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Avignon - presentation
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Key figures on Avignon
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About Avignon
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Map of Avignon
Practical Avignon
. Tourism office
. Thématic visits
. Good deals: Pass card & Monument
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Can’t be missed
. Palace of the Popes
. Saint-Martial Chapel
. Saint-Bénezet bridge
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A town of collectors
. Collection Lambert in Avignon
. Calvet Museum and the Lapidary Museum
. Angladon museum
. Petit Palais museum
. Louis Vouland Foundation
. Palais du Roure
. Requien Museum
. Mont de Piété
Avignon on stage
. Festival d’Avignon
. Festival off
. Permanent theatre
. Maison Jean Vilar
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Events in 2015
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Avignon town of gastronomy
. «Provençal» gastronomy
. Specialities
. Capital of the Côtes du Rhône wines
. Epicurium
Avignon and the environment
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Avignon in Provence
. Avignon in the heart of Provence
. Day trip from Avignon
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Avignon convention centre and
exhibition centre
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. Avignon tourisme : P. Bar - C. Rodde - S.
Mourey - F. Olliver
. JP Campomar (p 1 - 4 - 9 - 32)
. ARKE (p12)
. DR Unité mixte de recherche 3495CNRS /
MCC (p14)
. Collection Lambert (p 15)
. Jérôme Rey (p 22)
. Nicolas Bryant (p 10 - 13 - 29)
. DR Renaud & Mognetti (p 27)
. Eric Larrue (p 34 - 35)
press release
Avignon is just 2 hours and 40 minutes from Paris and 3 hours from Roissy airport by TGV and only 5hours
30 to London by Eurostar (direct line in summer).
Avignon airport provides direct flights to Great Britain in season and Marseille – Provence airport (only
45mn drive) provides direct flights for 100 destinations.
Avignon, capital of the Christian world in the Middle Ages, home to outstanding architectural heritage, lies
in the heart of Provence.
The Palace of the Popes, the largest Gothic palace, residence of the Sovereign Pontiffs during the 14th
century, is in the centre of the city. Near the Palace stands the remains of the Pont d’Avignon, famous the
world over for the beloved children’s song, and a prestigious construction in its own right. Both monuments are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites.
They encircle the city and lead to interesting strolls among the old winding streets, as you explore chapels
and churches, buildings from the Middle Ages, city mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Art and architecture surround you. City squares and terraces, shaded from the summer sun by the leafy
plane trees, are an invitation to slow down and enjoy life. The perfect place to watch the world go by, enjoy
a drink, chat among friends, rest from a long day of touring or shopping.
Avignon museums house a wide variety of collections. The Archaeology Museum, called the “Musée Lapidaire” displays Greek, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities, the Petit Palais is famous for its exceptional
collection of Italian primitive paintings from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The Calvet Museum is
the museum of Fine Arts; at Angladon Museum you can see 20th century masters among other object in
the founders’ home. The Vouland Museum shows decorative arts and the Collection Lambert has a vast
collection of contemporary art.
Avignon is also famous for its theatre festival, founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar. The festival continues to
attract the leading contemporary creations in the performing arts. The “Festival Off” takes place concurrently with the Avignon Festival, showing some 1000 works and contributing to transforming Avignon into
one major stage. Cultural activities thrive all year long – opera, theatre, clubs and associations propose
countless offerings.
Major events such as Cheval Passion in January, the Hivernales contemporary dance festival in February,
and in 2014 and 2015, Luminessences, a sound and light show in the Palace of the Popes.
Avignon is the perfect place to discover and explore Provencal cuisine. Avignon chefs have garnered many
stars in the best guides, and propose traditional and contemporary cuisine in lovely restaurants.
Avignon’s market - Les Halles – offers fresh produce and regional products six days a week. As the capital
of the Côtes du Rhône wines, there is no lack of exquisite wines to discover.
A visit to Avignon guarantees the unforgettable experience of enjoying the Provence lifestyle.
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Key figures on
Touristic clienteles of Avignon
1.5 million tourists for 5.3 million nights for the Avignon destination.
Tourism Office services in 2013
Personal reception
Leading foreign clienteles
Mail and telephone service
209 827 visitors
Spain - Portugal
35 080 requests (mail, phone, e-mail)
Guide Service
All sort of guided tours (City, Popes Palace, thematic Guided tours : 368 individuals guided, 4059 in
tours ...)
108 971 persons guided
Avignon Tourisme website
529 198 visitors
2013 Attendance at the Popes’palace and Avignon’s bridge*
Monument / museum
Palace of the Popes
Avignon’s bridge
Nombre de visiteurs
595 257
370 751
* Paid entrances
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Festival 2013
Avignon Festival
128 000 tickets sold (95 % entrance rate)
Festival off
1265 plays for 1066 thatre troups and 125 venues
The Avignon Festival is the biggest cultural event in Vaucluse.
SNCF (National train company)
Avignon centre city station
Avignon TGV train station
Flybe Southampton
Jet2 (Edimbourg / Leeds)
Total Great-Britain
Business flights
1.600.000 passengers (2009)
3 025 000 passengers (2010)
9900 passengers (2009)
13 570 passengers (2010)
5494 passengers (2010)
15 962 passengers (2010)
34 756 passengers (2010)
about 5000 passengers (2010)
72.506 passengers
Restaurant boats
Rhône river cruise ships
River shuttle
Avignon harbor
32 220 passengers
23 640 passengers
218 342 passengers
834 boats for 3585 nights and 2126 passengers
Hotel Capacity in 2014
5 hotels : 173 rooms
27 hotels : 777 rooms
24 hotels : 1327 rooms
9 hotels : 579 rooms
5 hotels : 244 rooms
9 hotels : 225 rooms
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About Avignon
BY TRAIN - 2 stations
The TGV station designed by Jean-Marie Duthilleul
and opened in June 2001 in the Courtine area, Avignon is now 2 hours 40 minutes from Paris, 3 hours
of Roissy Charles de Gaulle and 1 hour of Lyon
thanks to the Mediterranean TGV line (30 minutes
to Marseille). Shuttle bus for the town center.
Car-parks: drop-off, long and short parks.
The Avignon airport provides direct flights to GreatBritain:
- Southampton
- Birmingham
- Londres City
and to
- Amsterdam
also Dublin, Jersey, Edimbourg, and a lot more in
connections with Flybe and CityJet.
Bus line n°21 from city centre to the airport.
Avignon centre city train station: regional train
schedules for Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur on -
Day-long parking.
. Eurostar Avignon-London every Saturday in July
and August.
New !
The connection between the AVIGNON TGV train
station and the centre-city train station is open!
There is now a rail link between the TGV train
station and the Avignon centre city train station.
The 2 train stations are connected by regional trains
going in both directions, with nearly 70 round-trip
connections per day, between 6am and 10:30 pm.
The trip between the 2 stations takes just 6 minutes, a big time savings as compared to the previous
bus connection.
The Marseille – Provence airport is only a 45mn
drive and provides direct flights for 120 destinations from terminal mp1 (traditional companies)
and terminal mp2 (low-cost companies).
.Direct train connections between Marseille
Provence Airport and Avignon center city (around 1
hour): 24 trains a day.
For further information and schedules:
Roads also lead to Avignon :
. N7
. A7
. A9
. N100
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Practical Avignon
The Office of Tourism at your service
. A warm welcome, information, advice on heritage,
events, accommodation, everyday life, cultural life
in Avignon and Provence
. Information and advice over the phone and
sending of documentation by mail and internet
([email protected]) practical guides,
circuits, city maps…+ 33 (0)4 32 74 32 74
. Monthly event calendar of Avignon
. Discovery tours of Avignon, please ask for
departure points and subjects
. The Guide-Interpreter department for groups
and individuals
. Sales of tickets for outings, monuments, museums,
and souvenir shop.
