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Admire ancient architecture in important UNESCO World Heritage Sites, indulge in a freshly baked pain au chocolat with a cup of freshly ground coffee, and shop in fashionable boutique stores for trendy clothing and classy trinkets. Avignon is grand and dramatic. Its narrow inner streets are a maze of historic churches and designer stores, expansive plazas fill with colorful canopied stalls that signal its cosmopolitan market day has arrived, and elaborate museums offer a unique insight into the history of this important river town.

Things to see

If you’re familiar with the French song, Sur la Pont d’Avignon, then this is your chance to see the historic bridge in all its glory. In fact, what’s left of its glory might be more accurate, because the bridge has been ruined since flood waters washed part of it away in the 17th century. Its stone arches grace the front of many glossy postcards, while the viewpoint at the end of this medieval UNESCO landmark is a real draw for photographers. For more sightseeing of ancient stone structures, the Palais des Papes is a worthy diversion. This enormous castle and estate has served as the seat of papal power, as a fortress, and subsequently a royal residence. You can tour its expansive galleries, marvel at the well-stocked papal library, and delight at the lavish gothic architecture. The Parc Des Expositions on the edge of Avignon is considerably more modern but every bit as busy with visitors. It boasts an impressive yearly schedule of events from live music concerts to lavish fashion shows.

Hotels in Avignon

There are plenty of hotels in Avignon that are perfect for long or short vacations, from cozy guesthouses with amiable hosts to fabulously chic hotels with superlative cityscape views. At the top of the budget range are a few exceptional luxury hotels in Avignon, the perfect choice for a romantic getaway for 2. Sitting inside private grounds, these hotels offer elegant bespoke bedrooms, fabulous bathrooms, and complimentary WiFi, as well as salon and spa services and upscale restaurants. There are plenty of mid-budget hotels close to the heart of Avignon, and if you don’t want to be far from the main attractions, this is the spot to stay in. These hotels are typically repurposed townhouses with traditional features, and they’re only a short stroll from the quaint cafés that overlook the sparkling waters of the Rhone River.

Where to stay

Avignon is a hotbed of culture, and within its labyrinthine central streets are an impressive collection of high-end boutiques, unique museums, and interesting architecture. Closest to the center, its streets become narrow and winding, and very often one-way, lined by towering trees, balconied facades, and shop windows that are shaded from the afternoon sun by canvas awnings. This is the perfect place to choose hotels in Avignon, next to chintzy tourist shops, and the elaborate frontage of the impressive Opéra Grand Avignon.

How to get to Avignon

If you’re flying in, the closest destination airfield is the Marseille-Provence Airport although there are shorter European-based flights into Avignon Caumont Airport itself. From either, you can travel into Avignon by rail or bus, although a hire car is considered the best choice. It gives you the freedom to explore this historic French province and lets you spend as much time as you like admiring the fabulous views from the coastal route you’ll drive from Marseille.

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