The beautifully-preserved medieval walls and laidback atmosphere of this commune in south-eastern France retain a sense of antiquity lost in much of the modern, fast-paced world. Emerging from the rural backdrop of rolling hills and fragrant lavender fields of Provence and the Rhône, the first glimpse of the town is simply unforgettable.
While much of Provence underwent urbanisation in the mid-20th century Avignon, within its medieval walls was largely left untouched. Respecting the beauty, significance and grandeur of the ancient city, developers have allowed Avignon to retain its old-world charm – affording visitors an authentic experience in this influential commune.
Boutique-lined streets, leafy squares and wonderful Provencal eateries now make up the majority of beautiful Avignon – creating a delightful place to explore for a day or two. Here, we showcase some of the highlights of the city, and take a look at its formative history and heritage.