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Once the seat and center of Christianity rivaling Rome in reach and influence, Avignon is now known as the European Capital of Culture. Boasting several art museums as well as world-famous landmarks and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Avignon offers visitors a wide range of activities and sights to enjoy and explore. In the old town as well as in the main tourist section of the city, there are cathedrals, convents, centuries-old buildings and historical monuments that are guaranteed to elicit awe and admiration. Rich in culture and steeped in history, Avignon will charm and captivate even the most seasoned of travelers. Before you pack your bags, check out Venere's list of Avignon hotels. Choose the accommodation that suits both your travel plans and budget. Venere has an extensive list of hotels, so be sure to take your time and opt for one with the amenities and services you want. With hotels in different parts of the city, you're sure to find the ideal place to stay in during your Avignon visit.
What's Avignon Like?
The Palais des Papas (Palace of the Popes) is one of Avignon's most famous landmarks. Along with the cathedral and the Pont d'Avignon, this historic center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. An opulent and majestic structure, the Palais des Papas occupies the highest point in Avignon, a testimony to its intrinsic importance and the exalted place it held in the lives of believers during the Middle Ages. Not far from the Palace of the Popes is the smaller Notre Dame des Doms, also known as the Avignon cathedral. It houses several historical artwork and sits right next to a wonderful park with majestic vistas of Provence. Art lovers will have no shortage of museums and galleries to visit in Avignon. The Calvert Museum has an impressive collection of Middle Age paintings, while the Angladon Foundation has several Impressionist artwork on display. The Pont St-Benezet once spanned the entire width of the Rhone river connecting Avignon to the rest of the Medieval world. Today only four of its original 22 spans remain, but it is still one of the city's most famous attractions. Venere has an extensive roster of Avignon hotels, and one of them is sure to fit your budget and travel plans. Visit Venere to begin your Avignon journey in complete confidence.
Tips for Getting along with Locals in Avignon
Like any Provencal town, Avignon is a gastronomic paradise. Do eat like the French and enjoy a glass of wine along with your meal. Avignon has a big covered market where you can buy a variety of local food items as well as sit down to a leisurely meal. A university town as well as a cultural and historical center, Avignon has an active and varied nightlife thanks to its student population. Practice your French with a group of students as you enjoy a round of drinks in one of the many bars in Les Halles. Use the interactive maps on Venere to get to your favorite destinations all around Avignon and beyond its borders to Arles and Nimes. Stay in one of the Avignon hotels on its list and be assured of comfort and convenience. Venere will help make your Avignon visit safe and easy to plan even before you get on the plane. Arrive at Avignon ready to discover and savor all the sights and charm this ancient medieval city has to offer.