ArlesProvence in the southeast of France.
phone: +33 4 90184120address: Boulevard des Lices
address: Avenue Paulin TALABOT
By busThere are several bus lines from towns all over the Bouches-du-Rhône. You can always buy your passage from the conductor.
By carTake the Autoroute from Salon or yet another from Marseille, but give preference to the smaller routes and Alpilles towns like Fontvieille, Paradou, les baux, etc.
Arles is for the most part small enough to enjoy by foot, if you aren't lazy. Otherwise, rely on taxis and buses.
By bicycleRent bicycles or a motor wheel for day trips in the alpilles around Arles.
Taco & CoA few old bicycle, but cheap. The also have luggage storage ( / 24 hr).
1 VélocNew bicycles and more choices.
address: 1 Bis Rue Emile FassinVisit Arles on gyropodes.
Arles PatrimoineMost of the important sites of Arles can be visited on a combined ticket, which includes the ampthitheatre, the antique theatre, the cryptoporticos, the cloister, and many more.
Arènes d'Arleswas built in the first or second century B.C. houses Corridas at Easter and the Rice Festa in September. Throughout the summer there are various courses camarguaises (bloodless bullfighting).
Théatre Antique d'ArlesIt was built at the end of the 1st century BC.
CryptoportiquesNow completely underground, the cryptoporticos, a semi-subterranean gallery, was a sort of a base for the Roman Forum in Arles. It was built at the end of 1st century BC. The current structure has a horseshoe form. The entrance is located inside the Hôtel de Ville d'Arles (aka Mairie d'Arles).
Thermes de ConstantinThe remains of the Roman baths
Cathédrale Saint-TrophimeA church in Romanesque style built in XIIth century. Besides the church there is a quite remarkable cloister.
Cloister Saint-TrophimeA former monastery with a beautiful courtyard.
Espace Van Goghphone: +33 4 90 49 39 39address: Place Docteur Félix ReyA former hospital with a courtyard where Van Gogh was kept under medical treatment.
Out of historical centre
AlycampsAn ancient burial site and early Christian cemetery. Eglise Saint Honorat is at the SE end of the place.
Pont de LangloisIt was the subject of several paintings by Vincent van Gogh.
phone: +33 4 13 31 51 03address: Presqu'île-du-cirque-romain BP 205An archeological museum of Arles. At the NE side of the museum there are some very scarce remains of the Roman circus.
phone: +33 4 90 49 37 58address: 10, rue du Grand Prieuré
phone: +33 4 13 31 51 99address: 29-31 rue de la République
Beyond the cityEach of the following or some combined can be visited on a day tour by bicycle from Arles.
Abbaye de MontmajourA national monument and former Benedictine monastry founded in 948.
address: FontvieilleFour picturesque windmills of which two are excellently preserved.
CamargueOne of Europe's largest river deltas and wetlands, a great place to spot flamingos and French cowboys.
Réserve Naturelle des Marais du VigueiratA 1,200 ha nature reserve and one of the most popular sites inside the Camargue. With over 2,000 types of flora and fauna, including flamingos, herons, toros, horses, and much more.
The Market and definitely think about researching for expositions and other events of the sort.
- Markets and brocantes.
- Check out the Saturday market for sure.
Saucisson d'Arles (traditionally made with a bit of donkey meat), marinated olives from the market, Languedoc cheeses from the market, etc. Other dishes: Gardianne de Boeuf, Daubes, Fougasse d'Arles (with duck confit inside)
For restos, check out the menus on side street restaurants.
phone: +33 4 90 18 58 92address: 6 Rue Balze
La Mule Blanchephone: +33 4 90 93 98 54address: 9 Rue du Président Wilson
phone: +33 4 90 98 37 81address: 37 rue des Arenes
- Pastis, the local wines are good with food. Take advantage of the proximity of Nîmes for wines.
- There's the embarrassingly touristy Café Van Gogh, painted to look like his Night Café painting and lots of Japanese tourists who seem to be on the verge of a euphoric break-down when they see it.
- Check out some of the other cafés in place du Forum, Rue Wilson, etc...
Auberge de Jeunesseaddress: 20, avenue Foch
phone: +33 1 58 21 55 84The residence is made up of several small buildings, no higher than one floor, spread around the Maeva Camargue estate: Les Roselières, Les Oliviers, Les Amandiers, Les Piboules, etc. A large number of leisure activities (riding, tennis, golf, etc.) and relaxation facilities (balneotherapy centre) are available.
Arles is centrally located. The town straddles Provence and the Languedoc. Profit from its positioning and enjoy the great nature that surrounds: the Camargue and beaches to the south, the Alpilles to the east, etc.
- Aix-en-Provence the city of Cézanne and the Montagne Sainte-Victoire.