Why It's Worth It

Nestled along the Rhone River and only a quick 2.5-hour train ride from Paris, Avignon is the perfect city to begin your journey through Provence, one of France's most sought-after regions. While the main attraction of Avignon is the papal palace towering over the town, there is plenty of history, art, and theater to appreciate in this prosperous city. Its famed indoor market is open year-round and is a sure way to experience the local food culture. —Delisa and Marcin Zak