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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“Multi media shows projected on the rock surface of a limestone quarry. Nice and cool during the hot summer months. Combine with a visit to Les Baux-de-Provence.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Built in 90 AD, the Roman amphitheatre was capable of seating over 20,000 spectators, and was built to provide entertainment in the form of chariot races and bloody hand-to-hand battles.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Park
“About 45 min from Comps, see the typical white wild horses, the toro, the flamingos and wild life.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Museum
“Okay so this is the most famous museum in Arles. But it has reasons to be so, as it holds some of the most important Roman collections. Ten years ago, when Caesar's bust was found, and this is where it went. The collection of amphoras is amazing, but people come from all around the world to see the ship that is conserved in the museum.”
  • 70 locals recommend
National Park
“Drive into the park and spot the famous wild horses, black bulls and flamingoes which live there.”
  • 38 locals recommend
National Park
“This is a personal favorite. This is at a walking distance and is perfect for a hike. You are able to walk all the way to the top where the metal tower is. With all the plants around like Rosemarie, thyme it makes you smell amazing. The breeze allows you to relax and enjoy the truly amazing view. Don’t forget to bring comfortable walking shoes. (No Gucci! ) ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Brand new museum showcasing some of the work of Vincent Van Gogh. Not many original pieces, but he Van Gogh is an important person in Arles history, and Arles has been very important to Van Gogh.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The ancient theater of Arles was built at the end of the 1st century BC, under the reign of Emperor Augustus.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Museum
“Picasso loved Arles. His passion for bullfighting will make him become friends with photographer Lucien Clergue, and then with the young curator of the Réattu Museum, Jean-Maurice Rouquette. In 1957, Picasso was invited to exhibit about sixty drawings, which he donated to the museum in 1971, in addition to the Portrait of Lee Miller in Arles (1937), painted just after Guernica. Augmented with engravings, archives, photographs and posters, the whole is called The Picasso of Arles.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Pick a day when the wind is not blowing too hard but do visit this extraordinary castle from the XI century. Kids and adults all get a real kick out of the views and activities. ”
  • 263 locals recommend
Bar
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“Always lively and busy, with small gigs playing covers most of the time. Great selection of beers and lovely staff. The only lively place on winter week days. Try Gambetta (locally produced cordial) if you're not going for alcoholic drinks.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“La Camargue is a region where you will see wild Camarguais horses and bulls roaming around in the fields. Remember to be careful, these are wild animals! Truly a must see. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Public Art
“Arguably the best photography festival in Europe. takes place during the summer in Arles and a great way to discover this amazing city”
  • 22 locals recommend
Church
“ In the Arles countryside, visit Montmajour Abbey, founded in 948 by Benedictine monks.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Great selection of artists for such a small city. World music, Hip Hop, Rock bands and sometimes stand-up comedians. Check the programme as it is only open a few days every month www.cargodenuit.com”
  • 12 locals recommend
Stadium
“Visit the Roman amphitheatre, wander round the town and see some of the places that inspired the paintings of Van Gogh. The museum "L'Arles Antique " is well worth a visit as is "la Fondation Vincent Van Gogh ".”
  • 178 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Always lively and busy, with small gigs playing covers most of the time. Great selection of beers and lovely staff. The only lively place on winter week days. Try Gambetta (locally produced cordial) if you're not going for alcoholic drinks.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“2-star Michelin restaurant. Pricey but it is a new kind of food you're going to experience. Definitely worth it, but it is difficult to get a table.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“A great option in the neighbourhood. A bit pricey, but fantastic wine/food combination”
  • 16 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“The food here is so good. I had the roasted chicken leg, the cilantro-mint meatballs, the fried chorizo, some cheese and some empanadas. I'm a huge fan of tapas, but this ONE makes them worth it”
  • 11 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Restaurant 2 étoiles, dans un cadre magnifique. Idéal pour un repas inoubliable.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Though it might be a bit difficult to book in summer season The Bistro Paradou is not to be missed! the idea is that you walked into someone large dinning room and are serve by the family a single menu. The food was perfectly delicious, plentiful and served in a high energy and authentic environment. It was lots of fun.....and reasonably priced. They can alway work around food allergies if mentioned.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Excellent accueil, très bonne cuisine, position centrale (se recommander de l'hôte), terrasse extérieure”
  • 7 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Sa terrasse aérée est providentielle pendant les chaudes journées /soirées arlésiennes . Et la cuisine orientale est top. L’endroit idéal pour bouquiner au frais en attendant la séance du film qu’on guette.”
  • 10 locals recommend

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