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5 Reasons to Go to the Festival d’Avignon at Least Once in a Lifetime

Home of the legendary Pont d’Avignon, the cobbled streets, leafy squares and historic palaces of this exquisitely preserved, rampart-surrounded town play host to one of the most acclaimed performing arts festivals in Europe, the Festival d’Avignon. Book hotels near the Festival d’Avignon and enjoy an incredible variety of live performances by major European and international companies just steps from your door. During the three weeks of this exciting July event, live theater, dance, mime, street art, equestrian shows and major visual art installations light up the palaces, theaters and streets of The City of Popes. Savor the magic of a performance in the majestic amphitheater of the Palais des Papes (the Pope’s Palace), take in an avant garde dance showcase, view eye-popping contemporary art installations, explore the labyrinthine interiors of the world’s largest Gothic palace or browse an incredible array of art and architecture dating back to the days when Avignon was the seat of Papal power. It may be a challenge to book hotels for Festival d’Avignon during these glittering weeks in July, but with some careful planning, you can join theater-lovers from around the globe at this highly acclaimed contemporary cultural event.

Avignon and the Festival d’Avignon – Not-to-be-Missed Highlights

The three July weeks of Festival d'Avignon bring a bustling air of excitement and exuberance to this beautifully preserved 14th century town, along with major crowds, so book Festival d’Avignon hotels as early as possible. Held in the courtyard of the Pope’s Palace and some 20 other locations around the city, the event was founded by Jean Vilar in 1947, making it France’s oldest performing arts festival. Each year, hundreds of major theatrical, dance and musical performances grace assorted venues for one month at both the official “In” Festival as well as the unofficial “Off” Festival. Reserve Avignon Festival accommodation near the Pope’s Palace and attend workshops, debates and discussions in addition to magnificent performances. When you’re not attending performances of the In and Out Festivals, take some time to explore the crumbling elegance of the Palais des Papes, now a museum, stroll across the medieval Pont St Benezet of the French nursery rhyme or relax with a picnic by the river.

How to Arrive and Where to Stay for the Festival d’Avignon

A great jumping-off point for enchanting tours of the Provence region, Avignon was once a strategic capital of the Rhone valley. During the July weeks of Festival d’Avignon, you’ll find the town abuzz with performers and theater fans from around the world, so it will be challenging to book hotels near Festival d’Avignon unless you plan well in advance. Enjoy a warm Provencal welcome at boutique accommodations or luxury properties near the Avignon Festival, many housed in historic palaces, farmhouses and mansions. Those seeking the romance of little balconies, walled gardens and hidden courtyards can find many of these charming amenities in our listings of Avignon hotel rooms and suites. If you plan ahead, you can find Festival d’Avignon hotels near the pedestrian-friendly town center and you’ll be able to walk to various performance venues, pausing to browse eclectic boutiques and galleries or people-watch at quaint outdoor cafés. Let us help you book hotels with an eye to those extras you’re looking for, whether it’s an outdoor pool, rooftop bar, alfresco restaurant, cozy fireplace or pampering spa, offering the perfect respite after a day and evening of world-class arts and entertainment.

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