Place du Forum

Arles - Site

This Place, in the heart of town, has always symbolised meetings and exchanges. In Antiquity the square was next to the main forum (late 1st century BC), and the economic and political centre of the Roman administration; in the Middle Ages it became the main centre for commercial transactions. It is now known as one of the most social areas in town. Locals and tourists rub shoulders under the patronage of a number of well-known figures such as Vincent Van Gogh and Frédéric Mistral.
On the Place du Forum, the solitary painter Vincent Van Gogh began or completed his journey amidst the night-owls. He put his easel down there one evening in 1888.
Towns can be beautiful at night. Vincent Van Gogh found Arles beautiful, as he did the intense colours of the countryside in spring ('this yellow sea') and the deep sky during the day.
He stayed on Place Lamartine, but travelled throughout the town during his short stay. The night-life took place in the cafes and cabarets, where he met the few acquaintances we know about.

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  2. The Fleury

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  3. Simone & Paulette

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  4. Next to the bistro

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Where to stay

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.

Lara's House
Holiday rental

Lara's House

Arles

Come and spend some time in this pretty Arlesian house that can accommodate up to 3 people. Very well equipped, this house on 3 floors has the charm of the old with its exposed beams, stone walls and tommettes. You will appreciate its distinctive layout, the mix of old and modern and the artistic…

Chez Laurette
Holiday rental

Chez Laurette

Arles

House in the historic town centre of Arles, quiet, pedestrian street (with garage). On the ground floor: living room (tv, sofa, 3 armchairs), dining room (with high chair for baby), kitchen (fridge, stove with oven, coffee maker, microwave, toaster), wc, private inner courtyard with garden…

SCI La Maison Molière
B&B

SCI 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 these bed and breakfasts are "Bed and…

La Maison De Mon Enfance
Holiday rental

La Maison De Mon Enfance

Arles

... The House of my childhood!In the heart of Provence, for a cultural holiday or discovery discover the city of Arles and these surroundings!A small house of charm, ideally located 10 minutes walk from downtown, historical monuments and shops. The Camargue, Saintes Maries of the sea, the…

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…

Chez Marc Et Nelly
Holiday rental

Chez Marc Et Nelly

Arles

Large apartment City Center, quiet and bright, close to "LUMA Park of les Ateliers", historical monuments, shops and restaurants.Free parking nearby.Ideal to discover the heritage and culture of Arles.

Coup De Coeur
Holiday rental

Coup De Coeur

Arles

Furnished 2nd floor apartment (fridge freezer, 2 ovens etc.) 60m² plus mezzanine overlooking the Arena. 17th century building, antique furniture. Large living room (40 m²), bedroom with bathroom, separate WC with washbasin. Perfect condition.

Le Rossignol
Holiday rental

Le Rossignol

Arles

Studio a room with shower room and WC. Corner kitchenette, bed 140, table ber and office. TV, wardrobe ice, microwave, 2 hotplates, refrigerator etc... Very charming.

Things to do

Perfectino
Craftsman

Perfectino

Arles

Thinh NGUYEN a un parcours atypique fait de rencontres avec des personnes, des matières, des cultures et des regards. Né au Vietnam, Thinh est arrivé en France à l'âge de 3 ans. Il fait des études de cinéma et audiovisuel à Arles, Paris et Aix, ce qui l'amène à parcourir, l'Inde, le…

Sud Labo en Provence
Souvenirs shopping

Sud Labo en Provence

Arles

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.

Etat des lieux
Souvenirs shopping

Etat des lieux

Arles

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…

Farfantello
Souvenirs shopping

Farfantello

Arles

Farfantello est une adresse pour les enfants, petits et grands. Un choix magique de décoration vintage pour la chambre et de jouets rétro qui nous replonge dans nos souvenirs d’enfance. Il faut entrer pour découvrir tout plein d’idées cadeaux et de trésors pour les minots (ananas…

Hortus
Landscape

Hortus

Arles

Roman-inspired garden. This garden, real plant Racecourse is inspired by a text written at the end of the first or beginning of the second century a.d. by Pliny the younger.Come and discover this public space in the form of Roman circus. You can play (playing kit available at the Museum), stroll,…

Roland Gilles workshop
Craftsman

Roland Gilles workshop

Arles

Wrought iron Art, metal carpentry, automation.

Evelyne Ricord
Christmas crib figures

Evelyne Ricord

Arles

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

Cryptoportico of the Forum
Monument

Cryptoportico of the Forum

Arles

Date: End 1st century BCPeriod: AntiquityType: Community public architectureStatus: Property of the City of Arles classified as a Historic Monument (1841) Unesco World Heritage (1981).Cryptoportics form the base, the invisible part of the forum, the central public square of the Roman city. From…

The cellar of the flavours
Shopping gourmand

The cellar of the flavours

Arles

In the cellar... Red wines, white wines, rosé wines, sparkling wines, non-sparkling wines, wines for pleasure, wines to quench your thirst, strong wines, wines from the Rhône Valley, Provence wines, wines for drinking and laying down, wines for novices and experienced wine-drinkers, wines from…

Where to eat

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…

Thistle
Food guide restaurant

Thistle

Arles

Thistle is a place of life, exchange and sharing located in the center of Arles. It is a restaurant that welcomes chefs in residence therefore which aims and aims to constantly evolve.Thistle offers a lunch menu (starter - main course - dessert) at 29 euros and a menu "Feed Me" at 39 euros in the…

Lou marks
Food guide restaurant

Lou marks

Arles

A meeting of traditional and local recipes, the Lou Marquès bistro will transport you on a taste journey in a decoration by Christian LACROIX. We also welcome you on our terrace and under the lime tree during the summer.

The comment
Food guide restaurant

The comment

Arles

The Arlatan restaurant offers a menu of simple dishes adapted to the rhythms of the seasons and introduces you to a selection of Mediterranean and Provençal flavours. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The bar, in its flamboyant décor, immediately immerses you in a colorful universe and makes…

The opener
Food guide restaurant

The opener

Arles

L'Épicerie du Cloître is a small multiple-function restaurant: it's open for aperitifs with friends, for lunch and dinner. The cuisine is simple, succulent, and dynamic. Tapas, local products, and regional wines: the menu wanders through the seasons. The seasonings travel from Provence to…

Le Réfectoire
Table 13

Le Réfectoire

Arles

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
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…

Next to the bistro
Food guide restaurant

Next to the bistro

Arles

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…

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.

Inspirations

The soap

The soap

Tradition

'Savon de Marseille', how to tell the real from the fake

The "Navette"

The "Navette"

Terroir

Celebrated at Candlemas, this traditional Provencal biscuit is also a popular sweet treat all year round

The Three Kings Cake

The Three Kings Cake

Tradition

Epiphany in Provence is like nowhere else!

The Sea Urchin

The Sea Urchin

Terroir

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