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Visit Arles

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

Arles showing château or palace and heritage architecture

Arles City Centre

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.

Arles City Centre

Top hotels in Arles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Spa Le Calendal
Hotel Spa Le Calendal
3 out of 5
£73
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in Arles City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Camargue Regional Nature Park and Arles Amphitheatre. Fondation Van Gogh and Theater-Antique ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (243 reviews)

"The staff at breakfast and behind the bar were especially friendly and helpful, even surprising us with an ice bucket and glasses when we inquired about a bit of ice to take to our room."…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019

Hotel Spa Le Calendal
La Maison Volver
La Maison Volver
4 out of 5
8 rue de la cavalerie, Arles
£64
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in Arles City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Camargue Regional Nature Park and Arles Amphitheatre. Fondation Van Gogh and National School ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (74 reviews)

"Super comfortable bed, excellent shower, very nice room"…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2019

La Maison Volver
Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa - Mgallery Hotel Collection
Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa - Mgallery Hotel Collection
5 out of 5
£103
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

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! (137 reviews)

"Excellent location - Emilie on reception very helpful - not entirely sure about modern decor in room and hotel"…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019

Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa - Mgallery Hotel Collection

Popular things to do in Arles

Camargue Regional Nature Park
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Camargue Regional Nature Park

4.5/5(44 reviews)

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.

Abbey de Montmajour
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Abbey de Montmajour

4/5(1 review)

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.

Arles Amphitheatre
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Arles Amphitheatre

4.5/5(24 reviews)

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.

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach

4/5(8 reviews)

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.

Place de la Republique
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Place de la Republique

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.

Alyscamps
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Alyscamps

You can learn about the history of Arles with a stop at Alyscamps. Discover the countryside and cafes in this quaint area.

Top activities in Arles

Half-Day Secret Camargue Tour
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Half-Day Secret Camargue Tour

£68

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.

Half-Day Van Gogh's Road Tour
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Half-Day Van Gogh's Road Tour

£68

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.

Private small group tour of Nimes and Pont du gard
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Private small group tour of Nimes and Pont du gard

£71

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.

On the Trail of Van Gogh
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On the Trail of Van Gogh

£89

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.

Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence & Les Baux-de-Provence Full-Day Tour
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Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence & Les Baux-de-Provence Full-Day Tour

£111

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 Half day City tour
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Marseille Half day City tour

£50

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.

Reviews of Arles

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Keith&Penny

Oct 29, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 9, 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

Verified traveler

Aug 5, 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

Verified traveler

Jul 30, 2019

Loved it.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 25, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 10, 2019

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

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