In warm weather Arlesians and summer tourists sit out on the cafe terraces along the Boulevard des Lices and on the many squares in the historical centre.

The Forum square remains the most happening and popular square, attracting Arlesians and tourists alike. On the 1st of May it is on the route of Herdsmen's parade, as they come to salute the statue of Frédéric Mistral. It gathers all the aficionados during Ferias and becomes difficult to cross. In 1888 Van Gogh made the Forum square famous by painting the façade of a cafe facing onto it. 

The place Voltaire, close to the arena, was restored in 2010. The plane trees and cafes make it look like a village square, and it holds events and concerts (Rues en musique) during the spring and summer months.

The Paul Doumer and Antonelle squares, in the middle of the Roquette district, offer many small shops (butchers, grocers, bakery,…) but also restaurants, cafes, turning the oldest district into the life and soul of the city . They are also caught up in the rhythm of events in Arles, whether it is photography, music, Chritmas events or the carnaval.

Nina Berberova square has now become Arles' cultural centre. 

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