Arles

Lionel Roux / Office de Tourisme d'Arles

World Heritage of Humanity City of art and culture, Arles is classified World Heritage of Humanity for its Roman monument, novels and its historic center. Porte de Camargue, it remains the cradle of Provençal culture. In Arles, France more common, discover an exceptional heritage. The city was declared a World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO as a triple: with its Roman monuments, novels (Amphitheatre, Roman Theatre, Cathedral and Cloitre Saint Trophimus ...) and all of its old center, as a point of start of the Way of St Jacques de Compostela. As physical global interest through the Camargue.

Located at the top of the Rhone delta, Arles is your gateway to Camargue, an area where the flora and fauna protected by the Camargue Regional Nature Park, offers a richness and extraordinary variety. North of the city the Regional Natural Park of the Alpilles, a mosaic of farmland and forests Mediterranean is home to more than a hundred rare or protected species. The strength and light of these landscapes have inspired many artists.

Arles name is now inseparable from that of Van Gogh. During his stay in Arles, the most famous painters painted by over 300 major works. Arles is a city where very active cultural photography, music, literature, contemporary art, street performances, live performances thrive throughout the year. Open to all cultures, Arles is the capital of Provençal culture through language, dress, festivals and all its traditions. Arles is displayed as a southern city of gourmande and welcoming. Climate, fertile soil and talents come together and combine so that everyone can do here, the wonderful experience of the art of living in Provence. Real advice for your trips to Arles

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Plage de Beauduc en Camargue

Digue à la mer : randonnée au coeur de la Camargue

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La digue à la mer permet d'accéder à 20 km de sentiers pédestres et cyclables au coeur du delta de Camargue. Parole de local, c'est en faisant une fois l'expérience de la digue à la mer que vous découvrirez réellement le delta du Rhône, sa faune et sa flaure. L'ouvrage a été construit au siècle dernier pour isoler le delta du Rhône des entrées d'eau de mer.
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Producteurs, artisans, terroir (59)

  • Marie Couture

    Marie Couture - Producers, artisan, local

    Artisan - Textile
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    I create made-to-measure Mireille costumes and the accompanying accessories. I work with passion so that you can take part in Provençal processions. You can choose from different types of lace made from cotton, muslin, tarlatan, cotton tulle and cotton fabric. I offer a large selection of jewellery and accessories such as 'coulas' bracelets, pages, crosses, rivieres, sleepers, embroidered scarves and blouses and everything you need to be able to wear the Arlésienne and Mireille costumes elegantly and in accordance with tradition.

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  • Manade Mailhan - Producers, artisan, local

    Producers - Herd of Camargue horses
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    A Mas lost in the midst of the luxuriant Camargue, hundreds of hectares of glasswort, tamarisk, marshland, bulls (Rami was twice named 'Golden Bull'), horses, arenas, etc. You are at the Mas des Bernacles. In two huge, fully renovated rooms, Jacques Mailhan can host between 30 and 200 people, subject to booking of course. Several menus are available, with a range of options. The owner can also organise a full day, which will allow you to better discover the Camargue and its traditions.

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  • Méli Labo

    Méli Labo - Producers, artisan, local

    Artisan - Land
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    Deco designs, fashion accessories

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  • MAS Daussan - Producers, artisan, local

    Producers - Fruit and vegetables
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    The SCA du Mas Daussan, which has been located at the entrance to the Camarge Regional Park, near Arles, for the last 15 years, produces apples. Increasingly aware of health and environmental challenges, its manager Stéphan Charmasson converted his operation in organic agriculture in 2009. The apple harvest lasts from the beginning of August to the beginning of November. Some 15 varieties of apple are harvested to meet a range of needs. In order to promote apple production and diversify the offer, Stéphan has developed a range of products created from apples.

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  • Christine Millerin - Producers, artisan, local

    Artisan - Decoration
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    Textile products for home and fashion. Meetings around a cup of tea on Saturday afternoons. Invites painters and photographers.

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  • Land running - Producers, artisan, local

    Artisan - Land
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    Pottery land running opened in Arles in 2012 in an old stone house in typically favorable located near the station.I realize simple and harmonious shapes sandstone pieces, decorated with enamels (baking high temperature – 1300 ° C) that I prepare to play with the shiny, silky or matte textures, and bright and deep colors. Fine and elegant, these ceramics can be utilitarian or decorative.I also offers weekly classes of shooting, as well as ad hoc meetings-discoveries.These courses explore the filming techniques: techniques and basic gestures, progression of the form methods.

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  • Santons Henri Vezolles - Producers, artisan, local

    Artisan - Traditional crib figurines
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    Individual hand-made items in 2, 3 or 4 natural, oxidation-dyed colours. The decoration is painted in slip (clay diluted in water). Visits by appointment only.

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  • Manade white - Producers, artisan, local

    Producers - Herd of Camargue horses
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    Authentic 250-hectare Camargue agricultural operation for the breeding of Camargue horses and bulls and the traditional cultivation of rice and durum wheat. Come and discover our life, our traditions and our wonderful landscapes and stay in the peace and comfort of one of the oldest Mas in Camargue. Direct sale of bulls' meat.

