Its name Les Arcs settlement received in 1010, it means the «Castle of Arcs» (Castrum de Arcubus). From the 12th and until the 17th centuries this land and estate was owned by the Barons of Villeneuve. (King Louis XIII by its decree in March, 1612 awarded the Baron of Arcs, Arnaud de Villeneuve, the rank of marquis).
The tourists come to this Les Arcs to experience the atmosphere of the Middle Ages with which literally everything «breathes» - old buildings, steep narrow streets. And most important are the monuments and local attractions: Tower with the «Sarrasine» mysterious dungeon (a monument of the 11th century), the chapel of Saint-Pierre (13th-15th century) with two naves and side chapels and the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste (whose the altar and the image of the patron saint dates back to 1501). Another monument of the 12th century is the chapel of Sainte-Roseline which holds the ancient relics. But this chapel is located among vineyards, outside the settlement of Les Arcs (you need to drive up to the hill on the highway D-91). Nearby is the abbey and monastery of Celle-Roubaud.
There is a completely unique bridge around Les Arcs double «crossing» the Aille river (it is located at the confluence of 2 rivers, Aille with Argens).
The Provencal Les Arcs attracts not only with «the spirit of the Middle Ages», but also with its beautiful nature, vineyards, flowers and ... honey!
Having arrived in this region in October (on 3rd-4th day) you will get to the Festival of Honey.
In early autumn, locals and visitors indulge here to «sweet treat» – they are engaged in fresh honey tasting and a variety of entertainment for the whole family.
The festive trade and street parties are held on the central square in the morning till 7 o’clock in the evening.
The beekeepers will tell everyone about their «sweet» work and with the help of a large transparent artificial «beehive» will show how a bee colony lives.
Everyone will enjoy fresh honeycomb! The tasting will demonstrate a variety of honey kinds in Provence which is so nice to wash down with freshly pressed grape juice ... In the late afternoon the results of competitions of beehives smoking out and photos will be summed up, a cheerful concert of the «strolling» musicians will be held!