Arles is a city in southern France on the Rhone River. The city was once a provincial capital of ancient Rome. There are many physical remnants from that era and it entices many workers to experience coliving here.
Once an important hub for trade, the city is now known for so much more. The great Vincent van Gogh painted almost 300 paintings while residing in Arles. The city has inspired many artists to take residence in the historical city, although none as renowned as van Gogh.
Many fall in love with Arles and the Roman remnants that the city holds dear to its heart. One of the most visited is the oval arena resembling Rome's Colosseum - the arena was home to gladiators and chariot races. Although you can no longer witness a chariot race, the arena still places a significant role and holds concerts and bullfights.
The Arles Theater is another piece of architecture that is still utilized 2 000 years after its creation. Although not as precise as it looked in back in the day, the theater still represents all its former glory, and to be honest, there is nothing as amazing as experiencing a performance under the starry sky.
Even though van Gogh only spent one year in Arles, some of his most famous work was created here, like the Night Café. With exhibits and walking tours dedicated to van Gogh and his art, it is one of the most popular reasons to visit Arles. It is here where he famous mutilated his own ear.
Arles is exceptionally safe and easy to navigate and transport is easy to come by. The city even has free mini buses circling the old city every Monday to Saturday. Buses are affordable and widely used although it is common to rent a bicycle or simply take a taxi.
Many young female digital nomads enjoy the city because of its relaxed culture and safe atmosphere. With sunshine and cobbled streets, it is hard to feel anything, but at ease and inspired here.
Here are some fun facts about Arles:
- There are three twin tunnels under Arles, and to this day, people are not exactly sure what they were used for
- Although van Gogh is famous for mutilating his ear, the sad truth is that he suffered from severe depression during the time he created some of his most famous paintings
- Arles is a fantastic affordable place to stay while visiting the more famous cities in southern France