Destination Guide - Avignon.

 

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Overview

CityJet offer flights to Avignon in the summer months.

Awesome pale stone ramparts, poised dramatically beside the wide Rhône River, encircle ancient Avignon. Broken arches of its famous nursery-rhyme bridge, the Pont d’Avignon where on y danse, still march half-way across the swirling waters. Just over 700 years ago, Avignon was the capital city of the Popes. The grim, massive walls of their Papal Palace, largest Gothic building in the world, rises above the heart of the Old City. Yet despite the town’s intoxicating aura of history, today Avignon’s tree-shaded old lanes and squares teem with energy, creativity and the good life – especially during summer’s month-long arts extravaganza, the Avignon Festival.

Our top five activities

Wine-tasting

Travel on your own or join a guided tasting tour (ask at the tourist office) to big-name Côte du Rhône wine villages. One of the nearest is the great Châteauneuf du Pape.
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Golfing

Visitors are welcome to pay a one-day green fee to enjoy top-quality 9- and 18-hole golf at the agreeable Garden Golf club on the edge of the city (near Montfavet). 1596 route de Châteaublanc, 04 9033 3908
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Horse-riding

Enjoy horse-riding on the big river island, Ile de la Barthelasse, just minutes from the city centre. Avignon Riding Centre offers afternoon courses on Wednesday and Saturday. Chemin du Mont Blanc, 04 9085 8348
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Canoeing

See the Rocher des Doms from below and pass beneath the Pont d’Avignon on a thrilling kayaking outing on the Rhône River. The starting point is Barthelasse Island.
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Cookery courses

Some Avignon chefs share their secrets, giving short courses on Provençal cuisine. On summer Saturdays, informal cookery lessons take place in the bustling covered market (Place Pie). 

Shopping

Rue de la République, the Old Town’s busy main street, is the place to find fashion chains, Monoprix and FNAC department stores and many tempting gourmet food shops. There are classy little boutiques on the side turnings, especially Rue Joseph-Vernet and Rue St Agricol. Les Halles, the city’s traditional indoor produce market, is open daily (except Sunday) on Place Pie. Outside, it has a spectacular green ‘living wall’. Inside, discerning locals pick and choose the best of regional food and wine at dozens of stalls. At weekends, colourful street markets spring up at Rempart St Michel and place des Carmes.

Food & Drink

Avignon’s local cuisine is richly favoured with garlic, oil and fresh Provençal herbs like thyme and rosemary. Succulent meat and fish stews are popular, with plenty of local vegetables, among them green peppers, aubergines, courgettes and large, juicy tomatoes. Try savoury fougasse bread, sweet candied fruits and ‘Papalines d'Avignon’ liqueur chocolates. La Mirande (4 place de l’Amirande, 04 9014 2020) and Christian Etienne (10 rue de Mons, 04 9086 1650) are two of Avignon’s clutch of gastronomic restaurants known for skilful and imaginative Provençal haute cuisine, both in luxurious historic settings close to the Papal Palace. 

Nightlife

Late-night bars and clubs are mainly around the busy city-centre squares and the Old Town’s eastern side. There’s also a full programme of opera, ballet, drama and classical concerts in atmospheric historical venues. Pub Z (58 rue de la Bonneterie, 04 9085 4284) plays a wide range of music until 1.30am. Club Les Ambassadeurs (27 rue Bancasse, 04 9086 3155) offers a stylish alternative. AJMI Jazz Club (4 rue escalier Sainte Anne, 04 9086 0861) hosts live modern jazz. Opéra d'Avignon (place de l'Horloge, 04 9082 8140) is the elegant 19th-century theatre.

Accommodation in Avignon

Our favourites

 
 Le Prieur, Villeneuve lez Avignon

Le Prieuré - 7 Place du Chapitre, 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France, 
Email: contact@leprieure.com, Web: www.leprieure.com

It welcomes all those who seek authenticity and elegance, for a relaxing stay flavoured with refined cuisine and scented by flowers, just minutes from Avignon, on the road to the vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape. Five star hotel – Gastronomic Restaurant – Lounge Bar - Relais & Châteaux

 
Hotel La Magnaneraie

Hotel La Magnaneraie - rue du Camp de Bataille, 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France ,
Tel: +33 (0)4 90 25 11 11, Email:magnaneraie.hotel@najeti.com, Web: www.hostellerie-la-magnaneraie.com

Hotel La Magnaneraie is located in the historical burg of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, 3 km (1.8 miles) away from Avignon, the Papal city, and offers a haven of peace, surrounded by a park. This 15th century building blends the charm of an ancient mansion-house with all the modern hotel amenities. With its elegant interiors and finely decorated public areas, this cosy hotel offers great value for money accommodation in Provence.

 
Hotel La Suite, Villeneuve lez Avignon

Hotel La Suite - 65-67 Rue de la République - 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France 
Tel +33(0)490215107,  Email: info@hotellasuite.fr,  Web: www.hotellasuite.fr/

A place with a soul. A perfect blend of modern and authentic materials creates a unique atmosphere in each room or suite. Time stands still in the large garden around the swimming pool...an invitation to serenity and well being. Enjoy a drink or breakfast on the terrace, it's a real blessing to be so close to « la Chartreuse».

Avignon Airport Information

Avignon - Caumont Airport (AVN)

Website
www.avignon.aeroport.fr

General information
Tel.: +33 (0) 490 71 51 51

Tourism Office Website
www.avignon-tourisme.com

Tel.: +33 (0) 432 74 32 74

Check-in
Check-in generally closes 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.


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