Nimes airport is only 20km from the city of Arles, but unfortunately there is no public transport linking them, so taxi or car hire would be necessary. Luckily there are plenty of alternative travel options for those wishing to visit Arles. Long-haul international bus company Eurolines is one option, and there is also a train station regularly served by trains from major French destinations such as Nimes, Montpellier, Marseille and Avignon. For those travelling in from the UK, why not catch the Eurostar and hop on a connecting train ? Once in the city much of the sights and activities are within easy reach on foot or by bus. Your Campanile Arles hotel makes sure you are close to all the action.
Provencal cuisine is a delicate and delectable mix of traditional French and Mediterranean ingredients. Vegetables are a prominent ingredient in most Provencal cooking, with fresh local ingredients such as tomatoes, aubergine, onions and asparagus enjoyed both raw in salads and cooked in stews or bakes. Fruit is the most commonly enjoyed desert, and what a refreshing treat after a long day of exploration in the beautiful sunshine.
In terms of events in Arles, the city is most famous for its International Photography Festival. This festival has been running for years and has become part of the cultural heritage of Arles. Photographers can exhibit their work in this three-month extravaganza and gain exposure to literally thousands of people (estimated attendees for 2011 were 84,000.) Collectors, curators, publishers, photographers and curious tourists are all welcome to sample some of the best photography from around the globe in this beautiful southern French setting.
Did you know that Arles was home to the world’s oldest woman ? According to the Guinness Book of Records, Jeanne Calmert lived to be 121 and died in Arles in 1997. Whether it was due to the nutritious Provencal cuisine, it’s impossible to say, but a holiday in Arles is certainly rejuvenating.