Avignon is a picture-perfect place to settle in for a few nights’ stay. Perfectly situated in Provence, the former papal city offers much to explore within its walls and provides the ideal base to venture into the region’s hilltop towns and renowned vineyards. Here, we’ve rounded up the best Airbnbs in Avignon, France that will ensure a fabulous visit to this southern city.
Superhost Lola has impressively racked up over 400 five-star reviews of her stunning apartment in the town centre. Well-suited for those visiting without a car (it’s worth noting, too, that Avignon is approximately three hours from Paris on the TGV), here you can find yourself within a five-minute walk from the Pope’s Palace and the famously incomplete Avignon bridge. If you do come in four wheels, however, there’s a parking lot just 20 metres away. Though the apartment is at a prime location, it’s tucked away on a quiet side street so you can be close to the action without the street noise.
Break away from the typical Airbnb apartment or house with a stay in a refurbished barge on the Rhone River. Les Trois Matelots can accommodate up to eight guests with its four well-sized bedrooms and an equal number of bathrooms. Keep cool during the day with a dip in the pool and at night thanks to air conditioning throughout the vessel. The outdoor terrace is backdropped by views of the river and Avignon’s old town, which is mere minutes away by foot.
Accompanying this gorgeous boho-chic apartment is fabulous hosting; guests are warmly welcomed upon arrival with brochures, lists of local numbers, transit maps and insider information on the best places to dine. Just as lovely as the hip interiors are the views out the window of a Gothic church in the Place St. Pierre. No need to worry about your possibly overpacked luggage here; being on the ground floor means you won’t have to lug your bags up the building’s stone stairs.
This unit is carved out within a historic private estate. Original arched stone ceilings and terracotta tiled floors are paired with sleek appliances and dazzling light fixtures to delightfully combine old and new. If the tastefully decorated apartment wasn’t enough, a plant-adorned courtyard terrace serves as the ideal place to respite with a book and glass of wine, perhaps from the nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards.
Pointed out by Elle Magazine as one of the best designed Airbnbs in Avignon, this apartment’s major draw is the jaw-dropping view of the Pope’s Palace from its swanky rooftop garden. Inside is a white, airy contemporary space with a pop of colour and a minimalist yet fashionable decor. Additional perks include on-site laundry, a crib for potential families and an outdoor barbecue grill.
On the other side of the river from Avignon sits the village of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, a quiet suburb of the city with a fantastic food market on Thursdays and flea market on Saturday mornings. Here you’ll find Château Les Cigales, a castle perched among well-tended greenery and gardens. Inside, everything is newly renovated with updated bathrooms and kitchen equipment so that you can still live in the 21st century while staying in a mansion built during the 19th.
Sleep in a little piece of history with this apartment housed in a structure that dates back to the 14th century. Arched Roman windows, exposed wood beams and stone walls are matched with warm furnishings and a palette of soft colours for an elegant feel all around. The sheltered outdoor patio invites in the Provençal sun and fresh air while protecting you from getting windswept by the famous Mistral winds of southern France.
Feel like royalty in this opulent townhouse that dates back to 1850. High ceilings and crown moulding give this home a palatial feel, as does the verdant, 500-square-metre private garden and the large solarium. Though very traditional in its style, modern-day luxuries like a washer and dryer, air conditioning and WiFi make for a comfortable stay.
For an indulgent and pampering vacation, book this newly renovated four-bedroom townhouse. After a dip in the heated indoor pool, rinse off in the gorgeous stone and tile shower or take a soak in the deep, four-clawed tub. From there, you can respite to the lush courtyard or keep cool inside with the air conditioning. If you manage to venture out of this piece of paradise, you’ll find yourself just next to the bustling Place Crillon and a five-minute walk from the Pope’s Palace.