Avignon Things to Do

  • Park by the Ramparts
    Park by the Ramparts
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  • Walkway by the Ramparts
    Walkway by the Ramparts
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  • The Ramparts at night
    The Ramparts at night
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  • 1. Other towns & attractions near Avignon

    City buses link Avignon’s Old Town with its suburban 'ville neuve' (new town) across the Rhône. Originally Villeneuve allowed the King of France to keep an eye on the popes on the far side of the...

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  • 2. Palais des Papes

    4 out of 5 stars

    The next day was Easter Sunday. The Mistral was over, so there was no longer a strong wind blowing. But there was a long line of people queuing in the rain to get into the Popes’ Palace, so I was glad...

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  • 3. Pont du Gard

    The most beautiful place, but am I the only one to see that, clearly these are marked as Provence trips and AVIGNON AND PONT DU GARD, ARLES & most of the other "Provencal" sites are in fact IN...

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  • 4. Pont D'Avignon / Pont Saint Bénezet

    4 out of 5 stars

    Probably all French children learn the song “On the Bridge of Avignon” at a tender age, and most people learning French the world over also have to learn it – I know I did. Sur le pont...

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  • 5. Look around the City

    Successful businessman and art collector Louis Vouland (1883-1973) bequeathed his 19th-century, neo-classical town house to the state together with its huge and prestigious collection of arts and...

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  • 6. Place de l'Horloge

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is the long square in front of the Hotel de Ville, with terrace cafés along both sides and the "Belle Epoque" carrousel at the top end. During the summer this square is packed with people and...

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  • 7. City walls

    Not many cities still have their medieval ramparts still intact, but Avignon does. These walls and towers still encircle the inner city, called “intra-muros” (inside the walls). In most places the...

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  • 8. Rocher des Doms

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This ‘Rock of the Monks’ (if I have translated Rocher des Doms correctly) is a steep outcropping behind the Palace of the Popes, overlooking the Rhône River Valley. At the top of the rock is a park...

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  • 9. Cathedrale Notre-Dame-des-Doms

    4 out of 5 stars

    The cathedral was built in the 12th century, and underwent renovations in the 15th and 17th centuries. It was built on the Rocher des Doms and overlooks the Rhone valley. The bell tower is now crowned...

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  • 10. Festivals

    A good link to all the festivals in Avignon, all year round. I experienced one, the music festival in August. We simply walked round and looked and listened here and there. There were also music bands...

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  • 11. Arles - near Avignon

    It's name sound like a poem or a music. Walk trough it's streets, sit at its cafe, eat at its tables, visit its Arene, Amphiteatre, museum and gardens or window shop in its boutiques and you'll be...

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  • 12. Notre Dame des Doms

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d'Avignon is better known as the Cathedral of Avignon. The Cathedral is Roman Catholi is a Roman Catholic cathedral a national monument of France. The CAthedral sits...

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  • 13. Avignon Views

    Behind the Palais de Papes is the Rocher des Domes. These are gardens laid out in the 19th Century. From here, there are spectacular views across the Rhone. Across the river, one can see not only the...

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  • 14. Opéra Grand Avignon

    This theater was built in 1846-47 to replace an earlier theater that had been destroyed by fire. For many years it was called Opéra-Théâtre d’Avignon or just...

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  • 15. In the opera house

    The auditorium of the opera house is arranged in the notorious ‘Italian style’ with horseshoe-shaped balconies, meaning that those sitting off to the sides of...

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  • 16. The Rhône River

    The Rhône River starts in the Swiss Alps. It flows into and out of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman in French), so Lake Geneva could be thought of as a very wide and deep...

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  • 17. Tourist Office at Square Agricol Perdiguier

    The city tourist office is just a five-minute walk from the central railroad station, straight ahead through the Porte de la République and along the main...

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  • 18. Guided walking tour

    On a Saturday afternoon I took a guided walking tour, organized by the city tourist office, called Avignon au temps des Papes (Avignon in the time of the...

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  • 19. Petit Palais Museum

    This ‘small palace’ is small only when compared to the huge Palace of the Popes on the same square, but by any other standards the Petit Palais is itself a...

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  • 20. Lapidaire Museum

    Granted that the fourteenth century was the most significant in Avignon’s history, because of the Popes and the Papal Court and all the Cardinals and scholars...

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  • 21. Angladon Museum

    This mansion in the center of Avignon, just behind the Lapidaire Museum, was once the home of Jean and Paulette Angladon-Dubrujeaud, the heirs of a famous...

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  • 22. Louis Vouland Museum

    Louis Vouland (1883-1973) was a rich industrialist who owned a factory in the Champfleury district of Avignon (south of the city center) for making industrial...

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  • 23. Calvet Museum

    The main building of the Calvet Museum is this mansion on Rue Joseph Vernet. The mansion was built from 1741 to 1754 for a family called Villeneuve-Martignan,...

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  • 24. Paintings in the Calvet Museum

    Of all the paintings I saw in the Calvet Museum, the one that surprised me the most was this one (first photo) called Ugolin et ses fils (Ugolino and his sons)...

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  • 25. City Hall (Hôtel de Ville)

    The Avignon City Hall is next door to the opera house on the city’s main square, the Place de l’Horloge (Square of the Clock). You can’t see the clock, because...

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