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What to see and do


Avignon, at a ninety-minute drive from Ferrassières, is a multi-faceted city with something for everyone. Palaces, parks, narrow streets and terraces with plenty of ambience, an abundance of shops and a busy cultural life. Whatever you’re looking for, you will find it here.

Enjoy a stroll through the cobblestoned streets that date back to the Middle Ages and admire the splendid mansions. Relax on a café terrace in one of the lovely Italian-style squares.

”When, from the narrow streets, you all of a sudden enter the square of the Papal Palace, you feel like you have gone back in time and walked into the Middle Ages. The Papal Gardens are a must-see. They afford splendid views of the Rhône and the Saint Bénezet bridge.”

Avignon is also known as the City of Popes. With its floor area comprising 15,000m2, the Papal Palace (Palais des Papes) is the largest palace in the world built in the Gothic style. Unsurprisingly, this city turned into one of the political and spiritual capitals of Europe. In addition, an area of the city has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore the city’s fortified walls, with a circumference of 4.5km, to gain an insight into the past. This will naturally lead you to discover the 12th century Bridge of Avignon (St-Bénezet) that was made world famous by the chanson ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’.

The Avignon Theatre Festival ranks amongst the oldest as well as the most famous theatre festivals in the world. During three weeks in July, the city is veritably bubbling over with cultural events. It hosts almost 900 performances in theatres, in the open air and in the town’s squares.

Don’t forget that Avignon is also the capital of, and the ambassador for, the wines of the Côtes du Rhône. Just a few kilometres to the north of the city you will find the expansive vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape that produce international renowned wine.

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From Ferrassières by car: 81 km,  1 uur 25 min