Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a beautiful town if you're interested in sightseeing and losing yourself in the cobbled narrow streets and beautiful scenery. The town is full of history, life and activities happening all year round, so a perfect location for your short city breaks.
You can spend hours roaming the town with all the various types of shops, market stalls, restaurants and cafés. Avignon is bursting with culture and no better place to see this is in the town squares. Place de L'Horloge and Place du Palais are both great to see street performers and various events going on all around you.
One of the activities you have to do while in Avignon is explore the Palais des Papes. This gothic palace is the biggest in Europe and was built in 1309 when Pope Clement V decided to migrate to Avignon. The palace was inhabited by the next six popes until 1377 when the pope at the time left Avignon.
Another attraction to see and understand the history of is the famous bridge in Avignon, better known as, Pont D'Avignon. According to local legends the bridge was first built by a young shepherd who had a divine intervention. Unfortunately due to wars and flooding, only four of the twenty-two original arches remain, nonetheless its heritage still lives on.
If you're lucky enough to be in Avignon in July, you'll be lucky enough to experience the Festival D'Avignon. This festival, that brings dance, music and theatre all together was first introduced in 1947 and has now become one of the biggest cultural festivals in Europe. People come from all over Europe and the rest of the world in July to enjoy the different activities and shows all around the town. It attracts over 100,000 people every year and with Avignon's pedestrian only streets, it's the perfect place to experience and educate yourself in new cultures and socialise with individuals from all walks of life.
With a short break to Avignon, getting there couldn't be easier. A high-speed Eurostar train will get you there hassle free in just 5 hours 49 minutes.
Travelling with Eurostar provides a convenient way to travel from the UK into Avignon, with more benefits over flying than you may realise. Check-in, security checks and customs take half the time at just 30 minutes. There are no weight restrictions with the Eurostar and unlike most airlines you can take two pieces of luggage for those extra gifts you may purchase on your trip. With more leg room and more departure times throughout the day to fit around your schedule, it makes the Eurostar a more attractive choice of travel for your short break.