At present this town attracts the masters of photography, eager to capture the unmatched beauty of the place. Each year they come to Arles for National Photography School Festivals. You will also make lots of beautiful photos here!
The town is not big, you can walk round it admiring the beauty of the Rhone’s banks and having rest in cosy cafes and bars. Be sure to have a look at the ancient centre, where the streets were built up as early as in the 18th century (they are included by UNESCO organization into the List of World Heritage Sites).
Having put up in one of family hotels (it is better to book a room in advance), go for a fascinating tour!
The breath of time is felt in Arles like nowhere – it is in the stone ‘lace’ carving of the Cathedral church portal (the 12th century), and in town facades of the Renaissance period, and in the building of the local magistrate, decorated in canon of the fanciful Versailles.
However, Arles is rather a modern and dynamic town, full of unordinary events: you can expect most interesting excursions and various entertainments. For instance, in October there is an original jolly Festival of Rice and Horse. And all the year round various festivals and colourful ‘delicious’ gastronomical fairs are held in Arles.
In the antique amphitheater (200 metres from the Cathedral church) people of the town and guests can enjoy circus shows, plays and even corrida (bullfight)!
It is also interesting to visit the Antique theatre and Museum, Constantine Thermal Baths, Saint Trophimus Church which is situated in Republic Square. And make it a must to visit Abbaye de Montmajour, situated among cypress groves near Arles, and then pay a visit to the medieval castle of Les Baux-de-Provence. The Camargue National Park and the Antique necropolis with chapels and monumental churches in Alyscamps won’t leave the nature fans and antiquity-lovers indifferent.