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Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

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Brighton, England
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Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

If you had only time to visit one of these, which would you choose. They are both equidistant from where we are staying and neither of us have ever visited either of them before.

Thank you

California
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for Grasse
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1. Re: Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

I'd choose Avignon.

Utrecht, The...
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2. Re: Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

Avignon

Vancouver, Canada
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reviews: 57
3. Re: Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

I'd choose Avignon as well.

Le Bugue, France
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for Dordogne
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4. Re: Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

Moi aussi.

Destination Expert
for Provence
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5. Re: Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

Here's another vote for Avignon.

Bedoin, France
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6. Re: Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

Yes Avignon.

Sydney, Australia
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7. Re: Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

I think it may depend on the time of year.

We visited Avignon in early July. Although the Palace of the Popes was interesting, I though that both it and the town were rather too over-packed with tourists.

We visited Aix in May. Although the Cours Mirabeau had plenty of visitors, the very attractive historic centre did not seem to be full of them.

Going against the flow, my preference is Aix.

Los Angeles...
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8. Re: Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

Avignon for the Papal Palace and historical architecture. Aix to stroll the pretty town and hang out.

Destination Expert
for Provence
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9. Re: Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

Also, keep in mind that Avignon is a real "foodie" town, with lots of great restaurants that are known for their wonderful "local / regional" cuisine -ncluding several, either in or near the city, that have Michelin stars'

florida
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10. Re: Avignon or Aix-en-Provence?

Jumping in here: I hope OP doesn't mind, as I'm trying to make the same decision.

Which is more likely to have a restful, quiet place to stay (without car)? Which has a more relaxed ambience? (I'm assuming Aix?) Our trip will be in late June probably.

Is public transportation (to other towns) as easy from Aix as from Avignon?

We're both academics (in our 70's/80's now). We enjoy university towns. Does Aix give that feeling? Or not so much in summer?

Many thanks.