Get your Avignon Pass at the Tourist Office
Favorite thing: It's hard to think of a Tourist Information Office that is as conveniently located as Avignon Tourisme. The office is located on Rue de la Republique, the main thoroughfare into the old town, and I would recommend that you start your visit here, not only to pick up information, but to collect your Avignon Pass (this can be collected at any of the participating museums and monuments, but as the chances are that you'll be walking past here anyway, you might as well capitalise on the opportunity).
I confess to being a little confused about the Avignon Pass before I arrived, so here are the key points that will hopefully save you the same confusion.
Firstly, the pass is free, and allows you a substantial discount on admission to many of Avignon's main attractions. As the discount can be anything up to 50% on the full admission price (more usually 10-20%) frankly you'd need to be crazy not to take advantage of this.
Secondly, the pass covers up to five people who don't need to be related, so if you're travelling in a small group, one will suffice.
Thirdly, the pass is valid for 15 days after the date on which you visit your first museum or monument. You'll have to pay full admission for the first visit, where they will stamp your Pass, and thereafter you're eligible for the discounted rate.
Quite apart from the pass, the Avignon Passion pamphlet that his handed out is a very useful little publication. It contains a city map and packed full of all sorts of information - altogether a very superior piece of tourist literature, so well done to the designers! Just bear in mind that Avignon is full of twisty backstreets, not all of which can be labelled on a map of this scale.
For more detail on the range of services offered by Avignon Tourisme, as well as opening hours, check www.avignon-tourisme.com
Note that there is also a smaller tourist information centre at the Les Halles fresh produce market (only open 10:00 - 13:00 daily).
Navigating around Avignon
Favorite thing: Like most medieval cities, Avignon is a knot of tiny, twisting roads with no predictable layout. Which make it a charming place to wander around, but somewhat of a challenge to navigate!
This can be a challenge if you're looking for somewhere specific that's located away from one of the main thoroughfares. The free map in the Avignon Passion pamphlet that accompanies the Avignon Pass is a useful tool, but the scale is simply too small to be able to name each and every minor street, and the same is true of maps in the standard tour guides. So, if you're trying to find somewhere specific (such as a hotel or restaurant), then I suggest that you drop into the Tourist Office on Rue de la Republique and buy a map on a larger scale.
Having said that, there are much worse fates than to find yourself lost in Avignon! Indeed, getting lost is part of the fun in my opinion, and one of my favourite ways of exploring a new town is to put away the map and just follow your nose! If this sounds intimidating, bear in mind that the old part of Avignon is pretty compact, and you are bounded by the city walls, so you're not going to wander miles off track, and chances are that you'll find many interesting and charming things en route to reward you for your initiative in venturing off the beaten track!
"Buy local and safeguard your health"
Fondest memory: I saw several of these notices posted around Avignon, and they made me smirk because they smacked of dressing up agricultural protectionism with inferred social responsibility - very French!
I quite agree that stating that beef comes from France (and in this case, Spain too) was very valid at the time of the 'mad cow disease' (BSE) crisis in 1996, when the provenance of meat was indeed a big deal. British beef exports were banned from 1996 and the ban was only lifted in May 2006. However, given that this photo was taken in September 2011, one would imagine that the warning is no longer current .. unless it reflects a deep distrust of non-French agricultural practices ... quite likely!
Favorite thing: Tourist Office
41, cours Jean Jaurès/Rue de la République
BP8-84004 Avignon Cedex 1
Cédex 1 – Francia/France
Tel : (+33) (0)4 32 74 32 74
Fax : (+33) (0)4 90 82 95 03
E. mail: email@example.com
Favorite thing: If your gonna be here for several days and see many sites and museums, it may be a good idea to acquire the Avignon Pass. It can be obtained from any museum or historic site in the city. With this in hand, it gets you reduced entry fees to all the places of interest. It also gets you discounts on boat and bus tours.
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