Carpentras is a large town with a concentrated, ancient centre, which surrounds the town’s most prominent building, the cathedral. Anyone with an interest in either history or architecture will love taking a Carpentras property. Located in the shadow of the mighty Mt Ventoux, Carpentras has been a vital market town since at least 46BC, the time of its first documentation.
When you first arrive in your Carpentras accommodation, take a short walk into the very centre of town, marked by the St Siffrein Cathedral. Around the main square in front of the cathedral you will find all the best shops, restaurants and cafes of Carpentras, as well as the majority of the most interesting and famous monuments, including the Roman Arc de Triomphe. This is also the location for the weekly Friday market which serves the whole region. If you are there during the correct seasons, you too can sample Carpentras’ finest export; strawberries. The market has been in existence since 1155, and is enormous, filling much of the town with stalls.
During the week from 27th November, the St Siffrein Fair rolls into town, bringing with it all the gastronomic specialities of Carpentras, including the famous black truffles, strawberries, melons and bonbons!
Walking is a favourite activity on a Carpentras holiday, and there are a huge range of marked paths leading away from the village and off into the lush hills. The tourist information centre has maps and trail information, including the routes for a couple of wine tasting walks. Many of these walking trails can be easily and enjoyably completed on horse back or with a mountain bike.
Slightly further afield, the foothills of Mt Ventoux offer the ideal location for para-gliding and mountain climbing. If you are hoping to climb or take to the air during your time in Carpentras accommodation, you should again head to the tourist information centre who will send you in the right direction for equipment hire and the best places from which to try and conquer the mountains.
The remarkable town of Avignon is just 25km from Carpentras. If you have got a day to spare during your stay in a holiday rental property in Carpentras, it’s strongly recommended to make the short trip and discover Avignon for a few hours. The whole of the centre has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as there is simply so much to see.
During the summer months, property in Carpentras is highly sought after as temperatures soar to well into the mid 30’s (˚C) on most days, with monthly averages in July and August stretching to 26°C. In winter, there is still a very mild climate, with temperatures rarely dipping below 10°C, and there is remarkably little rain from April until the end of October.
The tiny Avignon Airport (AVN) is located just 25km from any Carpentras holiday accommodation, but there is only on scheduled flight to Avignon from the UK; a Flybe service direct from SouthamptonAirport (SOU). Alternatively, Marseille Airport (MRS), which receives plentiful flights from the UK, is 100km away.