The District of la Roquette
Arles - Site
This district dates back to the Middle Ages and was for a long time the favourite district of mariners; the La Roquette district remains one of the most attractive in town.
Its original urban herringbone layout features attractive narrow and sometimes raised houses between the Quai du Rhône and the Boulevard Clemenceau. The façades with their many architectural decorations and the niches which adorn the street corners, attract the eyes and encourage visitors to take their time.
The district was also brought to life by artisans and traders, and was the home of a number of large families who have left us their beautiful private mansions.
Following a decline caused by the disappearance of the shipping industry in the 19th century, the district has now been spectacularly redeveloped (La Roquette is in the protected area) and the installation of shops and businesses in the eastern part has given it a new lease of life.
Its 2006 population of 2,427 is a result of the district's distant and recent past and is particularly heterogeneous: social classes, generations and cultural origins come together to give a real village feel.
Remains of the 16th century rampart
After the troubled decline of the Early Middle Ages, Arles experienced a period of renaissance from the 10th century which gradually led it to spreading beyond its walls. In the first half of the 12th century a veritable district, the Vieux-Bourg, arose in the south-east of the town; it is now known as La Roquette.
Its seigniory belonged to the Porcelet family, whose fortress was on the current Place Antonelle.
With its ovens, its mills, its churches and a boat for crossing the river, it rapidly became a very distinct entity from the original districts of the Roman colony. The new district soon had its own ramparts. From 1250, La Roquette became part of a new enclosed area with the other districts of the town.
During the Revolution, latent antagonism gave way to intense confrontation between La Roquette, a district of Revolutionaries, and the other districts, particularly that of L'Hauture, which was populated by Royalists. The town's first Mayor, Pierre-Antoine Antonelle (1790), came from the La Roquette district. A certain degree of rivalry remained in the life of the commune until the First World War.
Until the middle of the 19th century and the arrival of the railway, river-based activities ensured the livelihood of the district, which also housed a number of artisans, traders and smallholders.
La Roquette lost its vitality in the 20th century and welcomed a number of new arrivals during different waves of immigration. Over the last few decades, the district has managed to retain its identity, whilst once again finding a place in the urban fabric of Arles.
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Where to stay
La Residence 1
"This apartment is located on the ground floor of our townhouse, one enters through the ' hall art gallery" and then the central patio. It is an open space type loft with a 19th style closed classic room with fireplace and large mirror and a semi-open room on the very cool space summer, very…
Clos Des Oliviers
Furnished house located in a residential area (Trinquetaille) overlooking a shady place. It is surrounded by a garden with a barbecue complete garden furniture.It has upstairs 2 bedrooms (in one bed, 2 single beds in the other, a vast living room (with sofa bed), a kitchen, a bathroom, a separate…
In Camargue, 7 kms from Arles, small gite (studio) on one floor with a private garden of 200m ² and a covered terrace of 25 m². This gite has been designed to allow accessibility for persons with reduced mobility : ramp to enter the house, bathroom with walk in shower, possibility to borrow…
Ideally located opposite the Bullring this beautiful duplex of 45 m² for up to 4 people has been recently renovated and equipped for your comfort. The master bedroom has a bed of 160 cm and the mezzanine with a bed of 140 cm. You have access to air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, 2 led 126 cm, stereo…
Located near the Rhone, near the Place Lamartine with Monoprix, Roman gates of Arles, arenas. 200 metres from the large market of Arles (Wednesday). The House faces south with a large shady courtyard equipped with table and outdoor chairs and umbrella, you can park the car.The kitchen and its…
To the Bibion
In Arles, close to the Camargue, in a quiet street of the village-like Roquette neighbourhood, Philippe welcomes you in calm and comfortable guest rooms. Located just minutes from major monuments and the best restaurants, the Bibion is also near the Ancient Arles Museum. Parking nearby.
Things to do
LOULOU of street
Art jewellery. Magali Favier creates fine costume jewellery from silver 925/1000 and precious materials (gold, Tahitian pearls, semi-precious pearls, etc.) only in her Arena Studio. Each item is meticulously hand-made and can be customised. They are all unique. She creates an original world of…
Date: End of the first century BC Era: Antiquity Type: Public cultural architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument in 1840 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. The Roman Theatre of Arles, which preceded its famous neighbour the amphitheatre by a…
The District of la Roquette
This district dates back to the Middle Ages and was for a long time the favourite district of mariners; the La Roquette district remains one of the most attractive in town. Its original urban herringbone layout features attractive narrow and sometimes raised houses between the Quai du Rhône and…
The room covers two levels and has a capacity of 350 people; it resembles a ship and allows the public to see concerts from different angles: from above on the mezzanine, straight on in front of the stage or even from the bar. Our great bartenders, experts in the art of slightly frothy draught…
Space Van Gogh
Garden open and can be accessed freely during the day Former Hôtel-Dieu, also called Hôtel-Dieu-Saint-Esprit. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, the vast quadrilateral of the Hôtel-Dieu has a two-fold context: a period of prosperity and modernisation by the town on the one hand, and a well…
Léonard Quinche, a printer on fabric Genevois, is at the origin of the company. In 1818, he joined with two Tarasconnais and created an Indian factory St Etienne du Grès, small Provençal village located at the foot of the Alpilles. Textiles are printed on the Board, washed and dried on the…
Située dans le centre historique arlésien, la chapellerie Alexandre vous chapeaute en toute saison. Un belle sélection tendance et confortable vous est proposée, choisie au sein d'une dizaine de grandes maisons du chapeau. Messieurs, venez choisir votre chapeau de gardian en feutre de…
Where to eat
Hostellerie of the Source
Located a few minutes from the centre of Arles, a natural spring ("Source") has been happily bubbling away here since the 19th century in the tree-filled garden, bordering a swimming pool. This Mediterranean oasis, lined with weeping willows and oleander, offers feminine retakes on Provencal and…
With classroom chairs and shared tables, the décor is, naturally, reminiscent of childhood canteens. The rest is more state-of-the-art: the reasonably-priced menu is the work of a Michelin-starred chef (Armand Arnal, of La Chassagnette), in a converted industrial building (the former SNCF…
Meeting of traditional and regional recipes, restaurant gourmet Lou Marquès (renovated in 2014 by M Christian Lacroix) offers a classic, refined and tasty cuisine carefully prepared by our chefs.The restaurant's terrace turns into a bistro in the beautiful days and our garden near the swimming…
Plaza (La Paillotte)
Restaurant very well located in the centre of the city of Arles. Near hotels, monuments, museums and the Foundation Van Gogh. The restaurant bathrooms with exposed stone walls and beams wood ceilings.The decoration of the restaurant is based on bullfighting and Provence. A beautiful shaded…
Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop
Every gourmet knows his name: Jean-Luc Rabanel is one of the stars of French gastronomy and a major personality, who has been tending to his kitchen garden for over 30 years. A master of vegetables, spokesman for organic produce and pioneer of the "locavore" local food trend, this chef transcends…
Garden Cafe - counter Calendal
The Garden Cafe is a counter of the Calendal offering on the spot or to take light meals: bio bread sandwiches, small dishes simmered in chinaramaiah, soups, salads, while freshness, sweets, selection of teas weddings brothers, capuccino, beers etc...Pause gourmande in the salons of le Calendal…