Welcome to Avignon
Welcome to Avignon - The City of the Popes
Avignon is situated in the South of France and its also one of the major cities in Provence. Named "City of Popes" because of the presence of the popes from 1309 to 1423, it is currently the largest city and capital of the Vaucluse department. This is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts, its historic center, composed of the palace of the popes, the Rocher des Doms and the bridge of Avignon. However, Avignon is also the cradle of a prestigious festival of contemporary drama. At 2 : 40 hours of Paris, this city offer all year of numerous possibilities of visits, animations, demonstrations and does not miss attractive shops and places to discover the Provencal food. Every beauties of Provence are near, so, be allowed seduce by this livened Provencal city and full of charm !
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Avignon is a city who do not miss night-life. Indeed, your night in the City of Popes does not look like the others. You can have a drink in one of the places of the city, have dinner in the feet of the palace of the Popes in the dark night, choose a show in one of the numerous permanent theater of Avignon, or still see a movie, a concert or a dance show, join finally the night-places or the discotheques.
Avignon is an ideal town to make shopping. The city's shopping streets are crowded with locals and visitors, and there's a surprising range of contrasting stores in a small area.In only 450 meters of the Popes' Palace, is the street of the Republic with numerous shops. However, Avignon counts numerous shopping malls like Mistral 7 or Cap Sud at just 6 km of the center.
In Avignon, numerous places are has see. Indeed, you can't come in Avignon without seeing the Pope's Palace who dominates the city. The Avignon's bridge is also in inescapable of the city which is classified as Historic Monument but also in the UNESCO world heritage. If you are in Avignon in July, you can see the Avignon's festival which is the most important manifestation of theatral art and live performance in France. This festival takes place every year in the courtyard of the Pope's Palace as well as in other locations to the city.
Standard Time Zone : GMT/UTC + 01 : 00 hour
Avignon has a humid subtropical climate, with moderate rainfall year-round. July and August are the hottest months with average daily maximum temperatures of around 86°F (30°C). The driest month is July when the average monthly rainfall is 35 millimeters, a little too wet for the climate to be classified as Mediterranean.The city is often subject to windy weather, the strongest wind in the mistral.
Avignon has an excellent transport network, which includes buses, trains, a little airport and there will soon be a tramway. The public transit system in Avignon consists of a small bus system. Several buses leave from the central post office. Intercity buses depart from the Gare Routiere which is located next to the Central Train Station.