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Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Avignon

Dominated by the imposing Fort Saint-André, this charming medieval city faces Avignon, from which it can admire the Palais des Papes at all times, and enjoys a magnificent natural panorama of Mont Ventoux and the Alpilles. A city with an exceptional historical heritage and where it is good to stroll.

What makes this village special?

On the banks of the Rhône, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is a peaceful and dynamic town with an incredibly rich heritage! Lovers of old stones will have something to quench their thirst for culture. Two major buildings are worth seeing. The first being the Benedictine and royal abbey of Saint-André, a harmonious place that combines the art of gardens, a mosaic of heritage and the history of Provence since the 6th century. The sumptuous terraced gardens flourish between the remains of Romanesque churches and tombs. You can admire centuries-old olive trees and pines and Mediterranean plants, and an incredible view of Avignon! The abbey palace, remodeled in the 17th century, retains elegant vaulted rooms, wall paintings, a portal and a monumental staircase. There are many events around art and music at the abbey! A rare place not to be missed under any circumstances!

The second being the Chartreuse Notre-Dame-du-Val-de-Bénédiction, one of the most remarkable monasteries of the Carthusian order and a monument whose visit will delight most visitors. Founded by Pope Innocent VI in 1356, it has three cloisters, around forty monks' cells which now host artists in residence for writing and creation. The church, the Pope's tomb, the Saint-Jean chapel decorated with frescoes by Matteo Giovannetti, shows and events throughout the year make it an unmissable place to visit!

The Pierre-de-Luxembourg museum is not to be missed! Housed in a magnificent 14th century private mansion, it presents works from the abbey and the Charterhouse, as well as paintings from the French and Provençal schools of the 16th and 17th centuries.

There are many walks around the city, one of the most famous being that of the hill of Mourgues, in a wooded park of 8 hectares which offers views of Avignon, its Palace of the Popes, and Mont Ventoux.

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon also offers many activities, which will appeal to young and old. The market takes place every Thursday morning, and on Saturday morning an organic market and a flea market await you. The city takes part, in July each year, in the famous Avignon Festival and offers the Chartreuse Summer Meetings and the Villeneuve en Scène festival, specializing in traveling theatre.

Villeneuve is therefore an ideal vacation spot to enjoy nature just a stone's throw from Avignon and all the activities that the City of the Popes in turn offers!


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