Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
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Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a quaint and charming village based in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region of southeastern France. This sleepy, picture-perfect hilltop village - blanketed with leafy trees - is renowned for 2 key trademarks, its magical medieval heritage, and its sublime regional wine. History-buffs will get a kick from exploring the medieval castle ruins that loom proudly over the town, while wine-connoisseurs will want to visit the surrounding sweeping vineyards.

Things to see

Begin your peaceful Chateauneuf-du-Pape morning by taking in its top heritage landmark. The medieval castle ruins stand tall upon the village’s hilltop - a white-grey stone emblem of a once-great 14th century masterpiece, commissioned by Pope John XXII to be built as a defensive fortress and summer residence. The castle ruins mark the start of a gentle 16 kilometre walking trail which winds through Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s flourishing vineyards, toward the mighty River Rhone, and back to the village centre. Architecture-enthusiasts can then pop along to the well-preserved 12th century Our Lady of the Assumption Church, and marvel at its well-preserved Romanesque design. Meanwhile, wine-aficionados should visit the Museum of Wine, and learn about the area’s ancient wine heritage through old-world artefacts and fascinating models. Finally, cap off your day with some taste-bud tingling - and head-spinning - wine tasting at one of the many cellars and shops.

Hotels in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

If you’re looking for a sublime hotel to match the tranquil, stress-free atmosphere of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, then treat yourself to a fabulous 4-star getaway. Here you’ll enjoy enormous rooms decked out with refined chateau-style decor, as well as rejuvenating deep-soaking bathtubs, refreshing outdoor pools, and fine regionally-sourced in-house dining. For something more affordable, stay in one of the 3-star hotels in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where you can relax in the stylish bar-lounges, amble the flower-speckled gardens, and make use of free guest parking.

Where to stay

To really experience the quintessential medieval village-vibe of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, stay in the centre. Here, lazy mornings can be spent strolling through the narrow winding streets, buying warm bread from traditional bakeries, and chatting at terraced cafes. On Fridays, there’s a buzzing street market too, selling everything from aromatic cheeses to vintage clothes. Of course, evenings can be spent sipping wine at the bars and tasting rooms. If you’re after immersion in the region’s green, vineyard-covered countryside, stay east of the centre, near the shimmering Rhone. For easy access to both Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the bigger town energy of Avignon, stay south of the centre.

How to get to Chateauneuf-du-Pape

If you’re travelling to Chateauneuf-du-Pape during summer, and you’re coming from the UK, then you can catch a flight direct to Avignon Airport, based 25 kilometres south of the village. From there, hop in a quick 30 minute taxi or hire a car onsite. For travel from other destinations, or at other times of the year, fly to Marseille Airport - a hub of international aviation serving dozens of top European destinations - rent a car, and drive the 1 hour north to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Alternatively, you can take a train to Avignon from Marseille, and take a taxi from there. Once you arrive, the town is best explored on foot.

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