The District of la Roquette

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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

Belvedere
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Belvedere

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In a baroque, contemporary décor, come and relax in the heart of the old town, near the Rhône and arenas.Ideally located on the Voltaire square, in the centre of the old Arles, our hotel features free wireless Internet access.

HOSTELLERIE of the Source
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HOSTELLERIE of the Source

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The hostellerie de source traces the history singing and sunny of the Camargue Provençal. The hotel has 25 rooms, including a part in bungalows around the pool. All are equipped with bathroom with shower or bathtub, TV, alarm clock, hairdryer - and WIFI internet access.The Hostellerie of the…

Montmajour
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Montmajour

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La Roseraie
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La Roseraie

Arles

Located near the Rhone, near the Place Lamartine with Monoprix, Roman gates of Arles, arenas. 200 metres from the large market of Arles (Wednesday). The House faces south with a large shady courtyard equipped with table and outdoor chairs and umbrella, you can park the car.The kitchen and its…

On the side of the Bullring
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On the side of the Bullring

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Throw the arenas and the ancient Theatre, in a very quiet street nestles guesthouse in stones, its rooms with views. Cosy, high ceilings are decorated with objects unearthed and furnished with comfort.Double bed, bathroom, private WC, wifi, air conditioning.The breakfast is served in the…

Of la Muette
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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.

Porte de Camargue
Hotel

Porte de Camargue

Arles

2 star hotel with terrace, 25 air-conditioned rooms including 20 accessible by lift, equipped with WC, showers or baths, dry hair, safe deposit box, satellite TV, telephone, free Wifi.

Mas de la Galégière
B&B

Mas de la Galégière

Arles

Rooms 1 and 3 are double rooms located on the 1st floor giving each on 2 terraces on top of 50 m². They have set up a shower at the Italian and WC separated. Wifi, TV, air conditioning equipment.Room 2 is a suite of 4 on 3 levels: R + 1: a 160 bed (or separable 2 x 80), R 2: dressing room +…

Más de la Roseraie
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Más de la Roseraie

Arles

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Things to do

The business of Art
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The business of Art

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Le Métier d'Art is a hand-loom weaving studio. In a warm, colourful atmosphere, discover a range of original creations based around weaving, including boleros, Spencer jackets, coats, hats and a collection of contemporary clothes and accessories inspired by the colours of the South. Woven in…

Pure Lavender
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Pure Lavender

Arles

The Château du Bois is a signature of excellence in the field of natural cosmetics. It offers a range of cosmetics 'made in France', and shares a universe of dream with the beautiful Lavender fields of the domain, a revelation for the senses, a legacy of work, expertise and passion. Cosmetic…

Atôme Boutik
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Atôme Boutik

Arles

At the corner of the streets of Arles centre, come and discover this colourful and very nice decoration shop that combines successfully the very modern and Provençal. There are contemporary objects (vases, mirrors, cicadas, candles...) and memories more local color (bulls Wicker hanging on the…

Forum Harmonia Mundi
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Forum Harmonia Mundi

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"The specialist record store classical, jazz and world music.The name of harmonia mundi "France" encompasses a much broader reality than the commonly prevalent image, one of the early music label. Harmonia mundi, is firstly a group, implanted in Arles since 1986 and 330 people worldwide. Whether…

Bénédicte Charvet
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Bénédicte Charvet

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Tables coaching workshop is implanted in a wooded area from the floor to the ceiling. A beautiful volume is offered through a high ceiling where free furniture walls greet tables brackets and frames bearing brackets.

Atelier mosaïque d'art Schiano Charles
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Atelier mosaïque d'art Schiano Charles

Arles

Creation of large and small decorative and functional mosaics. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Grand Mas du Roy
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Grand Mas du Roy

Arles

Sale at the farm, olive oil (Award for excellence 2007), cheeses, juices of fruit and seasonal fruits, organic rice, jams, wine, organic wine, honey. Gold Medal 2008 contest regionnal PACA olive oils. Culture reasoned

Carnet de voyage
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Carnet de voyage

Arles

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Musee Reattu
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Musee Reattu

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Where to eat

Hostellerie of the Source
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Hostellerie of the Source

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Plaza (La Paillotte)
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Plaza (La Paillotte)

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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
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Galoubet

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Next to the bistro
Food guide restaurant

Next to the bistro

Arles

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Thyme bar
Table 13

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Le Réfectoire
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Gueule du Loup
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