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 Villa M
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La Villa M

Arles

Au coeur d'Arles, sur le boulevard principal qui conduit dans les vieux quartiers, belle maison de maître du XIXè avec petit jardin, terrasse et parking fermé. Rénovée tout récemment, cette maison associe en toute élégance dans ses équipements et sa décoration le contemporain et…

Mas de la Galégière
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Mas de la Galégière

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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 +…

The Vagabond
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The Vagabond

Arles

Great bed and breakfast, consisting of two connecting rooms for 2 to 4 people, in a bourgeois House of the 17th and 18th centuries of the historic district of the rocket.Breakfast at base of House, local products and crafts.Entered, ensuite bathroom, separate WC.Chic country decor.For your…

SCI La Maison Molière
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SCI La Maison Molière

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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…

L ' Arlésienne
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L ' Arlésienne

Arles

Between Camargue and Provence, this beautiful camping 3 * you welcome and welcomes you until 2 November. On-site: heated swimming pool and paddling pool, playground for children, evening entertainment and service restoration, is thought to make your stay more enjoyable! And to enjoy joys of…

Marquet Sabrina
B&B

Marquet Sabrina

Arles

Guest rooms in a beautiful 17th century mansion at the foot of the Arenas.

The patio of Arles
B&B

The patio of Arles

Arles

This old Arlésienne, fully restored house is located 8 minutes from the historic center. Light and airy, it offers large, sober, elegant and comfortable rooms for a restful stopover at the heart of the city.

Inter-Hotel Mireille
Hotel

Inter-Hotel Mireille

Arles

In the heart of Arles, 2 steps the arenas and the ancient Theatre, in a calm and relaxing setting, the Mireille hotel offers refined in a warm comfort. In summer, it is in the garden under the shade of the mulberry trees that you can enjoy your breakfast or the specialities of the chef which…

Paris
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Paris

Arles

Close to train and bus at 300 meters arenas

Things to do

Mélani Frères
Craftsman

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…

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…

The baths of Constantine
Monument

The baths of Constantine

Arles

Date: 4th century era: ancient Type: Architecture of sports and recreation status: property of the historic city of Arles (for the clear part) class Monument (1840) the Unesco World Heritage (1981) characteristic Expression of Roman civilisation, the baths were one of the most common public…

La Draille des 5 Gorges
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La Draille des 5 Gorges

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La draille des 5 gorges présente un condensé de paysages typiques de Camargue. Elle longe les étangs des Impériaux, du Malagroy puis du Vaccarès, qui abritent de nombreuses espèces d'oiseaux limicoles et de canards. Ce sentier permet de découvrir également les activités agricoles…

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Foundation Vincent Van Gogh Arles

Arles

Vincent van Gogh is a key figure of the art of the 20th century. To date, its influence persists among artists and his work has a magnetism unprecedented on the public. It is precisely at Arles he produced in just fifteen months its more beautiful masterpieces. The Fondation Vincent van Gogh…

Chantal Bernardi
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Chantal Bernardi

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Bijouterie Pinus
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Bijouterie Pinus

Arles

"Jewellery Pinus, is a family jewelry, creates en1860, specializing in jewelry Provencal.cette shop offers Provence, Camargue and contemporary jewelry in gold, silver, silver-gilt (Silver covered with a layer of gold)." These jewelry can be primarily set with garnets or rose-cut diamonds, but…

Plein Sud
Souvenirs

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.

Atôme Boutik
Souvenirs

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…

Where to eat

Next to the bistro
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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…

Gueule du Loup
Table 13

Gueule du Loup

Arles

There are no bobbins to pull here and no latches to go up. This little house built in 1780 offers no danger to Little Red Riding Hoods all they have to do is choose between the two dining rooms, one facing the ground floor kitchen and the other with exposed stone walls on the first floor. There's…

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.).

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…

Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop
Food guide restaurant

Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop

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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…

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…

Palao Bistro
Food guide restaurant

Palao Bistro

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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

Lou marks
Food guide restaurant

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…

Thyme bar
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Thyme bar

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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.

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