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Avignon is one of the cities that might take you to France either for fun or for business. A good portion of your time will be spent on planning where to in Avignon,also, where  to stay, what to do and where to eat when you are in the city. 

This article will provide information about Avignon, helping you plan the perfect trip to Avignon.

 

About Avignon

Avignon is a city located in the southeast of France. It currently serves as Vaucluse department’s capital and one of France’s few cities that did not pull down its ramparts. A rampart is a fortified wall with a walkway and parapet used to fortify and protect a town, city or country. The town Avignon has an area of 64.78 square kilometres. 

And the economy of Avignon is mainly built on the public sector, industry, agriculture, and tourism. 

As for the weather in Avignon, you should consider visiting the city in the period May to October, when it is  mostly warm. But if you like the cold, then you should plan your trip to Avignon from November to April. 

And there is more to Avignon, you could opt to visit Avignon’s  sister cities and twin towns including Wetzlar, Germany; Tortosa, Spain; Tarragona, Spain; Siena, Italy; New Haven, Connecticut, USA; Diourbel, Senegal; Guanajuato, Mexico and Colchester, United Kingdom.

 

Why you should visit Avignon

There are many reasons why you should consider visiting Avignon. We will try to convince you to plan a trip to Avignon by providing some of the key aspects of the city, who knows, something might spike your attention!

 

Discover Van Gogh and Romans

France’s Roman history is not limited to Le Point du Gard and Avignon alone. You can take a 20 minutes train ride from Arles, where you will find towns dating back to as far as 2,500 years back. You will find popular Roman arena and you can also visit the Van Gogh Walk. Yes,  Van Gogh is also famous for being the home of Van Gogh who was alive towards the end of the nineteenth century.

 

The Rhone

For when the sun is out, we advise that you take a cruise on the Rhone during lunchtime. The Rhone River is a major part of the history of the city. There are many ways to enjoy a boat ride on the Rhone, you just have to make a choice from all the different companies providing packages with some providing a dinner or lunch cruises.

 

Cathedral Notre-Dame-des-Doms

The peace square is gorgeously located in the middle of Avignon. The square is splendour and sophistication. The square has been reinforced by stylish cafes and  restaurants where you can sip coffee with a slice of cake while enjoying the view of the city’s architecture. Also, don’t forget to take picture, we often see people being blown away by the city’s beauty and forget to capture the moment!.

 

Take a journey to Le Pont du Gard

As we mentioned earlier, Avignon has more to offer than it’s own city. You could opt to visit the Le Pont du Gard, a city that is very close to Avignon. You can visit the neighbouring city when you are in Avignon and visit a very old Roman bridge that has been so well preserved that it will blow you away! It has been so well preserved, so well that has been  listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can cover the 25 kilometres distance from Avignon to the bridge by bus, taxi or hiring a car. The 160 feet high structure is reputed to be the highest Roman aqueduct and was carrying about 200,000 cubic meters of water daily at some point.

 

Browse through the Halles Market

If you want a local and authentic experience, then you should visit the aromatic and colourful Les Halles market, where a giant wall will greet you as you enter the market. Also, you will be able to shop for delicious Provincial foods, great for when you want to enjoy the sunset the river.

 

Gourmet food tour

A gourmet food tour is a unique and fun way to discover Avignon. You would get to know about the culture and history of the town. PLan  a food tour as soon as you get to Avignon, it will make it easier to discover hidden gems within the town. Also, known parts of a city will make it so much easier to discover more during the next days of your holiday.

 

Visit art museums

Visiting a museum always seems like the lasting you want to do on a holiday but you should rethink the stereotype that museums are boring, especially in a city like Avignon. You can visit the art museums in the town especially the Musee du Petit Palais, where you will see incredible paintings collection, with some Italian masterpieces that were painted between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries.

 

Hot spots Avignon

Some of the major hot spots in Avignon include Eglise Saint-Pierre, Rocher des Doms, Place de l’horloge, and Eglise Saint-Didier. Others spots you should definitely visit are Cathédrale Notre-Dame-des-Doms, Musée Calvet, Pont Saint Bénezet, Musée du Petit Palais, and Palais des Papes.

We would like to provide more with more hot spots but we don’t want to spoil the fun of discovering more on your own!

 

Culture of Avignon

Avignon is reputed for its festivals and other cultural events. There are dozens of various festivals hosted all throughout the year. During the summertime, is when you should visit on of the major event, known as Festival d’Avignon. It is said to be the world’s biggest theatre festival, so if you are in Avignon between June and July, you can easily be a part of the theatre. The festival is the perfect opportunity to learn about the culture of Avignon through philosophy, literature and poetry presentations. 

There are so many traditional events that take place in Avignon, here is a small selection of festivals that you should consider: the traditional Christmas market, October Blues Festival, Contemporary Art Festival from September ending to October, September Medieval festival, August Agricultural festival as well as the August Avignon Jazz Festival.

 

Best restaurants in Avignon

There are several very nice restaurants where you can dine in Avignon.  You might know some of the restaurants but we do recommend that you save up and experience food in a way you could never have imagined at one of these restaurants:

Restaurant Tanoshii – Japonais & Core, L’Atelier de Belinda, La compagnie des chats, Juste Chez Moi SASU, Coeur d’Artichaut, Le coude à coude – Restaurant & Bistro à vins, Le Potard, Restaurant La Cour du Louvre, O’Petitapetit, Le goût du jour, Chez Bodus Le Garçon Boucher, LE PETIT GOURMAND, La Fourchette, Restaurant EAT, Avenio, L’Agape, Les 5 Sens, Hiely Lucullus, La Cuisine du Dimanche and Restaurant Fou de Fafa.

 

Best hotels in Avignon

Some of the best hotels you can lodge in Avignon include hotel Mercure Pont d’Avignon Centre, Hotel Novotel Avignon Center, Hotel La Miranda and La Divine Comedie. However, if you budget doesn’t match the prices of the aforementioned hotels, we are more than happy to help you find hotels within your budget

 

Things to worry about in Avignon

Like most other tourist cities, the major things you would have to worry about in Avignon are burglary and petty theft. 

Do not walk around staring at your phone especially at  train stations or in dark city streets. Keep your phone away to avoid attracting criminals. Closely watch your belongings at bus stations and at the markets. If you are on a train, make sure you lock your compartment door and do not leave laptops and phones out in the open, especially not on night trains.