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The town of Avignon France



Places to visit and stay in Avignon photos and guide

Avignon is a beautiful city in southeastern France located along the Rhône River. It is best known for its historical landmarks and cultural attractions, making it a popular tourist destination. It is about 55 miles from Marseille.

The town is a mixture of old and new it has some very nice parks and gardens.

The town is best known for its bridge the Bridge of Avignon or "Pont d'Avignon. Made famous in the song. The bridge was used as link between the residences of the cardinals and the Popes' Palace inside the city walls.

The famous Bridge


Avignon bridge picture 1

You can see in the photos all that is left of the bridge. It was built with 22 arches there are 4 left

The Popes' Palace

Avignon palace picture

The city of Avignon has a long and rich history, dating back to the first century AD when it was founded by the Romans. From the 11th century to the 14th century, the city was the seat of the papacy and home to several popes. The city is also home to the famous Palais des Papes, a magnificent Gothic palace which was once the residence of the popes. Other historical landmarks include the 12th century Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral, the Roman remains of the Pont Saint Bénézet, and the 14th century Petit Palais.

The Palais des Papes is a gothic style building more a fortress than of a palace.

You have to go inside to get to get a sense of the richness of the papal court.

There is a pedestrian area with several streets full of shops.

You will find a large variety of well stocked luxury shops.

Plus ceramics and pottery and other specialities of the Provence region.

There is a flea market on Sunday mornings and a farmers market on Saturday between May and October.

I was told they also have a Christmas Market 2 to 30 December

The town has a wide selection of restaurants you should be able to find one to suit your tastes. A local Map of the town

If you have the energy climb up the steep road to the park at Rocher des Doms on Montee du Moulin off place du Palais. it is worth for the view

We went on the Wine Safari tour you visit vineyards and get to taste the wine.You learn about wine making they are at 120 Avenue Joseph Vernet 84810 Avignon or phone to book +(33)(0)6 19 29 50 81 they will pick you up from your hotel.

Avignon is a great place to explore for tourists, with a variety of attractions and activities. The historical center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of winding streets, old buildings, and beautiful squares. Visitors can also enjoy the city's many museums, such as the Musée Calvet, which houses a large collection of paintings and sculpture, and the Musée Angladon-Dubrujeaud, which displays the works of modern art. Other popular attractions include the Avignon Festival, which is held every summer and features a variety of theatrical performances, concerts, and other events, and the Avignon Cathedral, which is one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world.

Nearby attractions include the Alpilles Mountains, the stunning villages of Les Baux-de-Provence and Gordes, and the picturesque Provencal countryside. There are also several vineyards and wineries in the area, where visitors can sample some of the region's best wines.

Pont d'Avignon bridge


Avignon bridge picture 2

Busy shopping street in the centre of town

Avignon street picture

Google street map follow the map round the centre


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