Ensconced in its fortified ramparts, the village of Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne is built on a hill which separates the Rhone valley from the Comtat plain. As well as being the ideal destination for a rural holiday in the heart of the Provence, Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne is just a stone’s throw from the city attractions of Avignon, making it easily accessible and a suitable holiday destination for both city-lovers and those that prefer the rural basics.
The village of Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne sits within the remains of its feudal chateau, which is considered to be one of the finest examples of its type in the country. Those seeking a holiday rental property for a rural break in the Vaucluse region should consider the private villas and authentic Provencal houses in Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne as an extremely viable option for their vacation.
The short walk from the chateau into the village takes visitors through a series of narrow alleyways and along paved streets, revealing a mix of well-preserved medieval buildings and sympathetically renovated structures along the way, with parts of the village dating back to the 12th Century. An important landmark within the village centre is a fountain dedicated to local hero Marie Pierre d’Alcantra Goujon.
Hiking, walking, fishing, mountain biking are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed in the surrounding countryside, with lakes and forests to be found in abundance, turning any walk into an enjoyable nature trip. Vineyards are also prominent in the area, making the town a good base for those planning a wine tasting break.
As well as spending at least a couple of days in Avignon, visitors to Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne will find that the Vaucluse department is home to a number of small towns and villages worth visiting, many of which have retained their medieval ambience. Nearby options include Le Thor (4km), Saint Saturnin (4km) and Jonquerettes (3km), and there are many more within a short radius of Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne.
The four different climatic zones that meet in the Vaucluse region mean that Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne is subject to a varying climate, with temperatures that can reach 34C in the height of summer, and plummet to 0C in the depths of winter. Rainfall is well spread out throughout the year, and there is no ‘bad’ time to visit.
Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne is just 4km from Avignon – Caumont Airport (AVN), which receives direct flights from UK airlines Flybe and Jet2. A stop-off in Avignon is strongly recommended upon arrival, spending time to explore fascinating structures such as the Notre Dame des Doms before heading on to your pre-booked self-catering accommodation in Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne.