Looking for a cultural and sunny getaway? Head for Avignon, a city of art and history classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the heart of Provence, the "City of the Popes" never ceases to surprise its visitors. Here is our selection of places and monuments to visit during your stay in Avignon.
The Palace of the Popes
This is the most famous tourist attraction in Avignon. It was built in the 14th century to house the papal residence during the Great Western Schism. This jewel of Gothic architecture is part of a unique monumental ensemble that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Visitors can explore the various rooms of the palace, including the chapel, the throne room, the pope's chamber, and the palace garden.
The Bridge of Avignon
The Pont d'Avignon, also known as the Pont Saint-Bénezet, is another iconic monument of the walled city. Built in the 12th century, the bridge was used to cross the Rhône to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. It has been destroyed several times. So don't be surprised if the bridge is not complete. A detail that does not detract from its worldwide fame!
The ramparts of Avignon
Avignon is one of the few medieval cities in France to have preserved its ramparts: four kilometres of walls flanked by 39 towers, built in the 14th century to protect the city from attack. Visitors can walk along the ramparts and admire the panoramic views of the city and the Rhone valley. Access is via the Pont d'Avignon entrance and up to the Jardin des Doms.
The Doms garden
The art of strolling in Avignon! The Jardin des Doms is a magnificent public park, laid out "à l'anglaise", located on a hill overlooking the city. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Palais des Papes and the city below. Visitors will discover a wide variety of plants and flowers, some of them very rare. Sculptures and fountains enhance the walk. A haven of greenery in the heart of the city.
The Place de l'Horloge
A stone's throw from the Palais des Papes, the Place de l'Horloge is the heart of Avignon, built on the site of the Roman forum of the ancient Avennio. It is still a favourite meeting place for the locals. All around, many cafés and restaurants allow you to take a break between two visits. Take the opportunity to admire the facades of the Opera House and the Town Hall.
Avignon also has several museums that are worth a visit, starting with the Musée du Petit Palais, which houses a collection of medieval and Renaissance art (early Italian paintings and paintings by the Avignon School). The Calvet Museum, located in the heart of the city, presents works of modern and contemporary art (paintings, sculptures, drawings, art objects...).
The Avignon Festival
The "City of the Popes" is also known for its cultural festivals, in particular the Avignon Festival, which takes place every year in July. Created in 1947 by Jean Vilar, the Avignon Festival is now one of the largest theatre festivals in the world. The festival presents a variety of live performances, theatrical and choreographic creations, as well as contemporary art exhibitions. Discover the programme on the official festival website
How to get there? By car, from the A7 motorway coming from Lyon, take the Avignon Nord exit n°23, then follow RN7 Avignon Centre ; coming from Marseille, take the Avignon Sud exit n°24, then follow RN7 Avignon Centre. From the A9 motorway: exit Avignon n°22, then follow the RN 100
Where to stay ? Our Verbéla Village campsite is located only 18 km from Avignon, in the heart of the Alpilles. We offer chalet rental, in different atmospheres, in a spirit of nature, refinement and comfort. Swimming pool, balneotherapy pool, petanque court, table tennis, table football, fitness area, are all possibilities to entertain you and enjoy your stay in Avignon.