Who hasn't ever sung the melody to "Sur le pont d’Avignon, on y danse, on y danse…"? Avignon's bridge is quite a thing to see and one of historical importance, since it was the residence of the Popes.
Ready for the adventure? The narrow streets that leave the square are a small labyrinth of aromatic shops selling soaps, plants and perfumes. In addition, you cannot leave without trying the delicious local products, such as olives and specialties prepared with olives. Without forgetting the special prints on tablecloths, cloths, aprons, bags, etc. A true a pleasure to the eye and the senses. This is also the case of the Les Halles roofed market, a true culinary embassy of fruits, vegetables, condiments and specialties of Provence.
Avignon is a place where anyone will enjoy a nice walk. The Palais des Papes is a must-see place. The tour guides will provide you with a detailed explanation of how the Palace was expanded by each Pope and their requirements. Currently, a third of the complex can be visited. Restoration work is being carried out, so more areas will be open for visitors soon. However, despite the presence areas being restored, you will feel like any of its inhabitants are going to cross the door at any moment. The famous Avignon Theatre Festival is held every summer and some of the shows are presented at the Palace's Courtyard of Honour. There is no other better setting for a show like this one.
The Palace of the Popes is one of the most important historical buildings in France and of an unrivalled cultural beauty
You can take a break and enjoy some of the region's delicatessens at this square. So, if you get to a point you can't wait any longer, you're in for a treat, since you can finally see Saint-Bénezet bridge. Many will be surprised by the fact that it does not cross the river; it only has four arches. However, you can walk over the remaining stretch and take a picture as any tourist would do.
So it is now time for dinner. You can exchange anecdotes and your thoughts about the city while tasting the delicacies of the region, enjoying them with a nice glass of wine. To sum up, you can enjoy the delicious desserts. What more could we ask for? This is what we call "being treated like a Pope".
See you soon, Avignon! We will come back soon, and we will do so on Renfe's AVE (high-speed) International trains. There are so many trains every day that you can travel from Madrid, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona and Figueres.
Moreover, you can continue discovering and enjoying other French cities connected by our AVE (high-speed) France trains, Renfe's Alta Velocidad (high-speed) International, such as Marseille, Nîmes, Béziers or Lyon; always from city centre to city centre.
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