As they were attracted by the sweet life of the city and its strategic location on the banks of the Rhône, the popes chose to set up their residence in Avignon in the 14th century. Within a few years, this small town became the City of the Popes, the most important city for the Christians. This prosperous period has left us an exceptional heritage. Today the Palais des Papes, the Pont Saint-Bénézet, the towers and ramparts are the delight of tourists.
Culture is omnipresent in the city and plays a major role in the development of tourism. The Musée du Petit Palais houses some of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance, and a visit to the Palais des Papes, the largest building of its century, is quite simply a must. Every year, in July, the Avignon Festival invites various plays and contemporary performing arts to the heart of the city.
But your trip in Avignon will not be limited to visiting its monuments and museums. You will wander through the streets and alleys of the historic center to discover its hidden treasures such as the Renaissance facade of a former mansion or a small square where a fountain is making a sweet pattering sound. The setting will not fail to fill you with wonder.
If you feel like taking a break, stop off at the terrace of a café or restaurant on the Place de l’Horloge, to taste the local flavors. If you feel more like taking a stroll, take advantage of the calm atmosphere offered by the Rocher des Doms. The park that crowns it offers a superb panorama of the city and a large part of the former Comtat Venaissin. You can also take a walk on Barthelasse Island, where the roads and paths sometimes reveal a surprising view of the Rhône and the city.