What to do and see in Avignon, France: The Best Places and Tips

March 16, 2018 Hana Mouser

Avignon charms visitors with its ancient streets, restored medieval ramparts and the immense Gothic architecture of the Palais des Papes (Palace of Popes—the papacy was based here in the 14th century). The annual Festival d'Avignon, a major arts festival, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors for theater, dance, film and street performances.
Restaurants in Avignon

1. Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes)

Place du Palais des Papes, 84000, Avignon, France +33 4 32 74 32 74
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes)

The residence of the soveriegn pontiffs in the 14th century is the largest Gothic Palace in the world. 25 areas to visit : ceremonila halls, chapels, cloister, the Pope's provate apartments with their priceless frescos, as well as a scenographic area, the Musée de l'Oeuvre, wich presents the development and history of the building since it was build. Ranked as UNESCO world heritage.

Reviewed By hoosierz - Miami

If you come to Avignon, you must visit the Pope's Palace to soak up the history. The Papacy was headquartered here in Avignon for nearly one hundred years before returning to Rome.

2. Rocher des Doms

Montee du Moulin off pl. du Palais, Avignon, France +33 4 90 80 80 00
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Rocher des Doms

Reviewed By Skeney57 - Sydney, Australia

Came upon the Gardens while wending our way towards the Golden Statue atop the Cathedral ! The place was packed with over a hundred students all enjoying lunch & picnics on blankets & towels in any shaded spot available. The view over Avignon & across the river was great and it is a pleasant respite from the crowds (normally) and the heat !

3. Eglise Saint Pierre

Place Saint Pierre, Avignon, France +33 4 90 82 10 56
Excellent
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4.5 based on 183 reviews

Eglise Saint Pierre

Reviewed By ioanna k - Heraklion

You will go into the church using one of the two wooden carved doors.They are impressive.When you get in on your right there are four small chapels totally different of the usual style in other strict Gothic churches.They are original their arcs and arches are painted with multi colors.On your left there are 4 more chapels and each one has its own style.I liked the second one.Then do not miss the little paintings above of every Episcopal chair.Another original thing here is the huge Holy Spirit above the marble altar. Usually at this part of a Catholic church there is Christ or Virgin Mary.

4. Avignon Les Halles

Place Pie, Avignon, France +33 4 90 27 15 15
Excellent
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4.5 based on 441 reviews

Avignon Les Halles

Reviewed By Lucy H - Norfolk UK

This was just what we were hoping for. Amazing array of French food at its best. Everything from goats and sheep cheeses to charcuterie and fresh meat. Fish that looked like it was only just caught, and probably was. Beautiful fresh vegetables And every sort of fruit and artisan breads. Plus delicious looking cakes.
All housed in the most incredible market that has a front wall that is totally unique in that it completely coated in plants, but greenery so that it looks like growing wall.
Totally unique!
All we can say is WOW, and go back every day during our stay to stock up.

5. Ile de la Barthelasse

Ile de la Barthelasse, 84000, Avignon, France +33 6 11 54 75 89
Excellent
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4.5 based on 376 reviews

Ile de la Barthelasse

Reviewed By David A - Preston, United Kingdom

We walked here to see what was there. There was a restaurant bar. Beside that there was not much to see. As a country walk it is probably worth going. It was pleasant watching the river traffic.

6. Musee du Petit Palais

Place du Palais, Avignon, France +33 4 90 86 44 58
Excellent
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4 based on 339 reviews

Musee du Petit Palais

Reviewed By Pere I - El Prat de Llobregat, Spain

The Petit Palais Museum is placed in a nice old building and presents a really interesting collection of medieval and renaissance art from western mediterranean, specially italian painters. But the information panels are really a disaster, specially the maps. They should review and replace it soon.

7. Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers)

Avignon, France
Excellent
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4 based on 449 reviews

Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers)

Historic cobblestoned street that is known for its many cafes and restaurants.

Reviewed By johnhouston2 - Knaresborough, United Kingdom

Although this street is not as pretty as some reviewers might suggest, and is actually slightly scruffy in parts, this street was our favourite in Avignon, as it feels like a slice of the city that has escaped mass tourism.
Certainly worth a visit - but keep your expectations in check.

8. Avignon Musee Angladon

5 rue du Laboureur, 84000, Avignon, France +33 4 90 82 29 03
Excellent
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4 based on 255 reviews

Avignon Musee Angladon

Reviewed By Dreamwoman - California

The Angladon is a smaller museum, with a varied collection of paintings, sculpture and furniture compiled by Jacques Doucet, a fashion designer and patron of the arts from the turn of the 20th century displayed in an 18th-century mansion. Well worth the visit and wonderfully free of swarms of people during our September visit making it easy to slow down and enjoy the pieces on display.

9. Musee Calvet

65 rue Joseph Vernet, 84000, Avignon, France +33 4 90 86 33 84
Excellent
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4 based on 230 reviews

Musee Calvet

Reviewed By susanwalsh - Glasgow

This public museum has a great collection of paintings and sculptures. We really loved the room of impressionist paintings which has some wonderful pictures by artists familiar and unfamiliar. We visited the room twice. The rest of the gallery is also very interesting and there are sculptures by a modern artist dotted amongst the old paintings.

10. Petit Train Avignon

36 boulevard Saint Roch, 84000, Avignon, France +33 6 10 32 85 24
Excellent
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4 based on 707 reviews

Petit Train Avignon

Reviewed By DiannaGleeso

This was a interesting train trip and would of given it 5 stars but our headset stop working half way through. What we heard was interesting and informative. It also gave us a great ideas where we wanted to visit later. Do this train on the first day to find out the best places to go later.

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