Arles tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The roman amphitheatre and the traditional pastel-painted houses in the historic centre make Arles a very pleasant town to explore

Arles is situated in the Bouches-du-Rhone department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Arles. For detailed visitor information see the Arles travel guide.

Attractions in Arles

The town of Arles contains numerous Roman monuments including the famous amphitheatre: Roman Arles

Tourist classifications for Arles include "secteur sauvegarde", "heritage site" and "town of art and history". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Arles is as a tourist destination!

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Arles in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Fontvieille at 8 km and Tarascon at 14 km.

Arles, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Roman Arles

Roman Arles

Heritage Site less than one km (direction west-south-west)

The town of Arles contains numerous Roman monuments including the famous amphitheatre...

See Roman Arles guide


at 8 km (direction north-east)

This town near Arles has a small historic centre to explore when you are...

See Fontvieille guide


at 14 km (direction north-east)

Tarascon is a pleasant town with a substantial castle on the Rhone river, well...

See Tarascon guide
Chateau de Tarascon

Chateau de Tarascon

Castle at 14 km (direction north-east)

The Chateau de Tarascon is an imposing 15th century castle on the banks of...

See Chateau de Tarascon guide


at 15 km (direction north-east), in the Gard department

Beaucaire is well situtaed for exploring the popular towns of Arles, Nimes and Avignon...

See Beaucaire guide


Most Beautiful Village at 15 km (direction east-north-east)

The village of Baux-de-Provence is small but exceptionally picturesque, and has beautiful views across...

See Baux-de-Provence guide
Château des Baux-de-Provence

Château des Baux-de-Provence

Castle at 15 km (direction east-north-east)

The Château des Baux-de-Provence is a remarkable ruined castle above the village of Les...

See Château des Baux-de-Provence guide
Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence

Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence

at 15 km (direction east-north-east)

The Carrieres de Lumieres is a sound and light spectacle based around famous artists...

See Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence guide


at 20 km (direction east-north-east)

The historic monuments here are a testament to St-Remy-de-Provence's claim to be one of...

See Saint-Remy-de-Provence guide


at 27 km (direction south-west)

The Camargue region of marhes, with flamingoes and semi-wild horses and an unusual natural...

See Camargue guide


at 28 km (direction west-north-west), in the Gard department

Nimes contains some of the most complete ancient Roman monuments to be seen anywhere...

See Nimes guide


at 30 km (direction south-west)

On the edge of the Camargue region, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a very pleasant coast town...

See Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer guide
Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

Heritage Site at 31 km (direction north-north-west), in the Gard department

The Pont-du-Gard is a 2000 year old Roman aquaduct, an extraordinary feat of engineering...

See Pont du Gard guide


Heritage Site at 33 km (direction north-north-east), in the Vaucluse department

The Pope's Palace, the Pont d'Avignon and an attractive town centre make Avignon very...

See Avignon guide

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Markets in and near Arles

Market days in Arles: weekly market: Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday & Friday;

  • Arles: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (0km)
  • Fontvieille: market Monday & Friday (8km)
  • Bellegarde: market Friday (13km)
  • Beaucaire: market Thursday & Sunday (15km)
  • Saint-Gilles: market Thursday & Sunday (16km)
  • Manduel: market Wednesday (20km)
  • Aramon: market Wednesday (25km)
  • Marguerittes: market Saturday (25km)
  • Eygalieres: market Friday (27km)
  • Nimes: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Monday all day & Friday (28km)

More information about Arles, Provence

Tourist attractions near Arles, France

What to do at Arles? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Arles.

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Alpilles (15km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise et cloitres de Saint Trophime, Eglise de Saint-Honorat des Alycamps (Arles) (0km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Montmajour (Arles) (4km)
  • Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Repos de Montfavet (Avignon) (33km)
  • Cathédrale Saint-Théodorit et Fenestrelle Tower (Uzes) (41km)
  • Collégiale Notre Dame des Anges (Sorgues) (45km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin aquatique « Aux fleurs de l'eau (22km)
  • Jardin de l'Alchimiste (27km)
  • Jardins de la Fontaine (28km)
  • Jardin du château de Brantes (42km)
  • Jarditrain (53km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Etang de Scamandre (23km)
  • Pointe de l'Espiguette (46km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Arles is in the south-east of France at 73 kilometres from Marseille, the department capital (general information: Arles is 602 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Arles

Canton: Arles

Arrondissement: Arles

Department: Bouches-du-Rhone

Region: Provence

Postcode: 13200

Distance to Arles

from Marseille (prefecture): 73 km

from Paris: 602 km

from Calais: 835 km

from Nice: 212 km

from Bordeaux: 434 km

from Strasbourg: 596 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into the airport at Marseille or drive from the UK with a journey time of around 10-11 hours. For driving distances to Arles from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 1 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Fourques.

This page in French: Visiter Arles