Avignon, France, is located in the very sophisticated, cultural and popular Provence region in the southeast of the country. Many buildings here date from as early as the 13th Century and the city is adorned with intricate stonework, medieval structures and gothic architecture. The bridges providing crossings over the Rhône River are also considered icons of the city.
In November, the weather really starts to cool and is typical of a Mediterranean winter. The last of the summer heats are gone, and temperatures reach just 13 degrees Celsius in the day, dropping to around 5 degrees overnight. Rainfall is moderate but does ease a little from the wet October, with around 76 mm on average.
History lovers and those wanting to learn more about the region's past should check out the Musee Calvet. As well as artwork and artefacts from the Provence region, permanent exhibitions also include central Italian sculptures, prehistoric tablets, North African woodwork and Islamic earthenware. Entry is just £5 so it's an inexpensive way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Avignon's proximity to the Mediterranean coastline means there's great tapas to be found in the city. Tapalocas has one of the biggest selections, with over 60 different meat, vegetable and fish dishes on offer. The atmosphere is lively and informal and aims to recreate the social and sharing environments of the tapas bars in Barcelona. There's a great cocktail list here too.
The 2* Hotel Saint George may well be basic, but with clean rooms, a central location and a price tag of just £35 per night, it's an ideal choice. Some rooms sleep up to six guests so it's an especially good option for families and large groups. Guests can enjoy the convenience of on site parking and a cooked breakfast for a minimal fee.