Avignon Travel Guide

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Avignon Things to Do

  • Palais des Papes

    4 out of 5 stars

    During the warm weather months, there is a nightly production held at the Palais de Papes called Lumenesence. It is a telling of the story of Avignon through projected light and sound inside the palace walls. It is in French, but you can easily follow the story with a short glance through a guidebook before visiting Avignon. We thoroughly enjoyed...

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  • Pont du Gard

    We were attacked while kayaking down the Rhone River under the Pont du Gard. The Pont Du Gard is beautiful and if you go in the summertime you can enjoy swimming in the river below. We rented kayaks and about 30 min down river we were physically attacked by a group of men. Upon return to the rental office we were told that this is a big problem in...

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  • Outside of 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 river. Soon popes and cardinals themselves could not resist its charms, and built their own luxurious Villeneuve residences. Together with neighbouring...

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  • Pont D'Avignon / Pont Saint Bénezet

    4 out of 5 stars

    Once used as part of the most important pilgrimage routes between Italy and Spain, this bridge became very important during the popes' presence, linking the several palaces used by the bishops. Technically, it meant some progress, with wider arches than in roman architecture. Frequently collapsed by flooding and reconstructed, it was abandoned...

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  • Look around the City

    Located right next to the Tourist Office. Whenever you see Temple you know its not a catholic church. This imposing building has served a large number of purposes over its lifetime. Today it is the Protestant Church (since 1881). It started life as a monastery and school for the Benedictines around 1388. It was enlarged and later abandoned...

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  • 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 activity. Both of the streets at the top end of the Place d'Horloge lead to the Place du Palais and the Palace of the Popes. Avignon town hall clock...

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Avignon Hotels

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  • Hotel Garlande

    € 53,36/ 350 FF per night, with shower. (2001) I'm sure we paid much less in the early 90s and...

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  • Hotel d'Europe

    The Hotel d'Europe was a terrific place to stay in Avignon. The hotel is luxurious, yet it has a...

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  • La Mirande Hotel

    La Mirande is an extremely charming 19-room luxury hotel in Avignon. It is located in the shadow of...

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Avignon Restaurants

  • On the Place de l'Horloge

    In theory this is a bar-restaurant-glacier (ice cream shop). In point of fact, you can get a meal there and it's not too bad if you order carefully. However, the high point of a meal here is dessert and by that, I mean the ice cream. We spent a lot more time in the Palais des Papes than we had planned and exited looking for a restaurant that was...

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  • Way off the beaten track but terrific

    We rented a gite about 30 kilometers southeast of Avignon. The first thing we found was a wonderful restaurant. It's on the main road (D31) through town and they do have five rooms to rent. We ate there twice, once on an expensive Sunday and another time during the week when they have equally good food but a daily prix fixe menu that is very...

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  • Restaurant Le Lutrin

    I decided long ago not to write restaurant tips, but here I’ll make a small exception just because I liked the interior of this one. I found it a cozy and comfortable place to have lunch on a rainy Easter Sunday in Avignon.I can’t recall what I ate here, but whatever it was I’m sure it was all right.The building, formerly called “Hôtel Calvet de la...

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Avignon Nightlife

  • There are bars, there is an...

    There are bars, there is an operabuilding, you can see theatre or concerts and you can watch sports in the arena (no bull fights).

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  • A good place to be is 'bar...

    A good place to be is 'bar americaine' in the main street. Many travellers come here to drink french beer and sing karaoke. Even if I hate karaoke I met many funny people here singing a song together.Prices are average eg. beer Euro 2,50. as you like

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Avignon Transportation

  • Train

    The newest “Bridge of Avignon” is actually a pair of railway viaducts spanning the Rhône River and Valley as part of the high-speed “LGV Méditerranée” (‘Mediterranean line of great speed’) that was opened in 2001. Most of the trains on this line go to Paris, Lyon, Lille or Geneva, but there is also one train a day in each direction between...

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  • Various Methods of Transport

    As you might know, bicycles are very popular in France. Like many other cities, Avignon has a way of renting bicycles for your usage at a very reasonable cost from various stations around the city. I can't say I saw many tourists using this service, Avignon is small enough that its easy to walk. Still a good option for those interested. This is a...

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  • Car / Motor Home

    Follow signs to free parking at Les Angles across the river from Avignon. The latest signs seem to be "Parking Île de Piot." It's easy to get to and there is a free shuttle bus that will take you right to Old Town . . . or a bus stop to travel around town. Great bus service in Avignon! The photo has nothing to do with parking; I like gelato. Do...

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Avignon Shopping

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  • English books and tearoom

    Avignon’s only English bookshop was founded in 1994 (or 1992, depending on which website you believe) by Wolfgang Zuckermann. He called it “Shakespeare & Co.” in the tradition of the bookshop that was started in Paris by Sylvia Beach in 1919.Wolfgang Zuckermann was born in Berlin in 1922. He became an American citizen in 1938 and for many years was...

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  • The Young Ladies of Avignon

    Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon) is the title of a famous painting from the year 1907 by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). This painting has been described as revolutionary and controversial, as one of the most important canvases of the twentieth century and as a pivotal work in the development of modern art. According to the...

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  • A favorite stop for souvenirs of...

    Avignon ranks right up there with Arles for souvenir shopping. I love the Provencal fabrics in table linens, bath linens and anything else they can dream of making. There are all kinds of crazy things like chirping ceramic cicadas to remind you of summer nights in Provence. I have, so far, resisted the chirping ceramics.The Old Town is the place to...

