Things to see and do - Avignon
Unmissable tourist sites
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Avignon Travel guide
Avignon : Michelin's recommendations
From 1309 to 1377, seven French popes succeeded one another in Avignon, much to Rome’s displeasure. The Supreme Pontiffs lived the good life in their palace and were envied by all. Today, the palace hosts the Festival d'Avignon's "In" events, while the "Off" takes place within the ramparts. The exceptional architectural wealth of Avignon was recognised in 1995 with the naming of the Palais des Papes and Pont Saint Bénézet as Unesco World Heritage sites.
Tourist attractions Avignon : Things to see and do
6 place du Palais-des-Papes
This 15 000m Palais des Papes is made up of the Old Palace and the New Palace. The former, a fortress with austere architecture, was commissioned by Benoît XII in 1334. Artist and prodigy, Clément VI, grand prince of the Church, must have found it ra..
21 place du Palais-des-Papes
The Pope bought Cardinal Arnaud de Via's palace in 1335 to install the bishop's house there. It now houses the Petit Palais Museum's paintings, of which the Campana Collection of Italian paintings from the 13C and 16C is the high point. Don't miss Th..
Rocher des Doms
A stone's throw from the Papal Palace. From the different levels you can take in views of the Rhône, St Bénézet Bridge, Philippe-le-Bel Tower and the fort of St André de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Mt Ventoux, the Alpilles...
11 Rue Bancasse F - 84000 Avignon
The charming Hôtel de Blauvac is ideally located in the very centre of Avignon’s historical centre, inside the fortified walls, near the Place de l'Horloge and the Palais des Papes. This hotel is the former mansion of the Marquis de Blauvac, and has..
26, Place de l'horloge F - 84000 Avignon
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Set at the Place de l'Horloge, Kyriad Avignon-Palais des Papes is located in the pedestrian zone of the historical centre of Avignon. It offers air-conditioned rooms equipped with TV with Canal+, courtesy tray and free Wi-Fi access. Kyriad Avignon-P..
17 Rue de la République F - 84000 Avignon
Prix Prices from : 42 €
The Danieli Hotel is situated at the heart of Avignon Old Town, 400 metres from the Palais des Papes and a 10-minute walk from the Pont d'Avignon bridge. The paintings seen throughout this hotel are by Yvan Osscini. The hotel offers air-conditioned ..
Leisure activities Avignon
First visit today is to the famous Pont du Gard, vestige of a 1st century AD roman aqueduct. Protected by UNESCO and World Heritage Listed, it is an amazingly well-preserved monument that will take your breath away. Visit Les Baux de Provence, a v..
Prices from : 50 €
The ideal way to discover Provence is your own way! Choose either the morning or afternoon tour for a comprehensive introduction to this classic French region. Morning Tour: Drive along a picturesque road through lavender fields to Sault, lavend..
Visit Orange and start with a panoramic tour to discover the Roman Triumphal Arch, a symbol of the Roman imperial glory, and then visit the Antic Theatre (entrance included) one of the best preserved theatres in the Roman Empire with its stage wall i..
18 rue Joseph-Vernet F - 84000 Avignon
You have to look hard to find this small restaurant, which is hidden in a small square. It has a modern, hushed ambience with a hint of Japan in the decor. Contemporary cuisine.
3bis rue de la Petite-Calade F - 84000 Avignon
Bang on trend, this friendly neo-bistro is like a breath of fresh air. It serves nice little dishes such as rabbit terrine and pineapple salad, which are quite simply delicious! Excellent value for money at lunchtime.
21 place des Corps-Saints F - 84000 Avignon
Julien Gleize set up his restaurant on this pleasant square in the heart of the Cité des Papes in June 2014. The chef looks totally fulfilled as he works away in the kitchens, composing hearty, cleverly devised dishes, in which seasonal products are ..
5 rue de la République F - 84000 Avignon
An institution since 1938! The menu staunchly upholds the specialities of André and Pierre Hiély, who made a name for the place with dishes like pieds et paquets à la provençale and Lucullus rum baba. The decor exudes the charm of the Belle Epoque wi..
23 rue de la Bancasse F - 84000 Avignon
At the helm, an Italian couple who are passionate about what they do. While he takes care of the restaurant floor, she works in the kitchens, preparing good Italian dishes based on fresh ingredients. Try the parmesan flan with carrot tagliatelle or l..
2 rue Petite-Fusterie F - 84000 Avignon
As its name suggests, this restaurant focuses on the essentials - delicious food full of flavour, which will delight lovers of authentic cuisine. The decor is modern and minimalist in style.
10 rue de Mons F - 84000 Avignon
The passage of time does not seem to have any hold over this fine restaurant, which like good wine, seems to improve with age. Faithful to his art, Christian Étienne pays a vibrant homage to his region - Provence - but always with new variations. All..