Arles a Roman Beauty
"Stay for a while"
Arles is a lovely Roman ciity and certainly worth a few days of your time.It does have quite an Italian feel about it and is intimate and easily walkable.When we visited in May June the Mistral was blowing which apparently was quite unusual this late. It did make some evenings pretty cold but fortunately it warmed up before we left.
Arles is quite touristy compared to Nimes where we'd started but this does mean there are a lot of services available such as a very helpful tourist office.We did find it difficult to get a really nice meal though.The restaurants outside our hotel on the Place du Forum were bog standard and expensive tourist fodder. We did have a good meal on the last night though in a small Moroccon restaurant on a side street leading to the Amphitheatre.If we had been staying longer we might have found some better places, but we did get the impression that with this many tourists being a captive audience, the restaurants didnt really need to care.
Arles itself though is lovely and intimate and I would certainly visit again.Make sure you take the bus to Stes Maries de la Mer it worth it just to climb to the church roof and sea the rather Spanish looking view. We would also certainly return to the Hotel du Forum as this was a gem and the friendliness of the staff stood out.