Eco-tourism. Discover Avignon, on foot and by bike

Come to Avignon

The prefecture of Vaucluse is particularly well served by train. It has two stations: a station in the city center and a TGV station, connected to all the major French cities.

To visit Avignon, the train is the most favorable option, because parking is difficult in the city center, due to the small narrow streets that wind through the historic heart.

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Accommodation in the old town

City surrounded by ramparts, Avignon has managed to preserve the intimate atmosphere specific to fortified towns.

To enjoy your visit, it is better to opt for accommodation located in the old town.

This location will allow you to explore the city on foot, and easily reach iconic heritage sites, such as the Palace of the Popes, as well as cafes and restaurants.

Visits to discover a unique heritage

Former papal city during the fourteenth century, Avignon retains a rich heritage, from this time when it was at the heart of Christian life.

The Papal Palace, the largest Gothic palace in Europe, is of course a must-see, but the Notre-Dame-des-Doms cathedral is also worth a detour, as is the Saint-Martial chapel.

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Museum enthusiasts will also have something to quench their thirst for discovery with the Calvet museum, presenting paintings and sculptures, as well as the Petit Palais museum, and its rich collections of Italian paintings.

A bike ride to discover the ramparts and the island of Barthelasse

Listed as World Heritage by Unesco, the ramparts of Avignon are very well preserved and provide the opportunity for a great discovery by bike. A bicycle route, 4.5 km long and entirely flat, allows you to go around the ramparts in about 45 minutes.

The route also allows you to join the river shuttle to take the direction of the island of Barthelasse.

The very preserved banks of the island offer beautiful views of the Palais des Papes and the Avignon bridge, on a very accessible route between forests and orchards. Beavers, raptors, herons and cormorants can be observed in particular at certain times of the day.

Local and organic products

While strolling on the island of Barthelasse, stop at La Reboule, a family farm specializing in the direct sale (Monday to Saturday) of fruit and vegetables.

Enjoying a breathtaking view of the Palais des Papes, the market gardeners who operate this farm, which has been established for three generations, offer 150 varieties of fruit and vegetables, from tomatoes to eggplants, including zucchini, melons, strawberries and apricots.

From the center of Avignon, access is possible with the river shuttle, located at the foot of the Rocher des Doms, at the towpath.