. Website and online sale:
. Tourism and Handicap: label covering 4
impairments (physically handicapped, hearing
impaired, sight impaired, mentally handicapped).
Wheelchairs loaned for the day or half-day.
Descriptive document in Braille and communication
systems for hearing-impaired persons, with or
without hearing aids.
Pour les activités d’accueil, d’information, de promotion/communication, de production/commercialisation, de la boutique. Délivrée par AFNOR Certification -
The tourism office at your service to
prepare your stay and for any questions
on Avignon
Town centre
41, cours Jean Jaurès
BP 8 - 84004 Avignon cedex 1 France
Tél. 00 33 - (0)4 32 74 32 74
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• April to October
Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm
Festival: everyday 9 am to 7 pm
Sundays and holidays 10am to 5pm
• November to March
Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 10 to 12
Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
. TGV station - Courtine : peak saison
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Thematic visits
Avignon during the time of the Papacy
This visit concentrates on the Palace of the Popes and discusses
the political aspects of the arrival of the Popes – why Avignon?
The Comtat Venaissin with respect to the Kingdom of France, relations with the King of France, every aspect of Papal organization
personal, political and other. Start from the Tourism Office in the
centre city.
Secret Palace
The Palace of the Popes as you’ve never seen it! Special visit of
the residence of the Popes: private apartments, chapels and gardens. Hidden stairs and narrow corridors lead you from the cellar
to the terraces. An unusual journey accompanied by a snack.
Visit in French.
New f
Saturday and Sunday à 14h30.
January - February - March and November - december 2015
Legendary Palace and bridge
Discover two of the most famous monuments of Avignon: Palace of the Popes, this magnificent monumental symbol of the capital city of Christendom in the Middle Ages and the St Benezet bridge whose origins
and the song will have no more secrets for you.
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Good deals
Avignon Passion
The Pass is given free of charge at the Tourism Office and in tourist and cultural sites
(monuments, museums). The Pass allows you to discover the heritage in the city of
Avignon at special prices. The first visit is full rate, the rate drops for all the following
visits: from 10% to 50% off. It is good for 15 days and for the whole family (5 members).
Use it at all the tourist sites in Avignon and Villeneuve lez Avignon as well as for
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Monument Tracker
A virtual ongoing guidebook.
A Smartphone application that sends alerts in real time about the
monuments in Avignon and tells you their history as you encounter
Information on
Appli mobile Vaucluse Tour
The Vaucluse Tourism Board (ADT) and 22 tourism offices in Vaucluse
have worked together to create a brand new free mobile phone app,
many travelers’ favourite travel tool! This app gives visitors with a smart
phone or pad staying in Vaucluse the chance to see everything that
is offered in Vaucluse. It’s perfect for locals too looking for week-end
ideas, restaurants, special offers and other.
Appli Daytour - Provence Pass
Bike rental, self-guided tours to discover Provence.
A unique and fun smartphone application: Pass® Provence.
On foot, by bike or car, in every ride, nice tasting are waiting for you to
get a taste from the local products (wine, but also olive oil, honey, chocolate).
Learn, have fun and discover the rich taste of Provence.
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Population / climate
Avignon, city of 92 000 inhabitants lies at the border of three counties, Vaucluse, Gard and Bouchesdu-Rhône.
Avignon is the chief city for the county of Vaucluse.
Avignon is at an altitude of 21m and enjoys a Mediterranean climate with 2800 hours of sunshine
a year.
15 municipalities are grouped together in the
Greater Avignon area (COGA): Avignon, Caumont
sur Durance, Jonquerettes, Le Pontet, Les Angles,
Morières les Avignon, Rochefort du Gard, Saint Saturnin- les-Avignon, Saze, Vedène, Velleron, Villeneuve lez Avignon, Entraigues, Pujaut and Sauveterre which accounts about 180,000 inhabtants.
The Rhône River
The Rhone river has always played an important
role in the development of Avignon: it is the major
axis which connects Northern Europe to the Mediterranean Sea. Though Rhone river floods long
ravaged the city, riverbanks were full of life as the
business was important on the river.
Nowadays, river tourism is rapidly expanding and
the city has renovated the banks of the river along
the former towpath, creating a very pleasant
Several passenger ship-hotels and boat cruises ply
the river.
Avignon is undergoing active growth. Home to over
7000 companies, to the Agroparc Cluster Park, specialised in agribusiness and the new technologies,
to the 24-hectare Market of National Interest and
the new site of Courtine which extends over 300
hectares around the TGV train station, Avignon is
growing and changing.
The University of Avignon was recently reinstalled
in the historical, beautifully renovated buildings of
the Hospital Sainte Marthe and today counts 7000
Digital Avignon
On 27 September 2014 Avignon officially announced its bid for the French label “French
Culture Tech” which emphasizes culture and digital technology. The Avignon-Arles economic basin
includes 600 companies which work in the field of
digital technology. Awarding of this label to Avignon would help the city develop its digital economy. Ten projects will be selected in all of France.
Results will be announced in early 2015.
World wide heritage of Unesco.
Capital of the Christianity in the 14th century, Avignon monuments and ramparts were recently
classified as part as UNESCO’s World Heritage. The
Avignon bridge – the famous Pont d’Avignon – is
known the world over thanks to the b loved song.
Avignon is also famous for its theatre Festival created in 1947 by Jean Vilar, the summer meeting
place for the performing arts. In the year 2000,
Avignon was named European City of Culture.
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The city of Avignon traces its origins to the Rocher
des Doms, a natural shelter located high above the
Rhone river. Known both as the «City of the river»
and as the «City of the violent wind», Avignon
has occupied a strategic position on the Rhône
since ancient times. After the Roman occupation
and the following invasions, the free town was
established in the 12th century, and it was during
this period that the famous bridge was built.
With the coming of the Popes in the 14th century,
Avignon made great new strides and seven Popes
reigned in Avignon.
First was Clement V who settled in the Venaissin
County, property of the Papacy. The City of Avignon belonged to the Earl of Provence, to whom
Clement V requested hospitality.
Benedict XII and Clement VI had the Palace built
and Clement VI purchased the town of Avignon
from Queen Jane, Countess of Provence. Avignon
became the capital of Christianity.
The town flourished and served as a place of refuge, attracting foreigners, merchants, artists, religious orders, bankers, and even political outlaws
such as Petrarque, famous for his love for Laura.
The arts throve and Avignon was a flourishing centre of activity and ideas.
In 1378, with the death of Pope Gregory XI, the Papacy returned to Rome, and the great schism of
Christianity started.
Since the Papal times, Avignon has remained an
important urban centre ruled under the ostentatious legates. The churches grew and multiplied,
which gave rise to Rabelais’s description «Avignon,
the chiming Town». New troubles appeared with
the Reformation, however Avignon remained
faithful to Catholicism.
The 17th and the 18th centuries were more auspicious days for the town.
Gentry and commoners organised many festivities
and built mansions where painters and architects
such as Mignard, Parrocel, Franque... rivalled each
During the French Revolution the Venaissin County
and Avignon city were annexed to France (1791).
In 1793, Avignon became the County town of Vaucluse. The monuments from Avignon’s prestigious
historical past were recently classified as part as
UNESCO’s world heritage.
The architectural wealth of the city is a major asset which led to Avignon’s nomination as European
City of the Culture for the year 2000. The Palace of
the Popes is also home to a leading edge Convention Centre, right in the heart of the city.
The Ramparts
The city of Avignon was protected by rampart built
in the 12th century atop the traces of the ancient
Roman city. The 12th century ramparts were then
destroyed by the King of France and were rebuilt
in the 14th century under order from Pope Innocent VI, to protect the city from assailants. The
ramparts are 4330 meters long, with 35 defensive
towers. They originally had deep ditches filled with
water all around the outside.
Coats of arms
The first crest represented a square town, within
the walls.
In approximately 1120, Avignon added an eagle
which signified its adhesion to the German Empire.
