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

Museum
Hotel

Museum

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…

Gita Luna
Holiday rental

Gita Luna

Arles

Gite with air conditioning, washing machine all comfort class 3 stars. A view on the olive trees, or the garden room is shady. Access to the shared swimming pool 6 x 16 meters. Table tennis, bowls have at your disposal. 5 minutes from the shops, with the wild Camargue Arles.

Sci Wong Chi Man
Holiday rental

Sci Wong Chi Man

Arles

Very nice modern apartment in a quiet area just 2 minutes from the GRANDE HALLE and 5 minutes from the village centre. Fully air conditioned with internet. Living room, mezzanine with 160cm bed, 140cm sofa bed with large screen TV. 1 bedroom with 1 90cm bed. Fully equipped kitchen with…

Arles En Gite
Holiday rental

Arles En Gite

Arles

A few minutes walk from the historical centre of Arles, right bank, next to the bridge of Trinquetaille, 45 sqm apartment can receive one to five people. On the first floor of a small house Arlésienne stone, entirely restored, quiet and comfortable, overlooking the small flowered patio, it is…

Chez Romain
B&B

Chez Romain

Arles

Bed and breakfast in quiet, at the edge of the Rhône at 5 minutes walk from the city centre of Arles. A lovely room with double bed, a large living room with sofa bed, billiards, darts, TV, fridge, coffee maker, kettle, Wifi, dishes...Garden equipped with a barbecue, a griddle, table tennis,…

Saint Trophime
Hotel

Saint Trophime

Arles

Located in the heart of the city centre of Arles, this hotel 2 * is also 2 to arenas and close to the Roman Theatre. With its 4 batimentassez mass surrounding a fresh and relaxing courtyard, the House symbolizes the sweetness of living Provence. It includes 20 rooms comfortable fully equipped.

La Residence 1
Holiday rental

La Residence 1

Arles

"This apartment is located on the ground floor of our townhouse, one enters through the ' hall art gallery" and then the central patio. It is an open space type loft with a 19th style closed classic room with fireplace and large mirror and a semi-open room on the very cool space summer, very…

Of la Muette
Hotel

Of la Muette

Arles

Former residence of the 12th and 15th century, completely restored in the heart of the old centre 100 metres from the Amphitheatre.Air-conditioned hotel, free WIFI, garage, pets allowed.

L'hirondelle
Holiday rental

L'hirondelle

Arles

Pleasant studio with kitchen area, microwave oven, fridge, coffee machine etc. Bathroom (shower, washbasin, bidet, WC) Quiet, window overlooking the large courtyard

Things to do

Musee Reattu
Museum

Musee Reattu

Arles

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…

Night Cargo
Concert hall

Night Cargo

Arles

The room covers two levels and has a capacity of 350 people; it resembles a ship and allows the public to see concerts from different angles: from above on the mezzanine, straight on in front of the stage or even from the bar. Our great bartenders, experts in the art of slightly frothy draught…

Méli Labo
Clay

Méli Labo

Arles

Deco designs, fashion accessories

Actes Sud
Souvenirs

Actes Sud

Arles

Située au coeur de la vieille ville sur les berges du Rhône, la librairie ACTES SUD vous accueille dans un cadre chaleureux et convivial. Après avoir flâné parmi les rayons, vous pourrez faire vos choix de livres et disques, confortablement installés dans un canapé ou faire appel à nos…

Musée départemental Arles antique
Museum

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…

Space Van Gogh
Lieu culturel

Space Van Gogh

Arles

Garden open and can be accessed freely during the day Former Hôtel-Dieu, also called Hôtel-Dieu-Saint-Esprit. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, the vast quadrilateral of the Hôtel-Dieu has a two-fold context: a period of prosperity and modernisation by the town on the one hand, and a well…

Sud Labo en Provence
Souvenirs

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.

Les Macarons de Frane
Producer

Les Macarons de Frane

Arles

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)…

Roland Gilles workshop
Craftsman

Roland Gilles workshop

Arles

Wrought iron Art, metal carpentry, automation.

Where to eat

Salle à manger
Food guide restaurant

Salle à manger

Arles

In the heart of the Cuisines de l'Atelier, this space is available for private hire and reserved for large groups. A new way of discovering the world of Jean Luc Rabanel For groups

Palao Bistro
Food guide restaurant

Palao Bistro

Arles

Italian restaurant where there are classics of the country of the Sun but very regional specialities unknown to the general public.A warm and smiling at the beautiful Italian accent

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.

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…

Lou marks
Food guide restaurant

Lou marks

Arles

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)
Food guide restaurant

Plaza (La Paillotte)

Arles

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…

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…

Hostellerie of the Source
Table 13

Hostellerie of the Source

Arles

Located a few minutes from the centre of Arles, a natural spring ("Source") has been happily bubbling away here since the 19th century in the tree-filled garden, bordering a swimming pool. This Mediterranean oasis, lined with weeping willows and oleander, offers feminine retakes on Provencal and…

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.).

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