Clustered on a bend in the river Rhone, with its back to the Mistral wind, the old town of Arles is dominated by its Roman amphitheatre. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Arles is second only to Rome with its number of Roman monuments.
On the edge of the Rhone delta and gateway to the Camargue, Arles was a bustling Roman port under Julius Caesar. Van Gogh and Gaugin lived here, Picasso came to the bullfights and fashion designer Christian Lacroix was born here. Full of history and art, it offers a unique combination of Roman monuments, one of France’s most important archaeological collections, art galleries and museums, an annual international photography festival and twice yearly bullfighting festivals.