Located about 60 miles northwest of Marseille, Avignon sits on the left bank of the Rhône River, close to the Mediterranean Coast. It has a Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and cool, wet winters.
A large portion of the city's real estate is used as parks and gardens, and from June to August, the lavender is in bloom, making it a lovely time to visit. This period also coincides with the warmest stretch in Avignon. July and August are the hottest months, with average highs in the mid-80s.
The annual theater Festival d'Avignon takes place for three weeks each July. Expect prices and availability to match the event’s great popularity. Another summer occasion without quite the crowds is the Avignon Jazz Festival, held in the first week of August.
Avignon starts cooling down in October, when average temperatures hover in the 50s and 60s. That's also the wettest month of the year, with an average of 3.4 inches of rainfall. As with the rest of Europe, autumn is shoulder season, with deals on airfare and hotels before the holiday-season travel bump.
January is the chilliest time of the year, though it never gets terribly cold in southern France. Average January temperatures range from just above freezing to the high 40s.