Avignon tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The Pope's Palace, the Pont d'Avignon and an attractive town centre make Avignon very interesting to explore

Avignon is situated in the Vaucluse department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Avignon. For detailed visitor information see the Avignon travel guide.

Attractions in Avignon

The Pont Saint-Benezet is the remaining part of the bridge on the Rhone in Avignon that was immortalised in the nursery rhyme 'Sur le pont d'Avignon': Avignon Bridge

The Papal Palace in Avignon is the most imposing gothic palace in Europe: Papal Palace, Avignon

Tourist classifications for Avignon include "secteur sauvegarde" and "heritage site".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Avignon in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Avignon Bridge at 1 km and Villeneuve-les-Avignon at 3 km.

Avignon, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Papal Palace, Avignon

Papal Palace, Avignon

Castle less than one km (direction north-west)

The Papal Palace in Avignon is the most imposing gothic palace in Europe...

See Papal Palace, Avignon guide
Avignon Bridge

Avignon Bridge

Bridge at 1 km (direction north-west)

The Pont Saint-Benezet is the remaining part of the bridge on the Rhone in...

See Avignon Bridge guide


at 3 km (direction north-west), in the Gard department

Losing out in visitor numbers to famous Avignon across the river, in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon you...

See Villeneuve-les-Avignon guide


at 13 km (direction north-west)

Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a pretty village in Vaucluse, overlooked by a ruined castle and well...

See Chateauneuf-du-Pape guide


at 15 km (direction north-west), in the Gard department

Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres is a small historic village with several imposing historic monuments in the Gard...

See Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres guide


at 17 km (direction south), in the Bouches-du-Rhone department

The historic monuments here are a testament to St-Remy-de-Provence's claim to be one of...

See Saint-Remy-de-Provence guide


at 19 km (direction north-west), in the Gard department

Saint-Victor-la-Coste in Languedoc-Roussillon has several historic monuments including an ancient castle on the hill...

See Saint-Victor-la-Coste guide


at 19 km (direction east)

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a pretty town well known for its rivers and their numerous water...

See L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue guide


at 20 km (direction south-west), in the Bouches-du-Rhone department

Tarascon is a pleasant town with a substantial castle on the Rhone river, well...

See Tarascon guide
Chateau de Tarascon

Chateau de Tarascon

Castle at 20 km (direction south-west), in the Bouches-du-Rhone department

The Chateau de Tarascon is an imposing 15th century castle on the banks of...

See Chateau de Tarascon guide


at 20 km (direction south-west), in the Gard department

Beaucaire is well situtaed for exploring the popular towns of Arles, Nimes and Avignon...

See Beaucaire guide


at 21 km (direction east-north-east)

Pernes-les-Fontaines takes its name from the large number of historic fountains in the town...

See Pernes-les-Fontaines guide
Ancient Theatre of Orange

Ancient Theatre of Orange

at 21 km (direction east-north-east)

The Antique Theatre in Orange is one of the best preserved Roman theatres in...

See Ancient Theatre of Orange guide


Heritage Site at 22 km (direction east-north-east)

Orange is best known for its Roman monuments such as the very good condition...

See Orange guide

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Markets in and near Avignon

Market days in Avignon: weekly market: every day except Monday;

  • Avignon: market every day except Monday (0km)
  • Villeneuve-les-Avignon: market Thursday (3km)
  • Le Pontet: market Thursday (4km)
  • Chateaurenard: market Sunday (7km)
  • Sorgues: market Sunday (8km)
  • Vedene: market Tuesday (8km)
  • Aramon: market Wednesday (12km)
  • Roquemaure: market Tuesday (12km)
  • Le Thor: market Saturday (14km)
  • Courthezon: market Friday (17km)

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Tourist attractions near Avignon, France

What to do at Avignon? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Avignon.

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Fort Saint-Andre (3km)
  • Glanum (17km)
  • Montmajour Abbey (29km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Alpilles (25km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Repos de Montfavet (Avignon) (1km)
  • Collégiale Notre Dame des Anges (Sorgues) (22km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Montmajour (Arles) (29km)
  • Abbaye de Sénanque (Gordes) (31km)
  • Cathédrale Saint-Théodorit et Fenestrelle Tower (Uzes) (33km)
  • Eglise et cloitres de Saint Trophime, Eglise de Saint-Honorat des Alycamps (Arles) (33km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de Nazareth (Vaison-la-Romaine) (39km)
  • Abbaye de Silvacane (La Roque-d'Antheron) (47km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du château de Brantes (9km)
  • Jardin aquatique « Aux fleurs de l'eau (11km)
  • Jardin de l'Alchimiste (23km)
  • Jarditrain (25km)
  • Jardins de la Fontaine (38km)
  • Jardin de la Louve (42km)
  • Jardin d'Eguilles (60km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Dentelles de Montmirail (33km)
  • Cascades du Sautadet (36km)
  • Gorges de Régalon (37km)
  • Gorges de la Nesque (43km)
  • Grotte de Saint-Marcel (48km)
  • Etang de Scamandre (51km)
  • Gorges de l'Ardèche (52km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des Gorges de l'Ardèche (52km)

Towns of Art and history

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo de La Barben (47km)

Geography and distances

Avignon is in the south-east of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Vaucluse department (general information: Avignon is 578 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Avignon

Canton: Avignon

Arrondissement: Avignon

Department: Vaucluse

Region: Provence

Postcode: 84000

Distance to Avignon

from Avignon (prefecture): 1 km

from Paris: 578 km

from Calais: 810 km

from Nice: 199 km

from Bordeaux: 440 km

from Strasbourg: 563 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Nice or Marseille airport. Driving is also possible - coming by car to the region takes about 10 hours from the cross-channel ferry ports. For driving distances to Avignon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Barbentane, Le Pontet, Les Angles, Rognonas and Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

This page in French: Visiter Avignon