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a gite or reasonably priced hotel in Arles?

Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy-SJPDP (Apr-May 14),
Via de la Plata (Sep-Nov14),
Arles - SDC (Sept-Nov 15),
Lisbon-SDC 2017
New meaning to travelling light: Ryanair has 'misplaced' my camino back pack on its London (Stansted)-Tampere route. I now have the clothes I'm wearing and three months' medication in a tiny packable day pack.

I'm due in Arles 29 August for three nights before starting the Arles route. Is anyone able to recommend a place to stay to which I can have a replacement Miam miam dodo GR653 sent, along with a bit of replacement gear?

Also the name of an outdoor firm in Arles where I can get walking poles and a new back pack?

With many thanks,
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Sorry to learn of your situation.
Are you in Tampere, Finland now?

For inexpensive places to stay in Arles see this handy list from that Bureau de Tourisme

For outdoor gear in Arles try Decathlon. They are having end of summer sales now with good bargains. If you Google the terms Arles sporting goods a tiny map will appear with this and other similar shops.

Try to relax and enjoy the atmosphere wherever you might be!

Bon chemin and Buen camino!

Margaret Meredith
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Except the Francés
I stayed in Arles over a bank holiday in May 2014 when many places were full, and managed to get a room in the budget hotel Balladins https://www.balladins.com/fr/reservation-hotel-balladins-arles-_R_216_8_.php It was perfectly adequate, about 10 minutes walk from the railway station.

I'm sure you can pick up a copy of Miam Miam Dodo from the excellent (and huge) Libraries Actes Sud, right in the centre of town near the river. According to their website they have copies of the Arles-Puente la Reina edition, but you might want to call them on 0033 04905677 to reserve a copy, or order the GR653 edition - I'm fairly sure many of the staff will speak English if you don't speak French. They've also got a nice bistro.

Hope you have time to enjoy Arles, it's a great city with an amazing atmosphere and some fascinating sites.


What rotten luck! There's a really lovely 3-star in Arles called D'Arlatan that may be a bit much for starting a pilgrimage, but that is so charming it might be worth it. It's in Centre Ville and has an area of glass/acrylic flooring to view an excavation site underneath that glows with amber lights. The breakfast area is on a stone courtyard. Fun to visit the bull ring and especially Les Alyscamps where there is a dovecote that sounds almost like the ocean with all the resonant warbling.

So sorry for this bit of misfortune, Bernice, and best wishes for a smooth rest of your Camino!

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