We are planning on spending a week or so visiting southern France prior to our cruise which departs out of Barcelona. We will have a rental car so will need a place with parking. We would like to experience a more relaxed atmosphere but still have enough places to purchase food whether we prepare it or is prepared for us. On our must see list is the Pont du Gard and other Roman spots and also the medieval elements of Carcassone. We have a port day from Marseilles so we do not want to go too far east. Would Montpellier be a good place to use as a base for the week? Or are there other towns/cities that would work out better? We also would like to explore vineyards.
We do not have our flights as they are not available. We are possibly looking at flying into Charles De Galle and then taking the fast train to Avignon and renting the car there OR flying to Barcelona and renting the car there and then would be able to return the car to original place to save drop off fees. Price and schedule will determine a lot of this. We will be flying around Easter next year so may need to come earlier to save money on flights. Will that make this part of France more crowded?