Avignon - A historic centre with preserved fortified walls
Location: Set in a beautiful area of the Provence
Less than one hour away from the French south coast, it is under 100 kilometres to both Marseille to the south-east and Montpellier to the south-west. Avignon does have its own small airport, but many people will choose to fly into Marseille and travel onwards via the A7 autoroute or by rail to the town.
Business: A guarantee of service and expertise
The International Congress Centre of Avignon is wonderfully set within the Palais des Papes, and offers 16 congress halls within the largest Gothic palace in Europe. It dominates the old town with its impressive towers and spires, and is within walking distance of many of the city's hotels. It can cater for up to 700 guests, and was the first conference centre in France to be awarded the AFAQ ISO 9001 Certification.
Culture: 800-year-old ramparts surround the old town
Follow the cultural routes through the old town along one of four walks that are indicated on the ground by discreet coloured markers. The walks take in the churches and cathedrals, the narrow cobbled streets, and stunning mansions and palaces, and feature details at historic spots on tourist signposts. The four walks to choose from are the ‘Joseph Vernet’, the ‘Teinturiers’, the ‘Carreterie’, and the ‘Doms’ walks, and more information on these can be found in the tourist booths of the city, or by a simple Internet search before you arrive.
Activities: Coincide your visit with the festival
If you can, try and visit when the annual Festival d’Avignon takes place in July. Since 1947, it has been welcoming visitors to watch a spectacle of contemporary art that includes venues for film, theatre, and music alongside street performers and musicians whose sole purpose is to entertain the public. Each year, the city welcomes over 500,000 visitors who come purely to be a part of one of France's largest and most famous events.