Things to do in Avignon

Discover the places and activities not to be missed

Avignon, the Popes’ city

Looking for a picturesque, vibrant, and historically rich destination in France? Look no further than Avignon! Nestled in the heart of Provence, this enchanting city is a must-visit for travelers seeking an unforgettable experience. With its breathtaking architecture, charming cobblestone streets, Avignon is a true gem waiting to be explored.

From the iconic Palais des Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to the vibrant local markets bursting with aromas of fresh produce and fragrant herbs, Avignon offers a unique blend of culture, art, and gastronomy. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Avignon Festival, the largest theater and performing arts event in the world, or wander through the quaint streets, discovering hidden cafes and boutique shops. Whether you’re a history buff, a food enthusiast, or simply seeking a romantic getaway, Avignon is sure to captivate your senses and leave you longing for more.

Pont d’Avignon

As the famous French song goes… “on y danse, on y danse”… But there’s so much more to discover! The world-famous Pont d’Avignon, or Pont Saint-Bénézet, is often the starting point for exploring the city’s historic centre. Although today it no longer joins the two banks of the Rhône, the bridge offers a pretty view of the city of Avignon and the Rocher des Doms.
A great chance to snap some photos of the Popes’ Palace before venturing into the old town!

Pont d'Avignon (Pont Saint-Bénézet)
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Did you know?

The Pont d’Avignon received the “Tourisme et Handicap” label (recognition of reliability and quality of tourist service to disabled persons) in 2016.

Pont d'Avignon (Pont Saint-Bénézet)

The Popes’ Palace

It’s impossible to talk about Avignon without mentioning the celebrated Popes’ Palace, listed as UNESCO World Heritage site

Given the Palace’s colossal size, looming over the town, it’s perhaps no surprise that this is the biggest gothic palace in the world. Definitely a must-see!

Once inside the Palace, choose between a themed guided tour or freely wander around, accompanied by a digital tablet so you don’t miss anything!
From the Pope’s private apartments to the frescos painted by the artist Matteo Giovannetti, the Popes’ Palace is an immense playground for lovers of architecture and history.

Coup de coeur

Firm favourite

Relive the grandeur of the Popes’ Palace thanks to the Histopad – an augmented reality tablet – included in the price of each ticket!

Palais des Papes in Avignon

The Popes’ Palace

With more than 600,000 visitors per year, the Popes’ Palace is one of the 10 most visited monuments in France. An unmissable part of Avignon!

The Popes’ Palace

With more than 600,000 visitors per year, the Popes’ Palace is one of the 10 most visited monuments in France. An unmissable part of Avignon!

Doms Garden

An ideal place for a stroll, go to the Doms Garden to recharge your batteries and take a refreshing break on hot summer days.

At the weekend, go for a walk as a family, as a couple, whether you’re particularly sporty or you simply want to admire the landscapes.
Several spots offer a magnificent view over the surroundings, from the Rhône plain up to Mont Ventoux – it is a beautiful Provençal scene!
Another great idea is to stroll around the side of the lake – children will be amazed by the swans and carps and will surely want to stop and have a look, ice cream in hand!

Doms Garden in Avignon

Take the little train to get to Doms Garden – even the journey up to the garden is a lovely experience which will delight both children and parents.

The festival d’Avignon

One city, 2 festivals, more than 1,000 performances

Since 1947, the world of theatre and live performance has come together in Provence for 3 weeks every July.
The city becomes one big stage – from pavements to cinemas, from gardens to the main courtyard of the Popes’ Palace – a whirlwind of colours, languages, and styles.
African dance mixing with Chinese theatre, renowned literary authors mingling with contemporary comedians…
It’s clear that the Avignon Festival is one of a kind!

On the other side of the Rhône

By crossing the bridge which spans the Rhône (Daladier, not the Pont d’Avignon, as you may have realised…) the day continues in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, a medieval-looking village with an impressive, dominant fort on the Mont Andaon.
Only a few kilometres from Avignon, this military architectural masterpiece boasts a stunning view of the Mont Ventoux, the Alpilles and the Luberon.

Further down – in the heart of the village – is La Chartreuse.
Founded by Pope Innocent VI, today this is a cultural centre and artists’ residence which welcomes visitors curious to discover the monastic atmosphere in the cloisters, the 40 cells and the chapel.

La Chartreuse, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

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Another unmissable gem: the Abbey of Saint-André and its gardens, which boast a fantastic view over the Popes’ Palace and the Rhône valley. These romantic gardens are home to a range of different areas: tuscan-style flowerbeds, a one-hundred-year-old olive grove, panoramic patios…

Abbey of Saint-André

Outdoor activities in Avignon and surrounding areas

Avignon’s natural surroundings offer ample opportunities for outdoor activities and exploration.

Planning your visit to Avignon

When planning your visit to Avignon, it’s important to consider the best time to go. The summer months of June to August are the peak tourist season, with warm weather and a bustling atmosphere. However, these months can also be crowded, so if you prefer a quieter experience, consider visiting in the shoulder seasons of spring or fall. Avignon is well-connected by train, making it easy to reach from major cities in France. Once you arrive, the city is compact and easily walkable, making it convenient to explore on foot. There are also several options for accommodation, ranging from luxury hotels to budget-friendly guesthouses. Whether you’re planning a short weekend getaway or a longer stay, Avignon is sure to enchant you with its beauty and charm.

Practical information

Direct TGV (high-speed train) to Avignon from
– Paris Gare de Lyon by TGV (2 hours 38 mins)
– Roissy Charles de Gaulle by TGV
– Lille– Nantes –  Rennes – Strasbourg – Nice
– Geneva (3 hours)
– London by Eurostar (6 hours)

More information: www.sncf-connect.com

Prepare your journey: www.thetrainline.com

Public transport
Orizo is the public transport company in Avignon
Avenue de Lattre de Tassigny
– 04 32 74 18 32
Monday to Friday 8am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 6pm
and Saturday 9am to 12pm

The Pont d’Avignon through the seasons