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Avignon or Aix?

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Avignon or Aix?

I only have a day and a half in Provence. Should I spend it in Aix or Avignon? This will be in October

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1. Re: Avignon or Aix?

Since you have not provided any idea of what types of things you would like to see and do, it is impossible to make a valid recommendation as to where you should stay. Also, it would help if you could tell us where you will be coming from, your next destination, and whether you will be travelling around via public transportation or intend to have access to a car.

I urge you to visit your local bookstore and look through a couple of good guides for the area, such as:

The Rough Guide: Provence

Cadogan Guide, Provence

Ulysses, Provence & the Cote d'Azur

Time Out, Provence

Hope to hear back from you soon.

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2. Re: Avignon or Aix?

Thanks!

I'll have a rental car and will be driving up from Antibes/Nice. Will be headed to Paris, probably on the train. Will drop off the car in either Aix or Avignon. I like history, culture, art.

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3. Re: Avignon or Aix?

If I had to choose between Aix and Avignon, I'd opt for Avignon. Hopever, when we are in Provence, we rare really not seeking an urban experience, as we really enjoy a smaller town or, better still, a true village as a base.

If you want a small town, I urge you to consider St. Remy, as it has wonderful Roman ruins nearby and is but a 12-15 minute drive to Les Baux (Medieval ruins) and only about 35 minutes from Arles (more wonderful Roman ruins and a wonderful museum devoted to Provencal culture that was established by Mistral himself..

If you would consider a true village experience, check out Maussane-les-Alpilles. It sits just below Les Baux, amidst thousands of acres of vinyards and groves of olive trees - the valley is surounded by craggy limestone peaks, Les Alpilles (little Alps), is only a 12 - 15 minute drive to St. Remy, and is has some wonderful restaurants.

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4. Re: Avignon or Aix?

wonderful! thanks for the info

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5. Re: Avignon or Aix?

I second Avignon though you will probably drive around Aix on you way from Nice.

I always get lost in Aix as they always seem to be doing roadworks there - last week I nearly left the car there and caught a bus out!

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6. Re: Avignon or Aix?

If you do go to Aix, do not waste time looking for a parking place on the street as there are few. Accept the fact that you will be using a paid parking lot and pull into the first one you see, it´s very easy to walk around the city center.

Just look for the blue square signs with a white ¨P¨ in the center.

Same for central Avignon but there are a good number of free parking lots just outside of the old city walls.

Edited: 26 February 2010, 17:04
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7. Re: Avignon or Aix?

I second Avignon. A day and a half? Is that just one or two nights? We were amazed how different we found the atmosphere in Avignon during the day (the French at work) versus at night (the French at play). Wonderfully medieval setting you know. Have fun.

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