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Arles
Travel Guide

Long after the Romans left their mark on the city’s well-preserved historic center, Van Gogh drew inspiration for his paintings from the pastoral terrain.

Imbued with history and Provençal traditions, Arles offers opportunities for glorious vacation days. Its historic center has Roman remains, while the bucolic, leafy outskirts were once a fountain of inspiration for artist Vincent van Gogh. Imagine how the Romans lived and see the world through the eyes of a Dutch master in this quaint and picturesque town.

To learn about the artist’s connection to the town, follow the Van Gogh Walking Tour. Pick up a map from the tourist office and head to the Espace Van Gogh, a majestic 16th-century hospital, where he was committed after cutting off his earlobe in 1888. Notice how the courtyard resembles his artwork, Le Jardin de l’Hôtel de Dieu. The site has a library, café and exhibition space.

Check out exhibits in the Fondation Van Gogh, which provides information about the Dutch master and showcases artists who have adopted his style. At the Place du Forum, see the café terrace that was the subject of his painting and sit beside the Langlois Bridge known as Pont Van Gogh, another frequent subject.

Head back farther in time in the historic center, whose crowning jewel is Les Arènes. The site is a partially restored Roman amphitheater that is still used today for bullfighting and bull racing events. Marvel at the vestiges of the adjacent Théâtre Antique and the Thermes de Constantin.

Relax at a quaint restaurant and enjoy local wines from Nimes with your food. You can also try the anise-flavored pastis spirit, popular in the south of France.

The town is located at the western end of the Bouches-du-Rhône region in southern France. Drive northwest from Marseille for about 60 miles (90 kilometers) to get here in 1 hour. You can also take a train to the Gare d’Arles. Explore the beautiful surroundings and visit nearby towns, such as Montpellier, Nimes and Avignon.

Millennia after the Roman settlement, Arles’ cultural side continues to flourish.

Where to stay 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 $55 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

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 Nov 17, 2019

Best Western Hotel Atrium
Hôtel Les Palmiers en Camargue
Hôtel Les Palmiers en Camargue
2 out of 5
16 Rue Alphonse Daudet, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is $79 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

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

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 Oct 27, 2017

Hôtel Les Palmiers en Camargue
Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa - Mgallery Hotel Collection
Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa - Mgallery Hotel Collection
5 out of 5
9 Boulevard Des Lices, Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is $195 per night from Apr 5 to Apr 6

Located in Arles City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Place de la Republique and Theater-Antique. Place du Forum is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. Arles Station ...

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 Aug 22, 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.
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 campground 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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (47 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 Oct 6, 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 campground 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 Oct 4, 2020

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

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

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 Jan 6, 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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