The chosen site is the area of Beaulieu in Monteux, situated just 8km (5 minutes along a dual carriageway) from the Avignon North exit of the A7 motorway, the busiest road in Europe. This also leads directly to the Commercial Zone of Avignon Nord which since 2010 has become the largest in Europe with over 9 million annual visitors.
This site is ideal for the following reasons:
- The park is located near the main north/south motorway intersection distributing traffic flows to the Mediterranean Riviera, Spain or Italy, where almost all German, Belgian, Dutch and Swiss traffic passes through!
- The 4-lane Carpentras/Avignon trunk road is already connected with Carpentras East/West bypasses, giving direct access to Ventoux villages and to the Cavaillon/Carpentras main road. TheZone de Beaulieu roundabout then becomes the focus of the department, directly accessible from all major urban and tourist areas
- The area will be connected by direct railway link to Avignon TGV station which receives 3million passengers per year! It will take less than 25 minutes to reach Beaulieu from the train station
- Courtesy of the new road development infrastructure, Avignon International Airport is less than 15 minutes from the Beaulieu area
Other nearby airports with national/international connections include: Marseille-Provence, Nîmes-Garons (55 minutes); Montpellier–Méditerranée (1h 20m); Béziers–Cap d'Agde (1h 50m); Toulon–Hyères (1h 55m); Lyon–Saint Exupéry (2h 10m); Grenoble–Isère (2h 15m); Nice–Côte d'Azur (2h 20m); Perpignan–Rivesaltes, Carcassonne (2h 30m); Chambéry–Savoie (2h 40m)
- This area also attracts a large flow of tourists from Europe with nearby (under 50 km) remarkable sites such as:
- The Massif de Luberon, known for its upmarket tourism and heritage sites such as the Village des Bories, Gordes and Roussillon
- The Fontaine de Vaucluse (1million visitors/year)
- The Baux de Provence (1.2million visitors/year)
- Mount Ventoux
- The Pont du Gard (1.3million visitors/year)
- The Avignon Festival (900,000 visitors in July)
- Listed monuments: The Papal Palace (600,000 visitors), The Pont d’Avignon (350,000 visitors), Ancient Theatre of Orange (200,000 visitors)
The Beaulieu zone is currently under development (the local government has already invested over €30million in the project), and extends over 110ha. It will comprise:
- A new generation aqua park over 6 hectares with attractions including European premières such as a giant surf simulator and a 32-metre slide
- A 12-hectare lake
- A lakeside resort complex dedicated to leisure and tourism, comprising;
- restaurants, bars and shops
- a “Wellbeing” hospitality and fitness centre with balneotherapy treatments
- a hotel/accommodation area spanning 2 hectares and ranging from 2 to 4 stars
- a nightlife recreation area with café, theatres, theme restaurants, bowling, cinemas, etc.