Arles, A Roman City in Provence, Roman Ruins in the South of France
Arles offers many Roman Ruin sites that are still used as backdrops for events.
The 12,000 seat colosseum, built in 90 AD, hosts bull events and festivals featuring the horsemanship of the Camargue Guardians.
Arles was first inhabited in the 7 th century BC as a Phoenician trading center on the Rhone River, and shows signs of Greek influence owing to archaeological evidence and pottery of Greek design. Arles later became a Celtic-Ligurian town in the 3rd century BC and then in the first century BC, a Gallo-Roman city.
The Roman-era arena similar to
Rome's Colosseum is so well preserved that it is still the major arena of the city and is used for bullfighting and other traditional festivals. The city center also has the remnants of a large Roman theater and a Roman bathhouse.
Arles became a major Roman commercial outpost with the building of a canal in 102 BC that ran parallel to the Rhone and connected to the sea. By the 4th century AD, Arles was such a prosperous Roman city that it was called a second Rome.
When Rome's power waned, Arles's prosperity ended as waves of Goth invaders devastated the city.
Arles then languished until the empire of Charlemagne settled the region and Arles returned to prosperity, becoming eventually the kingdom of Arles.
Arles hods Market Day on Wednesday, Arles
celebrates festivals throughout the year, most notably: a March Carnival, the May first Festival des Gardians, an April (Easter) bull event (La Feria Pascale: Corridas). and a May Jazz festival. The May 1 bull and horse spectacle celebrates the work of the Guardians (Camargue cowboys). At this event the women of Arles dress in costumes of the 17th century and they elect a Queen of Arles who will reign for the next year.
In June Les Fetes d'Arles celebrates with fireworks and in the first two weeks of July, Arles celebrates International Photography and the theater.
Arles Events and Festivals
Arles, Provence, Vacation Rentals Amidst Roman Ruins in Provence
Arles is an Ancient Roman City in Provence, The South of France, where preserved Roman and Romanesque buildings in the historic center are still used today
Arles, Renting a House or Vacation Rental In Provence for Hiking, Biking, and the Culinary Vacation amidst the Roman Ruins
Arles, Renting a house or vacation rental apartment in Arles would be a good bet for travelers that will not have a rental car.
Bus service from Arles is extensive and connects to all of Provence. Bus and local train service would put Aix, Marseilles, the Camargue, and Avignon within reach. The city itself is spectacular with major Roman Ruins everywhere.
In early September Arles celebrates a Rice Festival with Camargue horses and bulls running in the streets and open barbecues cooking vats of Paella. The city again hosts bullfights in the Roman arena.
Arles was once an important Roman City in
Provence. The first Century Colosseum or Ampitheatre is still in use.
Arles Roman Ruins in the city make it a great place for Renting a house or vacation rental apartment. Bus and regional train service from Arles covers much of Provence.
There are many areas for hiking outside of the city, including the GR-6 trail which comes east from Eygalieres and through Les Baux and on to Tarascon, just north of Arles
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to towns. Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
Information for those renting a vehicle in France
Arles a Roman city in Eastern Provence is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its well- preserved Roman ruins.
Biking and walking are popular in Arles. Walking trails in the city are marked with plaques.
Roman Ruins Arles
The Compestella pilgrimage trail goes through Arles and crosses the Rhone in the center of Arles.
The Roman Ampitheatre built in 90 AD still host festivals and bull events.
A walkway along the Rhone passes under the bridge used by pilgrims on the trail to Spain
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