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Avignon

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

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Bordered by the waters of the Rhône, the prefecture of the Vaucluse area has kept its picturesque former charm, what with its battlements and medieval stone buildings. The little streets of the town, which is on a site where humans have lived since prehistory are still imprinted with the past.
As a Papal city in the 14th Century, the Palais des Papes (Papal Palace) remains the must-see monument, together with the Pont Saint-Bénezet (Saint-Bénezet Bridge), the subject of a French nursery rhyme. The relaxed rhythm of Provençal life and its theatre festival contribute just as much to its success.

To see

The Pont d'Avignon and the Palais des Papes, a symbol of the influence of the Church on Western Christianity in the 14th century and the largest Gothic palace in the world.

The Avignon Festival in July, one of the largest theatrical events in the world. This festival was founded by Jean Vilar in 1947 and attracts fans of the theatre (more than 130,000 on average). On this occasion, the city is transformed into an open-air theatre with various performance venues. Another festival not to be missed is the Hivernales (winter festival) in February, which brings together contemporary choreographers and dancers from around the world.

To do

4 walks (the Promenade des Doms, the Promenade Joseph Vernet, the Promenade des Teinturiers and the Promenade de la Carreterie). These walks allow you to discover the city through its churches, chapels, old streets and townhouses.

pros

  • +  The cultural offerings: plenty of festivals, theatres and museums.
  • +  The medieval fortress.

cons

  • -  The constant wind.
  • -  The high temperatures in summer.
  • -  The streets become noisy after nightfall

To think about

Taking a cruise on the Rhone aboard one of the many boats to get an idea of the city and the region from the river. It is free to cross the Rhône from the dock at the foot of the Pont d'Avignon to the towpath on the island of Barthelasse.

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To avoid

Visiting the city in summer: the heat is stifling and difficult to bear.

To try

Avignon is the capital of the Côtes du Rhône region and Provençal cuisine. Every year, traditional events are held celebrating wine, such as the 'Ban des Vendanges' (Announcement of the Harvest) in the first weekend of September, the 'Arrivée du Vin Primeur' (Arrival of the Nouveau Wine) on the third Thursday in November, and the 'Fête de la Vigne et du Vin' (Vineyard and Wine Festival) in May.

To bring back

A box of Papalines d'Avignon, sweets that resemble prickly pink thistles with a fine chocolate and Origan liqueur filling.

Weather Avignon

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Avignon . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Avignon so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Avignon , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Overall rating 45/100
  • Temperature indicators 22% Cold

    Maximum temperature between 16°C and 18°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 54% Showers

    Showers - averaging between 2.5mm and 3.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 58% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Wind indicators 56% Breeze

    Moderate to strong winds (between 12mph and 18mph).

  • Humidity indicators 70% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.