Avignon Travel Guide

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Avignon Highlights

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     Fantastic cultural visits, surrounded by La Provence 

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     Very heavily visited by tourists, even outside the peak summer months. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Once of the best attractions in the south 

Avignon Things to Do

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    Apologies for the poor picture quality, but this photo was snapped out of the window of a moving bus between Avignon and Pont du Gard, after I'd done a double take to confirm that I'd really seen what I thought I saw ... Grape growing is clearly big business in Provence - and it is home to many prestigious vineyards such as the world famous...

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  • Palais des Papes

    Built in the 14th century, this palace. now Unesco Heritage, is a very important remain of one of the most dramatic period of the catholic church. Escaping from the violence in Rome, the pope Clement V moved to Avignon, fixing there the pope's official residence, until their return to Rome in 1377. French didn't accept and elected a second pope,...

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  • 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 LANGUEDOC ROUSSILLON!! Clearly Provence does not have any good sites to visit so has to lay claim to our own Languedoc Roussillon as it's own!!

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  • Pont D'Avignon / Pont Saint Bénezet

    The church built over Pont d'Avignon is in fact split into two chapels. The Romanesque-style lower level is Chapelle Saint-Bénezet, which dates from the 12th century and once held the relics of its namesake saint. Above it is Chapelle Saint Nicolas, the Gothic church dating from the 13th century. Much like the bridge underneath, the two chapels lie...

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  • Look around the City

    Tour St Jean is located diagonally across the square from the Les Halles fresh produce market, and is all that remains of a complex founded by the Hospital Order of St John of Jerusalem (usually known as the Knights Hospitaller) in the mid 13th century. Along with their bitter rivals, the Knight Templar, the Knights Hospitaller were one of the two...

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  • City walls

    First to be sighted in the historical centre of Avignon are the town wall and ramparts. The popes built these in the 14th century for fortification but as it turned out, the wall was not as impregnable as the actual Palais des Papes which has walls that are 18 feet thick. The wall is one of very few in France to be still completely intact. It is...

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Avignon Restaurants

  • Right on Place de l'Horloge

    Avignon is one of our favorite southern cities and we visit as often as possible. We were there on a cold November day once and I'll suggest a warm sunny day if possible. We love to sit outside on the Place de l'Horloge under the plane trees for lunch but decided inside was better in November. We always start our lunch by searching for a...

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  • Food, Drink & Music! Very Trendy

    Le Cid is an establishment with many personalities. It serves a lovely casual lunch, but when we tried to eat there in the evening we were told that it was a bar only. We did manage to get a little food out of them, but it wasn't until recently that I realized that in the evening is was a bar and music venue popular with gays, although the...

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  • Budget Tapas, Rustic & Funky

    The Tapas Locas in Avignon is apparently the "mother ship" for a series of franchised restaurants. It's inexpensive - each tapas is 3 euro, rustic, casual, noisy. The food is decent and it's a good place to take a group of students, as we did. The restaurant does predate the recent tapas craze.

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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

    There are 2 train stations in Avignon. If you arrive by TGV from Paris it is likely you will arrive at AvignonTGV station, this is a 10 minute bus ride to the centre of Avignon fare 1 euro 30. The best station to arrive is Avignon Centre, as its name suggests is central, TGVs arrive here as well as local TER s. If you are travelling from London in...

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  • Various Methods of Transport

    Gare Routier location: corner of Boulevard Saint Roche and Avenue Monclar which is 170 metres east of the Porte de la Republique in the southern wall of the old city. (turn left as you pass thru' the port away from the old city) approx Latitude : Longitude of the Gare - 43º56'33.00"N : 04º48'26.40"E By the way, in France "bus" = "autocar" or...

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  • Car / Motor Home

    Follow signs to free parking at Les Angles across the river from Avignon. 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 people take photos of parking lots?;^) Here is a web...

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Avignon Shopping

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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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  • Sample local Camargue red rice!

    Rice is one of my absolute all time favourite things to eat in just about any possible incarnation, and Camargue red rice is something that I've been looking forward to trying for some time.I didn't have much time to shop in Avignon, and drew a blank with the few small supermarkets located in the city centre. However, I did get lucky when I rose at...

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  • A feast for the eyes and the tummy!

    As you might expect, the Les Halles fresh produce market is a hall equipped with serried ranks of edible temptation - although surprisingly well ordered and subdued, at least when I visited (very early morning). I suspect that there must be a wholesale fresh produce market elsewhere, as this didn't seem to be big enough to service a town of this...

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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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  • The wind Mistral

    The Mistral is "the wind that drives you crazy" !!!it blows by 3 days : if it blows 1 days, it blows 3 days ! if it blows 4th day, it blows 6 days...3/6/9/12....For finish, i like "Le Mistral" because it purifies the air and cleared the sky when the clouds pile up there.it's winter and spring it is the most strong but there is Mistral all the...

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Avignon Warnings and Dangers

  • 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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  • Snakes: They think the Road is their's...

    OK I do not want to put anybody off here from Cycle Touring in France - you just have to have some common sense about you.On very warm days Snakes like to bask in the Sun; Now if you are cycling in England you would always be looking aheah to wear are you going - so just the same in France. In England you hit a stone in the Road and it can throw...

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  • Heavy Traffic

    Although i stayed in Avignon and travelled each day from here - for some people - especially those on their first cycle trip - it is not the ideal place to be - there is a big arterial road that runs through Avignon and even i got a little scared at times - at oine roundabout i had to get off and walk.If however you stay accross from Avignon to 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

  • Rocher des Doms Gardens

    North of the Place du Palais, there are great views from this Garden overlooking the Pont d’Avignon (main pic) and Rhóne river (second pic).

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  • Enjoy a Vineyard Tour

    When we were staying in Avignon we booked a Vineyard tour for the day. We hopped on a bus with 4 other people and we whisked away to tour some vineyards with our guide Francois. We visited two wineries and saw their winemaking process as well an an extensive tasting. The tour included lunch at a nice restuarant: Sous les Micocouliers as well as...

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  • Green Wall

    I loved this.One of the walls of Les Halles, the indoor market building, is entirely covered in plants.At first, from a distance, I thought it was painted. then I thought it was fake/3D. Then I saw the plants moving in the breeze and realised they were real.Very, very clever. Very effective, and very pleasing to the eye in the middle of a busy...

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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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