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The island of Barthelasse, the countryside at the gateway to the historic centre of Avignon

At the foot of the ramparts of Avignon, the papal city, the Rhône splits into two large arms that surround the Island of Barthelasse. It is the largest river island in Europe, a vast area of greenery and calm stretching over an area of 700 hectares, between Avignon and Villeneuve-les-Avignon, the departments of Vaucluse and Gard, the Provence regions (PACA) and Occitanie.

Barthelasse Island is criss-crossed by paths and small ideal roads to explore by bicycle on marked paths or for jogging along the banks of the Rhône. It is a preserved natural area that is home to many wild animal species. With patience and discretion, we can observe the life of birds, beavers and badgers. The island of Barthelasse is dedicated to agriculture, mainly for early crops. Avignon residents go directly to the island's farms to buy seasonal fruit and vegetables: cherries, peaches, apricots, tomatoes, apples, pears, etc. A local farmers' market is held from May to October, on Mondays from 5pm to 7pm in front of the ramparts near the "Porte de l'Oulle".

Île de la Barthelasse vue depuis le Rocher des Doms Promeneurs sur le chemin de halage de l'île de la Barthelasse à Avignon Promenade du chemin de halage de l'île de la Barthelasse à Avignon Navette fluviale gratuite entre Avignon et l'île de la Barthelasse

The contours of the island or the string of islands that once made up the Barthelasse were shaped by the floods of the Rhône, and therefore very fluctuating. The name of the island comes from its first owner, Jean Barthelecius who in the 15th century had the idea of growing wheat in this muddy but fertile land. The Saint Bénézet Bridge crossed it to join the Philippe le Bel Tower in Villeneuve. The island only stabilized in the 19th century, after the construction of dikes. However, the latter still do not protect it from major floods, such as those that caused the 2001 and 2003 floods. These difficult conditions have limited the urbanization of this territory, where about a thousand people live.

l'île de la Barthelasse vue depuis la Tour Philippe le bel à Villeneuve les Avignon Inondation de l'île de la Barthelasse (2002) Inondation de l'île de la Barthelasse (2002) Inondation de l'île de la Barthelasse (2003)

The magnificent view of Avignon - the Pont Saint-Bénézet, the Palais des Papes and the Rocher des Doms - from the "towpath" on the banks of the island opposite the ramparts is certainly worth a visit. It is easily accessible for a pleasant walk through the Porte de l'Oulle and the Edouard Daladier Bridge. At the foot of the Rocher des Doms, a free river shuttle allows you to cross the Rhône during the summer season.

Accommodation on the island of the Barthelasse and in Avignon

Selection of guest rooms in Avignon on the portal of the B&B in Provence

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Charming guest rooms and holiday cottages on the island of Barthelasse

Coming to the island of the Barthelasse

GPS coordinates: 43° 58′ N, 4° 50′ E'

L'Île de la Barthelasse has 1000 inhabitants, it is located at 18 m above see level ,in Avignon, 0,2 km from Villeneuve-les-Avignon, 7 km from les Angles.

vue d'Avignon depuis l'île de la Barthelasse vue du Pont Saint-Bénézet depuis l'île de la Barthelasse Vergers en fleur sur l'île de la Barthelasse Vue sur Île de la Barthelasse depuis le Rocher des Doms
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