In and around Arles

In Arles, the capital of Camargue, you can explore the rich heritage of an officially listed Art and History town! Nature lovers can set off on foot or on horseback along the trails in the Camargue Regional Nature Park, a protected nature site of 1,200 hectares, listed as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

Along with a nature park that is home to some extraordinary and rare fauna and flora, the town invites visitors to share its historical heritage, including Roman remains and numerous monuments listed as part of World Heritage by Unesco. This is your chance to experience the rich cultural life in Arles. Each year from Easter to mid-September, the town comes to life with bullfights and street festivals.

Sites to visit nearby :

  • See the magnificent Les Baux-de-Provence and Carrières des Lumières site: 18 km
  • Visit Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer: 37 km
  • See the Arles amphitheatre, the Vincent Van Gogh Museum, etc.
  • Visit the Alpilles olive groves
  • The Palais des Papes and Saint-Bénézet Bridge in Avignon...

The region, at the centre of the Camargue Nature Park :

Along with its nature reserve that is home to some extraordinary, precious and rare fauna and flora, Arles is listed as a Town of Art and History. You are invited to share the town's historical heritage, including Roman remains and numerous monuments listed as part of World Heritage by Unesco. This is your chance to experience the rich cultural life in Arles. Each year from Easter to mid-September, the town comes to life with bullfights and street festivals.

Visit the museums in Arles: Musée Réattu, Musée Départemental de L'Arles Antique, the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles and the Fondation Luma Arles.

Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles :

Guided visits given in French by guides from the foundation. The visits are based around interaction with visitors and last on average 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Fondation Luma Arles :

Guided visits to the LUMA Arles are given by guides from the foundation and last around 1 hour 30 minutes. Free - 15 people maximum.

During the visit, the guides will introduce you to the history of the site and help you grasp the issues for the LUMA Arles architectural and cultural project.

Visitors also have onsite access to the Maison du Chantier, where they can enjoy a "virtual" visit to two buildings. The first is currently being built (a new building designed by Frank Gehry) and the second, the Mechanic Workshop, is currently being renovated. Samples of the materials used in the building work are on display, and visitors can also get a great view of the site from the panorama-terrace.

LUMA Arles will also feature a resource building with an ambitious and innovative design by Frank Gehry. It will rise 56 metres above Avenue Victor Hugo. Through a multidisciplinary approach, combining contemporary art, urban planning and architecture, Frank Gehry has designed the project to be rooted both in the Parc des Ateliers building and in the landscape of the town of Arles.

LUMA Arles will also include six converted industrial buildings. The campus will be located in a park designed by the landscaper Bas Smets.

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