About 53,000 people call Arles in Provence home.
From here it's roughly 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the southeast to Marseille and 120 miles (193 kilometers) to the east to Cannes.
You can never truly understand a place until you know its history; thankfully, Arles has preserved some of its more important historic sites. Arles Amphitheatre and Alyscamps are two of the area’s more famous heritage places. Also popular with history buffs and photographers are Cirque Romain and Theater-Antique.
The Arles area is a rich source of fascinating facts and stories; there’s plenty waiting to be discovered when you spend a few hours at its popular museums. Two of the most popular cultural collections are the Musee de la Camargue and the Fondation Van Gogh. The Musee Reattu and the Museum Baroncelli are two more interesting museums worth adding to your itinerary.
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, is the perfect location to visit when the sun is shining. Relax and unwind, enjoy the changing seasons and enjoy being outdoors. The beach is a calming stretch of coastline and well worth a trip.
Fos-sur-Mer Park is one of the most popular green havens around the city. Bring a picnic, pull out your sketch pad, or just listen to the birdsong. This park is the perfect place to unwind.
The Abbey de Montmajour is a well-preserved place of worship that is well worth checking out. Wander through this fascinating place, understand its history and find out why it is such a popular destination for visitors to the area.
Keen nature lovers will be glad to find out that the local city also has some larger nature preserves which offer picturesque scenery and local wildlife. Take a long walk in Camargue and appreciate being out in nature and away from the urban streets.
Arles boasts some gracious public spaces; Place de la Republique is one of the most-loved. It's one of those special places that visitors often return to time and time again.
Before you leave Arles, do try to see the Church of St. Trophime and the Church of Saintes-Maries; two of the not-to be missed sights which help make this region such a great vacation choice.