Like a ribbon round a cake, the magnificent medieval city of Avignon
is surrounded by a beautifully preserved city wall built in 1403.
During the 14th century it was the center of one of the richest courts in Europe.
As home to the Catholic Church, it was one of the most powerful,
even today is still referred to as the ‘City of the Popes’.
There is so much to see in Avignon
Come and admire the Palais des Papes, home to 7 Popes from 1309 to 1376,
a World UNESCO site and the largest Gothic Palace in the world.
Walk across the mighty Rhône River on the famous Pont d’Avignon,
built in 1185 from the inspirations of a shepherd called Bénézet.
Hum the bridge’s famous song as you explore the streets of Avignon,
its museums, shops, restaurants and on Sunday its vibrant flea markets.
Palais des Papes
Place du Palais 84000 Avignon, France +33 4 32 74 32 74
Hours: 9AM–7PM in July 8pm August 8.30 audio tours are available
Wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape
From the wine shop inside the Palais des Papes learn about Rhône wine, from Châteauneuf-du-Pape to Hermitage +33 4 90 27 50 85 Open 10am-7pm daily; access through the palace’s shop.
From August 10 to 2 October 2016 come and be stunned by the incredible light show in the courtyard of the Palace
Next to the Palais de Papes explore:
Rocher des Doms
The beautiful park next to the Palais and gaze down on the panoramas over the Rhône and across to the ancient village of Villeneuve-lez-Avignon.
Musee du Petit Palais
Place du Palais, Avignon, France +33 04 90 86 44 58
Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms
Place du Palais, Avignon +33 04-90-86-81-01
Eglise Saint Pierre
Place Saint Pierre, 8400Avignon, France
Hours: 9AM–7PM in July 8.00pm, August 8.30pm audio tours are available.
Place de l’Horloge
Enjoy lunch here or glass of wine and admire the Hôtel de Ville
Place de l’Horloge, 84045, Avignon, France +33 04 90 80 80 00
5 rue Laboureur, 84000 Avignon, France + 33 4 90 82 29 03
Open 1-6pm daily except Monday. A striking 18th-century property containing the only Van Gogh on display in Provence (Train in Arles 1888), along with works by Degas, Manet,Picasso and the remarkable art collection of fashion designer Jacques Doucet, who died in 1929.
5 rue Joseph Vernet, 84000 Avignon, France +33 04 90 86 33 84
Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology set within a stunning 18th century mansion.
Stroll the designer shops on Rue Joseph Vernet is full of designer boutiques
For a gourmet treat visit the fascinating indoor market Les Halles Place Pie, Avignon, France : +33 49 027 15 15
Marché aux Puces in the Place du Marché, Villeneuve ~ Saturday morning
Stoll across to Villeneuve for its delightful brocante (flea) market and admire the beautiful medieval buildings away from the tourist traffic
Avignon Brocante Place des Carmes 84000 Avignon ~ Sunday morning
Each July, don’t miss the Avignon Festival, performed in part in the courtyard of Palais Des Papes, it is one of the most important contemporary performing arts events in the world! Check online for exact dates.
TOURIST OFFICE: 41 Cours Jean Jaurès, 84000 Avignon, France :+33 4 32 74 32 74
Let me know what you discover to see in Avignon !