What to visit in Avignon in a weekend

Full of charm and famous for its bridge, Avignon, also known as the City of the Popes, is a city that is worth visiting. Whether for a weekend or on you way to the South-East of France, do not miss this beautiful city, so typical of the South of France.

Wondering what to see and do in Avignon? We have prepared a short guide to plan your future visit to Avignon. Let yourself be guided...

The 5 things to do in Avignon

The Palais des Papes

The unmissable place of Avignon is of course the Palais des Papes! Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the symbol of the City of the Popes and represents THE essential visit of the city.
Largest gothic building in the world, a visit to the Palais des Papes is well worth a visit, as you will visit chapels, towers, ramparts but also private rooms or ceremonial rooms. Do not miss this visit, which can last about 2 hours.

The Cathedral Notre-Dame des Doms

You can admire its splendour directly from the forecourt of the Palais des Papes. With its 6 meters high and the statue of the golden virgin who watches over the city, the Cathedral of the Doms is also one of the major monuments of the city of the Popes. Do not miss the visit of this cathedral, built in the 12th century, in a Provençal Romanesque style.

The Pont d'Avignon (Benezet bridge)

How to make a stay in Avignon without seeing one of the most famous Bridges of France. The Pont Saint-Bénezet, its real name, is therefore one of the essential things when you visit Avignon. The Pont d'Avignon was built in the 12th century and at the time, it used to cross the entire Rhône River. Today, you will be able to admire the 4 remaining arches of this unmissable monument.

The alleys of the historic centre of Avignon

When visiting Avignon, take the time to stroll in the historic lanes reflecting the old charm and the South of France. Do not miss the dyers street (rue des teinturiers), so typical of Provence, get to the Opera of Avignon, located on the beautiful Place de l'Horloge, or the ramparts of the old town and the Place des Carmes. Many alleys reflect the charm of Provence, lose yourself in its narrow streets to appreciate all their splendour.

Live the Avignon Festival

If you like the theatre and the contemporary show, the Avignon Festival is an event for you! Every year, in July, one of the biggest cultural events of theater and contemporary art takes place. And for the occasion, the most beautiful places of the city host the many performances for the greatest happiness of lovers of art, history and theater. Find our special article on the Avignon Festival.

Visit the surroundings of Avignon

Avignon is also the ideal starting point to visit the many surrounding villages as well as the Regional Natural Park of Luberon or Alpilles.

The beautiful landscapes of Provence are worth visiting to discover the charm of this region, so do not miss visiting Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Roque-sur-Cèze, Gordes or Le Crestet.


Prepare your next stay in Avignon: where to stay in Avignon?

In order to enjoy your stay in Avignon and to visit the old town and the historic ramparts on foot, the ideal is to find accommodation near the city centre.

Our hotel residence in Avignon offers fully-furnished studios and apartments, 10-minute walk from the historic city walls. Benefit from an ideal location, while taking advantage of our free private parking. In order to allow you to live your stay at your own pace, our apartments have all the necessary comfort, a private bathroom, an equipped kitchenette and a free Wi-Fi connection.

Start the day off right and enjoy a continental buffet breakfast during the months of June, July and August at the aparthotel Avignon.

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More information about Avignon

Are you planning to visit Avignon and wondering what to see and do in Avignon? Find out more information to visit Avignon on the website of the Avignon Tourist Office.