Attractions and Places to Visit in Avignon
Avignon is a historic city best known for being the location the Popes fled to after leaving Rome in the 14th century. This led to the building of the incredible Palais des Papes – one of the city’s most famous attractions. And yes, it’s also known for Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the wine produced in the area, and the name roughly means ‘The Pope’s New Castle’.
There are so many landmarks and buildings to discover across the city, as well as some fantastic art museums and gorgeous squares to sit back and watch the world go by. As well as all the history it also has a lively, modern feel with lots of great shops, bars and restaurants.
Avignon is known as a center of art and culture. The city hosts a wide variety of festivals and events throughout the year-from the popular International Jazz Festival and the Epicurean Festival in summer to a traditional Christmas market in December. Visitors can enjoy the relaxing Provençal atmosphere of this small town as they explore the quaint streets such as the Rue des Teinturiers and elegant squares like the Place des Corps Saints. At the heart of Avignon, the Place de l'Horloge is lined with shady plane trees and filled with cafés where patrons sit and watch the world go by.