Frédéric Mistral, speech to the Arlésiens in 1887 :
« Ô Arles, you who have been all that one can be, the metropolis of an empire, the capital of a kingdom and the matron of freedom »
Proud… Like the poet Frédéric Mistral, Arlésiens and Arlésiennes are the guarantors of Provençal culture.
Girls wear the traditional costume from an early age and dream of becoming, perhaps one day, Queen of Arles !
Every three years, on the occasion of the Fête des Gardians, on May 1, thousands of people gather at Place de la République to discover the one that will embody these traditions, far from a classic beauty contest! Do not miss the First Fruits of Rice in September with its parade of floats. Here, the festivals are not part of folklore but of a deep attachment to the Provençal identity.
To realize this, you should definitely visit the Museon Arlaten, which reopens in the fall of 2020, after more than 10 years of renovation. This ethnographic museum, founded by Frédéric Mistral himself, is a benchmark in Provençal culture and a heritage gem with its Roman remains classified by UNESCO.