Destination guide

A picture's worth 1,000 years in this historic river town

Take some pics because history never looked so beautiful. Avignon is a picturesque paradise in France's Provence region. This charming riverside city is famous for its 14-century stint as the seat of the Catholic popes, who fled here to escape Rome's corruption. You can marvel at how the impressive papal palace, surrounded by stone ramparts, defines the city's skyline. History lovers will have a field day —or several—with Avignon vacation rentals, as the city is home to many historical monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And this is Provence, so rest assured there are plenty of wineries.

Things to do

From bridges to palaces, Avignon's past is a present to you

If you don't know the famous French song, "Sur le Pont D'Avignon," you surely will after an Avignon vacation rental. The remains of this 13th-century bridge are a must-see, so why not view them from the lovely hilltop park, Rocher des Doms. Palais des Papes, the 14th-century palace of the popes, is a massive fortress open for exploring. The town square, Place de l'Horloge, has charming outdoor cafes and shops. Pack up the kids and check out Piratland theme park or Splashworld Provence water park, both less than 10 miles away.

Activities

You can romance and dance in lovely Avignon, France

Put on those walking shoes and hit Avignon's winding cobblestone streets for shopping, dining, and exploring. Many of the city's museums and historical monuments offer views of the Rhone River and the famous Pont d'Avignon bridge—or better yet, take a riverboat tour. There are wineries aplenty, so you can also take a wine tour of the Rhone Valley. In July, visitors flock to the town for Festival d'Avignon, a lively annual event with theatrical productions featuring dance, music, and cinema. There are a few nearby amusement parks that are just the ticket if you're traveling with kiddos.

Weather

Hang on to your shades or they'll be gone with the wind

Provence is known for its cloudless blue skies and sunny days, made possible by its southerly location and the infamous Mistral, a strong year-round wind. The wind can gust up to 40 mph and makes for some chilly weather (mostly outside of the summer months), so pack that jacket. You might see some rain in September through November, but snow, not so much. July and August are the hottest months, with highs in the 80s, while December and January lows hover in the 30s. Avignon vacation rentals are popular during the holidays and also in July during the Festival d'Avignon.

Natural features

You'll be singin' the praises of this heavenly land

Can you get drunk on scenery? Avignon and actually, all of Provence, have that Garden of Eden magic that just makes you marvel. Lush vineyards, olive groves, soaring trees, and rolling fields of lavendar dominate the landscape. Avignon's ancient limestone buildings overlook the glassy Rhone River. If you want a great view of the remains of Pont d'Avignon extending over the river, Barthalesse Island is the perfect place. It's France's largest river island, situated between Avignon and Villeneuve-les-Avignon. Barthelasse is a haven of green space and home to a large number of nesting and migrating birds and ducks.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Avignon

Fly into Avignon (AVN-Caumont), the closest airport, located 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Nimes (FNI-Garons), which is 23.1 mi (37.1 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Avignon Central Station, Avignon Sud Station and Avignon TGV Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Avignon?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,738 vacation rentals near Avignon. From 1,816 Houses to 540 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Avignon for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Avignon?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Avignon:

  • Avignon City Centre: 423 vacation rentals
  • Montfavet: 57 vacation rentals
  • Arles City Centre: 225 vacation rentals
  • Font d'Irac: 42 vacation rentals
  • L'Hauture: 42 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Avignon?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Avignon. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Avignon (XZN-Avignon TGV Train Station): 6,026 vacation rentals
  • Avignon Central Station: 5,844 vacation rentals
  • Avignon TGV Station: 6,063 vacation rentals
  • Avignon Cathedral: 5,870 vacation rentals
  • Palais des Papes: 5,852 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Avignon listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Avignon?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,816 Houses in Avignon. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Avignon include:

  • Villas: 540 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 770 rentals available
  • Cottages: 235 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Avignon?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,355 vacation rentals with pool available in Avignon. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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