Pope Clement VI changed the motif into 3 keys on
a field of gules, which was the emblem of the Papacy. However, the inhabitants of Avignon asked
for the right to keep the eagle in memory of their
right to establish a republic.
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Can’t be missed
Guided tours for individuals
Palace of the Popes
Nine popes reigned from Avignon in the 14 century. The Palace built at that time, both an impressive fortress and a majestic palace, is the symbol of
the power of Christianity and of the Pope’s temporal and spiritual authority in the Middle Ages. The
Palace of the Popes was built by Pope Benedict XII
and Pope Clement VI, who, in succession had the
biggest Gothic palace in the world built in less than
twenty years (1335 - 1352).
The visit of the palace takes you through 25 rooms:
the great ceremonial rooms used for feasts and
formal occasions, the chapels with their frescoes,
the private apartments of the pope and the upper
terraces which provide such magnificent views of
the City of Avignon and the Rhône River. Priceless
frescoes remain in the chapels and papal apartments, providing insight into the innovative artistic
work of the French and Italian schools of painting.
Certain frescoes have been attributed to the great
Italian master Matteo Giovannetti.
«Once upon the Palace of the Popes »
Enjoy a family visit of the Palace of the Popes,
the biggest Gothic fortress in the world. Enter the
world of the Popes in the 1300’s and discover their
daily life and the splendour of their world as you
visit many different rooms. Visit in French.
« The Tale of the Palace of Popes for all ages »
This tour is specially adapted to a family audience
and to young children. Lots of interesting stories to
bring history to life and give insight into life at the
Palace: anecdotes, daily life during the era of the
Popes in Avignon... Visit in french.
. « Secret palace » and «Les coulisses du Palais»
A behind the scenes visit of the Papal palace.
A very special visit of the residence of the sovereign pontiffs. See the private apartments, the baths,
wardrobe, chapels and gardens. Hidden stairways
and secret corridors lead you from top to bottom
of the palace. Followed by a snack.
Visit in English in April, May, September, October.
Booking at 04 32 74 32 74 online:
des Nations Unies
pour l’éducation,
la science et la culture
Centre historique d’Avignon :
Palais des papes,
ensemble épiscopal et Pont d’Avignon
inscrits sur la Liste du patrimoine mondial en 1995
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The Avignon popes were:
Papes en Avignon
de la Chapelle
Clément V (1305-1314): first pope of Avignon, he
believed the papacy’s stay in Avignon would be
The Saint Martial chapel at the Palace of the Popes
is a true masterpiece of 14th century painting.
The painted decors in the chapel were commissioned by Pope Clement VI, and executed by the Italian painter Matteo Giovannetti.
The chapel has long been closed to the public for
preservation reasons. Today, the current major
restoration project is ongoing.
This restoration site has been assigned to an Italian
firm, the “Consorzio ARKÉ”. This restoration works
with a leading edge scientific committee and is cofinanced by the City and the national government,
with philanthropic support from the Fondation
BNP Paribas. Two steps are scheduled. In 2015, the
work site enters a new phase devoted to studies of
the preventive conservation required prior to reopening the chapel.
Jean XXII (1316-1334): when he was elected as a
pope, he already knew Avignon very well, as he
had stayed in the bishop’s palace a few years before becoming pope.
Benoît XII (1334-1342): During his first year of pontificate, he started the construction of a big tower,
located to the south of the former bishop’s palace,
followed by a two-level chapel. The bishop’s palace was gradually demolished to make room for a
new construction.
Clément VI (1342-1352): he wanted to double the
surface of the building and redo the pictorial decoration. He ordered an ambitious architectural program, with large and formal volumes, embellished
with many sculptures of vegeta and animal inspiration, very dissimilar to the work done by Benedict
Innocent VI (1352-1362): he finished off the works
started by his predecessor and made many improvements to traffic, including a bridge which bore
his name and no longer exists.
Urbain V (1362-1370): he only created the Galerie
Roma in the higher garden as he was already thinking about going back to Italy.
Grégoire XI (1370-1378): He started his reign with
the intention of returning to Rome. He undertook
maintenance work in the palace and primarily occupied himself with his return to Rome.
Photo ARKE
During the great Schism: Clement VII
(1378-1394) and Benedict XIII (1394-1424).
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Multimedia tour
Relive the splendour of the papal court and go
back in time to the 14th century thanks to the new
multimedia tools which animate and add to your
palace tour. A new audio-guide is synchronised to
7 films in various rooms on the tour. This combination presents a very dynamic and fun view of
the construction of the palace and shows the frescoes and furnishings that were once in the rooms.
Audio guide commentary now has music, and a
screen to show certain paintings and illuminations
in 11 languages: FR, GB, DE, IT, ES, NL, RU, JP, CH,
PORT, POL (2 €).
Event in 2015 in the Palace of the Popes
Monumental video show in the Palace of
the Popes
Season 3 - every night from August 12th to
October 3rd 2015 (dates may change)
English performances at 10.15pm on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
A show combining sound, light, voice and new
technologies, and screened on all 4 interior walls
in the Honour Courtyard. Every evening, the ancient stones express the quintessence of the venue
and tell the story of the Popes and of the city. The
experience envelops the public and takes viewers
on a dreamlike journey through the centuries and
through the elements, in a kaleidoscope of images
and sound, full of surprise and wonder. Not to be
The show lasts approximately thirty minutes.
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The Pont St Bénezet: a bridge of legend
Built on the Rhone river in the 13th Century, the
bridge provided an easier route for the pilgrims and
the merchants who were on their way to Spain or
to Italy.
Several times damaged by wars and the flooding
Rhone, it was continuously repaired until the 17th
century when it ceased being restored.
Only four of the original twenty-two arches remain
standing St. Nicolas Chapel, on the bridge, was dedicated to the patron saint of mariners.
Everyone knows the legend of the building of
the bridge, and for those who don’t: a divinely
inspired young shepherd named Bénezet is said
to have caused the bridge to be built. To prove his
divine mission to the sceptical bishop, he hoisted
an enormous stone block and cast it down at the
designated site.
Visuals and sound bring the bridge to life, in addition
to the information on the history of the bridge and
the legend of Saint Benezet, with the audio-guide in
11 languages (free).
The site of the Avignon Bridge offers nearly entirely
accessible disabled access: audioguides, parking
spaces, sliding door, dedicated ticket window, flat
traffic areas, restrooms, lifts.
Access to bridge Saint Bénezet
See the film on the digital recreation of going back
and forth over the Pont d’Avignon
des Nations Unies
pour l’éducation,
la science et la culture
A historical digital 3-D recreation of the entire Pont
The project for recreating, in 3-D, the Pont d’Avignon
is a scientific adventure which has brought together
geo-morphologists, historians, archaeologists, and
architects who have worked together for over four
years peering into the bridge’s secrets. Their interdisciplinary investigative work is unprecedented
and has considerably increased the knowledge of
the bridge, for its history, paradoxically, is not very
well known. Today’s project aims at reconstructing,
using new technologies, the 18 arches which are
missing, and which enabled the bridge to span the
2 arms of the Rhone river. This 3-D full restitution of
the Pont d’Avignon Saint-Bénezet and the defensive
châtelet on the side of the Philippe le Bel tower will
also reconstitute the medieval river landscape and
This spectacular result has used gigantic resources
combining all the research skills of the many
branches involved, over four years, from 2011 to
2014 of historic and scientific investigation.
This research will be available to visitors as of next
year. Thanks to augmented reality, interactive
devices, touch pads and smartphones will enable
visitors to see the grandiose former reality of the
bridge. This project has been supported by Grand
Avignon and the CNRS, with support from the
Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, the ANR, European
Union, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, City of
Avignon and City of Villeneuve lez Avignon.
Avignon has looked at several proposals
from the Historical Monuments Chief
Architect, Mr. Didier Repellin, and has
selected a modern concrete footwalk
which visually extends the perspective of
the bridge.
