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AvignonFrance

Situated by the banks of the Rhône River in southern France rises a grand, medieval city that was once the gilded headquarters of 14th-century popes.

The ancient city of Avignon sits by the Rhône River, surrounded by a defensive wall fortified with towers and turrets. Within these ancient ramparts are galleries, museums, churches and one of the largest Gothic palaces in the world.

Avignon is also known as the City of the Popes as it was the center of the Christian world for most of the 14th century. In 1309, Pope Clement V relocated the Catholic papacy here away from the corruption and dangerous political infighting of Rome. The following six popes were also French and they too decided to stay in Avignon.

Most of Avignon’s main attractions are found within its fortifications. Enter the city through one of the Medieval gateways and head for the Palais des Papes. This immense Gothic palace that was built to honor God, house the popes and fend off attackers. After investigating its vast stone halls and rooms head next door to Avignon Cathedral. View religious artworks and the tombs of some of the popes who resided in Avignon. From here, take the stone steps or ramps that lead to the hilltop gardens of Rocher des Doms.

Explore Avignon’s warren of backstreets which lead to convents and richly decorated churches. Browse modern boutiques and stores that fill the city’s pedestrianized shopping district. Sample excellent regional food and wines at the scores of brasseries at the Place de l’Horloge, Avignon’s main square.

Wander down to the river and walk the remaining arches of the Pont D’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge that stretches over the Rhône River but stops in midstream.

The fortress town of Avignon is easy to navigate on foot and most attractions are within close proximity to Palais des Papes. Pick up a walking map from the central tourist office on the cours Jean Jaurès, and collect your free Avignon Passion pass that gives discounted admission to all museums and monuments.

Public transport options in Avignon include a regular public bus services and the municipal bicycle sharing scheme called Vélopop.

Where to stay in Avignon

Palais des Papes which includes heritage elements and heritage architecture

Avignon City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(173 area reviews)

River views, historic sites, and museums are some highlights of Avignon City Centre. Make a stop by Palais des Papes or Place Pie while you're exploring.

Avignon City Centre

Top Hotels in Avignon

Best Western Le Paradou Avignon - Sud
Best Western Le Paradou Avignon - Sud
3 out of 5
Le Paradou 85 Avenue Clément Ader, Montfavet, Avignon, Vaucluse
The price is $63 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Parc des Expositions and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chateaublanc Golf and Epicurium. Chateau de Fargues ...

4/5Very Good! (592 reviews)
Conveniently situated hotel

"The staff were extremely attentive and friendly. Rooms were clean with comfortable bed and shower and bath were good. This is an older style hotel but still comfortable. Best thing was that breakfast and supper was taking only a short walk away from our rooms. This was fantastic as when you’ve been ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Best Western Le Paradou Avignon - Sud
Hotel de I'Horloge
Hotel de I'Horloge
4 out of 5
1 Rue Felicien David, Place De I Horloge, Avignon, Vaucluse
The price is $96 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

Located in Avignon City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rue de la Republique and Palais des Papes. Place de l'Horloge and Avignon City Hall are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (950 reviews)

"Excellent Great, kind and very helpful staff Best location in Avignon too"…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Hotel de I'Horloge
Regina Hotel
Regina Hotel
2 out of 5
6 Rue De La Republique, Avignon, Vaucluse
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $71 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Located in Avignon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue de la Republique and Palais des Papes. Place de l'Horloge and Avignon City Hall ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (374 reviews)
Great location

"The hotel is in a great location, very close to all the amenities. The hotel-like all hotels at the moment is suffering from the pandemic."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Regina Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Avignon

Les Clefs d Avignon Centre Place Crillon
Les Clefs d Avignon Centre Place Crillon
11 rue du Limas, Avignon
The price is $32 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Avignon City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Rue de la Republique and Palais des Papes. Avignon City Hall and Place de ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)

