Avignon Travel Guide

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Avignon Things to Do

  • Palais des Papes - Popes' Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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 - Roman Aqueduct

    About 25 km from the town of Avignon you'll find the Pont du Gard - an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River. It is part of the 50 km Nimes Aqueduct that brought water into the town of Nimes. It was built in the 1st century AD and is very well preserved. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. It stands about 160 ft...

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  • City Walls - Ramparts

    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 walls are still (or again) in good repair. Like a lot of things in Avignon (and in Villeneuve lez Avignon, across the river), these walls were built in...

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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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  • Pont D'Avignon - Pont Saint Bénezet

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Pont St Bénézet, as the story goes, was inspired by a shepherd boy who said he was visited by angels who told him to build the bridge. The bridge, built in the 12th century, once spanned the Rhone River. Fighting and flooding, over the centuries, damaged and washed away parts of the bridge leaving only four of the original 22 arches...

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  • Rocher des Doms

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you are at the Cathedral just take the ramp upwards, you will end up on a beautiful bluff overlooking the river. It is a lovely park space with lots of shade trees and fountains. As it is 30 meters above the river you get great views all around. The terrace offers an amazing wide open view of the surrounding region. As you are entering you will...

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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

  • The plate of the day

    The Plat du Joir was good value at 10 Euro--I always try the menu of the day in france even if i dont know the language.of what the meal is, usually the waiter can speak english..

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  • Eat at the Pont-du-Gard

    If you visit the Pont-du-Gard as a day trip from Avignon, you'll want to eat something. They are well equipped to serve you. My first discovery was their excellent ice cream many years ago when the museum first opened. It is just as good today.There is a snack bar, a bistro and a restaurant at the museum location. Across the Pont by the abri...

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  • 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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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 Avignon Centre train station, which was being remodeled during the time of my visit, is the central station just outside the ramparts of Avignon. If your hotel is right in the city center then you are in luck, its just a very short walk to the train station From this station you can catch trains to most local destinations in Provence. Most of...

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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). This is due to the mistral winds where winds can...

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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

  • Uzès is a great visit along with the...

    If you are in Avignon and have time for a couple day trips, you will want to visit the famous Roman aqueduct, the Pont-du-Gard. Unless you spend the day kayaking underneath the huge aqueduct, you will have time to visit the nearby picturesque town of Uzès about 40 km west of Avignon. The Pont-du-Gard is about halfway between Avignon and Uzès.We had...

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  • Pont-du-Gard Museum

    This museum is fairly new as museums go and has been done very well. It traces the history of the immediate area from the prehistoric cave across the river to the Roman Pont-du-Gard aqueduct and has exhibits about Roman life and wonderful demonstrations of how the aqueduct was built. If you have children with you, don't miss this. We were all over...

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  • The Pont-du-Gard Roman Aqueduct

    Vers-Pont-du-Gard is not listed on Virtual Tourist nor is the Pont-du-Gard so since it really is a great day trip from Avignon, I'll make it a suggestion for Avignon, Off the Beaten Path. It's an easy drive and if you get lost, follow the tour buses and you'll be fine. That's what we did the first time and it worked. We approached via the Route du...

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Avignon General

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  • 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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