Two sportswomen race on the BarthelasseTwo sportswomen race on the Barthelasse
©Two sportswomen race on the Barthelasse|Olivier Tresson

Barthelasse Island

Located between Avignon and Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, between the two arms of the Rhone – the large Rhone on the Villeneuve side, the small Rhone on the Avignon side – it offers 700 hectares of calm and greenery, only a few minutes from the historic center.

Europe's largest river island!

L’île de la Barthelasse has a population of around 1,000 and was protected from urbanization because it flooded. It remains largely agricultural. Numerous areas are devoted to leisure and relaxation, with a skate park, a soccer pitch, a swimming pool, a day-care center and a youth hostel.
The towpath, very quiet and pleasant, offers a breathtaking and exceptional view of the Pont d’Avignon, the Rocher des Doms and the Palais des Papes, and is ideal for a jog, a stroll or even a reverie in the grass.

Nouveau à Avignon : La Maison du Parc sur l'île de la Barthelasse
Nouveau à Avignon : La Maison du Parc sur l'île de la Barthelasse
Nouveau à Avignon : La Maison du Parc sur l'île de la Barthelasse

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Flora

Part of the banks of Ile de la Barthelasse is listed in France’s inventory of natural resources as a Zone Naturelle d’Intérêt Ecologique, Faunistique et Floristique. They are occupied by forests of white poplar, elm, maple, willow, elm, alder and aquatic plants.

Wildlife

Barthelasse Island is also a nesting ground for many birds, including sparrowhawks, black kites, cormorants, grey and purple herons and ducks. The island also boasts large populations of beavers and other mammals (foxes, wild boars). Barthelasse Island is a land of agriculture, vineyards and market gardening. Orchards of pear, apple and peach trees grace this rich alluvial land, cultivated for centuries. 400 hectares, more than half the island’s surface area, are devoted to agriculture. Enjoy the delicious fruits, vegetables and farm produce that these fertile lands produce at one of the local producers!

The towpath

The Promenade Antoine Pinay, a former towpath, is very quiet and pleasant, offering a breathtaking and exceptional view of the Pont d’Avignon, the Rocher des Doms and the Palais des Papes; it’s ideal for a jog, a stroll or even a reverie in the grass.

Until the invention of steamships, heavy convoys of goods were hauled up the Rhône by oxen, horses or men.

Take advantage of the lawn to picnic in the shade of the poplars, admiring the magnificent panoramic view of the Pont d’Avignon, the Palais des Papes and the Rocher des Doms on the other side of the Rhône.

Want a little more comfort? Picnic tables can be found a little further along chemin de la Traille, as well as on the greenway section of chemin de la Barthelasse, just before the intersection with chemin de la Traille.

Cycling, a must on the island

Want to tour the island? Nothing’s better than cycling, it’s flat and there are plenty of cycle paths!

The park house

NEW! The Maison du Parc on Barthelasse Island has opened its doors!

From this new space on the banks of the Rhône, opposite the Pont Saint Bénezet, set off to discover Barthelasse and Piot islands to fill up on nature experiences!

This new venue, open to all, also hosts a tourist information point: find all the info you need on sport and leisure activities, cultural events, bike rides, walks, guided tours or even local produce tasting spots, to be discovered in the heart of Europe’s largest river island.

Open in June every day from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.

The right gestures

  • I do not pick or glean (unless, for fruit and vegetables, I obtain the consent of local farmers)
  • I take all my garbage with me
  • My 4-legged companion is welcome, kept on a leash
  • I do not disturb the peace and quiet of the area by making noise, shouting or using sound equipment
  • I do not park, camp or bivouac outside the designated areas (there are many well-equipped campsites on the island)

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