Avignon is a cultural hub located in the south of France, on the banks of the River Rhône. It is steeped in a rich and colourful history, with artistic roots dating back to the 14th century. Theatre is at the heart of the city, so much so that a yearly theatre festival is held here during Summer. The large number of theatres situated in Avignon have led to it being hailed as the “theatre capital of France” by some.


For art lovers, there is a great deal to see in Avignon; traditional art collections from the region can be found in Musée Calvet, Petit Palais and Palais du Roure. A visit to the Collection Lambert would be ideal for those interested in contemporary art.

Numerous theatres offer a wide-range of performances all year round, with the most important events occurring during the Festival d’Avignon. During this festival, more than twenty venues present a variety of shows, with many more unofficial performances taking place throughout this period. In addition to the many theatres, Avignon also boasts an impressive 19th century opera house.


Avignon is home to several markets. The largest is Les Halles, a covered market on Place Pie, selling a range of foods. Place des Carmes hosts weekend markets – a flower market on Saturdays and a flea market on Sundays. Antiques are particularly prevalent in this region, an antiques market is located on Rue des Teinturiers, and there are many antiques shops to be found in the area. Avignon specialises in pottery and terra-cotta wares; shops selling these goods can be found all over Avignon, in particular on the Rue de la République.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Avignon specialises in Provencal foods such as Papalines (chocolate with sugar and oregano liquer), truffles, goats cheese and garlic. The popular Côtes du Rhône wine is also produced in this area.

There are many restaurants specialising in Provencal cuisine, including the famous Christian Etienne Q restaurant. Avignon has a bustling night life, with cultural events taking place all year round in the theatres.

Tourist Information

Office de Tourisme d’Avignon41, Cours Jean JauresBP884000 Avignon cedex 1Tel: +33(0)432 743 274information@ot-avignon.fr www.ot-avignon.frFestival info: www.festival-avignon.com


The nearest airport is the Avignon Caumont Airport, which has regular flights to and from Paris Orly West Airport.

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