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Avignon Local Customs

  • Festivals

    Since the late 1940s, for three weeks in July, Avignon hosts le Festival d'Avignon, during which numerous theatrical plays, both large productions as well as low budget, are shown. The city's numerous theatres show the major plays, while many churches and local palace courtyards are turned into stages for smaller productions. Le Festival d'Avignon...

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  • Money/Tipping

    Service charges are included on all restaurant bills at a cost of between 10 and 15 percent. Extra tips are accepted of course if you have received above good service. s fair to add a little more if the meal and service has been exceptional. Taxi drivers expect tips of about 10 percent of the fare. Hairdressers will expect about 10% also. Porters,...

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  • University of Avignon and the Regions of...

    The University of Avignon was founded in 1303 by the Pope Boniface VIII and by Charles II, the King of Sicily, Count of Provence and Ruler of Avignon. They combined several pre-existing institutions of higher education (not only theology) to form a full-scale university as an alternative to the Sorbonne in Paris, which they considered to be too...

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Avignon Warnings and Dangers

  • Bring a jacket!

    if you are packing for the South of France you don't normally think of rain and such. I would recommend very strongly that if you are coming to Avignon you pack a light jacket or something with long sleeves. Mornings can be fresh and the late afternoon wind can be VERY strong (I went in late Sept).

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  • Cars

    Avignon has made some progress in recent years in calming its car traffic, particularly with the Encounter Zone and the Vélopop’ bike sharing system. But the authorities are well aware that much more needs to be done to make the urban area livable and sustainable.According to the official Grand Avignon website, two-thirds of the journeys within the...

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  • Guidance on photography in churches

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the most powerful influencethat has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the...

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Avignon Tourist Traps

  • Avoid touristic restaurants

    When in Avignon you will find many touristic restaurants around town, with cheap menu and not so good food. If you have to use this restaurants make sure that the price advertised in the signs are the same as the ones in the menu, also make sure you see some other people's dishes and if they are finishing their meals and if you like what you...

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  • The incomplete bridge

    To walk "sur le Pont d'Avignon" costs a steep 4 EUR (or the combination with the Palais des Papes 11,50 EUR, which means that you "save" 2 EUR when visiting both Tourist Traps). Walk through the nice park on the hill between the palace and the Rhone until you have a wonderful view down to the river with the bridge and the nice area across the...

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  • Palais des Papes

    The fact that 3 Popes ruled here makes the tourists believe that they could see inside the Palace something comparable to at least 5 % of the Vatican (the fraction of the Popes' history connected with Avignon). But that is not the fact. Yes, the Popes lived in incredible luxury but nothing is left from that except the almost empty buildings - and...

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Avignon What to Pack

  • Suffer from Hayfever ?

    If you suffer from Hayfever and find yourself in Avignon in Spring (as I did), make sure you take some hayfever tablets with you.I don't really suffer from it, but it hit me hard the minute we got to Avignon - there was so much pollen in the air.

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  • Packing List

    Backpack or sportsbag Dress lightly in summer Suncream! Film is available here. Bring your tent or caravan to a camping nearby.

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  • Packing List

    Before you leave on a trip (no matter how long you'll be away), list the complete contents in your luggage (that's everything... including make-up, books and medications). Carry a photo of your suitcase as well as a description of it (i.e. make, type, etc.). Should your bag be lost or stolen, you'll have everything you need with you in order to...

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Avignon Off The Beaten Path

  • Théâtre La Petite Caserne

    This ‘Theater of the Little Caserne’ has been a site of the Avignon ‘Off’ Festival since 2003. Just as New York has its theaters ‘Off Broadway’, Avignon has a number of small ‘Off’ Theaters (they use the English word ‘Off’) for experimental productions during the Avignon Festival every summer.The theater has 49 seats and gives priority to...

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  • Rue de la Carreterie

    This is one of the many small streets within the walls (intra-muros) of Avignon.Note the many blocks and posts, which are necessary to keep cars from parking on the sidewalks.Second photo: This ‘Steeple of the Augustinians’ is a prominent landmark on the Rue de la Carreterie. Third photo: According to this historical sign, the Steeple of the...

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  • Collège Saint-Nicolas d'Annecy

    One of the many historic buildings in Avignon is this one at 83, rue Joseph Vernet. In former times it was used as a school, the Collège Saint-Nicolas d'Annecy.Part of the building is now an up-market restaurant.Fourth photo: This historical sign says that the Collège Saint-Nicolas d’Annecy, also known as the Grand Collège, was founded in 1426 by...

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Avignon Favorites

  • Palais des Papes

    This huge plaza in front of the Palais is usually teeming with people. It is a great place for lunch or a drink or snack and listen to music from various street entertainers. When we were there we heard a good musical group from the Andes (I don't know how they ended up here). The plaza was also used for huge crowds whenever they consecrated a new...

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  • Life in the streets

    There was nothing better than taking an evening stroll after dinner through the Place de l'horloge. Nightime brings the people out an about and is a great people watching time. We enjoyed outr evening walks and enjoying some after dinner ice cream. The evening weather was considerably cooler which was a nice break from the daytime heat.

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  • Pont St-Benezet

    The famous bridge at Avignon, the song that every French schoolchild knows and quite a few English ones who are learning French. Unfortunately, there was no one dancing when we visited, but it was extremely interesting to read about the history and the ceremonies and meetings that took place there over the centuries. Here are a few sites that...

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