Avignon provençal town & capital of Vaucluse and Côte du Rhône

Avignon provençal town & capital of Vaucluse and Côte du Rhône

Avignon is known as the "City of Popes", quite simply because several popes resided there between 1309 and 1411. The presence of the seat of Western Christianity led a large number of wealthy Italian merchants to the Comtat Venaissin. Many traces of this period remain, such as the Palais des Papes. What is also impressive about Avignon is that its city walls are still intact. Let's not forget, of course, the famous Saint-Bénezet bridge, immortalised in the French children's rhyme. Avignon also hosts one of the biggest theatre festivals in France.

The Palais des Papes

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palais des Papes in Avignon is the largest Gothic construction from the Middle Age. Both a fortress and palace, the pontifical residence was the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century. It is a place charged with history and of imposing architecture. Here you can learn about the world of the papacy in the 14th century and, through its rooms and private apartments, imagine what daily life was like for the popes who lived there...

Find out more: www.palais-des-papes.com

The Doms Garden

In the heart of the city, atop the Rocher des Doms, a beautuiful English-style public garden which provides gorgeous views over the countryside, the Rhone plains and Mont Ventoux.

Once you reach the top of the rock, in addition to the breathtaking view, you will find a pond with ducks and swans, century-old trees, children's games, a refreshment bar for a drink, ice cream or crêpe. You can also bring your own picnic for a convivial moment with your family.

For lovers, it's a very romantic walk....

More information here : website avignon-tourisme.com doms-garden

The St Bénézet Bridge

... Sur le Pont d'Avignon, on y danse, on y danse...

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bridge was made famous around the world by the song...

This bridge initially boasted 22 arches and connected Avignon to Villeneuve. There are now only 4 arches remaining, stopping in the middle of the Rhône river!

Find out more : www.avignon-pont.com

The City Walls

The City Walls of Avignon as we know them today date from 1480, and were constructed to protect the pontifical city from "highwaymen" and "mercenaries" who plundered the Rhône valley during each truce of the Hundred Years' War. They measure 4,330 metres long and comprise many towers and fortified gates. It is easy to walk around them since the car parks were removed around twenty years ago.

Avignon Museums

Le Musée Angladon:

Set in a very beautiful 18th-century mansion, this museum exhibits works from a private collection, with pieces by Degas, Sisley, Cézanne, Picasso, Modigliani and Van Gogh, among others.  Find out more

Le Musée Calvet (Musée des Beaux-Arts) :

The Calvet Museum (Museum of Fine Arts): The building, a beautiful 18th-century mansion, and the collection (paintings, sculptures and objets d'art from the 15th to 20th centuries) together create one of the most poetic and history-charged locations in Avignon.

La Collection Lambert:

Avignon's museum of contemporary art. Find out more

The Avignon Festival

Each July, one of the biggest arts festivals in France takes place in Avignon. There is the official "In" festival and the "Off" (fringe) festival, where hundreds of troops and artists come to perform their "show" in search of fame.

An experience not to be missed - by walking through the streets of Avignon from afternoon until evening, you will soak up the "festival atmosphere".

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Visits and activities near Avignon provençal town & capital of Vaucluse and Côte du Rhône

L'Isle sur la Sorgue

On the fresh, clear waters of the Sorgue, the centre of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a really lovely place to stroll all year round.

Pernes les Fontaines

As the name suggests, Pernes Les Fontaines is the town of fountains! No less than 40 ancient fountains are dotted around the place that has been thus named since 1936. There are fountains of all shapes and sizes - covered with moss or mascaron, monumental or minuscule...