Diane Geddie, City Breaks Specialist

"Avignon offers lots of opportunities for sightseeing, and with attractive shops and Provencal-style cuisine, I’m in awe. Palais des Papes is the pride of Avignon, as the palace has gained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is truly remarkable. The ‘broken’ bridge, Pont Saint-Benezet is walkable and the Jardin du Rocher des Doms provides great views in a tranquil setting, and if you’re a wine-lover like me then you will appreciate the garden’s very own vineyard and the bar where you can sip on local wines."

Avignon at a glance

In the heart of Provence, this beautiful medieval city is rich in culture on the banks of the Rhone River.  It was awarded one of the European cities of culture in 2000. Encircled by 800 year old stone ramparts that rise from the banks of the Rhone, the UNESCO-listed centre boasts one of the most iconic skylines in France.  The annual Avignon festival in July brings the enchanting streets of Avignon to life. During your visit a must is a stroll through the stunning Rochers Des Doms gardens taking in the breath-taking views of this Provençal paradise.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Historic attractions
  • Excellent restaurants
  • Art and culture

Getting around

The Avignon centre train station is very centrally located, just outside the ramparts of the city.  From here, you can catch trains to most local destinations in Provence including Marseille, Cassis, Lyon, Perpignan and Montpelier.  Most TGV trains stop at Avignon TGV station, which is roughly 2 km out of the city itself.  However, it’s really easy to catch another train into Avignon centre which only takes around 6 mins.

The city’s buses are operated by TCRA and you can pre-purchase them or buy them on the bus for just over a Euro per journey.

The town centre is so small and compact, it’s probably best to explore this wonderful city on foot or by bicycle.  These are cheap and easy to rest from the many bike stands located around the city.

Shopping in Avignon

This town is a great place to pick up presents! Running through the centre of the walled Old Town, the main street is Rue de la Republique offing lots of interesting shopping with interesting boutiques and tempting food shops as well as French chain stores.  Venture down the side streets and you’ll fine chic boutiques and a designer outlet Donna at number 35.  Local specialities include olive oil, lavender, sugared fruits and the mustard yellow and olive green Provençal pottery.

Dining in Avignon

You are spoilt for choice with eateries and cafés in Avignon to suit all types of budgets.  Almost any of the bars and cafés can provide a 3 course-menu at a modest price.  The Place de l’Horloge, is bursting with brasserie-style restaurants to enjoy the local specialities.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Pieds at Pacquets – a dish of tripe and trotters
  • Foie de veau en persillade – veal liver in a parsley sauce
  • Les Papalines d’Avignon – a mix of chocolate and liqueur

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Avignon designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice 
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Aavignon hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

 

Important information
Population 91,283
Languages French
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Distance from airports
Avignon – Provence Airport 8 km
Railway stations
Gare d'Avignon TGV

Things to do in Avignon

  • Palais de Papes (Palace of the Popes): This is a famous landmark that looms above Avignon.  The square in front is home to Avignon Festival.  Built for the Popes who decamped from Rome to Avignon in the 14th Century.
  • The Avignon Bridge: With its own charming song and interesting story this iconic landmark is worth a visit.
  • Musee Calvet (Calvet Museum): Housed in an impressive 18th Century mansion, displaying a varied collection of artworks from the 15th to the 20th century ranging from fine arts to decorative crafts.