Notes from the Road | Visit Avignon

tips on what to do in Avignon



In the 14th century Avignon was the most important city in Europe. The seat of the Catholic church for a 68 year period, it was the home of the papacy, represented by the spectacular Palais des Papes, the largest gothic building in the world. Here are a few tips on what to do, and where to stay when you visit Avignon.



Even though I’m not sure when our travels will be back to normal, all of us can travel virtually, and plan, non? Avignon is a charming town brimming with history and stories to share. The 1300’s left Avignon with a gorgeous collection of gothic and renaissance buildings that are protected as a UNESCO site.







The narrow streets and charming homes decorated with pastel painted shutters will charm you so much you will want to come back again and again!



Here are some of my best tips on what to do, and where to stay when you visit Avignon.  {The area is so beautiful, you won’t really need any help deciding what to see and where to go!}








A must see when visiting Avignon, the fortress and palace is so large, you can’t really imagine the scale of it until you are there. Four gothic cathedrals could fit in the structure. There are 24 rooms you can visit on the tour.









I suggest you buy the “audio” tour for the full details, it’s a mesmerizing walk through history.





Later in the day is a quieter time to visit. Be sure to pause in the papal apartments, the walls are decorated with frescoes painted 700 years ago by the gothic artist Matteo Giovanetti.












A smaller renaissance palace, which the Popes lived in before the larger Palais was completed.  On the north side of the squire at the Palais des Papes, it looks like a fortress.   It’s barely changed since the beginning of the 1500’s, when Pope Julius II added his coat of arms to the facade above the entrance.




What to do in Avignon



The Petit Palais is home to  exceptional artworks commissioned for churches around Avignon, from the 14th century and up.



There are 327 paintings and 600 sculptures by Italian and French artists from the gothic and renaissance periods.



Annunciation Sano Di Pietro


Madonna in Blue Botticelli









Commonly known as the  Pont d’Avignon, this  bridge dates to the late 12th century.  Originally it had 22 arches, sadly today only four are left.  The bridge, when it was built, had the sensational length of 915 meters long, a stunning feat at that time. Damaged over the centuries, the gatehouse also remains along with the four arches.



You will need to buy a ticket to walk on the bridge.




what to do in avignon





The Avignon bridge is famous by the song Sur Le Pont, a children’s favorite song.


Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse, l’on y danse
Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse tous en rond.

On the bridge of Avignon
We’re all dancing, we’re all dancing
On the bridge of Avignon
We’re all dancing round and round.











Hiding behind a “green wall” {it artfully hides a parking garage!} is the main marché in Avignon, a fabulous indoor market that offers a gourmet selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, breads, and other delights! Indulge yourself, Avignon is world-renowned for its culinary specialties.







I suggest you shop, and buy bread, wine, cheese and fruit for a picnic lunch somewhere outside.














LA MIRANDEE:  A former Cardinal’s grand mansion in the center of town, this 5 star boutique hotel is opulent. The suites will take you back to the elegant history of this town with their parquet wood floors, sumptuous wallpaper, crystal chandeliers and elegant beds. The sculpture filled courtyard is the place to enjoy their Michelin star cuisine. It’s very sophisticated and chic!



They serve afternoon tea, have cooking classes and more.








HOTEL d’EUROPE: The former home of the Marquis de Graveson, it was built in 1580 and has a rich history.  It is such a  grand old hotel, sweetly tucked away on a quiet square. The decor is tres elegant, the restaurant has a Michelin star and again, you are literally a few meters away from the Palais des Papes.




where to stay avignon




HOTEL L’HORLOGE : Charming and unassuming, it’s a comfortable hotel and close to all of Avignon’s attractions. The elegant 19th century Provençal building sits on the main square in Avignon and has fantastic views of the picturesque town center.


There is so much to see and do in Avignon, you will definitely want to add this charming place to your “must see” list for the future!



