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Barthelasse island in Avignon

Stroll in Avignon - Pope Palace square - Popes Palace - Petit palais - Mint - Horloge square - City Hall - Theatre - Rocher des Doms - Saint Bénézet bridge - City walls - Ceccano palace - Saint Didier church - Roi René street - Teinturiers street - Saint Pierre church - Notre Dame des doms cathedral - Hôtel de Vervins - Banasterie street - Barthelasse island - Windows open on Festival - Green Wall

The Barthelasse island lays between two river arms. Just facing the Avignon's city walls, it spread on 700 hectares, making the biggest river island in Europe. It is criss-crossed by little roads and pathes very pleasant to run or bike.

The Barthelasse island is dedicated to agriculture, mainly orchads. People from Avignon can directly get fresh season fruits and vegetables supply in the farms on the island : cherish, peaches, apricots, aples, pears, ...

Vergers de la BarthelassePromenade de la Barthelasse à AvignonCrue du Rhône sur la Barthelasse à AvignonIle de la Barthelass par Robert Bonnart

In the past, the shape of the island, or of the many islets were created by the Rhône river floods, and were very fluctuating. The island stabilized in the 19th century, with the building of embankments. Nevertheless, they still do not protect the island from important floods, like in 2001 or 2003.

The view on Avignon from the walk facing the Saint Bénézet bridge is simply superb in the afternoon. A free river shuttle allows to cross the river for one of the most beautiful stroll you can make.

île de la Barthelasse en Avignon  © VF
report photos & text © Vincent Flachaire

Stroll in Avignon - Pope Palace square - Popes Palace - Petit palais - Mint - Horloge square - City Hall - Theatre - Rocher des Doms - Saint Bénézet bridge - City walls - Ceccano palace - Saint Didier church - Roi René street - Teinturiers street - Saint Pierre church - Notre Dame des doms cathedral - Hôtel de Vervins - Banasterie street - Barthelasse island - Windows open on Festival - Green Wall

report © photos & text Vincent Flachaire
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