Visit of the Fortress of Saint André

Museum and monument / Included

Just a few kilometers from Avignon, opposite the Palais des Papes, this masterpiece of military architecture offers a breathtaking view of Mont Ventoux, the Alpilles and the Luberon !

€7.00 Free with the Pass!


57, Rue Montée du Fort
30400 Villeneuve lez Avignon

+33 490 25 45 35

Please note !

  • Tools für den Besuch: Besuchsheft für junges Publikum in Französisch erhältlich und Besuchs-App auf Google Play und Apple store in Französisch und Englisch erhältlich
  •  Services and visiting conditions: Dogs on leash allowed - Number of steps: 200 - Good shoes required - An introductory room with a video and panels in French is available at the start of the tour
  • Access: By car: From Nîmes: A 9, exit 23, N 100 towards Villeneuve-Lez-Avignon.From Aix-en-Provence: A 7, exit n° 23, exit n° 24, N 7 towards Avignon then towards Villeneuve-Lez-Avignon. By train: From Avignon Centre station, Fort Saint-André is accessible by bus (line 5).


Horaires d'ouverture

From June 1st to September 30th
10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm

October 1st to May 31st
10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm

Please note: last access to the monument is one hour before closing time.

Closed on January 1, May 1, November 1 and 11 and December 25.

Free admission on 1st Sunday from November to March.


Fortress of Saint André, Villeneuve lez Avignon

On Mont Andaon, Fort Saint André was commissioned by Philippe IV le Bel and built under Jean II le Bon in the 14th century. This immense 750-meter-long fortification, built to protect the Abbey of Saint André and the town, enabled the King of France to assert his power in the region.

From Avignon, on the other side of the Rhône and from even farther away, you can clearly see the fort standing proudly. But it is only once you are there  that you can fully appreciate  the strategic position of this fort dominating the Rhône valley. From the top of its parapet walk, you can observe the Popes 's Palace across the way, the Philippe IV le Bel tower, the saint André abbey encompassed within the fort's defensive  walls, the chartreuse's monastery in the village below and the entire surroundings countryside. 

You can walk among the vestiges of the old medieval village and the chapel, visit the fort's buildings and rooms that have remained intact and learn about the aspects of military life from the Middle Ages up to the french revolution.