Avignon Train Station TGV is on Place de l'Europe. Our desk is clearly signposted in the vehicle rental section to the North of the station concourse. Frequent buses run from the city centre to the TGV station.
While it is possible to drive within the city walls of Avignon, this historic area is crisscrossed with narrow streets that can be challenging. A Sat Nav is certainly advisable. Once away from the city, touring the region is a pleasure with a choice fast motorways or scenic country roads.
There is plenty of car parking just to the North of the city walls or off the perimeter road near the Palais des Papes. From both of these locations, all tourist attractions are easily accessible by foot.
As you take a leisurely drive along the River Rhône in your car hire the old town of Avignon with its medieval ramparts will be perched on the hill above you. Once inside the walls, you will discover a maze of cobbled streets and passageways that are still lit by lanterns at night and flooded with the glorious Provence light during the day. A light that has long attracted artists to the city. See the evidence of this in the Angladon Museum where the works of Picasso, Van Gogh, Manet and Cezanne can be enjoyed. Also still visible in the old town is an 18th-century waterwheel. The most imposing building, however, and well worth a visit is the Palais des Papes. During the 14th-century popes led a pampered life of luxury in this Gothic residence while wielding power throughout Europe. Look out for the wall paintings that have survived six centuries.