City of Popes
Discover the marvellous beauty of Provence, take a trip to the historic city of Avignon with OUIBUS! You may have heard the famous song “Sur le pont d’Avignon”, but have you ever set foot on the bridge in question, the Pont Saint-Bénezet in Avignon? Although this bridge only stretches halfway across the Rhône, the remains of it are striking, two elegant stone arches supporting a walkway. From it, you can enjoy a magnificent view over the river and the Palais des Papes, a huge Gothic palace which testifies to important role that Avignon played as the seat of the papacy in the 14th century. This medieval palace now hosts cultural events (themed visits, concerts, etc.) throughout the year.
Next, go for a stroll along the 14th century ramparts and lose yourself among the cobbled lanes in the old town. A visit to the Calvet Museum is a chance to admire paintings, sculptures and drawings, while the Petit Palais Museum houses a fine collection of Italian primitive paintings.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be ready to sample some of the full flavours of Provence: ratatouille, daube, spelt soup… The local cuisine is rich and delicious, showcasing sun-gorged vegetables and a generous amount of olive oil. Head to Rue des Teinturiers or Place Pie and choose from one of the many restaurants there. After dinner, drink in the buzzing atmosphere among the bars of Place Crillon!
Avignon is also famous for the Avignon Festival, a major cultural event that takes place in July each year. The programme includes opera, plays and concerts: there’s something for everyone at the Avignon festival.
Thanks to OUIBUS, all the charms of Avignon are with easy reach!