We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cryptoportiques

Rue Balze, Arles, France
04-90-49-36-74
Improve this listing
Ranked #17 of 28 attractions in Arles
Type: Historic Sites
21 visitor photos
Write a Review

127 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    32
    40
    40
    14
    1
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

They could have spent hours down there-- creepy, unexplained Roman ruins lying around. I had no idea it would be that appealing, but their imaginations ran wild down there and they loved it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
sale
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The entrance is within the Hotel de Ville, although the signs outside pointed in a completely different direction. Not a lot to see unless you are particularly interested in foundations and roman engineering. Be careful where you put your feet, there are some pretty big puddles.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is worth a visit (best buy is to get the ticket for 9 euros that enables entrance to 5 sites, each one around 6 euros). It is surprising how large the underground structure is; it was above ground in the Roman times.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vancouver, Washington
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

If you don't have any information about the Cryptoportiques, then it may not be worthwhile. I had a guidebook that explained the reason and importance of these underground tunnels, so I found them to be another interesting example of Roman engineering. Young adults and children seemed to enjoy the atmosphere in the dark and somewhat damp passages. If you buy... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

There is an entrance fee of around 3.50 euros. We went underground expecting to see something spectacular. We walked in this underground crypt, but there is really nothing. I was expecting to see some tombs, but this underground passage is just an empty place. We were out of there after 10 or 15 minutes. Not worth the money we paid... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sao Paulo, SP
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Waste of time, there is nothing down there, only a humid long 3 corridors and lots of broken pieces of the roman town.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lausanne, Switzerland
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
39 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Huge empty underground, whose actual purpose seems still not very clear, so this explains the missing information panels... Nevertheless we found it interesting, and good for some "effects" pictures. The atmosphere is a "Dan Brown - Angels&Demons" one. Be careful where you put your feet, wait for your eyes to get used to the dark.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Midhurst, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Underneath the Place du Forum in Arles this underground space is extraordinary. It is accessed via a door in the Town Hall and is open from 9.00am. I was the only visitor when I went and it was quite creepy, like a film set, dark, long vaults with pillars and old pieces of carved pillars set down on the ground.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oakville, Canada
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We had no idea what to expect when we went in, and there was no information on the site at the front desk. It's just a huge underground support structure for the original forum. Very disappointing; give this one a pass.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

As many others commented.. it just wasn't well advertised or explained in the literature. There were a few 8+year olds that were having a blast running around. Imaginations were at work. If you have bought the Arles card or another discount, it might be worth it. Maybe if you need a cool walk. There is nowhere to stop and rest... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Cryptoportiques also viewed

 
Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone
Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone
 

Been to Cryptoportiques? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Cryptoportiques, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing