Activities in Arles, in the Camargue and in the Alpilles.
Many activities are to be discovered in the region of Arles. You will find below a non-exhaustive list that will guide you during your next stay. In order to be better directed, do not hesitate to ask for advice and a map of the city of Arles at the reception of the hotel: they will try to guide you in the best way so that you can take advantage of the activities proposed by our partners and more!
Visit the old town of Arles.
Classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1981, Arles is a Provencal city on the banks of the Rhone River, steeped in ancient culture and Camargue festivals. From the Arles Antique Museum to the Van Gogh Foundation, discover Arles, its history and culture!
Discovering the ancient city
Discover the most visited monuments of Arles: the amphitheater and the ancient theater, classified as world heritage by UNESCO. Discover the Roman monuments that were built there, such as the amphitheater and the ancient theater. Although recently renovated, the ingenuity of the architects of the time will not fail to surprise you.
To take full advantage of this, choose the Pass Liberté, on sale at the Tourist Office or at the entrance of the monuments. It allows you to visit 4 monuments and 2 museums, one of which you can choose. To plan your stay completely, the Best Western Atrium hotel proposes you Heritage offers, including accommodation (with breakfast included) and the Pass Liberté, at the best price.
Museums and Van Gogh Foundation, art at the top of Arles
Famous for being the city that inspired the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh, Arles is a popular destination for photographers and artists for its many art galleries, both permanent and ephemeral. The Réattu Museum, near the Rhone River, also exhibits works of art all year round and is included in the Pass Liberté.
Another place of Provencal culture, the Arlaten Museum! Having reopened in 2021 following renovations, it retraces the know-how of the region and the Provençal society of the time notably through its Tarasque, its dioramas and its costumes…
To discover its many treasures, book your visit here.
The Van Gogh Foundation, created by Yolande Clergue, is a must-see in the city. Exhibiting works of Van Gogh lent by some museums, it also puts forward many artists inspired by Van Gogh but also by the regional heritage of Arles.
Located at the gateway to the Camargue and the Alpilles, Arles is full of outdoor activities. In the Camargue, walking, biking or horseback riding along the ponds and fields in the 150,000 hectares of preserved nature are customary! Further north, discover the Alpilles massif, its freshness, and its Provençal colored landscape, in the heart of olive and lavender fields. Enjoy it without limits and with a full lung.
Arles, at the gateway to the Camargue
Located at the top of a triangle with sides formed by the Rhone, the small Rhone and the Mediterranean, Arles dominates the natural regional park of the Camargue, a region particularly rich in wildlife and scrupulously preserved. In the Camargue, tourism and nature go hand in hand with walks and discoveries. Discover the Camargue from every angle!
Walking and biking on the trails of the Camargue
There is no shortage of walking options in the Camargue Regional Nature Park, whether you are looking for wildlife or horse studs, bull runs or the beach. The choice is vast and many well-maintained paths are accessible for all ages.
The Marais du Vigueirat will be happy to help you discover the banks of the pond on their various trails. Contact them for more information: https://www.marais-vigueirat.reserves-naturelles.org/
Discover the birds of the Camargue at the Ornithological Park
In the lagoons and sansouïres of the Camargue regional nature park, thousands of pink flamingos live and reproduce, an endemic species of the Camargue among the 400 species of birds that benefit from the pleasant climate of the region. These species alone represent three quarters of the species present in France. Along with pink flamingos, you will find sandpipers, avocets, terns, herons, ibises, etc.
To enjoy this magnificent show, the ornithological park of Pont de Gau welcomes you all year long! More information on their website: https://www.parcornithologique.com/
Explore the manades
The manades are an obligatory stopover in the Camargue to experience the Camargue life. Breeding bulls, horses and activities open to tourists, the manades will plunge you into the heart of the life of the gardians. The passion is transmitted from generation to generation but also to the public: you can enjoy horseback riding, tasting of local specialties and visits to the whole manade.
You can already get information from our partner, the manade of Méjanes : https://mejanes-camargue.fr/
The Camargue on a boat
Would you like to see the Camargue from a different angle than the one you are used to seeing? Explore the regional natural park by boat! Travel a stretch of the Rhone to the mouth of the Mediterranean with the Tiki III. You will be guided by the captain’s comments and observe the fauna (bulls, horses, egrets, bee-eaters…) and the flora (marshes, pine forest, enganes, saltbushes, etc.) with a stop halfway through the trip for a horse and bull herd presentation accompanied by the gardian.
For more information about the cruises, please visit: https://www.tiki3.fr/
Museum of Rice and the Camargue
The Camargue can also be discovered through museums and more precisely the Museum of Rice and the Camargue. Indeed, in the vicinity of Arles, a space entirely dedicated to the meeting of the salty waters of the Mediterranean with the fresh waters of the Rhone, invites visitors to discover the Camargue differently. This museum is an exciting gateway to the natural regional environment of this wetland.
Discovering the Alpilles
Very different from the Camargue, the mountainous region of the Alpilles with its fields of olive trees and vineyards will not fail to surprise you. Discover many activities to discover the Alpilles in the best way!
Bicycle rail in Fontvieille
Explore the Alpilles on rails thanks to a brand-new activity inaugurated on June 19, starting in Fontvieille. Pedal at your own pace and on velorails along the railroad tracks that have been disused for many years and discover the Alpilles regional nature park from a totally different angle.
More information here : https://www.veloraildesalpilles.fr/
The abbey of Montmajour
Arles also borders two large natural parks: the Camargue and the Alpilles. A few minutes drive from Arles, discover the splendor of Montmajour Abbey, particularly well preserved, at the gates of the Alpilles. This visit can be followed by a visit to the cloister of Sainte Trophime and the cryptoporticos of Arles, all of which were built in the medieval period.
The archaeological site of Glanum