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The Departement of Bouches du Rhone - Pop.: 54.088 h.

A 35km au sud d'Avignon par la N570 and à 90km de Marseille par la N568 puis l'A55.
Arles - Rhone - View from the arena

Arles is the largest city in France with the surface area being 758km². It is encircled by an environment of exceptional beauty: the banks of the Rhône river, the arid plains of Crau, the Alpilles and the untamed land of Camargue.

Arles - The arena

Once a metropolis of Roman Gaul, then Arles became a symbole of ardent Christianity as can be seen through the arena, the Alyscamps burial grounds, the amphitheater and the Roman baths of Constantin.

Arles - Antic theater

Arles is now the gateway to Camargue, pland of the Gypsies and meeting place of the Camargue cowboys. Today the ferias or bull runs and bull fights are held in this very same arena (12,000 seats) that was the scene of the Roman games in the first century!

Van Gogh stayed here with his friend Gaugain. Picasso, a lover of bull fights, was inspired by them to do two paintings and 57 drawings. Arles is also a center of photography. Each summer the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie brings many visitors.

City of festivals, art, and culture, Arles has never stopped attracting artists.

Arles - View from the arena

The Roman monuments of Aries are registered with Unesco and should be seen, The houses and private mansions of the 16th and 17th centuries, the cloister of St. Trophime, the Hôtel de Ville, and the shaded terraces of the Place des Lices are all well worth a tour. .

What to see:

The arena, amphitheater. Alyscamps burial grounds.
Roman baths of Constantin (4thc.).
Musée de l'Arles Antique ( 4thc, sarcophaguses)
Musée Arlaten (furniture and traditional folk art )
Musée du Riz (rice museum).

Leisure activities:

Horseback riding (9 schools). Hiking. Mountain biking.
3 Beaches.La Capelière (nature walk of Camargue).
Van Gogh Tour, Gypsy mosaics.
Many festivals: Fete des Gardians (May 1 )
Santon exhibition in December.

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Neighbouring villages:

Fontvielle (15km), Tarascon (20 km) and Saintes Maries de la Mer (36 km).

Arles - Place de la Republique Arles -  Rhone banks

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