Day Trip to the Med from Avignon?

May 8th, 2006, 12:15 PM
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Day Trip to the Med from Avignon?

We're staying just north of Avignon this July. One of our travelling companions really wants to visit the coast. Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer is about a 1.5 hour drive but gets mixed reviews. Cassis is about a 2 hour drive (depending on traffic) and would seem to be worth the effort. Any ideas for a day trip to the coast that wouldn't have us in the car all day?
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May 8th, 2006, 12:42 PM
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If you leave early, you'll be south by 10:30am-11am. Spend the time at either, then return late evening.

St. Maries de la Mer is a typical beach community and will be crowded during the summer, but nearby is the lovely walled city of Aigues Mortes... about 40-minutes West.. we loved it.

Likewise at Cassis during summer will be crowded, but if you want to see the Med, you've got to drive there. So plan for a full day at either of these destinations; have dinner (which doesn't have to be the usualy 7:30pm seating, rather a cafe) in the areas and return to Avignon after.

Reminder, in France in summer it doesn't get dark till almost 10pm, so getting back to Avignon should be a non-event.
 
May 8th, 2006, 01:22 PM
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Thank you. Good point regarding day light. We can plan on some very long days and still not have to drive home in the dark.
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May 8th, 2006, 11:20 PM
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Hi

Aigues Mortes (no longer on the coast !) and nearby Grau de Roi are worth a visit. Grand Motte is a 60's architect vision of the future - either love it or hate it. If you want sandy beaches think Camargue, L'Espiguette and grand Travers.

In July, it is better to avoid the peak traffic times.

Peter

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May 9th, 2006, 12:06 AM
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To add to Peter's caution.... NEVER drive to Les Saintes, Aigues Mortes or the beaches on a Saturday or Sunday in the summer. The return trip could take you as long as four hours on the two lane roads through the Camargue.

Patricia
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May 10th, 2006, 05:49 AM
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Thanks, everyone. We will not go to the coast on a weekend. And we may try to go before Bastille Day. I understand that that is when places go from crowded to really crowded.
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May 10th, 2006, 01:37 PM
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Forget Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer. It's not worth the drive. Low brown and not very scenic. Cassis on other other hand is just lovely.
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May 10th, 2006, 09:53 PM
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Hi

just to add a little.

The main peak times are leaving the coast 16.00-18.00. Aigues Mortes now has a better road, but it is still very slow in the peak times. Better to leave early or late. Parking can be a problem in the popular spots.

All these towns are very busy in summer. I only visit them by boat in July / August. And there are problems with space in the marinas, too !

Peter




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