City South Of France

Arles, France

Arles France is a city south of France, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, in the former region of Provence.

Van Gogh in Provence Trip

On to this 4- to 5-hour Van Gogh in Provence, small-group day trip following in the footsteps of a Post-Impressionist master. Come behind Van Gogh’s footsteps through the Roman ruins in St-Rémy de Provence. Stroll the cobbled streets of Les Baux de Provence together with your guide, and commend the Museum of Santons and the St Vincent Church. Check out UNESCO-listed Arles and unearth many of the sites which stimulated Van Gogh’s creativity. By going on this small-group tour, limited to around eight people, relish the personal attention given by your guide.

From Aix-en-Provence, wander the Roman city of Arles during an exclusive half-day tour. Check out the historic center to have a view of the main monuments on a 1-hour of a guided walking tour and follow to the medieval hilltop village of Baux de Provence. Make a stop at the village and fortress dating back from the 10th century or adore an unusual art show in the Carrières de Lumières.

Places to Dine while in Arles

L’Ouvre Boîte

The ‘Open Box’ or Alexandre’s small restaurant may only be open a few nights a week, but that hasn’t prevented it from becoming a locals’ favorite for chilled evening eats. He specializes in tapas-like ‘little plates’ ordered to share. For a prime table on the tiny, tree-shaded square, arrive early.

Marché d’Arles

The scent in the air includes Camargue salt, goats’ milk cheese and saucisson d’Arles (also known as bull-meat sausage) at Arles’ huge Saturday morning market. During Wednesday mornings, the scene moves to bd Émile Combes.

Le Refectoire des Ateliers

A good lunch place is this relaxed diner next door to the Fondation Luma. With a strong attention to organic and wholefood, the meal is light and modern. The menu includes copious quinoa salads,  more filling mains, for instance, roast Ventoux pork, tabbouleh of carrots, lentils, and celery, and stuffed purple aubergines.

 

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