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Home base in Provence - Arles or Avignon?

Home base in Provence - Arles or Avignon?

Aug 16th, 2009, 05:46 PM
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Home base in Provence - Arles or Avignon?

We're thinking of renting an apartment for a week in either Arles or Avignon and using it as a home base for car trips around the region. Which location would Fodorites recommend?
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Aug 16th, 2009, 06:50 PM
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Avignon is more centrally located for the places you're probably thinking of visiting.
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Aug 16th, 2009, 07:42 PM
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depends for the pont du gard, Uzes, the Camargue, Nimes, Aiges-Mortes and the places in the Alpilles. for Arles, very provencal.
Avignon, more sophisticated and a place to visit the perche villages of Gordes, and the Luberon.
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Aug 17th, 2009, 12:40 AM
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Both make equally good bases to explore Provence.

Avignon has an attractive medieval center with papal palace, a pedestrian shopping zone, the famous bridge ruin, lots of options for dining, bars etc. Avignon is quite large and includes some industrial areas. I would say, it depends on the exact location of the apartment - use Google Earth to identify the neighborhood. If it is in walking distance to the center, it might be a good option. If it is located in an outlying business district, avoid it.

Arles has more small-town feeling. The town is dominated by Roman ruins, souvenir shops, street cafés, nice squares and alleys. Arles has a certain coziness (some call it sleepy).

As always, a matter of preferences.
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Aug 17th, 2009, 07:44 AM
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We based in Arles for around a week several years ago and loved it. We found it centrally located for what we wanted to see, much of which was right in Arles (Roman ruins, Van Gogh).
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