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Top attractions in Avignon

Essential sights in Avignon

Avignon, France’s combination of religious prestige and a lively student and arts community makes it an incredible French destination. Don’t miss these Avignon essentials!

  • Pont Saint-Bénézet

    1. Pont Saint-Bénézet

    There’s a lot more to the city than this famous Avignon bridge, but walking across it is a must. It’s the height of the city’s romantic history.

  • Palais des Papes

    2. Palais des Papes

    Located in the heart of Avignon is this magnificent Gothic fortress. Clear your schedule; exploring this gigantic complex will take the entire day.

  • Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon

    3. Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon

    Art lovers and history buffs will love this medieval Christian collection.

  • Avignon Cathedral

    4. Avignon Cathedral

    The Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Domes is simply gorgeous from the outside, but stepping inside will take your breath away.

  • Festival d'Avignon

    5. Festival d'Avignon

    Avignon in July brings a once in a lifetime opportunity: Festival d’Avignon, one of the world’s greatest contemporary performing arts festivals.

  • 6. Musée Requien

    This free natural history museum is simple and elegant. The best exhibition focuses on the reintroduction of wolves in France, but be warned—English is limited.

  • Eglise Saint Pierre

    7. Eglise Saint Pierre

    Wandering through this peaceful church filled with incredible art is a must do for Avignon.

  • Orange (small city)

    8. Orange (small city)

    Rent a car and head a half hour north to Orange. Despite its beautiful Roman architecture, it’s not a popular tourist destination, leaving the city fascinatingly eerie.

Frequently asked questions about Avignon

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Planning Your Visit

  • Take the Train from Paris to Avignon

    Nothing compares to a train ride through France. Arrive early, get your seat, and relax and enjoy the roughly 3-hour trip.

  • Wander Through Avignon Old Town

    The walled and cobbled old town is the perfect place to wander through lantern-lit lanes finding gem after gem.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    Tourist seasons goes from about April to September, when the weather is warm and all the shops and restaurants are open. July and August are the hottest and most crowded, so plan your trip based on your preferences.

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What people are saying about Avignon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 606 reviews

The tour plan really exceeded our expectations, we visited the most beautiful hilltop villages and got pictures from amazing spots. Our guide Nicolas is very knowledgeable about the area and we learned from him interesting information , also his itinerary plan was perfect not only we covered the itinerary but also he went extra mile to make us see an extra spot in Aix. Thank you so much! We hope to see you again for the wine tour and more of the wonderful Provence! Victor & Patrícia

Lovely tour! Great guide. We took amazing photos and enjoyed our time. I was surprised there is still a lot of sunlight on a cloudy day at 2pm. Book the full-day tour if you want all the time at the lovely Lavendar fields area & rustic town - I had to rush to make sure we got all the souvenirs but it was perfect since we only had a few days in Lyon.

I had Nicolas all to myself, so evidently the couple hours spent with him were amazing . He knows his history, geography, as well as etymology, AND he was actually able to answer all of my questions! Highly recommendable!

This was a great overview of some very picturesque sites in Provence. It was nice to have some flexibility to spend time where we wanted, to shop, and to get some great information about the local areas.

Claude was a very knowledgeable guide who showed us the highlights of the old city in Avignon. We got some interesting history plus information about local and current highlights.