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Tourism in Arles



Arles : a city of art and history


Located in the Camargue, Arles is the largest municipality in France, spread out between Provence and Alpilles on more than 75,000 hectares, in a mild Mediterranean climate and bordering the Rhône. The possibilities of visits and walks are countless. Almost 2 million tourists come to visit Arles every year, both for its cultural activities and for its walks in the countryside. Painters and poets have expressed the inspiration of a stay in a city several thousand years old which is full of monuments and vestiges of a distant past. Van Gogh, Frédéric Mistral and so many others have highlighted the city so well. So what to do in Arles? Follow the guide!



Arles : a well preserved ancient city

Located on the banks of the Rhone, Arles was a strategic place in Roman times. In contrast to its rival Marseille, the city of Arles preserves an exceptional heritage of this era through the remains of its Ancient Theatre, the Alyscamps and the Amphitheatre. These remains come from the constructions made during the reign of Roman emperors in the first centuries of our era.

To visit these historic wonders, get the Liberty Pass issued by the Tourist Office! Once in hand, you can visit monuments of the city, as well as a museum of your choice from the list provided. You are then equipped to return to Roman times in our beautiful city of Arles.



The Republique square in the center of Arles

The République square is an unmissable location, if you go to Arles. Located just 200 metres from the Atrium, the former Royal Square is the home of many monuments and buildings of different styles and eras. You will find:

  • Arles’ city-hall : of classical architecture, it was completed in 1676 and listed Historical Monument;
  • The obelisk, dating from antiquity, linked to the Roman circus;
  • The clock tower whose architecture is in the Renaissance style;
  • The church of Sainte-Anne, built in the 17th century;
  • The Hotel des Postes, dating from the late 19th century;
  • The Romanesque church of Saint-Trophime, named after the first bishop of Arles.


The thermal baths of Constantine on the banks of the Rhône

If you take the direction of the Rhône from this square, you will arrive at the old baths of Constantine. They were gigantic, with three pools, and extremely popular in the roman era. The remains, very well preserved, still testify to their importance today. Also known as the Baths of the North, the Baths of Emperor Constantine I in Arles date from the beginning of the 4th century, when he lived in Arelate the old, which became Arles in the Middle Ages, capital of the kingdom of Arles. They are among the best preserved thermal baths in France.


Arles : the city that seduced Van Gogh

Arles is a city that has always attracted artists: Van Gogh and his friends Gaugin or Picasso, a bullfighting fanatic. Vincent Van Gogh, an artist who strongly influenced contemporary art, stayed in Arles for more than 14 months. It is in this city that he painted his most famous paintings before joining the asylum of St Rémy de Provence. The cut-ear painter is today greatly honored with the creation of the Van Gogh Foundation, located in the heart of the city of Arles. The museum pays tribute to Van Gogh’s famous visit to Arles but also to artists inspired by the region and the city.


Arles and its art galleries

City of art, Arles attracts many painters and photographers. During your stay, you can enjoy various exhibitions in temporary or permanent art galleries. Here is a non-exhaustive list of different art galleries you can visit

  • La Place des Photographes
  • Arles Gallery
  • Anne Clergue Gallery
  • Art & Fact
  • Galeries Huit Arles
  • Aux Docks d’Arles
  • LHOSTE Art Contemporain


Luma Arles

The Luma Arles project was launched in 2013 to create a cultural platform for research and artistic production. Luma Arles was born around the same time as the reopening of the Arles Arena. A former abandoned site of the SNCF workshops was rehabilitated at the instigation of Maja Hoffman. The main project is the Luma Tower, which has opened on June 26, 2021. Designed by Californian architect Frank Gehry, the 56-metre-high tower is near a beautiful new park.


Les rencontres d’Arles (photography)

Founded in 1970, the Rencontres d’Arles take place in Arles every summer. The opening week, which takes place the first week of July, brings together thousands of visitors. Every year, the international photography meetings offer exhibition spaces dedicated to photography. The best international photographers rush into what has become one of the most important photo festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. Conferences and debates accompany exhibitions and meetings between artists and producers, agencies and simple amateurs. Concerts, artistic performances or public and private evenings complete an event rich in diverse talents.

Discover the cultural wealth of this city by staying in the city center. The whole team of the Atrium hotel will be happy to guide you to have a great stay in our beautiful region.



Art and history museums in Arles

Arles is also well known for its museums, in which painting and antiquity live alongside modern artists. The Vincent Van Gogh Foundation pays tribute to the Dutch painter and offers exhibitions and workshops to discover located on the banks of the Rhône, between the bridge of Trinquetaille and the thermal baths of Constantine.  The Réattu Museum is dedicated to painter from Arles, as well as to Picasso’s drawings, photography and architecture. The Museon Arlaten, Luma or the Museum of the Camargue are still part of the rich cultural offer of Arles, among others.


Visit the Musée départemental Arles antique

Arles has so many museums that you can request a pass, of 1 month or 6 months, to visit everything. Among these museums, you will discover the Blue Museum. Located on the peninsula of the ancient Roman circus, the Musée départemental d’Arles antique has an important mosaic restoration workshop. They are among the oldest in France that were found in Arles. The museum houses Roman sarcophagi, a bust of Caesar, a copy of the Venus of Arles preserved in the Louvre, monumental statues and altars. An extension of the museum is entirely dedicated to the large river and maritime port of Arelate, in particular a barge of 31 meters discovered in the Rhône.

For more information on the city of Arles, visit the tourist office located in front of the hotel.



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