Welcome to Avignon
The riverside city of Avignon in the Provence region of southern France entices travelers with stone architecture, a storied religious past, and close proximity to other Provencal towns. The city's UNESCO-listed historic center served as the home of the Avignon Papacy for nearly 70 years, and many of the medieval stone structures related to this time remain, including the enormous Palais des Papes (Pope's Palace). Other notable monuments in central Avignon include the 12th-century cathedral and the Hotel d'Europe (one of France's oldest hotels), and a stroll along the Rhone River will take you to the remnants of the Medieval Pont d'Avignon bridge, which inspired a song in the late 19th century.
While Avignon itself offers plenty of things to do, many travelers use it as a jumping-off point for a Provence tour. Arles and Nimes are each less than an hour's drive away. Gorges du Verdon, with its massive ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, is another nearby spot. And for a taste of the outdoors, the wild landscapes of the Luberon and the world-renowned wineries of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region are relatively accessible from Avignon.