Innsider’s Guide to Southern France
There’s more to the South of France than strolling along glamorous promenades and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. It’s also home to remarkable Roman architecture and incredible mountainous landscapes with winding rivers and stunning gorges (that also happens to produce some of the best wine in the world). We’ve pulled together some #innsider tips for those wanting to sample something a little off-piste.
For the explorers
The Pont du Gard on the Gardon River is an incredible three-tiered Roman aqueduct bridge that has significant historical importance. Standing at 49 metres high, this imposing structure is best admired from the water beneath. Kayaking directly under it is a truly unforgettable experience; make a day of it by storing a couple of towels and a picnic in your waterproof container provided with your kayak, pick one of the many secluded sandy spots and take a moment to chill out and work on that tan after all that paddling. Start your route from the nearby town of Collias and look out for the distinct green and yellow kayaks lined up at Kayak Vert: www.kayakvert.com
Other examples of majestic Roman structures include the iconic Theatre Antique d’Orange and the dazzling Arc de Triomple de l’Orange.
For the wine tasters
Hold your own with any wine connoisseur after a trip to the Côtes du Rhône vineyards. Located within the region is the small village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which, as hinted in the name, has deep roots in papal history. Even getting a name check in the movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, this world-class wine has existed since the 18th Century. One of the most classic vineyards is owned by Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, which is open for visits and wine tastings weekdays between 08:00-12:00 and 15:00-18:00. http://www.brunier.fr/pagesgb/accueil.php
For the city slickers
Famed for its legendary bridge, the city of Avignon is characterised by its rich history that lends to a truly unique atmosphere. Explore the streets of this ancient city by foot and discover numerous picturesque cobbled squares, facades of 18th Century mansions and typical streets still named after ancient professions, such as the Rue des Teinturiers (Dyers Street). There are 4 planned walks; The Doms Walk, The Joseph Vernet Walk, The Teinturiers Walk and The Carreterie Walk, which are all signposted and are indicated on the ground with coloured markers.
A place to stay
Our Park Inn by Radisson Orange hotel is conveniently located just 30km from Avignon Airport, and is also just minutes from the Côtes du Rhône vineyards. For more information, click here
Have you ever been to this historical region of France? Let us know your #innsider tips to help other planning a visit!