Walking tour in Arles by d'Anaïs et Pedro
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Arles, a magnificent town with not only an exceptional ancient heritage but much more to discover.
This corner of paradise in our beautiful Provence region combines boutiques, lovely terraces for refreshments, museums and lots more hidden treasures!
You only have to look up as you wander through the town to observe its unusual architecture; incidentally all its monuments were listed by the UNESCO World Heritage committee in 1981.
Rond-point Des Arènes 13200 Arles
Let’s start with the iconic Amphitheatre! Better known by the name "Arena", the amphitheatre is a UNESCO world heritage site, this visit is not to be missed!
After more than two thousand years, this Roman structure continues to impress. Designed to house major shows and able to hold huge crowds, it is here that the gladiator battles took place along with other “entertainment” of the time. Today it is one of the most visited places. Here you can watch a concert or a bullfight etc.
3 rue De la Liberté 13200 Arles
A little further along we find Arlette, this is THE boutique to go to if you want to find something that will dazzle you.
We are spoilt for choice with the range of accessories, clothes, shoes, bags, books and decorations.
Formerly situated in the shopping centre/concept store "Le magasin de jouet", we find brands such as Kulte, le Slip français, J Brand etc. in this delightful boutique.
With its warm welcome, this boutique is ideal if you want to treat yourself or someone else, everything here is well-presented.
It also hosts some excellent photo and art exhibitions.
Actes Sud bookshop
Place Nina-Berberova 13200 Arles
Now for a little culture and some reading! We are off to Actes Sud, the name comes from "Atelier de cartographie thématique et statistique" (ACTeS), (Workshop of thematic mapping and statistics) if you like reading, this is the perfect place for you!
With the publishing house founded in 1978 near Arles, it is only normal that their bookstore is situated in town. It boasts a surface of 300m2 and over 40,000 books, as well as a huge section dedicated to music: world music, jazz, classical, etc. Novelists and artists are regularly invited and exhibitions are often organised.
Van Gogh Foundation
35 Ter Rue du Dr Fanton 13200 Arles
Next, we learn that Vincent Van Gogh’s dream of creating an Art foundation is now a reality.
This foundation pays tribute to him and exhibits the work of modern and contemporary artists who had a connection with Van Gogh, the aim is to highlight his legacy and how he inspired today’s art. We find works created by some of the most renowned painters paying tribute to this great man: Clavé, Combas, Debré, Hockney, Di Rosa, etc. A real treat for the eyes! The foundation’s shop is also well worth a visit.
La Rose à Pois
9 rue Réattu 13200 Arles
If we continue a little further we come across Rose à Pois. Audrey, the owner, is always there to welcome you into her boutique where she sells accessories and clothes.
Here we can find dresses, tops, jewellery, big bags, small bags, scarves all made by local designers!
Her boutique is brightly coloured, we can find Japanese inspired fabrics as well as retro, frills or even Vichy fabrics. Everything is mixed together and that’s what gives this boutique its charm!
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