Arles from the Riverside

At kilometer 284 (PK284) along the Rhone, we approach the city of Arles.  Presently, there are no available pontoons or quays for pleasure craft on which to stop and secure for a visit into the city.  The riverfront is under construction.  So we took in the views as we passed through.  Below, the Barriol Shipyard no longer offers a mooring for pleasure craft.IMG_5898IMG_5899Previous Halte Fluviale now has one remaining pontoon that appears full with only a few local vessels.IMG_5921 IMG_5924Beneath Arles’ second bridge.IMG_5905IMG_5910Historical Arels’ waterfront.IMG_5907Peek down a side-street of the historical district. IMG_5916Woman carrying a bucket of water from the Rhone.IMG_5902From shore, a boat ramp must be nearby as this sign indicates an area where water sports are permitted such as water-skiing or the use of jet skis.IMG_5900A deteriorated bridge; we joke, reminiscing from our Intracoastal Waterway travels through St. Augustine, FL that this was the “…original Bridge of Lions.” IMG_0374Arles Roman Amphitheater is viewed in the background below.  A passenger vessel is docked at the riverfront wall, the area presently under construction.IMG_5927Fishing vessel secured to a mid-river island.  On the other side is possibly a nice anchorage, however anchoring is prohibited in the rivers and canals.  In fact, our chart books do not indicate any depths or bottom textures.  The chart is more like a road atlas depicting the channel and any precautions.  IMG_5928One last look at Arles.IMG_5930No tour would be complete without a trip to the city dump.  This appeared to be some type of scrap metal yard.IMG_5929We continued past the junction of the Petite Rhone River, passing a fellow sailor heading downstream, onward toward Beaucaire.IMG_5933IMG_5937IMG_5932






  1. Those flood walls are awfully high! Gives you a good idea of what can happen. Arles has a long history according to a few of the references I consulted. van Gogh did a lot of paintings here, too.

  2. Mark, we were able to visit Arles by car. It’s a great city, the focal point a Roman style amphitheater in the center of town. There is a walking trail marked where you can follow Van Gogh’s painted views. As for flooding, the Rhone has quite a history! In the town of Viviers we’d seen several flood heights/year marked on buildings; as recent as 2003 the Rhone flooded very high into Viviers; shoulder height on us nearly at Main Street! I can hardly imagine that much water.

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