The best spots to film Avignon with a drone

Let's dive together into exploring Avignon, this emblematic city, rich in historical monuments. We will fly over the majestic Palais des Papes and admire the city from the waters of the Rhône. Besides Avignon, we will also discover must-see sites in the Vaucluse department through the lens of a drone..

 Vue Aérienne De La Cathédrale Des Doms Et Du Palais Des Papes, En Automne, Avignon, Vaucluse, France © Drone-Pictures 
Aerial View Of The Cathedral Of The Doms And Of The Palace Of The Popes, In Autumn, Avignon, Vaucluse, France © Drone-Pictures

Presentation of the city of Avignon

Avignon, a city steeped in history

From its medieval streets to its emblematic monuments, Avignon is a city that breathes history. Former residence of the popes in the 14th century, it houses an impressive Gothic palace: the Palais des Papes (or Popes Palace). This imposing white stone fortress stands tall above the square of the same name and provides a captivating visual spectacle for any aerial camera. The famous Pont d'Avignon, with its fragmented appearance and graceful silhouette against the Rhône, completes this historic picture.

Avignon demography

With more than 90,000 inhabitants called Avignonnais, this city in the south-east of France is dynamic and vibrant. Simply place your video camera on one of the many lively squares to capture the lively spirit that emanates from the sunny terraces or the colorful Provençal markets where locals come to buy their fresh produce.

Geographically unique

Located at the confuence of the Rhône and the Durance in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, Avignon benefits from an exceptional geographical setting that you can easily immortalize from the skies. The ramparts that still encircle the old town offer a fascinating perspective when filmed from a drone while the surrounding natural environment - vineyards, lavender fields and mountains - add a striking contrast to the urbanity of the historic center. Avignon is therefore a city that offers a unique blend of urban and rural landscapes, perfect for any aerial videographer.

Avignon vu depuis le jardin du Rocher des Doms vu par drone, Vaucluse, France - ©

Avignon seen from the Rocher des Doms garden as seen by drone, Vaucluse, France - ©

The most beautiful monuments of Avignon

Avignon, a city of art and history, offers a multitude of exceptional sites for filming with a drone. Among these architectural gems is the famous Avignon Bridge, also known as the Saint-Bénézet Bridge. This medieval masterpiece offers an incredible panorama of the city of the Popes and the Rhône which will not fail to enhance your aerial shots.

Extending majestically around the historic heart, the ramparts of Avignon form an impressive fortified enclosure. They delimit the urban space with their imposing presence while offering a striking contrast between past and present through the lens of your drone.

Notre-Dame-des-Doms Cathedral is a Gothic marvel whose golden spire shines in the heart of the city center. Its complex architecture creates captivating plays of light and shadow when filmed from the air.

Not far from there is the Saint-Roch Gate, an emblematic passage between the interior and exterior of the ramparts which offers drone pilots a unique perspective on this city steeped in history.

How can we talk about the best spots without mentioning the Palais des Papes? This immense Gothic palace dominates Avignon with its imposing stature, providing drones with an unmissable highlight for their panoramic shots.

Then don't hesitate to explore Fort Saint André in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, so that your drone can capture even more Provençal beauties.


Avignon vue par Drone-Pictures pour Fanny Prod et le CRT-Paca, réalisées en 2014



Sites to film around the Popes Palace

The Palais des Papes, the undeniable emblem of Avignon, is a site not to be missed for an aerial shot. This historic landmark located in the city center offers a unique perspective on history and medieval architecture. The richness of its architectural structure, its dominant position over the city and its dense urban environment make the Palais des Papes an ideal place to film with a drone.

• The western facade of the palace: it offers a breathtaking view of the Rhône.
• The Rocher des Doms gardens: they offer an exceptional panorama over the entire city.
• The Place du Palais: it allows you to capture the activities around the monument.
• The interior of the palace: it reveals the papal apartments as well as various majestic rooms.
• The Pont Saint-Bénézet or Pont d'Avignon: the latter offers a magnificent perspective on the palace.

