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Arles
Travel Guide

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!

Where to stay in Arles

Top hotels in Arles

Best Western Hotel Atrium
Best Western Hotel Atrium
3 out of 5
1 Rue Emile Fassin, Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is £63 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in the heart of Arles, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Camargue Regional Nature Park and Arles Amphitheatre. Place de la Republique and Arles ...

4/5Very Good! (408 reviews)

"Location was great. Parking a bit tight for our vehicle"…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019

Best Western Hotel Atrium
Hôtel Les Palmiers en Camargue
Hôtel Les Palmiers en Camargue
2 out of 5
The price is £62 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in the heart of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, this hotel is steps away from Camargue Regional Nature Park, Gulf of Lion and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Arena. ...

4/5Very Good! (146 reviews)
Camargue.

"It was a location to access the Camargue and was fine. Only note us if you access the limited €10 parking it us very tight entry and I was touching the mirrors of an Opel Mokka so a larger vehicle would not fit. It is rate at 2* it might push to 2.5+."…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2017

Hôtel Les Palmiers en Camargue
Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa - Mgallery Hotel Collection
Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa - Mgallery Hotel Collection
5 out of 5
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Located in Arles City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Place de la Republique and Theater-Antique. Place du Forum is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. Arles ...

4.3/5Excellent! (169 reviews)
Arles- Cesar

"The hotel was ideally situated with easy access by foot into the Old Town or by car into The Camargue. Rooms were clean but on the small side. We requested a bath tub in each of two rooms but this wasn’t available which was slightly disappointing. The public spaces and bar/restaurant terrace were ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2020

Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa - Mgallery Hotel Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Arles

Camping Le Clos du Rhône
Camping Le Clos du Rhône
4 out of 5
Route d'Aigues Mortes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Nestled on the beach, this Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Camargue Regional Nature Park and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer ...

4.2/5Excellent! (48 reviews)

"Stayed in a sun lodge, limited info so didn't know what to expect. It's like a safari tent , 2 beds, kitchen, living area and porch. It's on the beach and about a 30 min walk from town (along the beach) toilet and shower facilities good and clean ( although 1 block closed) adult pool lovely. Lodges ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019

Camping Le Clos du Rhône
Camping La Brise
Camping La Brise
3 out of 5
RUE MARCEL CARRIERE BP 74, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Situated on the waterfront, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Camargue Regional Nature Park and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach. Parc Ornithologique ...

4.2/5Very Good! (15 reviews)
Un bon séjour avec un snack très sympa

"Tres bien. Par contre les inventaires / état des lieux sur l'application "cool&camp" ne fonctionnait pas donc pas du tout pratique."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

Camping La Brise
Trés Agréable Duplex Avec Loggia vue sur mer
Trés Agréable Duplex Avec Loggia vue sur mer
5 Rue Léon Gambetta, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur

Located in the heart of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, this condo is steps away from Camargue Regional Nature Park and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach. Church of Saintes-Maries ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
appartement idéal pour découvrir la Camargue

"Bonne situation pour découverte de la Camargue par les pistes cyclables. Peu de monde pendant les vacances de Noël mais beaucoup d'oiseaux migrateurs à observer (martins pêcheurs, ibis noirs, grues...)! Literie ( 160 ) très confortable pour se reposer des belles ballades! Prix très abordable et 5 ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2021

Trés Agréable Duplex Avec Loggia vue sur mer
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Arles

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Keith&Penny

29 Oct 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed exploring Arles. There was lots to see and the weather was fantastic.

5/5 - Excellent

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9 Sep 2019

A very walkable and fascinating city with some stunning Roman remains. Do not expect to see many Van Gough originals but the Foundation Van Gough is a good integrated modern/old building and still worth a visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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5 Aug 2019

Arles is a gem, great squares, cafes and food options. Roman history and added Vincent dimension added to atmosphere. Would return. Pont du gard nearby and great for an evening trip out.

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Jul 2019

Loved it.

4/5 - Good

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25 Jul 2019

Recommend a Jeep trip to the camargues to see horses, bulls and many birds.

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Jun 2019

You should include Les Alycamps in your list of sites to visit -- it is unusual and lovely

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