The Pont d’Avignon like you have never ever
seen it before !
Centre historique d’Avignon :
Palais des papes,
ensemble épiscopal et Pont d’Avignon
inscrits sur la Liste du patrimoine mondial en 1995
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A town of
Collection Lambert in Avignon
The Collection Lambert in Avignon is expanding!
The Yvon Lambert collection of art reflects the major
trends in contemporary art
and contains 556 works of
art. Yvon Lambert’s donation to the French government, placed in permanent
deposit in Avignon, is one of the biggest donations
ever made in France. The Collection, currently
closed for expansion works, has up until now been
housed in the city mansion known as the Hôtel de
Caumont. After the renovation work, it will also be
displayed in the next door mansion, the Hôtel de
Montfaucon, which will more than double the exhibition area, which is currently 1800 m². The reopening is scheduled for July 2015.
The museum will reopen with two major exhibitions: one exhibit of the collection’s masterpieces,
and a temporary exhibit which will feature the
first historical collaboration with the Festival d’Avignon.
Temporary exhibits will take place in the Caumont
mansion (the current home of the Collection Lambert). Works from the permanent collection will
be displayed in the Montfaucon mansion, the new
building next door to the Caumont mansion.
The Collection brings together works of Minimal art,
Conceptual art, Land art, painting from the 1980’s,
video and photographs from the 1990’s and works
by artists such as: Cy Twombly, Sol LeWitt, Donald
Judd, Niele Toroni, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Anselm
Kiefer, Christian Boltanski, Nan Goldin, Douglas
Gordon and Jenny Holzer, Robert Ryman Andres
Serrano, Donald Judd, Brice Marden, Daniel Buren,
Dennis Oppenheim, Gordon Matta-Clark, Anselm
Kiefer, Miquel Barcelo, Julian Schnabel, Douglas
Gordon, Bertrand Lavier…
The new extended building also has an amphitheatre and a large reception room, two outside
courtyards, a project room for artists’ videos and
films, performances, concerts, hosting dance com-
panies or theatre troupes, a residence apartment
for guest artists and a restoration workshop. The
space dedicated to museum educational activities,
to the bookshop and the restaurant also double
in size. The Berger & Berger architectural firm has
been selected to design the future buildings for
the Collection.
Musée du Petit Palais
Salle du tombeau du cardinal Jean de Lagrange
Open since 1976, the Petit Palais museum displays
two collections from distinctly different origins.
See the collection of Italian painting collected by
Marquis Campana in the early 1800’s, given by
the Louvre and a series of Provencal paintings and
sculptures from the Middle Ages, given by the
Fondation Calvet.
The Petit Palais museum is housed in the former
Archbishops’ Palace, built in the early 1300’s when
the papacy settled in Avignon. The Petit Palais is on
the Palace of the Popes square, a dazzlingly beautiful location that is now the heart of the UNESCO
World Heritage site. The stunning location and the
quality of its collections make the Petit Palais one
of the greatest European museums on the Middle
Ages. riches
The Campana collection, with over 300 paintings,
takes visitors on a marvellous discovery of Italian
painting from 13th-century works of Byzantine
influence to the artistic revolution in Florence.
This panorama of Italian painting displays some
of the most famous artists from the period such
as Botticelli and Carpaccio, and the masters and
their workshops from nearly every region on the
peninsula. The Petit Palais also displays Avignon
and Provençal medieval art with a rich collection
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
of funerary sculptures from the 14th century including the tomb of Cardinal Jean de Lagrange. The
paintings are from the Avignon School, one of the
most innovative artistic centers in the 15th century.
This is the opportunity to discover the treasures
of the Avignon artistic activity in the 14th and 15th
The Petit Palais museum gives visitors of every
kind, both connoisseurs and total neophytes, the
very beautiful occasion to contemplate a complete
range of works from the Middle Ages.
Musée Calvet
Housed in a fine 18th century mansion, these 2 museums display major collections and stand among
the 32 ranked museums in
The rich, varied collections
range from archaeology to the Beaux Arts, Decorative arts and ethnology. Prehistoric, Greek and Roman objects, art objects and paintings. A contemporary art room opened in July 97.
The Marcel Puech donation completes the collec
tion with pieces of furniture, ceramics, bronzes,
gold work and paintings.
New rooms hold displays from the permanent collections, with a special emphasis on the Avignon
The rooms provide an overview of artistic creation
in Avignon from the Renaissance to the French
Revolution, with paintings, sculptures and objects
which have been recently restored, many of which
have never been displayed in public before.
The first room honours 16th century painter Simon
de Châlons, who was perhaps the most active
painter in Avignon in the 1500’s. The second room
presents works by Nicolas Mignard, a voyager and
painter during the Baroque era, talented in countless areas, including grand décor, history painting,
portraits and religious paintings. Here too are
works by his contemporaries and rivals, Reynaud
Levieux and Pierre Mignard. The third room is devoted to art from the late 17th and early 18th centuries, when French painting held sway throughout
Europe, around the time of the reign of Louis XIV.
In Avignon, the trends emanating from Paris replaced the prevailing Italian style, with works by
Pierre Mignard and Pierre Parrocel.
The Victor Martin modern art room at Calvet
Generous gifts from 2 donors - Joseph Rignault
(1874-1962) and Victor Martin (1913 -1988) have
made this new room possible. The new space will
display 75 paintings and sculptures including 5
works by Chaïm Soutine, one of the major Expressionist artists from the 1920’s, a Manet, a Sisley, a
Vlaminck, and works by Bonnard, Gleyses, Vuillard,
sculptures by Camille Claudel and her profesor Alfred Boucher. A large format by Joe Downing will
also be displayed.
The Egyptian Collection
In 3 restored rooms, the museum presents a remarkable Egyptian collection, which ranks it 5th
Museum of France in quality and quantity.
Currently being restored: Esprit Calvet’s Cabinet of
Curiosities, which will be opened in the near future.
Musée Lapidaire
Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman
and Gallo-Roman sculptures and
objects from daily life, from the
Calvet museum, are displayed
in the 17th century Jesuit College
New rooms on Ancient Greece.
Palais du Roure
This centre of Provencal culture is located in the Baroncelli
Javon mansion, which Frédéric
Mistral himself named Palais
du Roure.
Roure means oak in Provençal,
and Mistral christened the
home Palais du Roure in reference to the oak branches
sculpted on its façade. This old
mansion became the home of the Félibrige (Provencal language and literature revival) movement.
Today, the Palais du Roure remains the home of
Provençal intellectual life: lectures, exhibitions,
special events, and Provençal festivals are organised to keep the Provençal culture and language
It houses an impressive collection of manuscripts
and icons, unique source of Provençal documen-
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
During the Avignon theatre festival, a Provençal
festival takes place in the museum.
It is also a museum of arts and popular traditions,
presenting heterogeneous collections such as Provençal furniture, clay figurines and cribs, traditional outfits, Folco de Baroncelli’s souvenirs of Camargue, tools and even the Maillane coach.
The building is currently undergoing restoration.
Musée du Mont de Piété et Condition des
A former pawnbroker’s establishment, this museum houses a collection related to silk works
and conditioning. Free entrance.
Exhibition ongoing:
Avignon 14-18 : the great war
Until September 15th 2015.
Angladon museum
The heirs to the collection of
couturier Jacques Doucet founded a museum in their home
(the 18th century Massilian
This museum, opened in 1996,
is the only museum in the South
of France to display a painting
by Van Gogh «Wagons de chemin de fer».
Collection of painting of the 19th C. and 20th C.: Manet, Degas, Daumier, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Vuillard,
Sisley, Picasso, Foujita, Modigliani.
The museum presents as well another interest: he
was restored to present the house of his founders
with his 17th C. lounges, cabinet of drawings and a
lounge of Far East. Forty works gathered from collectors and museums.
