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2018 Top-Rated European River Destinations
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Cruise Critic Staff

Port of Arles

Arles is one of the southernmost ports on France's Rhone River, not far the Mediterranean Sea. The city is massive, but the Old Town area feels like its own little village and is quite walkable.

Once inside the heart of the city, it's easy (and we encourage you) to get lost in the plethora of winding cobblestone alleyways. You might even get a sense of deja vu. A number of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings feature scenes from Arles -- most notably, the Cafe Van Gogh from "Cafe Terrace at Night," which is nestled in a lively square among shops and other eateries.

Perhaps the city's most well-known feature, however, is its collection of some of the earliest Roman monuments. The arena, theater and cryptoporticus all date back to the 1st century BC The arena is still in use today.

The city is approximately a five-minute walk from the pier. On days when Arles' pier is overcrowded, riverboats dock at the nearby village of Tarascon and take a 20-minute shuttle ride to the city.

A number of river lines use Arles as either an embarkation or disembarkation point for their cruises, as the city is also within close proximity to Marseille (the nearest, major international airport).

About Arles


Scenes from Vincent van Gogh paintings, such as "Cafe Terrace at Night," can be spotted throughout town


Shops selling authentic, locally made products are hard to find

Bottom Line

The city of Arles is massive, but the walkable Old Town area feels like its own little village

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Euros are the main currency. ATMs are scarce in Arles' Old Town. If you need to take out cash, stop by one of the ATMs in Place Lamartine, a square situated right outside the Old Town entrance.


French is the official language.

Arles Awards

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2018 Top-Rated European River Destinations