ArlesArles in Provence, antic and contemporary city !
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Arles, famous for its artists and photographers, resounds all year round with rich cultural events. Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, the couturier Christian Lacroix, the photographer Lucien Clergue… they all have underlined the importance of the light and the charm of the city. We find this creative energy in internationally-renowned events such as the International Photography Festival (Rencontres de la Photographie), Southern Music in Arles (Suds à Arles) or the upcoming opening of the LUMA Foundation, an experimental center for contemporary art.
Narrow streets, shady squares, hidden passageways, lively terraces, the banks of the Rhône River, the superb Saturday market, Arles is a city which takes time to live. Each season, the festival-goers and aficionados make the city vibrate : the Easter Feria (bullfights), Provençal tradition festivities, Christmas Fun (Drôles de Noël)…
The Roman and Romanesque heritage monuments of Arles, listed by UNESCO, are unique and a pleasure to visit : the Roman amphitheatre (Arena), theater, the Baths of Constantine, the Cryptoportico (basement of the Roman Forum), the Alyscamps graveyard, the mosaics and barge exposed at the Musée de l’Arles Antique (archaeological museum) … “Arlelate” is reborn for the eyes of our visitors.
Arles is also the Camargue, a wild natural space unique in the world, a true life-size post card : bulls, pink flamingos, ponds and swamps as far as the eye can see. It is ‘elsewhere’ in Provence!
Top thing to do in Arles
Rencontres D’arles (formerly named international meetings of photography of Arles) is an annual summer festival of photography founded in 1970, by the Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, the writer Michel Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette
A large part of the permanent exhibition depicts 19th century life in a typical farmhouse (agriculture, breeding, hunting, fishing, celebrations and traditions…) and the economic activities that developed over the 20th century (hydraulic works, viticulture, rice growing, sea salt production…).
Didier Cornille and his wife became the new owners of this vineyard in 2012. True to their values, the new winegrowers cultivate their 60 hectares vineyard with passion and respect.His wine has the right to use the Protected Geographical Indicator Terre de Camargue. Three grape varieties are made in the estate : Les Secrets de … Continue reading “Le Mas de Rey”
Beaujeu is the only estate of the Pays d’Arles which kept the balance between the old days and today practices. Since five generations, they carry on doing a diversify agriculture where viticulture mix with cereal, pasture and protected areas. The estate is certify in organic faring since 1974.
L’Atelier by Jean-Luc Rabanel, the first starred organic chef, 2 Michelin stars. L’Atelier just won the title « table exceptionnelle » and it is now ranked with « 5 chef’s hat » in Gault Millau guide since 2012. This privilege is only given to 11 restaurants in France.