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From Saint-Raphaël to Arles

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  • Amphitheater of Arles
    / Amphitheater of Arles
    Photo: Rolf Süssbrich, CC BY, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Place Republice, Arles
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  • / The city center of Arles
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The third/last stage of Via Aurelia is for exploring natural sites and leads you to Arles, one of the oldest French cities.
Distance 207.5 km
2:05 h
1,102 m
1,117 m
With a total length of approx. 200 km, the last stage of Via Aurelia offers a lot of space for spontaneous stop-offs at the coast or in the French hinterland. Off the route you can find two particular geolocial sites, the plateau of “Balcons de la Mescla“ and the breathtaking canyon of Verdon. At the end of the tour, in the city of Arles you can enjoy one of the oldest cities of France with its well-preserved ancient buildings. Even passionate hikers will find a suitable tour at a nearby regional park.

Author’s recommendation

You should schedule sufficient time for visiting “Balcons de la Mescla“ and the canyon of Verdon.
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Author
Wolfgang Paulus
Update: December 04, 2017
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
391 m
Lowest point
1 m
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Safety information

Please check road conditions before starting the tour.

 

 

Start

Saint Raphaël , Place Sadi Carnot (7 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.424973, 6.767768
DMS
43°25'29.9"N 6°46'04.0"E
UTM
32T 319310 4810429
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Destination

Arles, Boulevard des Lices

Turn-by-turn directions

At Saint-Raphaël we take D N7 northwards and change onto A 8 after nearly 10 km in western direction. After 55 km we pass by Brignones, reach Aix-en-Provence and after further 70 km we change onto the motorway A7 heading north. 12 km ahead, on the outskirts of Salon-de-Provence we change westwards onto A 54 ab and circumnavigate “Parc naturel régional des Alpilles“ on D 569 and D 17. Following D 17 in western direction, we reach our destination Arles after 40 km, passing by Maussane-les-Alpilles and Fontveille.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From the bus station Fioranello/appia at the airport of Rome-Ciampino you need no take the bus line 720 to Laurentina until the last station (duration: about 40 min.), then change to line 31 in direction of Clodio until Anastasio li/ richelmy (duration: further 40 min.). Then you have to walk about 200 meters until Via Sant‘Agatone Papa (total duration: 85 minutes). From there you need to get to Saint-Raphaël via the first and second stage of the Via Aurelia tour.

Getting there

Starting from the airport of Rome-Ciampino, we take Via Appia Nuova (SS 7) and Viale di Porta Ardeatina heading for Piazzale Ostiense, then we continue by Via Anastasio II until Via Sant’Agatone Papa (total duration: about one hour; total length: 20 km aprox.). From there you need to get to Saint-Raphaël via the first and second stage of the Via Aurelia tour.

Parking

You’ll find parking lots within the cities and small towns along the route.

Coordinates

DD
43.424973, 6.767768
DMS
43°25'29.9"N 6°46'04.0"E
UTM
32T 319310 4810429
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

For the stopovers along the road you’ll need sturdy shoes with a good profile, warm clothes and rainwear.

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Distance
207.5 km
Duration
2:05 h
Ascent
1,102 m
Descent
1,117 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights

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