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City guide: Avignon

City guide: Avignon

At 2:40 by train from Paris, go to Avignon to discover the charm of Provence under the sign of culture! Because the City of the Popes has many surprises in store for you with its theater festival which takes place in July and invades the streets of the city but also all year round with its exceptional architecture and its museums with rich collections… Not to mention the song of the cicadas and its gastronomy to be enjoyed on the terrace in the sun. An escapade that cannot be refused.

A neighborhood: intramural


Philippe Bar If the city of Avignon extends in a considerable way, it is the old city surrounded by its 4.3km of ramparts which will concentrate all your attention. Inside, or "intra-muros" (inside the walls), the city has retained its character and its old buildings which make all the charm of the city. The cobbled streets like the rue des Teinturiers or the squares like the Place des Corps Saints or the Place Crillon come alive from the first rays of the sun and especially during the Festival d'Avignon.

A hotel: Maison Mademoiselle


Maison Mademoiselle To stay in Avignon in a comfortable and authentic way, the aparthotel Maison Mademoiselle invites you right in the heart of the historic center in its 17th century private mansion. Height under ceiling of 4 meters, floor tiles on the floor, linen and percale linens… no detail was left to chance, whether in the Maud room or the Mademoiselle apartment. An address to feel at home in an exceptional setting. 19 rue de la Masse 84000 Avignon - maisonmademoiselleavignon.com - From 130 euros

A cultural place: The Lambert collection


Work by Miroslaw Balka - Franck Couvreur The famous Parisian gallery owner Yvon Lambert has chosen Avignon as his home and more particularly the superb Caumont hotel for its rich collection of contemporary works. Since 2000, the museum has presented specialized exhibitions and highlights avant-garde artists with the works of Anselm Kiefer, Christian Boltanski, Cy Twombly, etc. in spacious and bright rooms that offer a real encounter with the works. 5 Rue Violette 84000 Avignon - www.collectionlambert.fr

Architecture: The Palace of the Popes


F.Olliver If the city is particularly known for the Saint-Bénezet bridge celebrated in song, it is undoubtedly the Palais des Papes which gives it all its splendor. Largest Gothic construction of the Middle Ages with 15,000m2 of floor, the building testifies to the presence of the popes in the city in the 14th century. You will be able to admire its impressive facades and visit no less than 25 rooms, some of which house the frescoes by the painter Matteo Giovannetti. During the Avignon Festival, the Palace's main courtyard is transformed into a theater hall for an open-air performance in a grandiose setting. Place du Palais 84000 Avignon - www.palais-des-papes.com

A restaurant: Maison de Fogasses


At the same time romantic and bohemian, the Maison de Fogasses welcomes its guests in an atypical and artistic place which contains a secret garden of 600m2. Atelier Fogasses showcases home cooking with fresh market products to rediscover the simple and tasty pleasures of cooking. During the Festival, the space is also transformed into an open stage at the end of the day to bring the garden to life to the rhythm of art. And if the spirit of the house seduces you, know that the mansion also has five charming apartments for a true immersion in the city. 37 Rue des Fourbisseurs, 84000 Avignon - www.maison-de-fogasses.com

An Airbnb apartment


In the heart of an 18th century mansion, Anne's 30m2 apartment will offer you all the charm of the historic center thanks to its large windows and exposed beams combined with contemporary furniture. A real immersion in Provençal architecture. Airbnb

A green space: the island of Barthelasse


Facing the Avignon bridge, the island of Barthelasse settles between two arms of the Rhône to offer 700 hectares of nature mainly cultivated to give the region its tasty fruits such as peaches, melons and even cherries. The island is ideal for a stroll along the water with a view of the most beautiful monuments of the city. You will also find restaurants, campsites and producers who practice direct sales.

A place to have a drink: La Mirande


Historic 5-star hotel in the city of Avignon, La Mirande opens the doors of a private mansion with an 18th century decor. The rooms are dressed in toile de Jouy, the beautiful stone stages the patio and the old fireplaces set the tone for the restaurant. This fully-fledged living space is particularly appreciated for a break from time and the warmth of the city, whether in the garden or the patio. At tea time, the menu is delicious with cakes with authentic flavors. Unless you prefer to come in the evening to enjoy a cozy moment, an expert cocktail in your hands. 4 Place de l'Amirande 84000 Avignon - www.la-mirande.fr

A moment of shopping: Flôshop


Like a cabinet of curiosities, the boutique on rue Joseph Vernet offers you a sophisticated selection of decoration and design with flagship brands but also small creators who are coming up. A subtly scented candle, a light with an impeccable design… So many objects that you will find it hard not to bring back from your stay. 41 Rue Joseph Vernet 84000 Avignon - www.floshop.biz