Top 5 Avignon Tourist Attractions


Located in Provence, the must-visit region during any France tour, the town of Avignon is a charming destination you won't want to leave. Surrounded by beautiful nature, it boasts significant historical monuments, alongside a vivid cultural scene and hospitable people. The unique amalgam combines UNESCO-listed heritage sites with numerous museums, theatres, and events throughout the year. Stroll around the wondrous streets of Avignon, marvel at its beautiful architecture, and let the unique ambiance take you back in time.

1. The Palais des Papes, Avignon
Palais des Papes

Don't miss the chance to visit the Popes' Palace in Avignon while exploring the region of Provence in France. The iconic landmark was built in the 14th century and symbolizes the importance and impact of the church during the period. Boasting an eventful history, the former residence of Popes is actually the biggest Gothic palace in the world and is currently open for visitors, interested to delve deeper into its past. The palace often becomes the venue for numerous events throughout the year and has been UNESCO-listed as World Heritage fo Humanity.

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2. Place de l’Horloge, Avignon
Place de l’Horloge

Situated in the heart of the city, the Clock Tower Square, also known as Place de l'Horloge, is the main square and a must-see in Avignon, France. Dating back to the 19th century, it is now one of the most popular stops on any Avignon tour, telling the story of the city's past. The Place de l'Horloge is dominated by few of the most authentic buildings, including the 19th-century Town Hall, a theater, and the Calvet de la Palun Hotel. There is also a carousel and numerous restaurants and cafes for the leisurely time of locals and visitors likewise.

3. Place du Palais, Avignon
Place du Palais

The iconic Place du Palais is an ever-bustling site, housing some of the most significant landmarks in Avignon, France. The renowned square is dominated by three major UNESCO-listed attractions, the beautiful hilltop gardens Rocher des Doms, the Popes' Palace, and the Hotel des Monnaies constructed in the 17th century. The postcard-like Place du Palais is the perfect location to stroll around admiring the views or taking a quick coffee break and watching the world go by in the lively city.

4. Basilique Saint-Pierre d'Avignon, Avignon
Basilique Saint-Pierre d’Avignon

Dating back to the 14th century, Basilique Saint-Pierre d'Avignon is one of the most authentic monuments in the city. Built on the site of a former church of Avignon, it was expanded and redecorated multiple times, therefore, features an amalgam of several architectural styles. The church features an imposing octagonal tower and an ornate Gothic facade, however, one of the most intricately decorated pieces of the landmark is the door reaching the height of 4 meters (13 ft). Depicting numerous saints, it was made from solid walnut by Antoine Volard in 1551.

5. The Pont Saint-Benezet, Avignon
Pont Saint-Benezet

Pont Saint-Benezet, also known as the Bridge of Avignon, is one of the best-renowned symbols of the city. Built in the 12th century, it was part of a significant pilgrimage route and featured 22 arches situated over the Rhone River. Nowadays, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bridge consists of only 4 arches, as numerous floods and other misfortunes added to its destruction throughout the years. At the time of construction, Pont Saint-Benezet was considered to be a true wonder of engineering.