Avignon is a small town that lies on the banks of the Rhone River in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Its Mediterranean climate makes it an ideal destination at almost any time of year. Known as the second Rome because it has been the papal residence for several decades, the truth is that it's a perfect weekend getaway. You only have 48 hours in Avignon? No time to waste! Our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains will take you to this little corner of southern France in a few hours.
Avignon is a city that seems to stand still in time. Its medieval past is still very much present in every street, in every square and in every monument. If you only have 48 hours, we give you all the tips to make the most of your getaway.
Day 1: Palace of the Popes, the Cathedral of Notre Dame des Doms and the Petit Palais
The Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes in French) is one of the most important historical buildings in France and of great cultural beauty.
Day 1 starts strong, with a visit to this monumental complex inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list
. The first stop could not be other than the Palace of the Popes, considered the largest Gothic palace in the whole European continent. The palace was the residence of nine popes during the 14th century. Between chapels, halls and cloisters, there are a total of 25 spaces to visit, so you will need around 2 or 3 hours for the tour.
Right next door is the emblematic Cathedral of Notre Dame des Doms, as well as the Petit Palais or Little Palace, which houses nearly 400 paintings and 600 medieval sculptures.
The next stop may be the nearby Jardin des Doms, a beautiful English-style park on whose terraces you can take a break.
Continue walking and you will arrive at the famous Avignon Bridge
, undoubtedly one of the symbols of the capital
of the department of Vaucluse. It dates from the 12th century and has four arches, although when it was built it had more than 20. Nowadays its function is merely decorative, as it does not reach the other bank.
Go back and visit the Place de l'Horloge, where the Town Hall and the Opera House are located, both buildings from the 19th century.
If you like art, in the afternoon you can visit the Angladon Museum, an 18th century palace that contains works by artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas and Cézanne.
In addition to the many cultural routes, Avignon also offers wide shopping streets where you can buy products from the region
Day 2: The Roman Theater of Orange, Les Halles and Rue des Teinturiers
On the second day, you have a very special visit coming up. About 30 km from Avignon is the splendid Roman Theater of Orange, located in the heart of the town. The scenic façade stands out because of the statue of the Emperor Augustus and its excellent state of conservation.
On your way back to Avignon, stop by the Les Halles market, a gastronomic corner
where you can enjoy cheese, wine, fruit and other local products. With a full stomach, spend the afternoon strolling along the bucolic Rue des Teinturiers, a street that runs alongside the canal.
Add to your last afternoon visits like St. Peter's Basilica or Barthelasse Island, which you can reach by ferry.