5/5 - Excellent
Keith&PennyOct 29, 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed exploring Arles. There was lots to see and the weather was fantastic.
If you're looking for a holiday that combines a wealth of history, extraordinary rugged landscapes, culture and seaside sunshine, then head for Arles!
Did you know, Arles has more Roman monuments than any other city apart from Rome? Ideally situated between Spain and Italy, Arles was a strategic location and flourished from when it was colonised in 49 BC until the Middle Ages. After a period of recession, the city prospered from the late 15th century to the mid-16th century and was transformed: so come and discover this rich heritage by exploring Arles and the surrounding area!
Arles has numerous UNESCO world heritage sites, starting with the Roman amphitheatre, the Roman theatre, the Cryptoporticus (tunnels under the former forum), the Thermae of Constantine and Alyscamps necropolis (roads lined with tombs, which inspired Van Gogh and Gauguin). Middle Ages buffs won't want to miss the Cité épiscopale, founded in the 4th century, including St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Church of St. Trophime. Finally, lovers of classical and Renaissance architecture will enjoy place de la République, with its belfry dating from 1558, and the city centre with its many town houses.
And after looking at old buildings, there's the great outdoors! Head for the Camargue, a superb rugged area comprising marshes, plains, rice fields and the sea, where you will see flamingoes, horses and Camargue bulls. You can explore the Marais du Vigueirat, a 1200-hectare protected nature reserve, and the Domaine de La Palissade, situated outside the sea walls and home to unique wild animal and plant life. You can explore the site on foot or on horseback!
Finally, culture vultures will want to visit the Van Gogh foundation, which pays tribute to the genius, who spent 15 months of his life in Arles creating his most beautiful masterpieces, while exploring his effect on contemporary art. If you like contemporary art, then the Réattu museum is for you, with 57 drawings and two paintings by Picasso just some of the gems in its collection. Fans of history and heritage can head for the Musée Départemental Arles Antique (3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide) and the Musée de la Camargue, situated in the heart of the Regional Nature Park. Don't forget to visit the website of the Arles tourist information office before you come, to find the festival programme (with the Les Rencontres de la Photographie photography festival and Les Suds à Arles music festival just two of the attractions on offer).
To get to Arles, you can fly into the airports of Marseille Provence, Montpellier Méditerranée, Avignon or Nîmes Garons. From there, you can take the train, with Arles also offering rail links to Paris and lots of other destinations in just a few hours.
What are you waiting for? Come enjoy your holidays in Arles!
4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)
Historical sites, art galleries and gardens are just a few things travellers enjoy about Arles City Centre. Check out Camargue Regional Nature Park or Arles Amphitheatre while you're exploring the area.
Reviewed on 10 Oct 2019
Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Camargue Regional Nature Park, a popular green space in Arles. Discover the countryside and spas in this trendy area.
You can learn about the local history of Arles when you visit a well-known site such as Abbey de Montmajour. Discover the countryside and cafes in this quaint area.
You can learn about the local history of Arles when you make a stop at a well-known site such as Arles Amphitheatre. Experience the area's museums and art scene.
Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach during your travels in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer? You can seek out the horse riding while in the area.
You can learn about the history of Arles with a visit to Place de la Republique. Discover the cafes and its museums while you're in the area.
You can learn about the history of Arles with a stop at Alyscamps. Discover the countryside and cafes in this quaint area.
Delve into the wilderness of the Camargue, a coastal wetland populated by pink flamingoes, white horses, and black bulls. Visit the Pont de Gau Ornithological Park for up-close looks at the region’s winged residents, and take in the views from the church bell tower in historic Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh as you visit Arles, the city the Impressionist painter called home. See sites that inspired famous works, and venture out into the countryside to soak up the charm of Les Baux and Saint Rémy before catching a light and art show in a former quarry.
Meet your guide in the morning,you'll start driving to Nimes. There you will enjoy some free time to take your lunch (not included) at one of the Brunswick House Cafe's.
Relish a day following in the footsteps of the great painter Vincent Van Gogh. Enjoy the bustle of the open-air market in Saint Remy (on Wednesdays) and the stunning view and castle remains in Les Baux, before heading to the ancient-Roman town of Arles (market on Saturdays), seeing for yourself what inspired the great man.
Uncover vestiges of the Roman era in Arles before encountering charming rural villages deep in Provence. Explore ancient ruins before relaxing in the pretty villages of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux-de-Provence.
Marseille is in the midst of enjoying a cultural renaissance and you will see why during this 4-hour tour. This city was the European Capital of Culture in 2013. Your guide will pick you up in the morning at any Hotel in Arles.
Verified travelerJun 10, 2019
You should include Les Alycamps in your list of sites to visit -- it is unusual and lovely