"Très bel appartement mais forte odeur d’égout dans la salle de bain. Manque du gel douche, de café, d’éponge."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Les Clefs d Avignon Centre Place Crillon
Appartement - Le Petit Avignonnais Lices Intramuros
Appartement - Le Petit Avignonnais Lices Intramuros
2 out of 5
15 rue des Lices, Avignon
The price is $55 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Avignon City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Rue de la Republique and Palais des Papes. Rue des Teinturiers and Collection ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (25 reviews)

"I stayed on this property (the Dreamer suite) for two nights. It's clean, modern, comfortable, great location. The owners also have a guide to Avignon that is really helpful. An excellent experience overall! Highly recommend it!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Appartement - Le Petit Avignonnais Lices Intramuros
Apart'Hotel Sainte-Marthe
Apart'Hotel Sainte-Marthe
6 Route de Lyon, Avignon, Vaucluse
The price is $53 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

Located in Avignon City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rue des Teinturiers and Palais des Papes. Place Pie and Halles d'Avignon are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (682 reviews)
Did not stay because of COVID-19

"We were not able to travel because of flight restrictions and concern for our safety and health. The host did not receive our VRBO emails. They had no idea we had initially (immediately after booking) emailed them from VRBO internal email system that we would be showing up late. It seems VRBO booked ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2020

Apart'Hotel Sainte-Marthe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Avignon

Palais des Papes
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Palais des Papes

4.5/5(125 reviews)

Built to house and protect France’s 14th-century popes, one of Europe’s largest Gothic palaces dominates Avignon’s skyline and cultural life.

Avignon Cathedral
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Avignon Cathedral

4.5/5(44 reviews)

Celebrate mass in this resting place of 14th-century popes, or simply visit to enjoy the spiritual and artistic treasures within this beautiful Romanesque cathedral.

Parc des Expositions
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Parc des Expositions

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Attend a concert, sporting event, art exhibition or even a circis at this stunning center just outside Avignon.

Pont Saint-Bénézet
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Pont Saint-Bénézet

4.5/5(69 reviews)

One of Avignon’s most iconic landmarks is a bridge that literally goes nowhere, yet continues to draw travelers from all over the globe.

City Walls
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City Walls

Running for a length of more than 2 miles, these medieval fortifications draw a boundary around the historic core of Avignon.

Rue de la Republique
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Rue de la Republique

You can learn about the history of Avignon with a stop at Rue de la Republique. Discover the festivals and cathedral in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Avignon

Provence in a Day from Marseille
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Provence in a Day from Marseille

$153
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Pont du Gard, Uzès and Nîmes Tour from Avignon
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Half-Day Pont du Gard, Uzès and Nîmes Tour from Avignon

$94
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Wine Tour around Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Avignon
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Full-Day Wine Tour around Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Avignon

$188
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Hilltop villages of Luberon in a half day tour from Avignon
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Hilltop villages of Luberon in a half day tour from Avignon

$82
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Secret Camargue Tour from Avignon
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Half-Day Secret Camargue Tour from Avignon

$100
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private transfer from Avignon to Marseille Airport
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Private transfer from Avignon to Marseille Airport

$285
Per adult

Reviews of Avignon

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
92
5 - Excellent 66.66666666666667%
4 - Good
38
4 - Good 27.536231884057973%
3 - Okay
6
3 - Okay 4.3478260869565215%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 1.4492753623188406%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Loved it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 25, 2019

Beautiful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

A very walkable city with lots to see and enjoy.

4/5 - Good

Constance

Oct 25, 2019

A bit busy and hectic with too many touristy restaurants in the piazza. Excursions to Pont du Gard were too expensive for me with no budget options to get there. :-(

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

The general atmosphere & mood of this region was just awesome & impressive.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 13, 2019

Best restaurant in Avignon La Vintage

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Montfavet

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Barbentane

Photo "Chateaurenard" by PJMarriott (CC BY) / Cropped from original

Chateaurenard