Description: Known as the city of the popes, Avignon is famous for the Palais des Papes, a Unesco world heritage site and the largest gothic palace in Europe. The Palais des Papes (literally the palace of the popes) was built in the 14th century when the pope’s court was transferred from Rome during the “Great Schism”. The city’s old town is a maze of narrow streets – visit La Place de l’Horloge for cafes and restaurants with street vendors entertainment.

Location: Situated on the Rhône river just where the A6 Autoroute du Soleil splits into the A7 and A9. Park in one of the car parks just off the ring road beside the river and walk into the centre of town.


Our recommendations: We had a lovely time across the river in Villeneuve les Avignon, a delightful medieval village where one can find many of the extravagant mansions of the former Cardinals. You may also like to make a detour to Châteauneuf du Pape, a few miles up river, to sample the delights of the wine produced there.

For the children: There is also a lovely traditional merry-go-round just off the main square at €2* a ride and mini bikes and go-karts suitable for the under 6’s can be hired in the gardens up behind the Papal Palace. There is also a children’s playground there.

* please note that all prices are subject to change. Check the official website or contact the venue directly for actual prices

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