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

First class
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First class

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Hotel Première Classe 1 star with rooms with shower, WC, television and free Wifi.A hotel that can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child or 3 adults without extra charge. (room with a double bed and a trundle bed).Small rooms with all the comfort shower and WC (narrow certainly but convenient), TV,…

La Roseraie
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La Roseraie

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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…

Of la Muette
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Of la Muette

Arles

Former residence of the 12th and 15th century, completely restored in the heart of the old centre 100 metres from the Amphitheatre.Air-conditioned hotel, free WIFI, garage, pets allowed.

Clos Des Oliviers
Holiday rental

Clos Des Oliviers

Arles

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…

Hélios
Holiday rental

Hélios

Arles

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…

Le Belvedere
Holiday rental

Le Belvedere

Arles

The Belvedere, your Arles stay in heart of the old city, in a completely renovated House of the eighteenth century.Two independent apartments full of charm, terraces (2) and view panoramic of the Rhone and the old downtown, for 2 persons with the possibility of lower housing, 2 people also.

Midi Workshop
B&B

Midi Workshop

Arles

Exceptional location between the Thermae of Constantin and the Musée Réattu, this House Gallery offers 3 beautiful rooms at low prices. 5 minutes walk from the train station and all the monuments, the welcome is friendly and family-run.Breakfast on the terrace in the warm season.Parking nearby

T2 Maeva
Holiday rental

T2 Maeva

Arles

T2 furnished 4/6 people in a holiday home at 4 km from the city center, on the 2nd and last floor. Easy parking in a residence. Large park. Many sports facilities on the site, some free: mini golf, bowling, pool, others paying: tennis, squash, fitness center, hammam, etc.. Summer: swimming pool,…

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…

Things to do

Arlette Multishop
Fashion / shopping

Arlette Multishop

Arles

Arlette est le Colette arlésien. Autrefois installé dans Le Magasin de Jouet (drôle de nom pour une galerie d'art), les jolies collections ont pris leur envol vers la rue de la Liberté. Les marques les plus pointues sont au rendez-vous : Kulte, Le Slip Français, les bijoux Alpha Beta ou…

Sophie Lassagne M��ller
Clay

Sophie Lassagne M��ller

Arles

Creation of limited series of fine, utilitarian pottery with beautiful colours and pure lines. Also, creation of one-of-a-kind items from burnished, smoke-fired clay.

Chapellerie Alexandre
Craftsman

Chapellerie Alexandre

Arles

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…

The hand that think
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The hand that think

Arles

Workshop, manufacture and sale of ceramic decorative and utilitarian objects.

Souleiado
Fashion / shopping

Souleiado

Arles

At Arles, the provencal costume is an institution. Relaunched at the end of the 19th century by Frédéric Mistral, l ' arlésienne symbolizes the cultural identity of the territory. Located at the entrance of the historic centre, shop Souleïado transports you into this universe typically…

Boutique Christian Lacroix
Fashion / shopping

Boutique Christian Lacroix

Arles

Boutique Christian Lacroix, style unique, exubérant, coloré et baroque.

L' épicerie du Baravin
Fashion / shopping

L' épicerie du Baravin

Arles

Si le Baràvin connu pour sa table, anime avec ses DJ, planche de charcuterie et bons vins les soirées branchées arlésiennes, l’épicerie du même nom permet d’y retrouver pour chez soi, les excellents produits proposés à la carte. Dans cette boutique où tout est beau (et pas seulement…

The business of Art
Craftsman

The business of Art

Arles

Le Métier d'Art is a hand-loom weaving studio. In a warm, colourful atmosphere, discover a range of original creations based around weaving, including boleros, Spencer jackets, coats, hats and a collection of contemporary clothes and accessories inspired by the colours of the South. Woven in…

Santons Henri Vezolles
Christmas crib figures

Santons Henri Vezolles

Arles

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.

Where to eat

Galoubet
Food guide restaurant

Galoubet

Arles

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.).

Saint Pierre
Food guide restaurant

Saint Pierre

Arles

Helena in the kitchen prepares traditional local cuisine, among other specialities such as bouillabaisse, the bourride lotte, aioli and prepared meals of grand mother, restaurant Saint Pierre is located in the city centre of Arles in the District of Trinquetaille, only the Rhone bridge isolates…

Best Western Hôtel Atrium
Cuisine de Provence

Best Western Hôtel Atrium

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Discover the BEST WESTERN hotel Atrium restaurant in Arles: taste totally reinvented Provencal cuisine, which offers Mediterranean accents and sunny plates. The pastry chef, meanwhile will delight the most gourmet palate...And to taste our dishes as it should, you will have the choice between our…

Garden Cafe - counter Calendal
Cuisine de Provence

Garden Cafe - counter Calendal

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…

Gueule du Loup
Food guide restaurant

Gueule du Loup

Arles

There are no bobbins to pull here and no latches to go up. This little house built in 1780 offers no danger to Little Red Riding Hoods all they have to do is choose between the two dining rooms, one facing the ground floor kitchen and the other with exposed stone walls on the first floor. There's…

Chardon
Food guide restaurant

Chardon

Arles

Thistle is a place of life, located sharing and Exchange in the centre of Arles at 35-37 rue des Arènes, main artery of the old centre.This is a Bistro/bar, which offers small plates, a selection of live wines and a map of original cocktails. Any offer is focused on the maximum use of local…

Hostellerie of the Source
Table 13

Hostellerie of the Source

Arles

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…

Garden of Manon
Food guide restaurant

Garden of Manon

Arles

Restaurant open for 24 years, developing a southern cuisine inspired by fresh and season.In summer, the garden will welcome you in we space vegetated.

Thyme bar
Table 13

Thyme bar

Arles

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.

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Chichis and panisses

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The Sea Urchin

The Sea Urchin

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According to Marcel Pagnol, "if we only judged things by appearances, nobody would ever have wanted to eat a sea urchin"