Arlesian women wearing traditional dress
Built more than 2500 years ago, Arles is a remarkable city not only for its spectacular monuments of Roman antiquity but also for its cultural vitality based on tradition and modernity. Arles is still the gateway to the Camargue and the magic of a country with preserved natural spaces.
Take advantage of your stay at Château La Roque to go to Arles in one hour and discover this city that will enchant you, both antique and modern.
Arles is listed since 1981 as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It is the city that has the most Roman monuments after Rome: the Roman Amphitheatre (Les arènes), the Roman Theatre, the Constantine Roman Baths, St. Trophime, Alyscamps, one of the three roads leading to St Jacques de Compostela.
In the Rhône, in 2008, the oldest bust known to Julius Caesar was discovered.
Arles is also the town where Vincent van Gogh lived between 1888 and 1889 and created more than 300 paintings and drawings. His works are reproduced in the places in the city painted by the artist: "Le Café le soir" "Starry Night","The Yellow House", "The Old Mill". In the link you can use the circuit proposed by the city to discover its heritage.
The Vincent Van Gogh Foundation honours his work. Each year it has a collection of paintings by the painter on loan from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The Foundationalso invites contemporary artists whose creations echo the works of Vincent Van Gogh.
The Easter Fair 2019 will take place from April 19 to 22. Arles then lived to the rhythm of the bullfights, abrivados, bandidos, novidas and Camargue races. The parades of manades, horse training demonstrations, bullfights for amateurs, festivals and music, Arlesians wearing their traditional Camargue costumes, are all magnificent shows in the streets of the city.
After visiting Arles, leave the city and enter the Camargue, theterritory of the sky and water, birds but also horses and bulls. You will discover a unique landscape with more than 400 species of birds including the pink flamingo, symbol of this territory. Explore the marked trails on foot or by bike or on horseback, the white Camargue horse of course.