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Things to do around the Chateau de Paon in Arles

3 days in the Camargue


LUMA Arles

In 2013, Maja Hoffmann launched LUMA Arles, an interdisciplinary creative campus where, through exhibitions, conferences, live performances, architecture and design, thinkers, artists, researchers, and scientists question the relationships between art, culture, environment, education, and research.

Fondation Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh is a pivotal figure in the art of the 20th century. His oeuvre continues to influence artists and exert an unprecedented magnetism upon the public right up to the present. It was in Arles that Van Gogh produced – within the space of just 15 months between February 1988 and May 1888 – his finest masterpieces.

Inaugurated in April 2014, the Foundation Vincent van Gogh Arles pays due homage to the work of Van Gogh while at the same time exploring his impact upon art today.

Camargue Natural Regional Park

The Camargue is a natural region located in the south of Arles, France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River delta.

The eastern arm is called the Grand Rhône and the western one is the Petit Rhône. Camargue was designated a “Wetland of International Importance” on 1 December 1986.

Its vast expanses give it a special atmosphere to be found nowhere else. It is paradise for migratory birds, a nesting area for flamingos, and home of bulls and horses.

5 days in the Camargue


Le Pont du Gard

Though principally known for its unusually large and well- preserved aqueduct, the Pont du Gard is also noted for its remarkable natural beauty.

You may discover its magic on the banks of the river Gardon or in the majesty of the Garrigues. Be transported to a more pastoral time in these peaceful surroundings amid the trickle of streams that meander through the astonishing Mediterranean landscape.

Les Baux de Provence

Les Baux-de-Provence is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of Southern France. It is located in the Alpilles mountains, atop a rocky outcrop that is crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains to the south

Les Saintes Maries de La Mer

Right in the heart of the Camargue, this fishing town with white houses is the pilgrimage centre for gypsies. The Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer church, built in the 12th century and fortified in the 15th century, really looks like a fortress. In the summer, the seaside resort of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer comes alive with its beaches, its cafés, its shops and its restaurants offering the Camargue specialities, such as gardiane (bull stew) and telline, a type of small clam.