Visit Arles and its surroundings
The discovery of Arles is a walk in time. Exit of a Greek counter and a Roman colony, "small Rome of Gaules" lived several lives: imperial, capital residence religious, kingdom and republic.... This time when the history was written at the edge of the Rhone, is still read on the stones of the ancient monuments (the amphitheatre, the theatre, the 'cryptoportiques, Alyscamps', thermal baths) or medieval (the church and the 'Saint-Trophime' cloister).
Arles source of inspiration; one day of February 1888 arrives Van Gogh at the research of the light of the outside and the interior illumination. Then begin fifteen months of intense creation. Certain landscapes which inspired it are remained the different one live again: 'café la Nuit', the garden of the hotel Dieu('Espace Van Gogh'). Arles and its villages live at the rhythm of the 'course camarguaise', and the arenas also vibrate for the corridas, the plaza of Arles is one of the high places of the French bullfighting.
This ground of tradition is also tasted on the markets of 'les Lices' (Wednesdays and Saturdays morning). In Arles finally the delta of the river opens, between its two arms, Large-Rhone and the small-Rhone being itself a vast marshy zone.
The authentic Camargue. Exceptional landscapes where rice pushes and grow the white horses and the black bulls. Then Vaccarès, this immense pond which is concealed and where it is necessary to go. And finally, these dune cords, country of the flamingos and the sky, where the sea, the ground and the sky merge. And everywhere, this exceptional fauna and this flora, which, make of it a sanctuary of nature, one of the most beautiful natural sites of Europe. Bell-tower of the church of Saintes Maries de la Mer or ramparts of Aigues-Mortes a panoramic sight on this wild ground is offered finally to you.
After having visited the sumptuous Abbey of Montmajour, you enter Les Alpilles, dear to Frédéric Mistral and Alphonse Daudet. Dominated by the site of Baux-de-Provence, solid mass luminous and girdled sunny and peaceful villages, where, between vineyard and olive-trees, eternal and dreamed Provence, time defies: Fontvieille, le Paradou, Maussane, Saint Rémy de Provence, Eygalières