Whatever the season, whether in spring, summer, autumn or winter, Avignon is always full of resources and offers its visitors quality moments thanks to various events and activities adapted to every season. It is up to them to choose the time that best fits their needs and desires.
Avignon: a mild climate in the South!
Happy and successful holidays go together with well-being, tranquility, comfort, etc., but above all with pleasant weather conditions. Therefore, it is important to choose one’s destination based on this factor and thus determine the best times to visit a specific place. Avignon, just an attractive destination in the south of France, in the Vaucluse (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region), and installed on the left bank of the Rhône. This Provencal town offers a wonderful climate throughout the year despite the Provencal breeze which is appreciated by the way. Avignon has a warm temperate climate, with a minimum temperature of 20°C during 6 months a year and an average temperature of 13.7°C all over the year. It is a place where winters are less harsh than elsewhere in France, with more abundant rainfall than in summer. In addition, Avignon only receives an average annual rainfall of 698mm. July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 22.9°C, while the coldest period is in January, with an average temperature of 5.2°C. As an interesting aside, Avignon is also one of the least polluted cities in the South, where the air is still better compared to neighboring towns.
Winter in Avignon: a Christmas like no other
To change a bit from winter holidays at snowy mountains, why not spend them under Avignon’s soft sunshine? Whether you plan a long stay or a weekend break, Avignon is an ideal place for an excellent stay that is both unusual and atypical. Families, couples, or even single people, there is sure to be something for everyone thanks to a variety of activities and entertainments. There is of course the unavoidable visit of the city of the popes and its famous bridge known worldwide thanks to the children song, a tour that allows visitors to discover Avignon medieval history, admire important monuments of the city, and take part in events and activities within the edifice: the workshops of the Popes’ Palace, cruises on the River Rhone, entertainment in the courtyard of the palace, and all kinds of tastings… But winter in Avignon is really unique, especially during Christmas holidays. During this period, the city offers a beautiful sun with a temperature that recalls the spring, and as a Christmas tree, autumn trees are decorated in a very original way. Avignon is also known for its Christmas figurines, a specialty of Avignon artisans, which are sold on Christmas markets. It should be noted that the 25th edition of the Santon fair will take place this year from 19 to 20 November.
Spring and autumn in Avignon: discovering nature at Epicurium
In Avignon, nature shows its beautiful colors in spring and autumn. During these seasons, the opportunity to do attend the Festival of Nature must not be missed. It is held across France, but is also very present at Epicurium in Avignon. Epicurium is a unique place in Europe. Located only minutes from the historic center, Epicurium is a living museum of fruits and vegetables set in a huge garden of over 8,000 sqm which consists of greenhouses, orchards, vegetable gardens, beehives, etc. It offers visitors recreational and educational means of discovering the history of fruits and vegetables from seed to plate: a real sensorial and interactive visit for the whole family! The aim is to introduce the visitors to new experiences and also to raise their awareness of the need preserve and protect nature.
Two events take place every year at Epicurium: one happens under the pleasant warmth of the spring sun, and the other under the shimmering autumn colors. This year will welcome the 5th edition of the Fête de l’Été and Fête de l’Automne (Summer and Autumn Festivals). During these festive days, guided tours, sensory experiences, games and activities, workshops and cooking demonstrations, farmers markets and other discoveries will await you.
Summer in Avignon: an idyllic romantic city
Avignon is a place to discover throughout the year, but the best time to visit is in summer, during which the city is bathed in a golden light. It really is the perfect time for a romantic getaway. There is plenty to see and do, between bike rides in the hilltop villages and the ochre of Luberon, visits to Avignon’s vineyards and cellars, wine tasting and other local products, candlelight dinners offered by varied restaurants, not to mention various events and summer festivals that are the hallmark of Avignon, including the famous Festival d’Avignon, which is by the way one of the largest cultural and artistic events in the world. This unmissable event for all arts and culture lovers is held annually in July. For the 70th edition of the Festival d’Avignon, there will be theater, dance, music, exhibitions of plastic arts…
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