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AvignonFrance

Fancy exploring a Mediaeval city with a rich history where most of the landmarks are UNESCO World Heritage sites? Then look no further, Avignon will satisfy budding knights and culture vultures alike.

As the heart of Christianity in the Middle Ages, the City of Popes has retained its charm and its impressive architecture, while becoming a Mecca for culture with its theatre festival, not to mention its bridge, immortalised in the famous song!

To visit Avignon is to step back in time to age of knights: explore the monumental Papal Palace, sitting atop the Rocher des Doms, built in the 14th century under the auspices of Popes Benedict XII and Clement VI. It is the largest Gothic palace in the West and its 25 rooms that are open to the public will delight those with an interest in history and religion.

But this imposing rock, which dominates the city and the Rhône, is not home just to the palace. Once your visit is finished, set off to explore the Pont Saint-Bénézet, the Ramparts, Avignon Cathedral and the city walls, all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Art-lovers should head for the Musée du Petit Palais, which is famous for its paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

If it's culture you crave, Avignon is the perfect destination: in addition to its museums, its opera house and its exhibition park, the city hosts the famous Avignon Festival every July. Established by Jean Vilar in 1947, it is one of the oldest theatre festivals in the world and offers nearly 40 shows in around 20 venues, from small chapels to the legendary Cour d'honneur of the Papal Palace.

The city is a real architectural and historic gem, which is still very easy to reach via the Mediterranean high-speed line: Marseilles is only 30 minutes away, Lyon an hour and Paris 2 hours 40 minutes. The small Avignon–Provence airport is also five miles away from the city. The city is also right on Provence's doorstep, so is an ideal base from which to explore the region.

Where to stay in Avignon

Top hotels in Avignon

Les Clefs d Avignon Centre Place Crillon
Les Clefs d Avignon Centre Place Crillon
11 rue du Limas, Avignon
The price is £177 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

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 13 Aug 2020

Les Clefs d Avignon Centre Place Crillon
Regina Hotel
Regina Hotel
2 out of 5
6 Rue De La Republique, Avignon, Vaucluse
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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! (382 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 2 Jul 2020

Regina Hotel
La Mirande
La Mirande
5 out of 5
4 Place De L Amirande, Avignon, Vaucluse
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Located in Avignon City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Avignon Cathedral, Place de l'Horloge and Palais des Papes. Rocher des Doms and Parc des ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (150 reviews)
A nice stay with a friendly team

"A yound and very friendly team hosted us. Not all very experienced in running a 5 star hotel but extremely forthcoming and friendly. The hotel is perfectly situated in the very heart of the town. The food was too fancy and the choice too limited but quality was very good."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

La Mirande
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.

Top Holiday 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 £177 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

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 13 Aug 2020

Les Clefs d Avignon Centre Place Crillon
LES ANGES 2 - DELUXE SUITE - AVIGNON
LES ANGES 2 - DELUXE SUITE - AVIGNON
5 out of 5
7 Rue Palapharnerie, Avignon
The price is £163 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in Avignon City Centre, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place Pie and Palais des Papes. Eglise Saint Pierre and Halles d'Avignon ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"A lovely, quaint apartment in the heart of Avignon. You will be greated by a wonderful host who will explain everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The bed is very comfortable and cozy and the kitchen is well equipped with a dishwasher and even a washing machine. Coffee and tea ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2020

LES ANGES 2 - DELUXE SUITE - AVIGNON
Love & Spa
Love & Spa
30 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Avignon
The price is £164 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in Avignon City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Eglise Saint Pierre and Palais des Papes. Rocher des Doms and Avignon Cathedral ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Mon séjour hors du temps

"Super appartement au calme, très bien pensé pour un séjour en amoureux , très propre en plein centre d’Avignon. Je recommande fortement !!.. d ailleurs je reviendrais passer un séjour hors du temps dans ce cocon magique."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2019

Love & Spa
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.

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Reviews of Avignon

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Verified traveller

1 Jan 2020

Interesting city with lots of history & architecture. A short stay prevented us from exploring very much but we spent time in the city centre & visited Pont du Gard. The latter revealed some pretty impressive Roman engineering!

4/5 - Good

Roz

30 Sep 2019

We only had time to visit the Popes palace which was lovely. As were the surrounding streets inside the walls of Avignon

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Sep 2019

Lovey historic city. You need a streetplan. Perhaps from one of the hotels near the railway station. Otherwise you could get lost in the maze of streets inside the historic center. Taxis are rather scarce. Good buses and trains.

5/5 - Excellent

Clau

27 Sep 2019

Really beautiful town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Sep 2019

There is so much to do and see in this city and by train in the area. I would recommend a bus trip (very good value) to Uzes. Service 115 from the bus station five minutes walk away.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Aug 2019

Well worth a visit, a beautiful city

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