Avignon, France, is a hugely popular holiday destination not only with Europeans but with travellers around the globe, with great access to the city by both plane and train. While some are drawn to the Provence city's ancient centre and medieval architecture, others come to enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate.
May is when the weather in Avignon really starts to heat up, with temperatures ranging from a mild 11 degrees Celsius to a pleasantly warm early summer reading of 23 degrees. The rain continues to fall, but will generally begin to ease towards the end of the month as the summer approaches. There's roughly around 64 mm of precipitation throughout May.
Those travelling with children will find plenty to keep the little ones entertained in Avignon, particularly at the Epicurium. This kid-focused museum of fruits and vegetables features interactive exhibits teaching children about the different smells, feels and even sounds of fruits, while workshops demonstrate the journey from seed to dinner plate. It's a fun way to spend a day, and the adults could even learn a thing or two!
The small and cozy Restaurant la Tour is one of the most historic eateries in Avignon, nestled deep within the Tower Saunerie and accessed through stonework archways and porches. The main stone dining room is dark and intimate, while the terrace is bright and airy and a great way to enjoy the May weather. There's a huge wine menu, with a good Champagne selection.
For familiar accommodation, stay at the Novotel Avignon Centre, a 4* hotel in keeping with the well known budget chain and incorporating all the services and amenities one would expect from such a property. It's ideally situated and includes a spa with jacuzzis, Turkish baths and massages. Rooms cost from £78 per night.