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Barthelasse, Jardin des Doms, Jardin de Ceccano... Picnic spots in Avignon

4 spots for al fresco dining

Take advantage of the fine weather to stroll around town and enjoy the greenery, picnic by the Rhone or in the gardens of a museum, sit on a terrace with friends or family after seeing a show or exhibition. Here are our suggestions for places to take a breath of fresh air!

Barthelasse Island

Europe's largest river island

At the foot of the Rocher des Doms, on the Rhône side, the Île de la Barthelasse, the city’s green lung, offers an ideal setting for relaxing and picnicking in the shade of century-old trees (picnic tables available)!

The pluses

The unobstructed view of the emblematic monuments of the city of the Popes.

Advice from Avignon

Take the “bac à traille”, the free river shuttle that crosses the river to Barthelasse island!


The Doms garden

A breathtaking view

This English-style garden overlooks the Palais des Papes, offering panoramic views. A true haven of freshness, with a lake where ducks and swans splash about, it’s a must-see place to stroll and relax.


The plus

The garden has a restaurant-buvette open daily during the season.

Avignon’s advice

Are you with your family? This is the ideal park for kids: games, duck pond, little horses…

Square Perdiguier

Eating on the go

Mediterranean plant collection, statues and remains of a Gothic cloister. Large trees provide cool shade for visitors.

The pluses

A restaurant-buvette open in season allows sunbathing on the terrace.

Advice from Avignon

After the picnic, let your children enjoy the play area at the back of the park.


Ceccano garden

A meeting place

In the shade of century-old plane trees, at the foot of the mediatheque decorated with frescoes and period ceilings (14th c.), enjoy lunch in the shade on one of the many benches available.


The pluses

A tranquil location where olive and cypress trees give it a distinctly Mediterranean character.

Advice from avignonnais

it’s ideal for a nature break, between freshness and heritage.