Pour d’autres informations sur le patrimoine :
Service du Patrimoine de la Mairie
+ 33 (0)4 90 80 81 78
Fondation Louis Vouland
Decorative arts from the 17th
and 18th centuries housed in
a beautiful 19th century mansion.
Open since 1982, this museum presents 200 masterpieces: faience, paintings,
furniture, works of inlay,
tapestries from Louis Vouland’s collection built up for
more than forty years.
Requien museum
Natural History Museum of
Avi-gnon created in the 19th
century by Esprit Requien.
Everything about regional
geology and zoology. Free entrance.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Basilica Notre-Dame des Doms is closed for
renovations to March 2015.
. Collection Lambert
+ 33 (0)4 90 16 56 20
. Musée Calvet
+ 33 (0)4 90 86 33 84
. Collection Lapidaire
+ 33 (0)4 90 86 33 84
. Musée Angladon
+ 33 (0)4 90 82 29 03
. Musée du Petit Palais
+33 (0)4 90 86 44 58
. Fondation Louis Vouland
+ 33 (0)4 90 86 03 79
. Palais du Roure
+33 (0)4 90 80 80 88
. Musée Requien
+33 (0)4 90 82 43 51
. Musée du Mont de piété
+33 (0)4 90 86 53 12
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Avignon on stage
Avignon has long been an important intellectual
crossroads. Avignon University is one of the oldest
in Europe and exerted strong intellectual influence
up until the French Revolution. St. Marthe Hospital
has been transformed into the modern-day university, and offers all disciplines of higher learning.
Avignon, land of the Papacy, has also been a centre
of art from the Middle Age when the popes employed many artists to embellish the city and the
In the 17th and 18th centuries, major painters
Nicolas Mignard and Joseph Vernet were born in
In the 19th century, Avignon became a cultural
epicentre with scientists such as Jean Henri Fabre,
Esprit Requien and the birthplace of the «Felibrige»
movement (defence of the Provençal language)
with poets such as Frédéric Mistral, Aubanel...
Avignon is Henri Bosco’s birthplace and the town
where Jean Vilar founded in 1947 Avignon Theatre
Festival which is one of the most important theatre festivals for new creations in the world.
Avignon’s Festival
The Festival d’Avignon, founded in
1947 by Jean Vilar, is the oldest and
most famous festival in France. The
Festival’s history speaks of powerful
continuity, with only four directors
in more than fifty years. Yet the Festival’s history
is changing also, from a single stage, a single troupe, a single venue to over fifty plays performed in
twenty different venues.
Above all the Festival d’Avignon is a living, driving
force, witnessing the creative capacity of all the
stage arts and the inter-relations between the artists, the theatres and the audiences.
The Festival primarily presents new creations
which are performed for the first time in Avignon
before taking off on tours throughout the world
and in France.
Avignon is a historical city and the Festival is a
prestigious part of its impressive cultural heritage.
The Honour Courtyard at the Palace of the Popes
serves as a major venue for Festival performances,
and now other historical settings, not originally intended for use as stages, are also part of the festival venues. Cloisters, chapels, schools… have all
been revealed and restored to hold plays and their
audiences. The Festival’s most powerful asset is indeed its public. Enthusiastic theatre-goers play a
very active role, influencing choice, discussing and
critiquing form and content. They are active participants, spectator-citizens from around the world.
Many spectators come back year after year, and
the audience base also grows with young and new
spectators, creating several generations of theatregoers. Festival after festival a collective memory of
theatre and dance slowly takes form.
In 2014, the adventure continues with new director Olivier Py.
42 plays / about 400 representations each year
130.000 spectators
3 weeks in July
Final program published in May.
Bookings open in June.
Since 2013
The Festival d’Avignon’s place of rehearsals opened
in July 2013. It is also used as a place of residence
for the artists.
A very large room and eighteen studios built in this
building, drawn by the architect Myria Godlewska,
welcome all year round artistic teams which work
for new creations for the Festival of Avignon.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
The festival off
The Off, a vast fair of live performances and cultural events on an international scale, offers over
1000 different plays each year. The Off means
nearly 8000 artists from all over France and over
20 foreign countries, performing their creations in
125 different venues, to audiences from near and
far. All the different companies performing in the
Off festival turn the city of Avignon into one gigantic stage where all the theatre disciplines come
together: theatre, readings, café-theatre, circus,
dance, music, street theatre… classical works,
modern works, contemporary creation for every
audience and every age. Each summer, the huge
opening parade stages thousands of the actors involved in the Off.
1265 plays, 125 venus and 1066 troups in 2013.
July 4th to 26th
Les Scènes d’Avignon
The group of theatres known as “Les Scènes
d’Avignon” includes 6 theatres and year-round
companies in Avignon: Théâtre du Balcon, Théâtre du Chêne Noir, Théâtre du Chien qui Fume,
Théâtre des Carmes, Théâtre des Halles and Les
The group puts on quality productions all year
long, emphasizing top-notch creation in Avignon
and beyond, while also cultivating their differences.
The Winter Festival takes place from 29 January
to 6 February 2015 and is in its 7th year.
All 6 theatres work together in the heart of winter
in Avignon to celebrate theatre and dance, hosting young companies from the P.A.C.A. region
who do not have their own theatres in which to
Avignon is a centre of cultural activity
The Opera house of Avignon offers a theatrical, lyrical, musical and dramatic repertory of high quality
plays and approximately ten permanent theatres
offer their creations and give shows all through the
year: G. Gelas CIE at the Chêne Noir Theatre; A. Timar at the Les Halles Theatre; Theatre des Carmes;
Morel CIE at Belier Theatre; G. Vantagioli at the
Chien qui fume Theatre; S. Barbuscia at the Balcon
Theatre and many others (list on request).
The OPERA house of Avignon offers a top quality
theatrical, lyric, dramatic and musical program.
(Program details available on request).
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
. Bureau du festival d’Avignon
+33 (0)4 90 27 66 50
. Avignon festival et compagnies
+ 33 (0)4 90 85 13 08
. Maison Jean Vilar
+ 33 (0)4 90 86 59 64
. Théâtre du Chêne Noir
+ 33 (0)4 90 86 58 11
. Théâtre du Bourg-Neuf
+ 33 (0)4 90 85 17 90
. Théâtre du Chien qui Fume
+ 33 (0)4 90 85 25 87
. Théâtre des Halles
+ 33 (0)4 90 85 52 57
. Théâtre des Carmes
+ 33 (0)4 90 82 20 47
. Théâtre du Balcon
+ 33 (0)4 90 85 00 80
. Théâtre des Doms
+ 33 (0)4 90 14 07 99
. Théâtre de la danse Golovine
+ 33 (0)4 90 86 01 27
. CDC les Hivernales
+ 33 (0)4 90 82 33 12
Ask for further information at the
tourism office.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Events 2015
Events all year round, an intense cultural life!
Special events in Avignon are characterised by the
originality and wide diversity of things to do.
Upon arriving in Avignon, request the monthly
events bulletin called “Rendez-vous” published by
the Tourism Office, to learn about all the choices
awaiting you. Here you will find information on the
art exhibitions, dance performances, music, festivities, conferences, theatre offerings and other
events. Avignon has an Opera-Theatre and many
small theatres which perform live theatre all year
Fête de la truffe
Les Halles market - 7th edition.
Culinary fun, tastings, demonstrations by great
regional chefs…
February 8th
Ask for our monthly event calendar « Rendez-vous
d’Avignon ».
37e Hivernales d’Avignon
Festival of contemporary dance: shows, trainings,
From February 21st au 28th
La petite cuisine des halles
Avignon chefs demonstrate
their talents and their recipes in
the preparation space at Les
Halles market, preparing recipes
with the products from Les
Every Saturday 11am
Cheval Passion celebrates its 30th anniversary !
