Avignon is a like a city dreamt up by a child: still surrounded by its intact medieval walls and lapped on one side by the Rhone, stepping inside and onto the cobbled streets feels like another time and place. It’s a noble city with a fascinating history that has been granted UNESCO heritage status, and it’s not hard to see why.
Despite its obvious grandeur Avignon is a small city, confined within clear city walls and easy to explore on foot in a day. The most obvious landmark is the Palais des Papes and its great square, to the north of the city. From here a lane takes you to the bustling Place de l’Horloge, full of outdoor restaurants, and from there the main axis, the Rue de la Republique runs south, ending at the city walls and station.