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

La Maison Molière
B&B

La Maison Molière

Arles

Large House of 500 m² in the heart of la roquette, private garage, a courtyard with arches, a large living room library and 5 bedrooms en suite (25 m²-35 m²). Air conditioning, wifi, TV in all rooms with beds of 180 x 200.The House can to privatize

Maison du centre historique avec parking
Holiday rental

Maison du centre historique avec parking

Arles

A very comfortable house that can accommodate 8 people, very well equipped and air-conditioned, in the heart of the historic city centre, completely renovated, 100 meters from the Arenas in a quiet area. We offer you a place in a covered and guarded car park located 200 meters from the…

Arum
Holiday rental

Arum

Arles

Welcome to Arles city of Art and history, included in the world heritage of the humanity of the Unesco.Among the many sites presented here is that of "Arum" furniture.In (end of XVII century) old House on the ground floor furniture "Arum" of 2 pieces 40 m² any comfort, air conditioning and Wifi,…

Brit Hotel Acacias - Arles
Hotel

Brit Hotel Acacias - Arles

Arles

Welcome to the Brit Hotel Les Acacias, our hotel in Arles welcomes you for your stay in a city of inexhaustible historical riches.Ideally located between the arenas and the SNCF train station, our hotel welcomes you daily from 7:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.There is free public parking near the hotel to…

Du Musée
Hotel

Du Musée

Arles

Opposite the Réattu Museum, next to the baths of Constantine and the Rhône Valley, this former mansion of the 16th and 17th century is located in the heart of the historic town, high place of encounter and culture. You will find in this building, calm, comfort, warm hospitality, patio, art…

Parking area for camping car
Campsite

Parking area for camping car

Arles

About 20 places are reserved for the parking of motorhomes on the Kalymnos wharf, along the quays of the Rhône, with a stunning view of the old centre.The parking area is accessible to motorhomes only via Camargue Avenue. Payment is due from 9am to 7pm, excluding Sunday and low-season public…

Arl Hôtel
Hotel

Arl Hôtel

Arles

Tired of soulless peri-urban hotels? At Arl HOTEL, you can reconcile your need to move around and park easily with your desire to stay in a stylish hotel where friendliness, flexibility and modularity are the key words! 42 rooms, 42 different decors! Urban Style, Street Art, picturesque or zen…

Constantin
Hotel

Constantin

Arles

Welcome to the hotel Constantin Arles. This 2-star hotel located in the city center of Arles offers a warm and comfortable accommodation to all who want to discover Arles and the Camargue.Easy access, lined with plenty of parking.Bernadette and Alain will be happy to welcome you to their…

Mia Casa
B&B

Mia Casa

Arles

In the heart of the historic center of Arles and a stone's throw from the Rhône, large guest rooms and family suite enjoying independent access and offering the convenience of furnished apartments and studios. Kitchen corners. Free WIFI. Calm and inspiration; Decorated after Van Gogh, the places…

Things to do

Kustom Green Bike - Location de vélos et conciergerie
Outdoor leisure

Kustom Green Bike - Location de vélos et conciergerie

Arles

En centre-ville Kustom green bike vous propose ‍♂️ locations de vélos électriques et classiques Réparations de vélos (tous types) Ventes pièces, accessoires et vêtements de vélos Service de bagagerie Et bien évidemment pour nos amis les motards, nous vous proposons de…

Boutique Christian Lacroix
Fashion / shopping

Boutique Christian Lacroix

Arles

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

Evelyne Ricord
Craftsman / producer

Evelyne Ricord

Arles

Sculptor and santon-maker, one of the best workers in France in the clay santon category. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Aurélie Guillemin
Craftsman / producer

Aurélie Guillemin

Arles

Aurélie GUILLEMIN a réalisé un parcours de 6 ans en école d'art du bijou à Lyon. Forte de la maîtrise des techniques et gestes traditionnels, elle crée son atelier, se libère peu à peu des codes et explore de nouvelles possibilités. Par curiosité, elle franchit le pas vers de nouveaux…

1 Véloc
Outdoor leisure

1 Véloc

Arles

The Rodin Hotel offers bike rental: VTC, city bike, tandem or electric bike. If you have a child or a pet, you can hire a suitable cart.

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.…

Les Olivades
Fashion / shopping

Les Olivades

Arles

Located in the heart of the Camargue and Provence, Esprit Provençal strives to offer you the most traditional:- Clothes of gardians and shavings- Coats, jackets, sweaters, shirts, t-shirts, polo shirts, vests, dresses, skirts ... in the colours of the region- Dishes, tablecloths, tea towels,…

Sol y Sombra
Fashion / shopping

Sol y Sombra

Arles

Offer "Arles in winter": for the purchase of 2 items and in the Men's and Women's Creation collections, discount of 15% on the total amount.In her red and black shop, Patricia immerses us in the world of bullfighting by mixing a selection of artists and stylists. Aficionados will find their…

The Bouton d'Or
Craftsman / producer

The Bouton d'Or

Arles

Bouton d'Or is a handcrafted clothing boutique. This old hosiery from the historical centre of Arles was taken over in June 2013 by two Nanceiennes designers who have turned it into workshop where they sell their production as well as other craftsmen in the region or their knowledge. All proposed…

Where to eat

La Meunerie
Restaurants à emporter

La Meunerie

Arles

Discover "La Meunerie Restaurant - Social Club" located in the new Shopping Promenade Arles Montmajour. A pleasant and friendly place where you can enjoy our fresh and seasonal cuisine, taste with your family, have a coffee on the terrace but also work, alone or in a team, meet other…

Superfood
Restaurants à emporter

Superfood

Arles

Healthy and quality cuisine: 100% homemade! 100% vegetarian (vegan and gluten-free choice)!

Bun's Butcher
Restaurants à emporter

Bun's Butcher

Arles

New in Arles BUN'S BUTCHER Speciality Burgers and Grill

Uncle Sam
Restaurants à emporter

Uncle Sam

Arles

Artisan Bread organic meat 100% Provençal (Alazard and Roux) regional cheeses selected by our bleached fries cheese every morning Sauces and desserts homemade TATA SYLVIA do wait to enjoy and enjoy true Burger French!

The bust and the ear
Restaurants à emporter

The bust and the ear

Arles

The bust and the ear: cellar wines, Delicatessen and tastings on-site... And much more!

The small Arles
Restaurants à emporter

The small Arles

Arles

The small Arles offers kitchen 100% House at low prices.The snack is committed to use eggs in the open air, to encourage local producers, fresh products of season.Everything is cooked on the spot. Dish of the day, soups, salads, desserts and pastries.The coffee is roasted in Arles.The pancakes…

Lib'en Arles
Restaurants à emporter

Lib'en Arles

Arles

Lebanese specialities restaurant Mezzés, oven sandwiches... Delicatessen

Paddy Mullin's
Restaurants à emporter

Paddy Mullin's

Arles

Our establishment welcomes you every day from 3 p.m. to midnight to taste platters of charcuterie, cheese from "finger food" ... You can always come there to enjoy a good beer, cocktail or other drink. Le Paddy also offers to take care of your meals: works councils, birthdays, retirement 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…