Avignon is a small city and has traffic even off season. We drove in and parked in the Italiane lot and then took the shuttle bus to the town center. It’s worth the trip. It was the home of 6 popes. Really only 4 because 2 were “anti-popes” due to disagreements between France and Rome.
Make sure to tour the popes palace with audio and go on the “bridge to Avignon”.
We had a great lunch at Le Crillon located on Le Crillon Place
Rustrel is a tiny town we drove by on our way to Le Colorado Provençal hiking trails. Stunning and easy hiking
Buoux is in the mountains and is where an ancient castle ruin can be found. Treacherous climbing for me, but we were determined. Dramatic canyons too! Look for Fort Buoux. Not kid friendly
Lourmarin is the southern most town in the Luberon which is a sub region referring to wines.
My favorite lunch was here at Le Bistro de Lourmarin. Also has a castle you can visit.
Here is a wine region map
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, known as the winery of the Pope.
Vaison-la-Romaine has a mini Pompeii
Brantes has HUGE mountain views and is serene.