Free things to do in Avignon – Stroll through Rocher des Doms
If you’re looking for a nice way to spend an hour while in Avignon, stroll through Rocher des Doms. This cool, quiet, and shady public park – located on the ‘Rock of the Doms’, a promontory alongside the Cathedral des Doms – has been a popular spot for a stroll since the 18th century (though the landscaping was added in the 19h century)
and offers visitors a great view of the Rhône River,
the historic city ramparts, and Bridge of Avignon.
As you make your way along the pathways, stairways, and medieval ramparts, past iron gates and arched entryways, you’ll see:
Numerous statues of prominent personalities, such as:
Other sculptural works and water features include:
A war memorial;
An analemmatic (human shadow-casting) sundial;
A swan fountain;
A stone grotto and small pond that serves as a nesting area for geese;
and a larger pond that is home to several more water fowl and features a fountain topped by “The Farewell of a Swallow” L’adieux d’une hirondelle, a bronze Venus rising from the water. It’s said that the nudity of this statue, created by French sculptor Felix Charpentier, caused quite a stir in the late 19th century, resulting in it being moved here from its previous location at Place Carnot on the other side of the Pope’s Palace.