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A town you won't want to leave

Once you begin to wander around the narrow winding streets of Avignon, or sit to sip a coffee in one of the elegant squares (so reminiscent of the great Italian piazzas in Florence or Siena) of this beautiful old town you will want to stay for a long time, if not for ever. The town casts a spell on its visitors, and the buildings, the bridge and the very atmosphere take you back in time and invite you to explore, discover and enjoy.

Avignon's rich cultural heritage

Avignon itself is full of character, its Italian influenced architecture speaking of a time when it was a papal seat for no less than seven popes. Inside the papal palace you can see frescoes, tapestries and some beautiful floor tiles. There are many museums to visit, with subjects to interest all, ranging from classical fine art, to modern art, to zoological and botanical specimens, decorative arts (furnishings, faience and tapestries), sculpture and many many more. This rich cultural heritage is a significant factor in the wealth of Avignon, as it has proved an irresistible draw for tourists, including business tourists as the town makes a wonderful base for conferences and courses.

Dancing on the bridge

If you want to bring to life the old song about dancing on the bridge of Saint Bénezet you can…but be careful not to fall off the end! Sadly this lovely bridge has been partially destroyed in the powerful mistral winds that blow through the town at certain times of year, and no longer completely spans the river Rhône. There is, however, a treasure trove of theatrical activities available to you in Avignon besides bridge dancing, as the town is passionate about the performing arts, particularly theatre. In the summer the squares are full of street performers, and in August there is a world famous festival of theatre, music and dance, which has been fascinating audiences since 1947, and which attracts skilled performers from far and wide.

Avignon's delights

Avignon has a regular book market down near the station, so if your French is up to scratch you may enjoy browsing here and add an original volume or two to your collection. Avignon is well supplied with excellent restaurants and cafés too. If you are looking for a tasty meal in an interesting location you could make your way to the Place D'Horloge, where you can eat at a pavement café and look out onto the lovely square with its belle époque carousel.

Out and about

If you do find you are able to tear yourself away from the town you will find yourself spoilt for choice of places to visit in the wonderful countryside close to Avignon. The area is rich in history, and also within reach of the sophisticated coastal towns of the Côtes D'Azur. Lovers of la France profonde will enjoy the wild beauty of the nearby Ardêche, and it is possible to take a cruise down the River Rhône, dining on board for the ultimate French gastronomic experience!

How to get there

Avignon is close to several international airports, so take your pick from Marseilles, Nice, Montpellier, Toulouse or Nîmes. British Airways, easyJet, and Ryanair are amongst the airlines that serve these routes. There is also an excellent TGV link as the town is located on the main Paris-Lyon-Nice-Italy line.

Property prices in and around Avignon

The good news is that here, in the Vaucluse, there are some of the most desirable properties in France in some of the most glorious locations. The bad news is that the package comes with a considerable price tag. The area is understandably popular, not just with English buyers but also with the French, and it is difficult to pick up bargain property anywhere near to Avignon. If your pockets are deep enough however, Avignon could be the perfect location to purchase your new French home.

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Avignon AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Avignon?

Avignon is located in south-east France. It sits in the south-western tip of the department of the Vaucluse, very close to this department's borders with the departments of Gard and Bouches-Du-Rhône.

Avignon Property Map

IN THE REGION OF PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D'AZUR

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Guide

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VAUCLUSE

Vaucluse Guide

  Vaucluse Map


Population: 88,300


Access: By air: Fly to Marseilles, Nice, Montpellier or Nîmes.By rail: Take a TGV to Avignon from Paris, Lyon or Nice.


Economy: The economy of Avignon is based on its immense cultural wealth which draws tourism and business tourism. Other sources of wealth are metal, chemicals, construction, agriculture, food and wine.


Interesting fact: The town is well known in the UK because of the folksong, 'Sur le pont, d'Avignon…' which is taught to schoolchildren!

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