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

Clos Des Oliviers
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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…

The Clos of the Isle
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The Clos of the Isle

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The closed doors of the Isle, the master of the House welcomes you as a watch knowledge.At the top of Camargue in Arles Trinquetaille district in the quiet of a residential rural road close to the small Rhône.

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, the…

A mia Casa
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A mia Casa

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In the heart of the historic centre, a stone's throw from the Rhône quays and on a pedestrian street, a charming guest house and place of internships, creative retreats, cultural/artistic stays and parent-child workshops. Residence of author and artists. Large guest rooms and family suites with…

Amazing Loft
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Amazing Loft

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Beautiful loft duplex of 145 m 2 (ceiling painted 5 meters of height to the French). This bright loft with two beautiful courses on each side, a side lounge is located south, with very green pergola, the other side kitchen has a wall of 20 m2.The apartment has three bedrooms with beds for two…

M. Bourdin Bernard
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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.

House Volver
Hotel

House Volver

Arles

A hotel thought as a home... in the heart of the historic centre, 30 metres from the arena.12 different rooms to the eclectic décor: hodgepodge of universe, objects and colors creating a universe to measure.

Inter-Hotel Mireille
Hotel

Inter-Hotel Mireille

Arles

With 60 years of experience, Hotel Mireille and its teams welcome you for exceptional stays close to the city centre of Arles. The neat, colourful and up-to-date decoration is inspired by Provence. The 30 rooms of this hotel near the centre of Arles are known for their comfort and unique…

First class
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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.

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Cryptoportico of the Forum
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Cryptoportico of the Forum

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Date: Late 1st century BC.Time: Antiquity Type: public Architecture of Community status: property of the city of Arles classified as Monument historique (1841) the Unesco World Heritage (1981).The cryptoportico form the bedrock, the invisible part of the forum, the Roman city's central public…

Boucherie Genin
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Boucherie Genin

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At the heart of the city of Arles, street piglets, the Gashi family wishes the butchers "La Farandole" since 1877.Their craft specialty: the true sausage of Arles. An exquisite food manufactured under the authentic recipe from Godard in 1655, where manufacturing is kept secret for five…

Mélani Frères
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Mélani Frères

Arles

A few minutes from Arles is a remarkable studio which produces 18th and 19th century Provençal-style furniture. Olivier Mélani is a passionate cabinet-maker skilled at working with walnut, beech and even lime. Everything here is reminiscent of our region, from the aroma of the processed wood to…

Les Macarons de Frane
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Les Macarons de Frane

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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)…

The river Rhône
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The river Rhône

Saintes Maries de la Mer, Port Saint Louis du Rhône, Tarascon, Arles

The Rhone and its delta have not only given their name to the department, but this peaceful and majestic river also forms the backbone of the Bouches-du-Rhone. From Avignon to the Camargue beaches, the river passes through the most authentic Provençal landscapes. Famous for a long time for the…

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…

Les céramiques de Marine
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Les céramiques de Marine

Arles

Marine Carrara welcomes you in his workshop-shop ceramics, where you can see him make his pieces dedicated to the arts of the table.After a degree in ceramic crafts, Navy has spent two years in artist residency in Antibes. And since December, 2017, she asked her bags in Arles. It produces parts…

L ' Arlésienne perfumery
Soap

L ' Arlésienne perfumery

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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…

Etat des lieux
Souvenirs shopping

Etat des lieux

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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

Le Réfectoire
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Le Réfectoire

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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…

Autruche
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Autruche

Arles

'Neo-bistro' restaurant with a beautiful terrace in the town centre. Modern cuisine and fresh produce in this 'house' which is starting to make a name for itself.

Galoubet
Food guide restaurant

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.).

Chardon
Food guide restaurant

Chardon

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Thistle is a place of life, exchanging and sharing located in the centre of Arles. This is a restaurant that welcomes chefs in residence, who has so for goal and purpose to evolve constantly renewing.The team of the "Paris Popup" is at the origin of this project who wants to shake up the codes of…

Lou marks
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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…

Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop
Food guide restaurant

Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop

Arles

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…

Simone & Paulette
Food guide restaurant

Simone & Paulette

Arles

Simone & Paulette is the encounter of Caroline and Numa, two arlésiens who share the same passion for their city, cuisine and hospitality, and who wish to put their talent and their energy at the service of lovers of Arles.Simone & Paulette, is above all a State of mind. Share happy moments…

Next to the bistro
Food guide restaurant

Next to the bistro

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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…

Saint Pierre
Food guide restaurant

Saint Pierre

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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…

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