The different tourist attractions are arranged in relation to their direction and the time required to get there by car from Avignon.
Pont du Gard
Les Baux de Provence
St Rémy de Provence
Villeneuve les Avignon
l'Isle sur Sorgue
Fontaine de Vaucluse
Abbaye de Senanques
Monts de Vaucluse
What to visit around Avignon
Avignon is also known as the city of the popes. It is encircle in beautifully preserved medieval walls. This city used to be the capital of the medieval western world. Today it is an impressive cultural site with a world famous Theatre Festival taking place every summer.
There are many places to visit in Avignon and its surroundings including the Pont du Gard, the nearby cities of Nimes and Ales, the Camargue, Luberon and ventoux, Beaux de Provence and St Remy des Alpilles.
Avignon's main attractions:
Pope's Palace is classified as a world heritage by UNESCO. This superb fortress rising imposing walls testifies of the strength of the Supreme pontiffs. This monument was built between 1335 and 1352 and it is the world's largest Gothic Palace.
- The Bridge of Avignon (St Bénezet bridge) used to be the most direct link between the different residences built by the cardinals and the Pope's Palace. A popular song has made this bridge famous in the entire world.
- The Place de l'Horloge houses many bars and restaurants where one can sample regional specialties seating at the terrace. This square also features three interesting buildings: the Town Hall, Jean Villar House and the Opera.
- St Louis Cloister was built during the XVI th century and was originally a religious school for Jesuits, then a military hospital and a home for the elderly.
- The city walls were built during a ten year period in the mid 1300s. They were expanded and modified over the centuries.
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