Featuring a blend of historical and cultural riches, Avignon is dotted with Heritage-listed sites, medieval monuments and the former residence of seven Popes. It’s home to an impressive collection of art museums and architectural gems and hosts a wide variety of festivals and events.
Things to do in Avignon
The Heritage-listed Palais de Papes is a majestic residence towering over Avignon. The largest medieval Gothic building the world, it dates back to 14th century when it was used to accommodate several Popes. Tour the interior to see the Great Audience Hall and Great Clementine Chapel.
Another Heritage-listed site, the Musee du Petit Palais boasts a collection of over 300 Italian and Provencal paintings dating back to the 13th century. It displays masterpieces from artists like Sandro Botticelli and Louis Brea, in addition to its exhibitions of Roman and Gothic-style sculptures.
See the iconic Saint Benezet Bridge, which features the Chapel of St. Nicholas above its second arch. It’s actually no longer a bridge, but instead serves to showcase local history. Built in the 12th century, it was an important route for transportation across the Rhone River.
Mingle with locals at Les Halles, an authentic Provencal-style market. You’ll find a colourful and aromatic market with local vendors offering seasonal products and regional specialties, such as wine, olive oil, herbs and charcuterie.
Getting around Avignon
The compact streets in Avignon are easy to explore on foot, while bikes are also a popular way to get around. Avignon Airport is nine kilometres from the city centre and there is a two-hour train from Paris.