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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Where to stay

La Maison Des Hautures
Holiday rental

La Maison Des Hautures

Arles

Large house in historic centre with 3 rooms (2 beds of 140, 2 120 beds + sofa bed 140).A small outdoor terrace located in a large yard semi privatized.

Acacias
Hotel

Acacias

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…

A mia Casa
Youth-Hostel

A mia Casa

Arles

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…

Ibis budget palais des Congrès
Hotel

Ibis budget palais des Congrès

Arles

Our Ibis Budget hotel has 64 air-conditioned and soundproofed, modern rooms. This is the essence of comfort at low cost.Our hotel is located 3 minutes walk from the Museum of ancient and facing the Palais des Congrès.You can reach the centre of the old city on foot (20 minutes) or even take the…

The Mas de Lee
B&B

The Mas de Lee

Arles

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the mas has been in our family for 3 generations. Located on the heights of the plateau, you will enjoy an exceptional view of the city and the Abbey of Montmajour.5 km from the centre of Arles, 10 km from Fontvieille, 19 km from Baux de Provence 27 km…

Villa M
B&B

Villa M

Arles

Villa M is a small mansion located in the centre of Arles. A historic house known to all Arlesians, it surprises travellers with its intimate character and the luxuriance of the vegetation that shelters it from the eyes.The historic centre is across the street from the house and on Saturday…

Gita Luna
Holiday rental

Gita Luna

Arles

Nice little cottage in the middle of olive trees, independent. Air-conditioned all comfort ideal for 2 people. His small courtyard sunset side and its terrace on the South side make a soothing place to vacation.His most: regulation on arrival, pool without a schedule, free Wifi, to 200 meters…

Hotel SPA le Calendal
Hotel

Hotel SPA le Calendal

Arles

Ideally located between the arenas and the ancient theatre, the Spa the Calendal hotel has 38 rooms with garden view or old Arles, some of which overlook the monuments.His famous garden at the tercentenary Hackberry is a real green for a breakfast or a sweet or salty break proposed by the…

Le Mazet 35
Holiday rental

Le Mazet 35

Arles

Our "typical of Camargue" residence is a model of provencal village.Our accomodations, no. 35 and no. 36 are located in a site of tourism with many activities, all available for tenants. The residence is perfectly closed and secure. Our accomodations, inside this residence have a garden enclosed…

Things to do

Musée départemental Arles antique
Cultural place

Musée départemental Arles antique

Arles

Museum of Archaeology, from Prehistory (2,500 BC) until the end of Antiquity (6th century), including the prestigious items found in the Rhône (bust of Julius Caesar, statue of Neptune, etc.) From 6 April to 1 September 2013, the museum will house the 'Rodin, the Light of Antiquity' exhibition…

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…

Soleileïs
Greed, Greediness

Soleileïs

Arles

Craft glacier, specialty ice cream with olive oil. Only natural ingredients

Carnet de voyage
Souvenirs shopping

Carnet de voyage

Arles

Au cœur du centre historique d'Arles, nous vous accueillons pour vous faire découvrir notre sélection d'articles tout en couleur. Des toiles basques aux couleurs toniques, déclinées en nappes, sets de tables, torchons ... et aussi, des sacs petits et grands. De la terre travaillée dans…

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.

LOULOU of street
Craftsman

LOULOU of street

Arles

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…

Loa lis
Craftsman

Loa lis

Arles

The LoA DSL brand was born in Lorraine from the hands of the designer Lisa Coinus. Engineer agronomist by training, she created her workshop in 2009 after spending several years to form the seam of self-taught. His pieces are created exclusively from fabrics and recycled materials from the…

Plein Sud
Souvenirs shopping

Plein Sud

Arles

Jolie boutique de décoration qui sent bon le sud comme son nom l'indique. On rêve de maison de vacances au soleil et nos souvenirs d'enfance remontent en découvrant la sélection de pancartes, le coin des enfants, les textiles coloré, les tabliers, les boutis, la vaisselle.

Boutique Christian Lacroix
Fashion / shopping

Boutique Christian Lacroix

Arles

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

Where to eat

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…

Escaladou
Cuisine de Provence

Escaladou

Arles

Located in the heart of the city of Arles, at the crossroads of the arenas and the ancient Theatre, the escaladou welcomes you lunch from 12: 00 to 14: 00 and dinner from 19 h to 22 h. Provençal specialities are à la carte, to the delight of lovers of authentic flavours.

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…

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…

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…

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.).

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…

Plaza (La Paillotte)
Food guide restaurant

Plaza (La Paillotte)

Arles

Restaurant located in the ancient center of the city of Arles, close to the hotels, monuments and museums of the city, especially in the same street as the Vincent van Gogh Arles Foundation.The restaurant's rooms have exposed stone walls of ceilings with wooden beams.The decoration is based on…

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.

Inspirations

Provence's markets

Provence's markets

Terroir

A fertile region with many local products and specialities

Inspirations

Inspirations

Traditions, lifestyle, mediterranean cuisine

The "Navette"

The "Navette"

Terroir

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

The accent

The accent

Art de vivre

The accent: our identity

Serving tourism

Provence Tourisme est une association loi 1901. Sa mission, confiée par le Département : promouvoir le tourisme dans les Bouches-du-Rhône dans le respect de l’environnement et des habitants et garantir aux visiteurs un accueil de qualité.

The best of the destination

En accord avec les aspirations et les goûts de chacun, Provence Tourisme propose d’incontournables valeurs sûres comme des conseils pour sortir des sentiers battus, grâce à sa connaissance profonde du terrain et de par sa neutralité commerciale.