This small town is known for its historical centre and the famous Pont Saint-Bénézet, better known as the Pont d’Avignon, a 12th century medieval (now) incomplete bridge which inspired a well known French song Sur le Pont d’Avignon.
Although it was rebuilt over its history, today only four of its original 22 arches remain of the structure which once spanned the width of the Rhône river before it was demolished by siege and floods.
My personal favourite thing about the city was the impressive ramparts or protective walls which are still very much intact.
The must see site however is the Palais des Papes, or Pope’s Palace.
Its size is impressive to say the least and it was once the home of Western Christianity in the 14th century which makes it quite popular with visitors.
At one point it was used as army barracks and as a prison after a messy period that was the Papal Schism and subsequent neglect to the palace until it was restored in more recent years.
Not too far from the palace you can take a walk up to higher ground to get some views over the river and there’s a lovely park nearby where we had lunch next to a few ducks swimming in a pond.
Pont du Gard
Having spent half a day in Avignon we checked out the Pont du Gard, located about half an hour’s drive away.
This UNESCO heritage listed Roman aqueduct is extremely well preserved considering its from the 1st century AD and is the highest of its kind in the world.
Considering there is nothing holding the aqueduct together but the precision of the stone it is made from itself, the sheer amazing engineering feat of the Romans is really something to behold!