going on to become the largest Gothic palace in Europe. Close by, the Cathedral of Notre Dame des Doms built in 1150 seems to keep sentry over the town. The museum of the Petit Palais located nearby houses a beautiful collection of paintings the early Italian painters. Another cultural stop is the Calvet Museum, also known as the Avignon Museum of Fine Art and Archaeology, housed in a beautiful 18th century mansion.
Ideal for an idle stroll through cobbled lanes, the old town of Avignon stretches from the Place de l'Horloge with its Town Hall to the picturesque Rue des Teinturiers, along the banks of the Sorguette via the Opera theatre and the Palais du Roure. The ramparts of Avignon, the second-longest continuous wall in the world after the Great Wall of China, are accessed from the Rocher des Doms. This steep site marks the birthplace of the town. With its pleasant gardens, take a moment to enjoy the serenity. Below, a river shuttle crosses the Rhone to reach Barthelasse Island which offers a breathtaking view of the papal city and the famous Avignon Bridge, whose real name is Saint-Bénézet Bridge and was built starting from the 12th century. On the opposite bank, the Saint-André fort at Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, is worth the detour. Travellers will enjoy wandering around the Chartreuse, a mediaeval monastery classified as a historic monument, before visiting the Abbey of Saint-André and its "Remarkable Garden" as well as the Philippe-le-Bel tower.
Though Avignon is lovely to visit in all seasons due to its mild climate, the town becomes a cultural magnet in July. Since 1947, the Avignon festival has been attracting live performance lovers with its plays performed in the main courtyard of the Popes' palace or in the gardens or cloisters of Avignon's churches.
The Provencale lifestyle is steeped in its special sweetness. The establishments selected by les Collectionneurs are no exception to the rule. Every hotel address, with its own unique identity, is an invitation to sensual delight. Nestled in a Provencal mas or a typical south-eastern bastide, these charming hotels and guest houses welcome their guests in a cosy and friendly environment. Travellers are sure to enjoy relaxing in the spacious and comfortable rooms and suites. Quality bedding, elegant decor and delicate linens create an enchanting environment. High-end services such as in-room wifi connection or flat-screen cable TV are also included. The variety of rooms is able to respond to the expectations of every traveller. Families will appreciate the communicating rooms or an apartment with a terrace, whilst couples will be delighted with a superior double room with bathroom and their very own jacuzzi.
To facilitate the organisation of your stay, most of these establishments offer room service, dry cleaning and access to the private car park reserved for guests. Some special services such as baby-sitting on request are generally offered. Also note that these hotels all accept online reservations!
On the border of the Gard, the city of Avignon enjoys a privileged location for those wishing to discover Provence or Occitania. Nature lovers will enjoy walking the paths of Mont Ventoux, the neighbouring Luberon or the nature reserve of the Alpilles further south. From the foot of the Cévennes where the Pont du Gard is located to the Rhone valley, landscapes of vineyards and olive or lavender fields stretch out, studded with picturesque villages. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the "antique shop village", Lourmarin, Séguret or Venasque overlooking the plain of Carpentras all promise beautiful walks.
The establishments selected by les Collectionneurs advise their guests on ideas for day trips or sporting activities such as golf, horse riding or canoeing in the surrounding area. Winelovers must book a hotel in Provence-Alpes-French Riviera so that they can take the time to meander through the vineyards of the Côtes-du-Rhône from Châteauneuf-du-Pape to Beaumes-de-Venise via Gigondas. After a fantastic excursion, there can be nothing better than relaxing by an outdoor swimming pool in the summer or enjoying the wellness area of a spa hotel with steam room, sauna, whirlpool and indoor swimming pool.
Provençal gastronomy deploys a blend of Mediterranean colours and flavours infused by the rich flavours of the fertile region. Aromas of thyme and rosemary and the sweetness of olives and vegetables from the kitchen garden combine with the audacity of passionate restaurateurs. The excellent establishments of les Collectionneurs share a love of lively, creative cuisine. Their chefs offer authentic cuisine which travellers can explore from the comfort of a bistro terrace or in an auberge nestled amongst verdant greenery.
To allow the restaurateurs and hoteliers of our community to once again share special moments with you, and welcome you under the best possible conditions in their establishments, specific COVID-19 health measures have been adopted along with additional measures to best adapt these policies to their unique type of operations. For details of the health policies implemented, please contact the particular establishment directly.
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