Few towns can boast having as many UNESCO World Heritage sites and Historic Monuments.
In the heart of Provence Arles is 1 hour from Marseille. It is one of the architectural treasures of the Roman world in France and a UNESCO World Heritage site: the arenas.
They inspired Vincent Van Gogh who painted them in one of his most famous canvases. Built on the model of the Roman Coliseum, its length, 136m long, is entirely conceived for its purpose of holding huge shows for up to 25,000 spectators.
Take advantage of another treasure of this exceptional town: the cathedral of Saint Trophime, one of the most important Romanesque churches, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
One must remember that Arles was an Episcopal seat. Saint Césaire, formerly a monk on the island of Lérins, became the bishop in 542. He wrote simple sermons for the priests to read for feast days for the instruction of the people of Arles
You can extend your visit to Arles with a visit to the abbey of Montmajour, founded in 948 by Benedictine monks, as well as to the wild and legendary Camargue region.