For this 30th edition, 1200 horses, 250 exhibitors,
contests and 90 hours of entertainment and
show... and of course the famous Gala des
Crinières d’Or. And many more surprises to
21st to 25th Januray
Tour des remparts
Pedestrian race.
A Sunday in February
© J. Rey
Dates may change.
Springtime in Avignon
Theatre: Le Paris
4th edition of the Festival of Comedy.
February 21st - March 8th
Rencontres Cinématographiques du Sud,
Cinema event: meeting between professionnals
and the public. 20 films casted in avant-première.
March 17th to 21st
The «Globe-Trotteurs» festival
Fabulous festival on the subject of travel and
human adventures. Conferences, films, photos.
From March 21st to 23rd
Avignon Motor Festival
International festival of mechanical locomotion.
Over a century of motorised travel – a great auto,
motorcycle, leisure show. 50 000 m² of exhibit
space, 2400 vehicles, over 35 000 visitors, 140
clubs, 360 exhibitors.
March 20th to 22nd
Fenêtre sur Courts - Short Film Festival
Fiction, documentaries, journalistic films, film
clips, essays. The jury is made up of actors and directors.
3 days in March-April
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Festo Pitcho
Performing Arts Festival for young audiences.
April 11th to 26th
Cité nez clown
(+33 (0)4 90 16 25 00)
Clown Festival: performances, special events,
In April
Festival off
More than 1000 different theatre companies from
all of France, and many foreign countries, turn the
city of Avignon into one immense stage.
3 weeks in July
Theatre festival for children
Plays, workshops, and exhibitions.
From July 7th to 25th
Spring fair - 93rd edition
400 exhibitors, 45,000 m², renewable energy, sustainable development, environment, automobile,
guests of honour...
From April 29th to May 3rd
Festival Emergences
4th edition. Festival of young artistic creation from
Avignon and the region.
From May 14th to 24th
Organic and solidarity products, regional crafts
2 days in May
Museums open at night
Saturday May 16th
Music Day
June 21st
Horn Festival
Concerts, masterclass, competitions.
June 15th to 21st
69th Avignon Festival
Created in 1947 by Jean Vilar, the oldest and the
most famous festival of France.
The Festival d’Avignon is above all a Performing
Arts Festival.
3 weeks in July
Festival provençal
Shows in Provencal: theater, dance music and
Provencal songs.
3 weeks in July
Book and Record Market
Second-hand books, records and festival posters.
National day
July 14th
Festival Résonance - 8th edition
Electronic Music Festival in outstanding historical
architecture sites.
3 days in July
Avignon jazz festival
Jazz concerts and the European Jazz competition Tremplin du jazz – for young jazz musicians.
in August
Opening parade of the Véraison of Châteauneuf
du Pape
Medieval parade in the streets of Avignon to
open the wine season.
Beginning of August
Dates may change.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Light and sound show in the Popes’ palace
Evey night, from August 12th to October 3rd
(dates may change)
English performances at 10.15pm on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays.
Harvest day and traditional fair
3 days in August
New wine celebration
The traditional harvest proclamation which starts
the Côtes du Rhône grape harvest. Cultural and
festive wine events.
A Saturday end of August beginning of
Medieval Festival at Carmes square: medieval
market and events
A medieval camp, medieval market, medieval
banquet. Seminar on the Middle Ages.
2nd week-end of September
Salon Auto Moto Retro
Old cars fair. Regional and national automobile
and motorcycle clubs, cars, motorcycles, scooters,
A week-end in September
European Heritage Day
Discover historical heritage. On Sunday city
monuments are free. Guided tours, access to historical
sites rarely open to the public…
3rd week-end of September
10km race in the city
Running race in the centre city and on Barthelasse
Sunday September 28th
Gastronomy Festival
Lots of fun events to celebrate regional gastronomy, banquet.
Parcours de l’art
20 artists in different places of exhibitions in the
3 weeks in October
Avignon Blues Festival
in October
Period Music Festival
Science festival
Les Automnales de l’orgue
Organ festival. Concerts, animations, master class.
3-4 week in October - November
Festival des jeux de l’esprit
Bridge, checkers, chess, go, pyramid, scrabble
Octobre - November
Model Show
A week-end in October - November
Festive celebration of the new Côtes du Rhône
wine, processions of the Wine Confraternities,
3rd Thursday of November
Animo & Nature
Animal and Pet show: approximately 6000 dogs,
cats, birds, poultry, rabbits, reptiles, spiders,
A week-end in November
Foire de la Saint-André
Traditionnal commercial fair.
November 30th and December 1st
Collection fair
A day end of December
Christmas Market
Traditional Christmas Market.
4 weeks in December
Dates may change.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Avignon town of gastronomy
Provençal gastronomy
Avignon and the surrounding area are the centre
of very rich Provençal and classic gastronomic traditions. Avignon is the city in France with the greatest number of starred restaurants and offers to its
visitors a large scale of establishments renowned
for the excellence of their cuisine.
Typical local cuisine is characterised by garlic, olive
oil, tomato sauce and above all aromatic herbs
(thyme, rosemary, onion, basilica...).
The region is rich in fresh vegetables which play a
great part in the local cuisine. Examples are pistou
soup, ratatouille, aïoli, the various «tians» casseroles made with zucchini, eggplant, cardoons, «ragouts» (stews) of asparagus, artichokes. Vegetables of all sorts and countless seasonal salads…
Cooking classes
Hôtel La Mirande*****
Cours de cuisine « le Marmiton » 1 semaine par
mois avec des chefs de la région.
Adultes et enfants.
+ 33 (0)4 90 14 20 20
Concept chef - Julien Charvet
Cours de cuisine aux halles et au bistrot du
Cabestan. Adultes et enfants.
04 32 40 37 71 -
La Maison de Fogasses
06 60 61 77 77 – 04 90 87 25 02
Le Jardin de la Tour
04 90 85 66 50
Discover regional products!
Les Halles: Covered market, Tuesday to Friday 6am1:30pm. Saturday and Sunday 6am-2pm.
This big covered market has 40 food merchants
selling local food. Place Pie.
La Petite cuisine des Halles
Papalines: (fine chocolate with sugar and oregano
spirit) are Avignon specialties.
Other regional specialties include: Candied fruits
from Apt; the melon from Cavaillon; «Berlingots»
(sweets) from Carpentras; Nougat from Sault; Rice
from Camargue; Asparagus from Lauris; Olives;
Pastis, Provençal herbs.
Every Saturday morning from 11am to 12pm (except August)
Avignon chefs have space to prepare their specialties and demonstrate their talents, featuring recipes and a menu with products from Les Halles.
This space is also open to other food lovers, who
can propose their own recipes.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Avignon capital of the Côtes du Rhône
Vine has been cultivated in the Rhone Valley since
antiquity, and extended with the State of the Papacy in the 14th century on the left side of the Rhone river, and in the 17th century, in the Kingdom of
France, on the right banks of the river.
The «Côtes du Rhone» appellation was born in
1937. It establishes strict rules of production for
Cotes du Rhone wines and the grand crus, or vintages, of which the most famous is the heady red
wines from Châteauneuf du Pape.
Millévin en novembre
Other Côtes du Rhone wines include the vintages
from Gigondas (rosé and red); Vacqueyras (white,
rosé and red); Rasteau (Grenache); Beaumes de
Venise; Cairanne; Roaix; Sablet; Séguret; Valréas
and Visan.
There is also the first Côtes du Rhone, known as
the Primeur wine, traditionally celebrated on the
third Thursday of November in Avignon.
In 1996, Avignon officially became the capital of
the Cotes du Rhone». Here, every year in August or
September the city celebrates the proclamation of
the grape gathering. It is a folk festival that opens
the grape harvest.
The Papal Vineyards - project 2015
At the Rocher des Doms park, the Papal vines were
planted by the “Compagnons des Côtes du Rhône”.
