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Introduction

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Avignon is a city in the Vaucluse department, located in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in southeastern France. The city itself has around 90,000 inhabitants, though the total metropolitan area is more than three times as big regarding the number of inhabitants.
For more information, also see the official Tourist website of Avignon.

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Sights and Activities

  • Notre Dame des Doms, the cathedral.
  • Palais des Papes (Papal Palace).
  • 4.3 kilometres of ramparts, remains of medieval fortification.
  • Pont d'Avignon
  • Several old (ruined) bridges over the river.
  • Calvet Museum
  • Museé du petit palais.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Avignon has a typical Mediterranean climate though with slightly bigger temperature differences between summer and winter and rain is possible during all months. Summers last from June to September when average daytime temperatures are between 28 and 31 degrees Celsius and nights are around 14-16 degrees. Winters are from December to February when it's between 9 and 12 degrees during the day, with chilly nights of just 1-3 degrees Celsius on average. Occasional frost and even snow are not unheard of, but usually won't last long.
Precipitation is highest during autumn (October-November) and also in May. Summers, but also winters are relatively dry.

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Getting There

By Plane

Avignon-Caumont Airport (8 km from the city) has a few services. Flybe flies to Southampton and seasonal to Exeter. Jet2.com flies to Edinburgh and Leeds.
For a much wider choice, the airport near Marseille is a good alternative.

By Train

The French Railways provides TGV (highspeed) trains to and from a number of places including Paris (just over 2,5 hours!). They all arrive/leave at the Gare Avignon TGV 4 kilometres southwest of Avignon in the suburb of Courtine. From Gare Avignon Centre the TGV to Paris arrives/leaves as well. Also from here, Transports Express Régionaux provides regional services. These include trains to Arles (20 minutes) and Nimes (30 minutes).
During July and August, there are direct services from London (6 hours) and Ashford (5 hours) by the Eurostar train.

By Car

Avignon is just east of the A9 (towards Montpellier and west of the A7 (towards Marseille highways.

By Bus

There are bus connections with Aix-en-Provence (1 hour), Arles (1,5 hours), Marseille (35 minutes) and Nimes (40 minutes), among other regional services. Long distance services are with Linebus and Eurolines.

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Eat

Avignon has a wide range of restaurants, including several with Michelin stars:

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
ACOTEL Confort**Avenue de st-Tronquet ZAC st-Tronquet, Le PontetHotel-
Auberge Bagatelle25 allées Antoine Pinay Ile de la BarthelasseHostel73
Court'Inn Aqua321 route des remouleursHotel78
Court'Inn Suites32 route des rémouleurs CourtineHotel81
Hotel Danieli17 Rue de la RépubliqueHotel86
Hotel Mistral Avignon1 Boulevard de MetzHotel82
Les Jardins de la Livree4 Rue Camp de Bataille Villeneuve lez avignonGuesthouse86
Regina Hotel6, rue de la République 84000Hotel83
Maison de Martin GuestHouse16 route de CastillonGuesthouse90
Hotel Central Avignon31-33 Rue De La RepubliqueHotel81
Vert-Hotel130, avenue Pierre De CoubertinHotel83
Hotel Kyriad Avignon - Centre commercial Cap Sud35 Allée des FenaisonsHostel-
Auberge de TavelVoie RomaineHotel-
Hotel Alizea38 Cours Jean JauresHotel76
Hotel Le Magnan63 Rue du Portail MagnanenHotel80
Hotel Mignon12 rue Joseph VernetHotel82
YMCA Avignon7 Bis Chemin De La Justice B.P. 112 Villeneuve-lez-AvignonHostel81
La Baraillerie13 rue BaraillerieGuesthouse-
La Bastide Rose99 Chemin des Croupieres - Le ThorGUESTHOUSE-
Adonis Avignon Sud2 Rue Marie de MédicisHostel-
Pop' Hostel17 rue de la RépubliqueHOSTEL84
Hotel Le Paradou137 Allée de la Chartreuse MontfavetGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Moderne Remoulins8, Avenue Geoffroy Perret RemoulinsHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

France is one of the best connected countries in the world, with data speed for upload/download ranked among the top 5 in the world. Most hotels and hostels would have in-house facilities to provide free internet access. Many major cities also have initiatives put in place to provide free wi-fi connection in public spaces. Alternatively there are internet cafés available in most cities/towns at a reasonable rate. Some private businesses, such as local cafés (or even the Starbuck's chain), may also provide wi-fi connectivity - keep an eye out for the signs by the shop windows/doors. Also look for the @ symbol prominently displayed, which indicates internet availability. However, with most homes now wired for the internet, cyber cafés are increasingly hard to find, especially outside the major cities.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To dial an international number from France, the IDD is 00, followed by the country code that you wish to dial, the area code and the phone number.
To call France from abroad, start with the international direct dialing (IDD) code from the country you're in, followed by French country code 33, the area code (drop the first zero in front of the area code), and the phone number. French telephone numbers are rarely given without the area code. The telephone number, including the area code, is made up of 10 digits. They are written in a set of 5 pairs of digits (i.e. 01 xx xx xx xx xx).
In France, the area code designations are: 01 - Paris Area ("Région Ile-de-France"), 02 - northwest, 03 - northeast, 04 - southeast, 05 - southwest, 06 - mobile phone providers. From 2010 onwards, 07 will also be assigned to mobile phone providers in order to cater for the surging demands for mobile phones.

Emergency numbers are 15 (medical aid), 17 (police station) and 18 (fire/rescue). You can also use the European emergency number 112 (perhaps a better choice if you don't speak French). These calls are free and accessible from virtually any phone, including locked cellphones.

France uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are several companies (Orange, SFR, Free, Bouygues Télécom and some others MVNOs like Virgin Mobile) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered but you may have difficulties using your mobile phone in rural or mountainous areas. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free.

Post

La Poste in France is also referred to as the PTT (short for postes, télégraphes et téléphones). The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for "outside mail". Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the tabac and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter. Mails sent in France also have a zip code. The first two numbers represent the administrative department (e.g. in Paris' case that would be 75).

Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.

For international package services, you might also check options with companies like DHL, UPS or TNT, which have competitive services and prices and might be faster in most cases.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 43.9486126
  • Longitude: 4.8059666

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