Originally Arelate (from the Celtic Ar (high) and lath (near marshes) ) Arles was colonised by Greeks from Asia Minor in the 6th century BC and was already an important port by the time of Julius Caesar’s invasion in 49BC, having been linked to the Mediterranean by a canal in 104BC.
Its numerous Roman remains testify to its importance as a Roman port, colonised by veterans of the 6th Legion, who built the ramparts as well as an amphiteatre, a theatre, baths and temples. The naval boatyards were in the suburb of Trinquetaille.
Its glory days were to come in the 5th century AD when Emperor Constantine installed himself there and built an imperial palace. Arleta became a major trading centre and was the seat of the Prefecture of the Gauls.
After the fall of the Roman Empire it was plundered by Saracens in the 8th century, but became the capital of the Kingdom of Arles (combi ning Burgundy and part of Provence), later ceding to Charles I of Anjou, which effectively tied it to the future of Provence.
Though still a charming, meandering town, it was never to have such importance again. Probably its latest claim to fame was the arrival there in 1888 of Vincent van Gogh who, seduced by its light and colour, began a frantic period of creativity there: in all, 200 paintings and 100 drawings.
Today, apart from tourism, it is the centre of an important merino sheep-breeding area.
Within its walls and its 16th century chapel lies a small hotel, at once charming and full of character. Book online now Price: From €75 No of rooms: 15 Cards: Amex Visa/Mcard Child rate: No Garden Ratings:
Located at 5 minutes from the city centre of Arles, close to the main tourists monuments and attractions. Book online now Price: From €65 No of rooms: 67 Cards: Amex Diners Visa/Mcard Child rate: No Ratings:
Campanile Arles is ideally located just 2km from the city centre of Arles. Part of the Campanile group, our hotel will welcome you with a tranquille atmosphere and wonderful service. Book online now Price: From €64 No of rooms: 41 Cards: Visa/Mcard Switch Child rate: No Ratings:
Our Hotel, of 26 spacious rooms, has a large parking in a quiet garden. We have double rooms, triples and suites with TV, phone and minibar. Book online now Price: From €55 No of rooms: 27 Cards: Visa/Mcard Child rate: No Ratings:
Our hotel has 20 rooms, a restaurant grill and private parking. All of our comfortable rooms are equipped with bathroom with WC, phone and television. Book online now Price: From €50 No of rooms: 20 Cards: Visa/Mcard Child rate: Yes Garden Ratings:
The Kyriad Arles is ideally situated on the outskirts of Arles. Only 2 kilometres from the centre with the nearest motorway at 1 kilometre from the hotel. Book online now Price: From €49 No of rooms: 44 Cards: Visa/Mcard Switch Child rate: No Ratings:
This 2 Star Hotel located in the heart of Arles offers guests comfortable accommodation in an attractive setting. Book online now Price: From €46 No of rooms: 25 Cards: Amex Visa/Mcard Child rate: No Ratings:
The hotel is located in the Old City close to shops and restaurants. Situated near the historical monuments the hotel is totally refurbished and offers a cozy atmosphere. Book online now Price: From €46 No of rooms: 33 Cards: Amex Diners Visa/Mcard Child rate: No Ratings:
The Mirador Hotel is ideally located within 5 minutes walk from the city's tourist area and the Roman amphitheatre. Nelly and Richard are welcoming you in their hotel of charm and tradition. Book online now Price: From €33 No of rooms: 15 Cards: Amex Diners Visa/Mcard Child rate: No Ratings:
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