Avignon Cité des Papes

(15 km - 13 mn)
From medieval streets and houses to Renaissance mansions and all its old and attractive squares, some of which are no bigger than a small alleyway....
And the various catering options, ranging from good and inexpensive family restaurants to some of the world's greatest Michelin-starred chefs. Avignon invites you to a stay beyond all imagination.
The historic city centre, the Popes' Palace, all the episcopal buildings and the Saint Bénézet Bridge are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The historic centre radiates from the Place de l'Horloge.
Here you will find the Town Hall, built between 1845 and 1851 on a former palace of the cardinals, of which it has kept the old fortified tower, which was transformed into a bell tower in the 15th century with a clock and Jacquemart.
Next door, the municipal theatre, also dating from the 19th century, houses the Avignon Opera and, at the very top, still revolves the charming Belle Époque style carrousel. Originally the forum of the Avenio, the name of the city under the Romans in the 1st century BC, the Place de l'Horloge is still the "centre" of Avignon. A meeting place, lined with cafés and restaurants, the square is always lively.
Just like the Place du Palais, higher up, a vast esplanade where one could spend the day watching all the street artists in summer.
And as its name suggests, it is here that stands the formidable Palais des Papes, emblem of the city and an impressive monument to the importance of Avignon in the Christian world of the Middle Ages.
Built in the 1300s, mainly by two popes - the austere Benedict XII and his successor, the much less ascetic Clement VI - the palace would become the largest Gothic building in all of Europe. A visit to the palace, which includes the private flats of the popes with their fabulous frescoes, is one of the must-sees in Avignon.

Avignon Citée des Papes