Arles is a city with a crystal clear vision - one simple concept, beautifully executed and embraced by residents and visitors alike. Les Rencontres de la Photographie is a 3 month long celebration of all things photographic, from simple exhibitions and events to screenings, literary readings and concerts.
The refreshing and unique thing about this festival is that each year, more and more hidden buildings and spaces are discovered and turned in to pop up galleries - medieval churches and town mansions, council buildings and empty retail spaces, in fact anywhere with the ability to display imagery seems to be fair game.
It's also well aware of its cool status, with refined wine bars, restaurants and shops catering for the thousands of creatives, foodies and fashionistas who descend on the city each and every year.
Arles is now a firm favourite for a yearly father and daughter long weekend.