Description: Arles is splendid town combining Roman heritage and art, with wonderful churches, museums, Roman ruins (theatre, baths and forum) and a Roman arena. It is also where Vincent van Gogh lived and painted during the last months of his life.

Location: Set on the banks of the Rhône River just before the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue.

Our recommendations: If you’re an art lover, visit the Fondation Vincent van Gogh in the Palais de Luppe. The town can easily be explored on foot and your enjoyment can be enhanced by following either one of five walking trails or by taking a land train tour (perhaps a bit more fun for children). If you are planning to visit the Roman monuments on your tour it is worth buying a combined ‘Pass Monuments’ ticket.nts it may be better value to buy a combined admission ticket.

For the children: On May 1st each year, the town sponsors a rodeo called the Fête des Gardians, and during Easter weekend and at other times throughout the year, the town holds bullfights in its Roman arena (the bulls are not killed). Other cultural events include the Arles Festival of traditional parades, dances and songs in late June – early July.

Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to Provence: