Summer, June through August, is considered to be the best time to visit Avignon, when temperatures can range from the mid-teens to high 20s C. Make the most of the lower rainfall levels during this time, especially in July, when you can spend days in the beautiful gardens at Rocher des Doms. The city can be very busy during the summer and airfares and accommodation tend to be at its most expensive.
Like many European cities, Avignon also experiences higher visitor numbers over the festive season, school holidays, special events and on weekends, so avoid these times if you are hoping for cheap flights to Avignon and lower hotel rates.
Autumn and winter are less popular seasons to visit. Autumn is the wettest time of the year, with most rain falling during October. The coldest months are December to February, with day time highs on average of 11 degrees C and average lows can drop to 1 degrees C. Hotel rates and flights to Avignon during autumn and winter are likely to be the cheapest as this is considered to be the off-peak time due to lower temperatures and higher rainfall.
Spring is considered to be the shoulder season in Avignon. Temperatures are pleasant, although there can still be quite a bit of rainfall, so make sure you pack an umbrella on your flight to Avignon.
The striking French town of Avignon is an ancient city enclosed by walls that once kept out invaders from foreign lands. Tree-lined streets and mysterious passageways which reveal churches, museums, shops, restaurants and typical French squares to enjoy in the sunshine. The stately and large Palais des Papes makes for a great day trip or you can enjoy the gardens at Rocher des Doms, which overlook the Rhone Valley. The Provencal countryside is another great reason to visit the region. This fertile, green valley gives rise to wonderful produce which you can buy at local markets and shops. Les Halles indoor market, superb eateries and The Roman remains at Arles, the Pont du Gard and the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence are all great ways to spend your days in Avignon.
Enjoying some French wine from your hotel balcony or sipping coffee and sampling pastries in the early morning is another way to slow things down and truly appreciate your visit to France. Book a flight to Avignon to enjoy a stroll along the river or head to the city centre to watch some theatre or dance the night away at a nightclub.
Getting around in the city is pleasant on foot, by bicycle or using the city bus service, rental cars or taxis. The local rail service is located in the city centre. Foot and cycle paths are extensive and offer gorgeous views.
The city is served by Avignon-Caumont Airport (AVN). Getting to and from the airport and the city centre is simple, using the wide range of transportation options on offer. These include private rental cars, shuttle buses, private and shared airport transfers, rental taxis and city buses.