The District of la Roquette
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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
Mme Riera Pascale
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, the…
In the heart of Arles in two no arenas and the ancient theatre in a quiet setting, the Mireille hotel offers refined comfort and a warm atmosphere.In the summer, enjoy breakfast to local products in the shade of the mulberry trees.Hotel completely non-smoking.Many centres of interest: Regional…
Chateau Cornillon is a large mansion in a park with plane trees, chestnut trees, lime trees, magnolias, palms, lavender and laurel and more. Enjoy this Provençal landscape from the shaded terrace in the beautiful Mediterranean sun. We welcome you all year round in our guest rooms and our table…
7-minute drive from the centre of Arles, the Balladins Arles is located between Nîmes and Marseille, the Spanish and Italian borders. It offers free WIFI and parking closed and closed.The air-conditioned rooms have flat-screen satellite TV and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer.…
Great bed and breakfast, consisting of two connecting rooms for 2 to 4 people, in a bourgeois House of the 17th and 18th centuries of the historic district of the rocket.Breakfast at base of House, local products and crafts.Entered, ensuite bathroom, separate WC.Chic country decor.For your…
"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…
La Petite Maison
Small town house composed of a living-kitchen room to the ground floor, a bedroom with double bed (160) and bathroom on the first floor, a room with a large bed and a small bed on the second floor and a mattress on mezzanine. See photos on the site: benezet.canalblog.com
La Coquille 1
Near Arles and Camargue's tourist attractions, this country gite is adjacent to another gite on 3,000 m² of enclosed, wooded grounds. Lovely décor features mosaics and pottery made by the owner. Near railroad (300 m). Ground floor : living room/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom, shower/WC.…
Things to do
L ' Arlésienne perfumery
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…
Formerly known as the Grand Prieuré de l'Ordre de Malte (Grand Priory of the Order of Malta). The Grand Priory was originally formed of two adjoining commanderies, each built around an inner courtyard. Of the Saliers commandery built in the 15th century, the southern façade of the inner…
Actes Sud Cinemas
Actes Sud Cinemas (formerly 'Le Méjan Cinema') has been renovated and taken over new spaces in order to welcome the public and organise meetings with film teams. It now has three arthouse screens. The programme has strong links with the editorial policy of Actes Sud and promotes 'auteur cinema'…
Foundation Vincent Van Gogh 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…
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…
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.
Where to eat
Next to the bistro
This is Jean-Luc Rabanel's second star-rated establishment, serving friendlier-priced and more family-style food. The gourmet dishes are crafted with the expertise of one of France's greatest contemporary cooks. Traditional salt cod and stewed chicken take on a whole new lease of life here. The…
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…
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…
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…
Gueule du Loup
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…