Avignon tourism and travel guide

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Visit Avignon: highlights and tourist information

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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

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.

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

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".

Popular places to visit nearby include Avignon Bridge at 1 km and Villeneuve-les-Avignon at 3 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Avignon, France: places to visit and attractions

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.

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


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Vaucluse

Map of places to visit near Avignon

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)

More information about Avignon, Provence

Tourist attractions near Avignon, France

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

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

Avignon is in the south-east of France. 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