Discover the charms of Avignon with Renfe-SNCF en Coopération in less than four hours from Barcelona. Visit the papal city and discover for yourself why they call it the Second Rome. Since the 14th century Avignon has been a magnet and meeting point for tourists, travelers, immigrants, professionals, exiles, and artists.
All of them and the times in which they lived have left their indelible imprint in this city in the form of details well known by residents, but often ignored by tourists and visitors. Now you can travel to Avignon not only comfortably and fast, but also ecologically and from city center to city center. You can not miss this impressive Provençal city and discover for yourself everything the papal city has to offer.
Le Jardin des Doms
The capital of the department of Vaucluse has many hidden corners that locals know, but tourists can overlook. One of these hidden
charms of Avignon are Le Jardin des Doms. These gardens are in a privileged place above the city and offer fantastic views of the Rhone river, Avignon and the nearby towns. They are located on top of the Rocher des Doms, a crag
situated over 30 metres above the level of the river. There is no better place to discover even the smallest charms of Avignon than these beautiful gardens.
View of Pont St-Bénézet
This 12th century bridge is part of the image we all have of Avignon. Although it is only half a bridge, it is still an
impressive place to admire the charms of Avignon. Walking on the bridge costs a few euros, but the view that opens to us from the end of the bridge, in the middle of the river, is something that is not seen every day. In addition, the small chapel that was built in the center of the bridge to bless it is still preserved and can be visited, adding to the list of little charms of Avignon that you may want to visit.
A journey through time
Views of Avignon
The small streets of this city are one of the charms of Avignon that
does not usually appear in tourist guides. Despite the electric lights, the smartphones and the cars, a little tour of the streets of the old quarter of this city will
transport you to the Middle Ages. Strolling through these narrow streets will give you a glimpse into the life of Avignon over the centuries. For example, you can visit the dyers’ street and see how the professionals of the same sector grouped together to work and open their businesses in the same street, something that today is unthinkable.
Place de l'Horloge
Place de l´Horloge in 1916 and now - Edition Prévot and Véronique Pagnier, Wikimedia Commons
The charming streets of the old quarter of Avignon will eventually take you
to the Place de l'Horloge, or Clock Tower Square. This central square is the perfect place to enjoy the idyllic views while having a good French coffee under a shade. This square is located very close to another of the charms of Avignon, the Papal Palace, and
most of the city's social and cultural life is concentrated here. Be sure to be in the Place de l'Horloge when the clock tower shows the hours. So you can enjoy the spectacle of the famous "jacquemarts" of the tower every 60 minutes.
Les Luminessences d’Avignon
Another of the charms of Avignon that tourists ignore are
les Luminessences d’Avignon. It is a light representation that takes place in the central courtyard of the
Papal Palace. In the late summer, between the middle of August and the end of September, a light and sound show is projected on the walls of the Palace that
tells the story of the Papal Palace itself. This 3D rendering will delight children and adults alike for 35 minutes. Admission costs € 10 for adults and € 8 for children.