What can you see and do in this city?
On the border of Provence and the Rhone Valley, Avignon on the banks of the Durance and Rhone Rivers will enchant you. For centuries known as the “Cité des Papes” (Papal City), it now epitomises the way of life in Provence, a lifestyle that will ignite your senses as much as your curiosity. And for good reason, for behind its magnificent walls, you’ll discover the heritage of the city with every step you take.
You’ll likely wander over to the Palais des Papes (Papal Palace). The city's cultural centre, this Gothic monument will send you back to the 14th century, when Avignon was the centre of Christianity. As much a fortress as a palace, the site offers a historic tour where augmented reality and imagination are combined to help you discover the frescos, the state rooms and the cloisters.
Leave the mighty palace behind you and continue your tour of Avignon by heading north of the city centre. Pass by the Romanesque Notre-Dame-des-Doms Basilica to reach the Musée du Petit Palais. Now all you need to do is walk to the middle of the Rhône via the famed Avignon bridge, immortalised in one of the best-known nursery rhymes not just in France, but the world over – “Sur le pont d’Avignon”.
Whether during the famous Avignon Festival, the “Cheval Passion” horse fair or the “Ban des Vendages” wine harvest festival, Avignon is full of unmissable events, offering you as many chances to explore the old town as to savour one of the wines of the Rhône Valley. Indeed, in this open-air museum in Provence, nothing could be better to accompany traditional Bohémienne stew than a glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.