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 breathtaking views of this Provençal paradise.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Historic attractions
- Excellent restaurants
- Art and culture
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 Montpellier. 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 minutes.
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.
Dining in Avignon
You are spoilt for choice with eateries and cafés in Avignon to suit all types of budgets. Almost all 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.
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 fascinating, charming 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.
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
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- Distance from airports
Avignon – Provence Airport 8 km
- Railway stations
Gare d'Avignon TGV