Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is a lovely village that is just across the Rhone river from Avignon and is home to markets, performances and festivals throughout the year.
You can park near the La Tour Philippe le Bel and follow the well-marked walking trail that leads you through beautiful neighborhoods, parks and points of interest to Fort Saint-Andre.
Or you can follow the street signs and drive the main street and turn onto a VERY small street that takes you up to the Fort. Free parking is available next to Fort Saint-Andre.
On Thursdays there is a large outdoor market and many people are there so you may have the Fort and the abbey gardens mostly to yourself.
The admission to the Fort and the jardin can be paid separately. The abbey’s entrance to the beautifully maintained Italian gardens can be accessed just inside the fort and are well worth the small admission fee.
Beautifully preserved and laid out, you walk though a tranquil setting with magnificent views of Villeneuve and Avignon. You can easily spend an hour or two meandering in this setting.
Visiting lily ponds, chapels, statues and a garden setting that surprising is bigger than first perceived.
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