Arles, A Roman City in Provence, Roman Ruins in the South of France
Arles offers many Roman
Ruin sites that are still used
as backdrops for events.
The 12,000 seat coliseum,
built in 90 AD, hosts bull
events and festivals
featuring the horsemanship
of the Camargue Guardians.
Arles was first inhabited in the 7 th
century BC as a Phoenician trading
center on the Rhone River, and shows
signs of Greek influence owing to
archaeological evidence and pottery
of Greek design. Arles later became a
Celtic-Ligurian town in the 3rd century
BC and then in the first century BC,
a Gallo-Roman city.
The Roman-era arena similar to
Rome's Coliseum is so well preserved
that it is still the major arena of the city
and is used for bullfighting and other
traditional festivals. The city center
also has the remnants of a large
Roman theater and a Roman
Arles became a major Roman commercial
outpost with the building of a canal in 102 BC
that ran parallel to the Rhone and connected
to the sea. By the 4th century AD, Arles was
such a prosperous Roman city that it was
called a second Rome.
When Rome's power waned, Arles's
prosperity ended as waves of Goth invaders
devastated the city.
Arles then languished until the empire of
Charlemagne settled the region and Arles
returned to prosperity, becoming eventually
the kingdom of Arles.
Arles hods Market Day on Wednesday, Arles
celebrates various festivals throughout the year, most
notably: a March Carnival, the May first Festival des
Gardians, an April (Easter) bull event (La Feria
Pascale: Corridas). and a May Jazz festival. The May
1 bull and horse spectacle celebrates the work of the
Guardians (Camargue cowboys). At this event the
women of Arles dress in costumes of the 17th century
and they elect a Queen of Arles who will reign for the
In June Les Fetes d'Arles celebrates with fireworks
and in the first two weeks of July, Arles celebrates
International Photography and the theater.
Arles Events and Festivals
Ruins in Provence
Arles is an Ancient Roman City in Provence, The South of France, where
preserved Roman and Romanesque buildings in the historic center are still used
Arles, Renting a House or Vacation Rental In Provence for Hiking, Biking,
and the Culinary Vacation amidst the Roman Ruins
Arles, Renting a house or vacation rental
apartment in Arles would be a good bet for
travelers that will not have a rental car.
Bus service from Arles is extensive and connects
to all of Provence. Bus and local train service
would put Aix, Marseilles, the Camargue, and
Avignon within reach. The city itself is spectacular
with major Roman Ruins everywhere.
In early September Arles celebrates a Rice Festival with Camargue horses and bulls running in the
streets and open barbecues cooking vats of Paella. The city again hosts bullfights in the Roman arena.
Arles was once an important Roman City in
Provence. The first Century Coliseum or
Ampitheatre is still in use.
Arles Roman Ruins in the city
make it a great place for Renting a
house or vacation rental
apartment. Bus and regional train
service from Arles covers much of
There are many areas for hiking
outside of the city, including the
GR-6 trail which comes east from
Eygalieres and through Les Baux
and on to Tarascon, just north of
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site
with its directions to various towns. Gassing up is similar to US with
credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are
available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
Information for those renting a vehicle in France
Arles a Roman city in Eastern Provence is designated
a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its well-
preserved Roman ruins.
Biking and walking are popular in
Arles. Walking trails in the city are
marked with plaques.
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pilgrimage trail goes
through Arles and
crosses the Rhone in
the center of Arles.
The Roman Ampitheatre built in
90 AD still host festivals and bull
A walkway along the Rhone
passes under the bridge
used by pilgrims on the trail