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Cheval Passion

In January, lovers of horses and riding make their way to Avignon for its long-established equestrian festival, Cheval Passion. Everything concerning the equipment, the clothing, the art of riding and the animals themselves is on display, complete with riding shows and competitions. The highlight of the festival is the Le Gala des Crinières d'Or (Golden Mane Gala), a magnificent spectacle of elegant and skilful dressage.

Date: 16 January 2019 - 20 January 2019
Venue: Avignon Exhibition Park.


Festival d'Avignon

Avignon’s three-week dance, music and theatre summer festival, created by Jean Vilar in 1947, is the oldest and most famous of the arts festivals in France. Originally pure theatre, the event now includes contemporary and religious music, dance, poetry, circus, films, exhibitions and debates involving many organisations.

Date: 04 July 2019 - 23 July 2019
Venue: Various venues.


Avignon Jazz Festival

This draws together innovative musicians, newcomers and established names, from around Europe and the Mediterranean for a warm, mellow mix.

Date: 31 July 2019 - 04 August 2019
Venue: Cloître des Carmes.


Ban des Vendanges (Harvest Banns)

Wine and gastronomy celebration to observe the start of the harvest of the Côtes du Rhône, on the banks of the river. There are colourful parades through the city centre streets and squares, as well as a carnival atmosphere of games, music and products for sale. All sorts of traditions are observed, such as a Mass in Provençal language, and an official proclamation to inaugurate this year’s grape harvest.

Date: 31 August 2019 - 31 August 2019
Venue: City centre streets.


Featured Hotels


Hotel de Blauvac

This small, inexpensive hotel is just off the place de l'Horloge in a sensitively converted 17th-century mansion. It feels redolent with history, especially in the rooms with mezzanines and walls of massive exposed stone blocks. A warm welcome and 16 very basic but comfortable rooms make this a fine, well-placed budget choice.

Hotel Splendid

The Splendid offers six simple, well-kept, brightly decorated little rooms. It occupies an ordinary terraced house in a quiet residential street within the city walls, opposite the garden of an old cloister. It's well placed for anyone arriving by train, as it's just a few minutes' walk up the street from the station.

Hotel Colbert

The Colbert's arty style, with bright decor, pictures on the walls and unusual breakfast plates, are all the product of the creative and generous spirit of hosts Patrice and Annie. Rooms are tiny but adequately equipped. Access is very convenient, and all the sights and city centre are just minutes away.

La Mirande

Opposite the Palais des Papes, this former cardinal's palace from the 14th-century is all sophistication and attention to detail. The rooms are delightful, and the hotel's restaurant is one of the best in town. The sumptuous décor has been chosen with flair and imagination. Expensive, but this is luxury with charm and personality.

Hotel de l'Horloge

Well placed on the main square, this handsome old 4-star hotel is in the midst of all the life of the town. Noise is not usually a problem, but if you're concerned, ask for one of the quieter rooms at the side. Rooms are small but comfortable and attractively decorated.

Novotel Avignon Centre

Well positioned just outside the gateway into the walled city, the Novotel has easy road and rail access, an underground car park, a decent restaurant, swimming pool and spa, as well as bright, spacious, comfortable bedrooms. And it is only 10 minutes' walk to all the attractions of the city.