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Seated in the shade of Arles's plane trees on place du Forum, sunning at the foot of the obelisk on place de la République, meditating in the cloister of St-Trophime, or strolling the rampart walkway along the sparkling Rhône, you can see what enchanted Gauguin and drove Van Gogh mad with inspiration. It's the light: intense, vivid, crystalline, setting off planes of color and shadow with prismatic concentration. As a foil to this famous light, multihue Arles—with its red-and-gold ocher, cool gray stone, and blue-black shade—is unsurpassed.

FEATURED PLACES

  • Château du Barroux

    Château du Barroux

    -04–90–62–35–21
  • Musée Pierre de Luxembourg

    Musée Pierre de Luxembourg

    2 rue de la République -04–90–27–49–66
  • Village des Bories

    Village des Bories

    -04–90–72–03–48
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