Tourist guide to Arles

Arles Amphitheatre Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr

Arles Amphitheatre ©Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr

Arles is an excellent tourist destination of France. Situated near the French Riviera, in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Arles is a perfect destination for many tourists. Whether you are a nature-lover or an adept of cultural sights, Arles has some fascinating attractions to offer you. As for the natural sights of the city’s surrounding area, the Camargue region is very popular among visitors. Arles is also famous for its Roman and Romanesque monuments which were inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. In case you would like to find out more about the city, read the following tourist guide to Arles. I suggest you to visit this fantastic city. You will surely enjoy the visit.

The Camargue region

As for the natural attractions of the surroundings of Arles, the Camargue region is a very important natural area of the entire country. It can be found between the two arms of the Rhone River delta and the Mediterranean Sea, having picturesque setting.

The Camargue region is a Ramsar site of France. The flora and fauna of the region are very attractive for visitors, including hundreds of species of birds (the greater flamingo for instance) and plants, the Camargue Horse and Camargue Bull, Sea lavender and other species.  

Arles Amphitheatre

One of the most fascinating Roman structures in France is the Arles Amphitheatre. It is probably the most important tourist attraction of the city, dragging numerous visitors every year. The immense building is supposed to be inspired by the Colosseum in Rome. It can accommodate up to 20.000 of spectators and it is the major scene for the Feris d’Arles, being the scene of bullfights. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Arles Amphitheatre Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr

Arles Amphitheatre ©Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr

Church of St. Trophime

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Trophime is another important landmark and visitor attraction of Arles. It is a significant structure of Romanesque architectural style. Some highlights of the church are the sculptures over the portal, especially the “Last Judgement”, not to mention the cloister with its superb columns. You shouldn’t miss to visit it.

Church of St. Trophime ell brown/Flickr

Church of St. Trophime ©ell brown/Flickr

The Cryptoporticus

The “cryptoporticus” is actually a semi-subterranean gallery. It is an ancient Roman structure which can be seen today only in some parts of the world. One such place is Arles. Built as foundation for the forum, it dates from the 1st century BC. The Cryptoporticus is an important and unusual tourist attraction of Arles.

The Alyscamps

It is a large Roman necropolis. The Alycamps is located outside the walls of Arles’ old town. It was considered one of the most important necropolises of the ancient world. The Alycamps is today a significant visitor attraction of Arles and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alyscamps Arles Shadowgate/Flickr

Alyscamps Arles ©Shadowgate/Flickr

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