Some Tuesdays, there is a small gathering of flea-market dealers that sell a few things from tables set up in front of Les Halles.  The nearby town of VILLENEUVE-LÈS-AVIGNON has a well-known and loved flea market on Saturdays from 6 am {which is really early for French fleas!} to 3.  It’s close by and worth a visit for those of you who love shopping for French antiques!









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25 thoughts on “Notes from the Road | Visit Avignon”

  1. Alice Genzlinger

    Thank you Lidy for taking us on a tour of beautiful Avignon. I can also taste the goodies in the bakery’s and what fun it would be to shop the fleas.

    1. Alice, it’s such a lovely area! I hope to go one of these days back to France in sunnier times. Wishing you a happy Tuesday! xo

    1. Della, we’re all enjoying the virtual traveling, I hope, until the real traveling can begin again! xo

  2. Thank you for taking me back to delicious time in life. The beauty of Avignon is unforgettable. Immense gratitude for the journey.

    Judy Truex Reed

    1. So nice to see you here, Judy, reminiscing about France. I am so happy to hear you have beautiful memories of Avignon! xo

  3. Good morning, Lidy! Thank you for taking us on this delightful trip. For a moment, I seemed to relax and enjoy the journey and my cares slipped away. It is such a dream of mine to go to France one day. For now, my visits will have to be virtual ones. Happy Tuesday, sweet friend!

    1. Shannon, I’m so glad you enjoyed it friend! One day you will see it all and drink in everything beautiful France has to offer. Happy Tuesday!!

  4. Rita Key

    Thank you Lidy! Such a wonderful city. I highly recommend the La Mirandee cooking class.
    I love your blog, I hope you do more travels for those of us who are having withdrawals!

    1. Thanks so much for your visit, Rita! Oh, that’s great to know, I haven’t taken one yet. Hoping….: )

  5. Wow! I will add this to my bucket list of places to see. I really appreciate your beautiful photos and insights to Avignon. Thank you Lidy…’s so nice to get someone’s perspectives on travels that shares your same interests

    1. Linda, it’s such a beautiful area! You just can’t go wrong…it’s a charming area, filled with so much architecture and history. Not to mention delicious food, and a sunny nature. xo

    1. We need to keep dreaming, I think! This won’t last forever.  Hope you are having a beautiful Tuesday!

  6. Jethelyn Gregory

    Thank you for the virtual tour. My granddaughters, daughters, and I had a trip planned to Avignon June 6 of this year. I’m afraid it looks like we’ll have to go another time. I’m going to share your tour with them.

    1. Oh, I’m so sorry Jethelyn. Hoping you will be able to go sooner rather than later. Thank you for your visit! xo Lidy

  7. Lidy, thank you for the lovely trip. My husband and I do plan to venture to France one of these days, hopefully when the world becomes healthier. Your beautiful post only encourages me. I will share this with hubby.

    Thank you again, and have a lovely week.

  8. Sharon Crigger-Stokan

    Thank you so much for this beautiful tour of Avignon! I was there several years ago and it brought back so many beautiful memories – and it inspired me to ‘dig out’ my pictures and reminisce even more!

  9. So many places, so little time. This year of staying home is a big impact on the years we had set aside to travel once retired. Hoping to be able to pack our bags once again.

  10. Beautiful area, I too will go there one day when we are able to venture out.
    I’ve read many books of the area and it’s top on my list, thank you, thank you,

  11. Judy Shepard

    Thanks for helping me identify the French city in my pair of oil paintings from the 1970’s.

  12. Sheila in SF

    A beautiful tour which unfortunately I missed most of these
    sights last summer but happy to have been their only an afternoon. Would love to return. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Melissa Sibold

    After reading about this amazing area in France I am thinking of taking a trip. Thank you for all the information of where to stay and what to see. Thank you Lidy

    1. Oh I hope you go, Melissa! You will love everything about it, the culture, the food, the wine, the people and the beautiful area!!

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