We strongly recommend that drone enthusiasts and budding filmmakers include these points in their audiovisual journey in order to grasp all their beauty and heritage interest, however, it will not be easy to obtain permits but it is worth it. worth trying! However, please note that if these authorizations are not issued to you, we can take care of this drone filming in Avignon, or advise you to acquire the rights to aerial videos of Avignon and its surroundings, available via the HOsiHO image bank.


Pont Saint-Saint-Bénézet et Avignon vu par drone depuis le Rhône, Vaucluse, France - ©
Saint-Saint-Bénézet bridge and Avignon seen by drone from the Rhône, Vaucluse, France - ©  


Contemplate Avignon from the Rhône with a drone

Filming Avignon from the Rhône with a drone means offering yourself a true artistic and sensory experience with new angles and possibilities for long aerial tracking shots. The urban landscape of Avignon, rich in history and architecture, is revealed from a new perspective thanks to the aerial view offered by the drone. The bell towers of the Church of Saint-Pierre and the Palais des Papes emerge above the red tiled roofs, while the medieval ramparts encircle the city like a precious necklace. The bridges crossing the Rhône river draw fine lines on the blue water.

Capturing these images allows you to appreciate the harmony between nature and urban planning which characterizes this Provençal city. We therefore invite you to grab your drone to immortalize Avignon in all its architectural splendor as well as its peaceful rhythm punctuated by the current of the Rhône river, but don't forget to make your prior declaration to the Prefecture of Vaucluse, and to establish a protocol with Avignon airport! 

Palais des Papes et ville d'Avignon, Dentelles de Montmirail au loin, Vaucluse, France - ©
Palace of the Popes and city of Avignon, Dentelles de Montmirail in the distance, Vaucluse, France - ©  


The must-see sites around Avignon

Among the essential sites for filming Avignon with a drone, the village of Gordes stands out. This little Provencal jewel of the Lubéron stands proudly on a hill, offering a bird's-eye view of the ruins of its ancient bastide and the surrounding lavender fields. The images captured here are breathtaking, imbued with a rustic beauty that evokes the sweetness of times past. Just below are the lavender fields and the Abbey of Sénanque. A little further on, we discover Vaison-la-Romaine. Its charm lies in the striking juxtaposition between the old and the new: medieval houses nestled against Roman remains in the heart of the Provençal countryside. Here again, your drone can capture this historical wealth from a unique angle.

Don't forget to include Mont Ventoux - nicknamed "The Giant of Provence" - in your catches. Its imposing silhouette dominates the entire region and provides a spectacular background for your aerial videos. The contrast between its whitish summit and the emerald of the surrounding vineyards is simply breathtaking.

Vaucluse, a magnificent department to photograph by drone

Have you ever imagined the beauty of Vaucluse seen from above? This department, rich in colors and textures, offers a range of landscapes to capture by drone.

Imagine flying over the green hills that undulate in the wind, dotted with picturesque villages with red roofs. These hamlets seem frozen in time and bring a historical dimension to your shots.

Breathe deeply: in summer, the smell of lavender invades you. The purple fields stretch out as far as the eye can see, forming a living picture that only a drone can reveal in all its splendor.

And then there are the vineyards of Vaucluse, like Châteauneuf du Pape, these green and golden chessboards which tell the story wine growing in the region. Their sinuous rows create fascinating graphic patterns when viewed from the skies. Intense green in spring and summer, these vines turn orange and red in autumn. The opportunity to return to this season and capture images in warm colors. Don't miss out on immortalizing the majestic mountains that border this unique department.

They add drama to the surrounding landscape and give your images an epic atmosphere.

And if you would like to know more and discover other aerial drone shots in Vaucluse, particularly in Avignon, click here: Aerial drone shots in Avignon.

Villeneuve-lez-Avignon et le Fort Saint André au loin, vus par drone depuis le Rhône, Vaucluse, France - ©

Villeneuve-lez-Avignon and Fort Saint André in the distance, seen by drone from the Rhône, Vaucluse, France - ©

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