The 554 vines include Grenache noir, Viognier, Grenache blanc and Syrah varietals, the stars of the
Côtes du Rhône guaranteed vintage label.
These grapes are harvested during a VIP harvest in
the fall. 20 teams prune them throughout the year,
guided by the vintners. The harvest also features a
Côtes du Rhône choir and a band. The first vintage
was made in the year 2000 and the 100 bottles of
red and white wine are auctioned off for charity.
After work that is underway, the vineyard will be
replanted in March 2015. - 04 90 16 00 32
Harvess proclamation
A Saturday end of August - beginning of September
The “Compagnons des Côtes du Rhône” organize
a series of wine-related cultural and festive events
which include the “Harvest Proclamation”, or “Ban
des Vendanges”, a traditional celebration which is
held along the Rhone river. The “Côtes du Rhône
Ban des Vendanges” unites the two banks of the
Rhône and the towns and villages along its banks,
from Switzerland to Camargue, and more specifically, from Vienne to Avignon. The festivities are
placed under the auspices of Saint Agricol, patronsaint of agriculture, vines and soil. The “Ban
des Vendanges” originates from the Middle Ages,
when it was a compulsory collective service which
both controlled and collected the “dime”, or tithe
owed. Although it was strictly applied, the “Ban
des Vendanges” was the best-tolerated of all the
seigniorial obligations. Today, the famous «ban
des vendanges» is a popular feast celebrated each
year in September in Avignon, featuring a parade
of the wine-making brotherhoods, a Harvest Mass,
gathering of the grapes from the papal vineyard,
tasting of Côtes du Rhône wines and sales of regional products. Musical entertainment.
The Côtes du Rhône touring routes
The Côtes du Rhône vineyards – an entire world
to explore! Interhône proposes 9 different marked
itineraries which combine spectacular countryside
and the fabulous Côtes du Rhône heritage.
The guide lists the winemakers and sellers who
meet the quality criteria for wine cellars open to
the public, and who have joined the “Côtes du
Rhône, terroir d’accueil” quality charter. The wine
road around Avignon is the “Azur” itinerary, which
takes you through Avignon, Caumont, Morières,
Jonquerettes, St Saturnin, Bédarrides and Sorgues,
Courthézon and Châteauneuf du Pape, where you
can discover and taste many wines and vintages.
The brochure also provides ideas for what to see,
where to stay, where to eat, and the list of selected
wine- tasting cellars.
Guide available on request.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
The Restaurants and Rhone Valley Wines operation. Inter Rhône, the Vaucluse ADT and the
UMIH propose a charter for restaurant chefs
in the Rhone Valley to enhance and showcase
quality local wines. The chefs who sign this
charter commit to presenting local wines and
to providing opportunities to discover local wines – wine by the glass, wine tastings, other…
Renaud & Mognetti
Wine Tourism
New in Avignon: The Carré du Palais
The Carré du Palais is a wine-tourism complex that
will open to the public in the second part ot the
year 2015, in the very heart of Avignon, on Place
de l’Horloge, just steps from the Palace of the Popes.
The Carré du Palais means:
- A School of Wine with workshops and classes for
all levels and in several languages.
- A Wine Bar serving all the A.O.C. appellations in
the Rhone Valley, with outdoor seating on the Palace of the Popes’ square.
- A gastronomic restaurant with both large dining
spaces and intimate small rooms, and a panoramic
deck overlooking the Place de l’Horloge. The starred chef works with selected regional products.
Boutiques and an apartment-hotel are also part of
the programme.
The Avignon architectural office Renaud & Mognetti is in charge of this prestigious project, which
will be developed in the magnificent historical
mansion Calvet de la Palun, the building which was
once the
Banque de France in Avignon.
This ambitious new project is jointly developed by
Inter Rhône and its partners in Avignon, Capital of
Côtes du Rhône wines. Avignon is proud to prepare
this new lifestyle centre which combines heritage,
terroir, gastronomy, art de vivre and wine.
Tourisme viticolee - ADT Vaucluse
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Epicurium, the fascinating world of
fruits and vegetables
Ask for our guide
«Avignon Gourmand»
Starting on June 2010, Epicurium opens its doors
to the public at large. Epicurium is a living museum
on fruit and vegetables where visitors can explore
the fascinating world of fruit and vegetable varieties, from seed to the plate. 8000m² of space houses the orchard, the vegetable garden and a sensorial exhibit on man’s use of fruits and vegetables
in agriculture, industry and food. A programme of
workshops has been planned for all ages – both on
the kitchen side, to learn about cooking and enjoying, and on the garden side.
Epicurium is supported by the European Fruit and
Vegetable Innovation Cluster, and invites the general public to a captivating sensorial, scientific
and cultural exploration of fruits and vegetables.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Green spaces and great atmosphere in Avignon
Green spaces
People come to Avignon for its outstanding architecture, then stay to enjoy its ovely green spaces.
Barthelasse Island
700 hectares of land 400 of which are farmable,
Barthelasse Island is the biggest river island in
France. It is surrounded by the two arms of the
Rhone river, the big Rhône on the Villeneuve side
and the little Rhône on the Avignon side.
The mighty and wild Rhône river created islands
which varied in number and size over the centuries. Some ended up as part of the mainland on
the Gard side, some on the Vaucluse side. Others
formed a sort of unstable archipelago which joined together forming a single island, Barthelasse
Island, whose southern tip has retained the name
of a former island, Ile Piot. In 1447 an Avignon citizen by the name of Jean Richard, referred to as
“Barthelucius”, took out a long lease on most of
the islands between Villeneuve and Avignon.
The banks of the Rhone have been developed
into a walking path since the year 2000. This former towpath has fabulous views over the city of
favourite with the Avignon people for jogging or
simply strolling (bycicles circuits sign posted on the
The river ferry makes regular crossings from one
side to the other.
• 15th February to 30th March: Wednesdays 2pm
to 5:30pm and Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday
10am to 12pm / 2pm to 6:30pm
• April 1st to June 30th (except May 1st): everyday
10am-12.30pm / 2pm – 6.30pm
• July 1st to August 31st: everyday 11am to 9pm
• 1st to 30th September: everyday 10am-12.30pm/
2pm - 6.30pm
• 1st October to 31st December (except Christmas):
Wednesday 2pm – 5.30pm – Saturday, Sunday and
bank holiday 10am -12pm / 2pm – 6.30pm.
Closed from January 1st to February 15th.
Be sure to discover the Rocher des Doms
This high area was the cradle of civilization in Avignon, where a large Neolithic settlement existed,
and then an oppidum. During the middle Ages, this
area was common grazing grounds. In 1839 the decision was made to develop a park, and statues of
famous men were added: Jean Althen, Félix Gras,
and then the Venus with Swallows by Félix Charpentier.
The park now covers 29,000m² and has a large basin with swans, ducks, geese and carp, the delight of
generations of children and a cool, pleasant stop for
all. The gardens overlook the Rhone and afford
magnificent views of the entire area.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Opens: 7:30 - Closes: January 5:30; February 6 pm;
March 7 pm; April and May 8 pm; June, July and
August 9 pm; September 8 pm; October 6:30; November 6 pm; December 5:30.
A plant wall at the Halles Market!
The city of Avignon commissioned botanist Patrick Blanc to install a wall of plants that is 30 meters high
and 11.5 meters wide, on the north side of the Halles market building. The design calls for a steel frame, a
layer of PVC and a felt irrigation layer on which the plants, seeds and slips grow, with some twenty plantsper square meter, creating a true living green lung in the heart of the city!
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Avignon and the environment
A noter en matière de transports :
La Baladine
A 100% electric, silent clean vehicle with 7 seats
to travel through the centre city. Adapted to the
narrow winding streets in the historical city centre, this new Baladine Bus is the perfect solution
to get around town, do your shopping, get from
one neighbourhood to another, stroll or visit the
monuments. Wave your hand to show you want
to get on.
