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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 ...
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  • The famous Pont d'Avignon bridge (yes - the one in the song) is actually called the Pont Saint-Bénézet and was completed 1185.
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  • The Saint-Nicolas chapel is located under the second arch and is itself located on top of the Saint Bénézet chapel.
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  • The venerated Palais des Papes, the largest Gothic construction of the Middle Ages, is both a fortress and a residential palace and is home to six different conclaves!
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  • Avignon has managed to preserve a number of relics from its Papacy period, most notably its fortification walls and its historic centre, which have earned it its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • Renowned for its quality of life, the city boasts some 200 areas of parkland, which helped it win first prize in the Ville Fleurie ('City in Bloom') competition.
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  • Protected by both the Doms Rock and the Rhône, Avignon is a haven of peace and well-being.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination France

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.

Avignon: what 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.

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.

  • The cultural offerings: plenty of festivals, theatres and museums.
  • The medieval fortress.
  • The constant wind.
  • The high temperatures in summer.
  • The streets become noisy after nightfall

Avignon: what to visit?

Monuments

Reminders

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.

To avoid

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

Avignon: what to eat?

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.

Avignon: what to buy?

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

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