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Around Arles there is really so much to see. The choice below is just a kind of starter. For each numer on the map there is an explanation below.

Map of sights around Arles

1: The old town Uzés, with a famous tower to the cathedral, Tour Fenestrelle
2: Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans around 50 AD to transfer water from Uzés to Nimes. In this location, the aqueduct is crossing the river Gard, and the aqueduct is built in three levels. Quite impressive!
Roman theater Orange3. Roman theater in Orange. The town was founded by roman legionaries from 2nd legion. The theater was built in the first century AD, and is now used for opera and concert performances.
Pope Palace Avignon4: Avignon with the Pope Palace. In the 12th century the Popes were placed in Avignon, and they erected a very impressive palace. Avignon also has very well preserved ramparts.
Mont Ventoux5: Mont Ventoux, one of the highest mountains in the region, height 1 912 m. Fantastic view on a clear day!
6: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. The fountain, or spring, of Vaucluse, situated at the feet of a steep cliff 230 metres high, is the biggest spring in France. It is also the fifth largest in the world with an annual flow of 630 million cubic metres.
7: Luberon, a series of mountains with a number of small mountain villages.
8: Mourre Nègre, view point with great view!
9: Plateau des Antiques (Glanum), excavations of a Roman town, placed along Via Aurelia, the Roman road from Milano to Arles
Les Baux de Provence10: Les Baux-de-Provence, very old town with very dramatic setting. This was the first site for bauxite, aluminium ore.
11: Camargue, large National Park with black bulls, white horses, pink flamingoes. Lots of possibilities for riding.
Aigues MortesAigues-Mortes, distance 50 km . Built in the 13th century AD as a port for Cruisades. Starting point for the 6th and 7th Cruisades. At that time some 15 000 inhabitants.

Due to sand deposits from river Rhone, the town lost contact with the sea in the Middle Ages, and was to a great extent abandoned. Fortifications and remparts very well preserved.

Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

According to legend, during the days of early Christians, often dated to the year 42 AD, Lazarus, his sisters Mary Magdalene and Martha, Mary Salome (the mother of the Apostles John and James son of Zebedee), Mary Jacobe, Saint Maximin, Sidonius and Sara, an Egyptian child servant were sent out into the Mediterranean in a boat equipped without sail by their evil Roman persecutors.

After sailing eastwards they arrived at the place we now know as Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Sara is now the patron saint of the Romani (Gypsy) people. Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is the centre of her veneration and a place of pilgrimage for Romanies throughout the world. Saint Sarah, also known as Sarah-la-Kali ("Sarah the black", Sarah e Kali in the Romani language).

Salon-de-Provence, home of Nostradamus. His house is now a museum. The pilot training for the French airforce is in Salon, and here is also the flight show group Patrouille de France, practising.
Cezanne Aix-en-ProvenceAix-en-Provence, distance 50 km, big university. Cézanne was born and lived here. His house is today a museum.
Marseille, distance 90 km , the 2nd biggest city in France with lots of shops, entertainment.
Nice, appox 250 km, with car some 2 h 30 min.
Barcelona, approx 400 km, with car some 4.5 h