Ticket price is 0.50 €. Subscription tickets are
Velopop means 200 bicycles for rent 24 hours a
day and 7 days a week at 17 bus stops in Avignon.
Car-parks outside the ramparts with free shuttle
bus service to the centre city
. Parking de l’Ile Piot
1600 free parking places. Garded from Monday
to Friday 7.30am to 8.30pm, Saturday 1.30pm to
(During the theater festival in July: every day
7.30am to 2.30am)
Free shuttle bus to the city center every 10 min.
. Parking des Italiens
1150 free parking lots. Garded from Monday to
Saturday 7.30am to 8.30pm. Free shuttle bus to the
city center each 10 min from Monday to Thursday
7.30am to 10.00pm, Friday and Saturday 7.30am
to midnight.
Multi-modal traffic hub
Electric shuttle buses
between the “Parking des Italiens” and the city
There are now two parking lots outside the city
walls, connected to the city centre with shuttle buses which run every 20 minutes. One parking lot
is on Ile Piot, and the second is the “Parking des
3 electric shuttle buses replace the old buses.
Clean, silent smaller electric buses connect the
parking lots to the centre city – an improvement
in the quality of life for inhabitants and visitors.
Bus platform
After 8 months of construction work, the Avignon
Bus Station (gare routière) reopened in June 2014
and is now a multimodal traffic hub: space where
all the different modes of travel interconnect to
optimise trips and travel time.
This new pole has several advantages: dock-side
information system, one per dock, reduced-mobility access, lifts to the SNCF train station and the
carpark, videosurveillance… There are also security and surveillance personnel on site. Three hundred and fifty coach arrivals and departures each
day. An average of one million passengers uses the
bus station each year.
5, avenue Monclar
+ 33 (0)4 90 82 07 35
The creation of a multi-modal platform for bustransfers. This action will concentrate the city bus
station, the train station and the regional bus station in the same space along the Cours Kennedy.
This will free up space in the historical city centre,
in particular on Place Pie.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Avignon in Provence
Avignon, in the heart of Provence
The Avignon countryside is outstandingly beautiful
and diverse.
In just a short time, visitors can get to the many varied sites
such as Fontaine de Vaucluse, Mount Ventoux, the ochre cliffs
of Roussillon, the Luberon range with its old high perched
villages, Camargue with its Rhone delta, Pont du Gard, Baux
de Provence and the Alpilles range.
In addition to its countless natural attractions, the Avignon
countryside and villages offer rich architectural heritage.
. Roman ruins in Orange, Vaison-la-Romaine, Arles, Nîmes,
Pont du Gard
. Romanesque and Gothic churches, abbeys
. Ansouis, Lourmarin, Barbentane castles
. Many art museums and various collections
. Folk museums such as the Bakery museum in Bonnieux, the
Lavender museum in Coustellet or the Vinegrower museum
in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Jean-Henri Fabre’s house...
The county of Vaucluse is also a great place for many country
style holidays: Gîtes (country lodging) and Bed and Breakfasts
offer many possibilities in the countryside. Biking, hiking and
riding routes can be suggested from Avignon throughout the
entire region.
Pour en savoir plus : ADT Vaucluse
Day trip from Avignon
Information and sales on line :
ADT Vaucluse
+ 33 (0)4 90 80 47 00
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
Bus and minivans
Regular and private excursions in minivans and
coaches with guide-drivers speaking different
languages. Tours to disciver the region, wine
tastings, cellar visits... Car rental with driver.
Elora Tours Provence
HWA-REN excursions
[email protected]
Autocars Lieutaud
Midi Tours
Provence Panorama
By plane
Provence Réservation
Occitania Provence Tours
Provence Sites
The magic of seeing Provence from the air.
La Provence vue d’avion
Vaucluse ULM
Bicycles and motorbikes
Avignon Prestige Tour
Provence Bike
L’Echo de Provence
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
city of conventions
Avignon, your convention destination
Only 2 hours 38 minutes from Paris, Avignon benefits from an outstanding natural environment for
organising outings (Camargue, Luberon, Alpilles,
the wine road, and more), and it has on hand all
the necessary infrastructures for organising your
special events (convention centre, exhibition park,
hotel accommodations).
The Popes’ Palace Convention Centre: an
excellent place for staging all major events
Located within the core of the Popes’ Palace, historical monument that is a UNESCO World Heritage
site, the convention centre offers character meeting rooms in the heart of Avignon, with 16 meeting spaces for 20 to 536 persons, reception space
for up to 700 persons and 1800m² of exhibition
space. Many hotels within walking distance (3700
rooms, 1600 of which are in the centre city).
The Palais des Papes Meeting and Convention
Centre has been ISO 9001-certified since 2002 and
has been awarded QUALITE TOURISME since June
2011. These distinctions are true testimony to our
clients of our commitment to quality service in order to constantly meet the needs of our clientele.
Choose Avignon
Easy access
2hrs38 min from Paris Gare de Lyon station
3 hrs from Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport
Avignon TGV station is only 4 minutes from city
Travel between the 2 Avignon centre and Avignon
TGV stations in only 4 minutes with the train shuttle.
• Extensive hotel capacity: 1,600 rooms within
walking distance of the convention hall, and 3,700
rooms in greater Avignon.
• A team and services to enhance your event organisation and ensure its success:
- technical assistance before and up to the day of
your event
- free management of accommodations
- handling of convention-goers’ enrolments
- management of the exhibits/shows
- ease of parking: the Popes’ Palace garage is located right under the Convention Centre; a special
rate is offered to convention participants.
An original angle on the Popes’ Palace
Discover the Popes’ Palace when it’s empty of visitors, experience the magic of the place:
- Visit the “must-sees”: the Popes’ Palace and the
Avignon bridge, both fantastic monuments listed
UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- A private showing for an evening visit, as an appetizer to your gala dinner, in the ceremonial premises of the Popes’ Palace: Grand Tinel or Grande
Audience rooms.
- Architectural backdrop: Drape lighting over the
walls of the Grand Tinel and endow your evening
ceremonies with superb atmosphere... You’ll find
yourself mesmerised by the giant lighting (on themes such as nature, water and outer space), an
astounding succession of images accompanied by
creatively-designed music to harmonise with the
unique decor and create that “wow” factor for
your evening.
- Incentive-based Noct’en Bulle activity: experience an unusual and unforgettable adventure in
the depths of the monument with the fun Noct’en
Bulle game: at nightfall, wearing hard hats and cap
lamps, you’ll be part of a huge treasure hunt, exploring the monument in ways you’d never imagined.
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]
The convention Centre of the Palace of the Popes
hosted 136 events from January to September
45 national and international conventions, meetings, seminaries and firm conventions (and other
events like cultural events, professional fairs and
Exhibition center
BP 88 – Parc Expo - 84006 Avignon cedex 1
Tél. + 33 (0)4 90 84 02 04
[email protected]
© Eric Larrue
The Avignon “Parc des Expositions” or Fairgrounds
and Exhibition area is located in the area of Agroparc, the international food industry cluster which
currently holds 260 firms and is on the rise. The
Exhibition area is also near the future aeronautic
cluster known as Pôle Pégase.
New at the Avignon Fairgrounds: a convention hall
which holds 900 persons, and planned renovation
of the fairgrounds, with a total transformation of
the buildings and surroundings.
There are 7 ground-level, modulable halls from 750
m² to 6000 m², in all: 15,000 m². 1 hall is entirely
designed as a plenary meeting hall to hold 900 persons, with food service spaces, display space and
committee rooms nearby. 50,000 m² of outdoor
area, 6,000 free parking spaces. Newly-designed
space to meet the requirements of major events
and quality services!
Contacts : Florence Jullian
tél. + 33 (0)4 90 27 50 56
[email protected]
Contact presse : Sylvie JOLY - + 33 (0)4 32 74 36 54 - [email protected]