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  • The canons manade - Producers, artisan, local

    Producers - Herd of Camargue cattle
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    We are first and foremost from Camargue and have been breeding bulls for three generations. We were born here on the Manade des Chanoines, in the heart of Camargue, far from the bustle of city life, and our work has always been in harmony with nature and with our traditions. Often difficult to access but extremely verdant, unspoilt Camargue consists mainly of vast, flat, marshy expanses. You can find glasswort and sea lavender, as well as umbrella pines, juniper, tamarisks, thistle and marsh horsetail, dominated by reeds and rushes the closer you get to the water.

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  • LiliKitesurf - Sport and leisure

    Mechanical sports
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    Aurelie, 32 years old, graduate of BPJEPS with kite surf option: "I want you to discover my passion for kite surfing. At 32 years old with a passion for kite surf for seven years, LiliKitesurf was born form a desire to share this sport, create a quality school and be responsible."

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  • The Roman circus - Heritage

    Amphitheatre, aqueduct, arenas... - Roman Circus
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    Date: 149 Era: Antiquity Type: Public leisure architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a Historic Monument in 1992 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. The circus is the largest Roman monument and could only be located outside the town. It was built in the 2nd century to the south-west of the town, on the banks of the Rhône. It was mainly used for horse and chariot racing, but sometimes also for cavalry fighting and venationes, a kind of animal hunt.

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  • Eglise Saint-Pierre de Saliers - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    This church was built on the site of an old chapel which probably dated back to the 12th century. The building was at risk of collapse around 1930. It was therefore fully renovated at the end of the 1930s, mainly through the generosity of Mlle de Jonquières, who financed a large part of the work and paid for a new altar.

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  • Tourvieille and towers of Camargue - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Tower - Belfry - Bell-tower
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    The Towers of Camargue, little of which remains on the ground, are nevertheless still present in the toponymy of the delta and in written sources. They were subject to the many fluctuations of the branches of the Rhône and their history also testifies to a range of different functions. The towers were originally defensive, and also acted as lighthouses for sailors, as visual communication aids ('farots'), and as a commercial surveillance post.

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  • Hotel Quiqueran de Beaujeu - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Stately home
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    The Hôtel Quiqueran de Beaujeu testifies to the history of Arles in more than one respect. It is a vestige of a period of prosperity in the town, during which rich bourgeois and nobles made their mark by constructing their sumptuous private mansions. The building bears witness to the majesty and charm of Classical architecture inspired by Parisian mansions. Its name evokes a powerful old Arles family, which provided a number of public figures and had a profound effect on the history of the town.

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  • Chapel of charity - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    Date: 1634, 1702 Era: Classical period Type: Religious architecture Status: Private property - chapel listed as a national Historic Monument in 1927 Façade of La Charité Chapel The Carmelites have been in Arles for several centuries. However, the vicissitudes of history forced them to flee on several occasions and the congregation knew no fewer than three successive settlements. Now established in the Les Mouleyrès district, the Carmelites settled near the current Espalanade des Lices in the early 17th century.

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  • Parc des Ateliers SNCF

    Park of the SNCF workshops - Heritage

    Other heritage - Miscellaneous heritage
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    Formerly the workshops of the PLM Company

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  • Place de la République - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Square - courtyard
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    The Place de la République, in the town centre, is the result of progressive development through a number of architectural and urban operations. It is to the south of the old Roman forum. In the Middle Ages, it was reduced to a narrow forecourt between Saint-Trophime Church and Sainte-Anne Church. Its current surface area was then occupied by several residential blocks. It was mainly after the construction of the town hall, in the 17th century, that the Place changed considerably.

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  • The Amphitheatre - Heritage

    Amphitheatre, aqueduct, arenas... - Amphitheatre
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    Date: late 1st century AD Era: Antiquity Type: Public leisure architecture Status: Property of the town of Arles, listed as a Historic Monument in 1840 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Aerial view of the amphitheatre The amphitheatre was the most important monument in the former Roman colony and can still be admired today, some two thousand years after its construction. Its architecture was designed entirely in relation to its vocation as the venue of large events with vast numbers of spectators.

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  • Gate of Augustus - Heritage

    Built heritage - Gate
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    Sometimes called Porte de la Redoute Date: End of the first century BC Era: Antiquity Type: Fortified military architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument in 1886 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 The Porte d'Auguste, also called the Porte de la Redoute after the fortressed built there in the Middle Ages, was the main entrance to the Roman town. Located at the highest point in the town, to the east, it was on a diversion of the Via Aurelia from Rome.

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  • The Hauture - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Historical quarter
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    The L'Hauture district is the highest part of the town (altitude of 25 metres), the only rocky knoll on the surrounding alluvial plain. It was a major base for the urbanisation of the Roman colony and the current district still contains the remains of some of its structures, particularly the amphitheatre, theatre and ramparts. Furthermore, the remains of the first cathedral complex have been revealed on the south-east corner of the district.

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