Alongside the Rhone you will find the city of Arles. Its Roman monuments were listed as World Heritage Sites in 1981 by UNESCO and the town has such grand artistic links as to have been the home of Vincent Van Gough from 1888 ? 1889, a time during which he produced around 300 paintings and drawings.
The Romans took possession of the town in 123BC and their expansion turned it into a city. It sided with Julius Caesar against Pompey and as a reward was given the possessions of the town of Massalia who was siding with Pompey. In Roman times Arles was known as a cultural and religious center.
Modern Arles made it a welcoming place for Vincent Van Gough to settle and whilst he was there he painted many of his famous paintings which were influenced by local landscapes. Amongst these were: The Night Caf?, Yellow Room, Starry Night over the Rhone and L?Arlesienne.
Whilst you are in the region there are plenty of things to see and do. A visit to the Roman Theatre, seeing the thermal baths of Constantine or having a closer view at the Obelisk de Arles might surprise you. The latter is located in front of the town hall, in the Place de la Republique, and was built by Emperor Constantine.
The town is also a cultural center, also hosting regular bullfights which are humane in that the bull is not killed but the matador attempts to remove a tassel from the bulls? horns. Arles is also the host of bullfights where the bull is killed and these are preceded by a bull run through the streets. They are held at Easter and during the first weekend in September, these adrenaline-pumping activities attract numerous tourists each year.
Driving in France is without difficulties and the roads are well equipped for motorists with roadside facilities frequently available. The easy way to get around the area is to look at car hire in Arles and you will find that there are many companies available to hire from, but if you look at www.tripindicator.com you will find that they can do all the searching for you and will allow you to compare the costs of each available company at the click of a button. You can then choose the one that best suits your requirements and pocket and book within minutes. This takes the stress out of hiring a car and leaves you to enjoy your holiday.