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Surrounding Arles

The Camargue and the Alpilles

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Arles (Roman Arlate) is on the edge of the Camargues. Day trips an hour's drive from here include all the the Camarge, with Aigues-Mortes, the Alpilles to the east, with St Remy-de-Provence the the countryside of Van Gogh. Our photo (above) is the Montmajor Abbey, a 10-minute drive from Arles.

Aigues-Mortes [47 km] Walled, fortified town beside the Camargue, launching place of the crusades.

Arles [0 km] Large town on the Rhone, with Roman Arena and Theater; Great Provencal museum, cafés, shops. UNESCO site: Roman and Romanesque Monuments (199x).

Les Baux-de-Provence [28 km] Ancient fortified village in the Alpilles, with an old village and extensive fortress area to visit. Nearby Carrieres Lumieres, St-Remy. A "Plus Beaux Villages de France".

Beaucaire [19 km] Town on Rhône, across from Tarascon. Canal harbor. Chateau fortress is visitable.

Camargue [5 km] A South-of-France cowboy-country wetlands, home of black bulls, white horses, pink flamingos and migratory birds.

Camargue Pont de Grau [33 km] Nature bird park with flamingo flocks, nesting herons, water birds. Best in Spring or Autumn.

Cavaillon [45 km] Large farming town famous for its cantaloupes (melons).

Eygalières [39 km] A very nice little village with interesting Medieval ruins on its hilltop, and popular locally for its weekly Provencal market.

Fontvieille [14 km] An ancient town with prehistoric and Roman ancestry, now quite urban but with nice architecture. 14th-century watch tower Tour l'Abbé beside a 16th-c building. 19th-c Chateau de Montauban where Daudet stayed. 17th-c Chateau de Barbegal; 12th-c ruins of the Montpaon fortified castle. The 18th-century Daudet windmills 1 km south.

Frigolet Abbey [27 km] Frigolet is a 10th-century Abbey in the isolated hills on the east side of the Rhône between Tarascon and Avignon. Originally Benedictine, it's now run by the Premonstratensians. Grounds open for visitors most of the time; Monastery visits very limited.

Glanum [28 km] Excavated Roman town on 4th-c BC site. Also Roman monuments.

Istres [46 km] Ancient and Medieval maritime town with a high fortified church, theatre, a lovely lake-side park and a good paleontological museum.

Miramas [37 km] The picturesque old town vieille ville sits on a hilltop 3 km from the new town.

Montmajour Abbey [9 km] 10th-c fortified Benedictine monastery near Arles, with church, cloister, hermitage and chapel, stone necropolis.

Nîmes [33 km] Large town with Roman arena, old-town streets in the center. Traffic difficult.

Saint Chamas [43 km] An ancient fortified town and fishing village, with a direct history from the 5th century. It has a "comb" of rectilinear streets by the port and a 17th-century black powder factory. Nearby Pont Flavien, 1st-century Roman bridge, museum and olive oil mill.

Saint Gilles [18 km]

Saint Rémy-de-Provence [26 km] Interesting little town, where Van Gogh painted and Nostradamus born. Sat or Wed market day is best for a visit.

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer [38 km] Seaside resort town, annual Gypsy gatherings, bullfights, Camargue safaris. A "Plus Beaux Detours de France".

Salon-de-Provence [43 km]

Tarascon [17 km] Medieval fortified town on Rhône, across from Beaucaire. Chateau visitable.

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