Excursion around Montpellier in the city of Arles

Excursions around Montpellier: Arles

Your language stay in the South of France is a chance for you to discover French culture, the region and the key tourist cities around Montpellier. Among them is Arles, a city with a very rich heritage in the heart of Provence, which you will be able to discover during a very popular excursion.


During your excursion to Arles, you will discover a city divided in two between the Rhône on one side and the Camargue on the other. It is integrated like an island in the heart of exceptional natural spaces: the banks of the Rhône, the arid plain of the Crau, the wild Camargue and the Alpilles. Camargue traditions such as rice growing, bull breeding and manades are therefore very present in Arles. The Camargue is indeed a still wild area, a natural and protected reserve, unique in the South of France.


The language courses in Montpellier offer you unique opportunities to discover sites that have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: explore Arles, a sunny city, a city of art and history full of fragrance.


Arles is especially known for its very rich historical heritage, it is in fact the city with the most Roman monuments after Rome, you will discover several of them during the guided tour of the city, some of which are also listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.


During the excursion you will have the chance to see the famous amphitheatre, a landmark of this Roman city. It is now famous for hosting large bullfights during the period of the emblematic feria, a typical festival in the South of France. Amongst Arles' landmarks you will also find the ancient theatre, the church of St Trophime and the forum.


A city of celebration, history and culture, Arles has never ceased to attract artists. The famous painter Van Gogh stayed here with his friend Gauguin. Picasso, a fan of bullfighting, devoted 2 paintings and 57 drawings to it... There is also an unmissable cultural space in Arles, the one dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh; he had indeed spent some time in Arles, a city where the light is bright thanks to the Mediterranean sun and which gives an intense effect on the painters' canvases.


During your free time during the excursion, do not hesitate to immerse yourself in French culture, to stroll through the Provençal streets of the city, to taste typical Provençal products such as olive oil or simply to observe the French way of life at a café terrace, your language immersion will be all the more successful!


Don't forget during your language study stay in Montpellier to learn French, to take the time to discover French culture and all the wonders that abound in the Montpellier region and the whole South of France. Our varied programme of cultural activities will help you to do just that, so make the most of it!


Enjoy your French language holiday in France, meet friends from all over the world and have a great time learning French and discovering the amazing sites of the region!