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

Nickel Torsten
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Nickel Torsten

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In the heart of the historical centre, in a quiet and sunny spot, our guest room is on the 1st floor of a charming townhouse.

Le Pin
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Le Pin

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Mazet or small Provençal farmhouse, situated on a hill covered with pine and olive trees 5-10 minutes of Arles. Small holiday home with everything you could possibly want to relax in the sun under the pines with the cicadas in the background. Under one big pine tree, there is a nice summer…

Le Flamant Qui Fume
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Le Flamant Qui Fume

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Single-family house on three levels, situated in the neighbourhood of the rocket in the heart of the city in a pedestrian street just steps away from the Rhone.Easy access and free parking nearby."Cosy nest for migratory birds, you stay without pluck you, is our motto!"

Constantin
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Constantin

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Welcome to the hotel Constantin Arles. This hotel located in the city centre of Arles offers warm and comfortable accommodation. Easily accessible it is bordered of many parking. Véronique and Patrick were at heart well to welcome you and advise you on the best addresses in Arles,…

Jules César
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Jules César

Arles

The Hotel Jules César Arles, a stunning secret location. Located in the city centre of Arles and entirely renovated and decorated early 2014 by Christian Lacroix.Once the Jules César 17th-century Carmelite Convent offers true comfort 5 stars.

The patio of Arles
B&B

The patio of Arles

Arles

This old Arlésienne, fully restored house is located 8 minutes from the historic center. Light and airy, it offers large, sober, elegant and comfortable rooms for a restful stopover at the heart of the city.

L'hirondelle
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L'hirondelle

Arles

Pleasant studio with kitchen area, microwave oven, fridge, coffee machine etc. Bathroom (shower, washbasin, bidet, WC) Quiet, window overlooking the large courtyard

Le Belvedere
Holiday rental

Le Belvedere

Arles

Your stay in catering in Arles, old city center in a renovated house in the eighteenth century. 2 charming independent housing. Terrace and panoramic view on the Rhone for 2 to 4 people.

M. Bourdin Bernard
B&B

M. Bourdin Bernard

Arles

In a garden bloomed, a charming place to 8 minutes walk from the historical centre, you won't forget our home or breakfasts of Michele.Your vehicle may be parked safely inside our garden.

Things to do

Sud Labo en Provence
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Sud Labo en Provence

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Your photo lab offers since the 2015 winter sale of santons. Carbonel, Escoffier, Arterra. You will find everything necessary to carry out the traditional Provençal crèche.

The Major coffee
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The Major coffee

Arles

Coffees from the Major adventure lasts since 1935, year of creation of favorable business. Already installed in the historic district of the hauture, two steps from the Church of the Major, the Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre, the small business provides homes and Arles coffee a product of…

Night Cargo
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Night Cargo

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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…

Les Macarons de Frane
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Les Macarons de Frane

Arles

After an initial course in catering, Françoise PANNETIER specializes in pastry and created a recipe for macaroons with almonds, without gluten or added fat. Elaborated at the request of the Regional Natural Park of Camargue, its macaroon Camargue (butter caramel macaroon salty Camargue salt)…

Hortus
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Hortus

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Roman inspired garden. This garden, a green racecourse, is inspired by writing in the late first or early second century AD by Pline le Jeune! Discover this public space in the form of the Roman circus. You can play (play kit at the front desk of the museum), stroll and relax Roman-style.

Montmajour Abbey
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Montmajour Abbey

Arles

Located at the gates of the city of Arles, the Abbey of nobleman is the outstanding example of a monument that reflects nearly eight centuries of history and architecture in Provence for a community of 50 to 80 monks consists of several buildings and form a repertoire of Romanesque, Gothic and…

Foundation Vincent Van Gogh Arles
Museum

Foundation Vincent Van Gogh Arles

Arles

Vincent van Gogh is a key figure of the art of the 20th century. To date, its influence persists among artists and his work has a magnetism unprecedented on the public. It is precisely at Arles he produced in just fifteen months its more beautiful masterpieces. The Fondation Vincent van Gogh…

Atelier mosaïque d'art Schiano Charles
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Atelier mosaïque d'art Schiano Charles

Arles

Creation of large and small decorative and functional mosaics. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

LOULOU of street
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LOULOU of street

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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…

Where to eat

Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop
Food guide restaurant

Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop

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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…

Galoubet
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Galoubet

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Bistro cuisine around the fireplace in winter and under the arbour when the weather is warm (foie gras, artichoke hearts, veal liver, catfish, roast pineapple, poached pears, etc.).

Lou marks
Food guide restaurant

Lou marks

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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…

Hostellerie of the Source
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Hostellerie of the Source

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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…

Plaza (La Paillotte)
Food guide restaurant

Plaza (La Paillotte)

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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…

Thyme bar
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Thyme bar

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Les Milhau are masters in the art of satisfying guests with their charming and relaxed welcome, traditional and faultless home-made Provencal cuisine, a pleasant terrace and reasonable prices. Simple and fuss-free quality.

Salle à manger
Food guide restaurant

Salle à manger

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In the heart of the Cuisines de l'Atelier, this space is available for private hire and reserved for large groups. A new way of discovering the world of Jean Luc Rabanel For groups

Garden Cafe - counter Calendal
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Arles

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…

Saint Pierre
Food guide restaurant

Saint Pierre

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