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Arles Amphitheatre

Arles, Provence, France

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Aerial view down on the amphitheater surrounded by houses

The biggest and one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in France, where 20,000 would come to watch gladiators fight to the death.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 13+

Courses Camarguaises

Arles, Provence, France

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man dodging away from a bull in the arena

Provence’s bloodless bullfights are one of the region’s most exciting and best-loved sports, a cultural phenomenon held in the magnificent Roman amphitheatre of Arles.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 8+

Duration: 1+ hours

When: April-October

Frequency: monthly

Van Gogh Walk in Arles

Arles, Provence, France

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The Langlois Bridge beside a replica of a Van Gogh painting

Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps around Arles, the town where he painted some of his best-known works.

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 1-2 hours

Arles Museum of Antiquity

Arles, Provence, France

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The exterior of the museum, with a path dotted with benches leading to it

An archaeology museum housing a fascinating collection of sculptures, mosaics and much more from the ancient Arles region – artifacts date from prehistoric times until the 6th century AD.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 18+

Les Alyscamps

Arles, Provence, France

View into a graveyard with old ruin walls around

An evocative, romantic Roman burial ground – once the most famous cemetery in medieval Europe. It’s the burial site of the legendary St Trophime and the first bishops of Arles, and remains an important stop on the pilgrimage to Compostela.

Best for ages 18+

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Vincent Van Gogh Foundation

Arles, Provence, France

A low white wall painted with Van Gogh's signature

Arles is world-famous thanks to Van Gogh, but to the city’s eternal regret no one bought any of his paintings. This foundation, in the newly renovated Hotel Leautaud de Donines, is dedicated to art exhibitions inspired by the artist.

Adult price: £9

Best for ages 18+

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The Camargue

Arles, Provence, France

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A man on horseback shepherds black bulls through a cloud of smoke

A massive, wildlife-filled river delta, where gardians (French cowboys) ride white ponies and herd black Camargue bulls amid vast flocks of pink flamingos. Brilliant for horse-riding, hiking, cycling, and wildlife safaris.

Best for ages 18+

Luma

Arles, Provence, France

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Frank Gehry’s striking crumpled silver tower houses the enormous project of the art-and Arles-loving billionaire heiress Maja Hoffmann, to create a new art gallery and new space for artists. Worth going to admire the architecture, if nothing else.

Best for ages 18+

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