The District of la Roquette

Arles - Cultural place

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

As de coeur
Holiday rental

As de coeur

Arles

The ACE of hearts, your Arles stay in heart of the old city, in a House of the XVIII century completely renovated with a lot of charm. 2nd and last floor with possibility to combine with the superior apartment with 2 terraces.

Jules César
Hotel

Jules César

Arles

Located in the heart of Arles in Provence, the Hotel Jules César offers you a true journey back in time where nothing is left to chance.Built in a former 17th century Carmelite convent, enhanced by 18th century elements and contemporary art and designed by Christian Lacroix, the Julius Caesar…

Forum
Hotel

Forum

Arles

"You are in the heart of the city"!When we located the place of the Forum on the map of city of Arles it is difficult to appoint its position otherwise.To the rhythm of the heart, lives the microcosm of the place of the Forum: to the right of the statue of Mistral, the coffee the night guard its…

Coup de Coeur
Holiday rental

Coup de Coeur

Arles

Furnished 2nd floor apartment (fridge freezer, 2 ovens etc.) 60m² plus mezzanine overlooking the Arena. 17th century building, antique furniture. Large living room (40 m²), bedroom with bathroom, separate WC with washbasin. Perfect condition.

First class
Hotel

First class

Arles

Economic hotel in exit direction Nîmes, in a shopping area in 5 minutes from the centre of Arles, air-conditioned, individual bathroom in each room, TV. Breakfast at will to 5, 90EUR. Public transport nearby.

Mme Riera Pascale
B&B

Mme Riera Pascale

Arles

XVIIth century farmhouse completely restored on 40 hectares of land. 23 tricentenary plane trees will provide pleasant shade in summer. A beautiful swimming pool is at your disposal. We offer you peace and quiet as well as leisure choices. Located just one kilometer from the closest shops,…

Ibis Styles Arles Palace Congress (ex Mercure)
Hotel

Ibis Styles Arles Palace Congress (ex Mercure)

Arles

Breakfast + unlimited Wi-Fi are included in the price of the hotel Ibis Arles Styles. Ideally situated opposite the Palace of congresses and 2 steps from the Museum of Arles Antique, our hotel has 80 rooms combining comfort and design, they are air-conditioned and soundproofed with tus equipment…

LIBERTE GRAND APARTMENT - N° 2730
Holiday rental

LIBERTE GRAND APARTMENT - N° 2730

Arles

This large apartment is located in the historic heart of Arles in a beautiful building former, at two steps from the place of the Forum.Bright, crossing, he was on more than 110 m² and has 3 large rooms each with a double bed. Each room is illuminated by two double windows with typical blinds…

The Mas de Lee
B&B

The Mas de Lee

Arles

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the mas has been in our family for 3 generations. Located on the heights of the plateau, you will enjoy an exceptional view of the city and the Abbey of Montmajour.5 km from the centre of Arles, 10 km from Fontvieille, 19 km from Baux de Provence 27 km…

Things to do

Véloc
Outdoor leisure

Véloc

Arles

Repair of bicycles

Léon
Craftsman / producer

Léon

Arles

Leon discovers the world crafts and jewellery by chance from a meeting in adulthood, at the meeting. He then began a new life with the desire to learn this new job that passionate about. In 2000, he established his shop and joined the exclusive club of 12 ecaillistes craftsmen of the meeting.…

L ' Arlésienne perfumery
Craftsman / producer

L ' Arlésienne perfumery

Arles

For the love of Arles or for the love of perfume? Both, no doubt... Eau d'Arles is undoubtedly inspired by the beautiful Arlésiennes and their extraordinary costumes. The fineness of their elegant outfits can be found in this fragrance, which is fresh, flowery and slightly powdery. A beautiful…

Bridge Van Gogh
Cultural place

Bridge Van Gogh

Arles

Named formerly bridge of Langlois time: 19th century Type: public Architecture: engineering status: property of the Tourist Office of the Arles class Monument historic (1988) the name of the staff member responsible to keep it and manipulate it, the 'bridge of Langlois' has acquired world fame…

Soleileïs
Shopping gourmand

Soleileïs

Arles

Craft glacier, specialty ice cream with olive oil. Only natural ingredients

Larry
Craftsman / producer

Larry

Arles

Tonello, located in Arles, is a unique in its field, specialising in two different but complementary areas: the creation of reinforced concrete staircases cast on site and the production and laying of the coating. the laying of poured granite or 'Venetian terrace' flooring and the production…

Plein Sud
Souvenirs shopping

Plein Sud

Arles

Jolie boutique de décoration qui sent bon le sud comme son nom l'indique. On rêve de maison de vacances au soleil et nos souvenirs d'enfance remontent en découvrant la sélection de pancartes, le coin des enfants, les textiles coloré, les tabliers, les boutis, la vaisselle.

LOULOU of street
Craftsman / producer

LOULOU of street

Arles

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…

Etat des lieux
Souvenirs shopping

Etat des lieux

Arles

Present on the scene for more than 20 years, State of places puts forward the Art of the table, furniture, fixture and playful objects. With an area of 120 m2, you will find many brands in the different areas: Alessi, Kartell, Luce Plan and pylons coexist among other equally renowned for their…

Where to eat

Nord Pinus
Restaurants à emporter

Nord Pinus

Arles

L'Epicerie du Cloître et la Chassagnette au Nord Pinus : Tous les jours de 10h00 à 20h30 nos maisons se sont associées pour vous offrir une offre gourmande et généreuse à emporter. Découvrez notre carte à emporter signée la Chassagnette, la sélection de l'Epicerie du Cloître et les…

Be Sushi Arles
Restaurants à emporter

Be Sushi Arles

Arles

Be Sushi offers a wide choice of fresh and quality products, prepared in the purest tradition. Be Sushi is committed to preparing quality and balanced dishes. Our fish and preparation foods are fresh. The health of our customers is important to us, which is why we prepare your dishes in an…

O'Pat'Thai
Restaurants à emporter

O'Pat'Thai

Arles

Des nouilles asiatiques en Wok, en soupe, sur place, à emporter ou livraison à domicile ! Composez vous même votre Wok ou soupe, ou choisissez des plats de nouilles à la carte !

Entrevue
Cuisine de Provence

Entrevue

Arles

The interview is a culinary institution of Arles for more than 20 years!Ideally located on the banks of the Rhône to the Méjan, the restaurant and its terrace adjoins the Actes Sud Bookstore, a cinema and a hammam. A cosmopolitan place where we meet around a kitchen from the 2 shores of the…

Gibelin
Food guide restaurant

Gibelin

Arles

Venez découvrir le Gibolin dans le quartier atypique de la Roquette.

V G : La cantine végétale
Restaurants à emporter

V G : La cantine végétale

Arles

Restaurant and tea room 100% vegan.It is in the heart of the city that you can find this charming and poetic place in the garden of the Van Gogh space.Marie Muccio offers an elaborate, vegetable, organic and local restaurant with multiple flavours. A diet that takes care of your health and that…

ALLORA
Restaurants à emporter

ALLORA

Arles

Traditional Italian food, product costs and Italian wines, French meat, wild fish of Mediterranean, local fruits and vegetables

La Cachette
Restaurants à emporter

La Cachette

Arles

Café, food, drinck, shop, galerie !

To the happiness of Emilia
Restaurants à emporter

To the happiness of Emilia

Arles

Organic, vegetarian, vegan, homemade cuisine based on local seasonal produce.Formulas to eat on site or to take away: salads, hot or cold soups depending on the season, salty pies, pastries.