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©View of Pont St Benezet from La Barthelasse with a cyclist|Frédéric Dahm / Empreintes d'Ailleurs

Avignon in 48 hours

Avignon is an ideal city for a city break. From its many museums and theaters to its superb architecture, the City of the Popes has a lot going for it! What to do in Avignon? What are the must-sees? Find out quickly and experience 48 unforgettable hours!

Experience #1

Visit the historic heart

Start your discovery with the city’s most emblematic landmark: the Palais des Papes. The residence of the 14th-century pontiffs and a Unesco World Heritage site, it is the largest Gothic palace in the world!

Once you’ve finished your visit, stroll through the picturesque streets and stop off at rue des Teinturiers to discover its treasures, or go up onto the Pont d’Avignon (to dance 🎶 if you feel like it!)

Expert advice

Go to the Tourist Office to pick up some valuable tips and good plans!

We recommend taking the Avignon City Pass to enjoy the destination at a low price as well as a maximum number of experiences!

Also take the opportunity to ask for the Loisirs & Patrimoine guide, your Bible for discovering the city! In particular, this brochure presents heritage sites to visit in Avignon and Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, as well as themed walking tours to do on your own.

Experience #2

Taste and enjoy

Are you an epicurean and a lover of good food? Avignon is the ideal destination for gourmands and gourmets!
And if there’s one place not to miss, it’s the covered market, les Halles, an Avignon institution. In this large covered market, 40 shopkeepers welcome you, true ambassadors of the taste for quality and fresh local produce.

Considered a place to meet and socialize, they’re a must-see!

Expert advice

Colors, smells, flavors… Tapenade, herbes de Provence, croquants, fruits confits, fougasse… fill up on typical products and set off to taste them in one of our picnic spots!

Don’t miss: Outside on the Place Pie side, the pretty plant wall on the facade created by Patrick Blanc!


Experience #3

Strolling through the gardens

Fancy a refreshing break? Avignon’s parks and gardens are an ideal option if you want to discover the city’s natural beauty! One of the most beautiful is undoubtedly the jardin du rocher des Doms, located right next to the Palais des Papes.

A little history 🧭 It was the cradle of the city: archaeological studies attest to human occupation as early as the Neolithic period. The remains of this ancient presence can be admired today at the musée Calvet.

Expert advice

This English-style garden, set on the rock overlooking the Palais des Papes, rises 30m above the Rhône! We recommend it for itsbeautiful panoramic view of the old town, monuments and landscapes from the Rhône plain to Mont Ventoux.

Do you have children?This garden will be a paradise for them, with two play areas (slides, swing..) and little wooden horses.

Experience #4

Discover Barthelasse Island

La Barthelasse is the countryside at the gateway to the historic center and Europe’s largest river island! It offers 700 hectares of calm and greenery, just a few minutes from the historic center.

What to do? Plenty of space is devoted to leisure and relaxation, with a skate park, soccer pitch, swimming pool, day-care center and youth hostel. The chemin de halage, very quiet and pleasant, offers a breathtaking and exceptional view of the pont d’Avignon, the Rocher des Doms and thePalais des Papes. You can buy local produce at the farm La Reboule, visit the distillery Manguin, or simply stroll through the orchards.

Expert advice

To link up with Barthelasse, take the free river shuttle, known by locals as the “Bac à traille”. Crossing the Rhône by boat is a convenient and quick way to reach the opposite bank, and it’s also an opportunity to enjoy a pleasant stroll on the water!

We recommend a tour of the island, and for that, there’s nothing better than cycling, it’s flat and there are plenty of bike paths!

Experience #5

Crossing the Rhône

Opposite the historic center, on the other bank of the Rhône, lies the picturesque medieval village of Villeneuve-lez-Avignon.
You can get there very easily: by bike along the ViaRhôna, by bus or even on foot.
Because of its past, the town has a wealth of heritage that is sure to delight: the tour Philippe le Bel , the Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction, the Fort Saint-André and its Italian-style gardens classified as remarkable…

Expert advice

Go to the Office de tourisme du Grand Avignon to optimize your visit to Villeneuve-lez-Avignon and discover the nature offer!!

We recommend climbing to the very top of the Philippe le Bel tower to enjoy an exceptional panorama!

Like a local: every Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., head to Place Charles David to fill up on color and knowledge at the Provencal market!

Avignon CitypassBenefit from the destination at the price
Earn more than 50€ on the tourist attractions of the City of Papes, direct access to museums and monuments of Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, discounts on your visiting guides and certain places. Activities, as well as your favorite station 24 or 48 hours!