Welcome to Saint Rémy de Provence, the capital of the Alpilles and one of France's oldest villages. Situated about twenty kilometers from Avignon, Saint Rémy de Provence is an elegant town that has been a hub of art and culture in Provence for centuries.

What makes this town special?

Located in the heart of The Alpilles Regional Natural Park, Saint Rémy de Provence, originally called Glanum, was founded in 500 BC. As a Roman city, it was destroyed during barbarian invasions but flourished in the Middle Ages. Enclosed by ramparts, the town acquired numerous private mansions during the Renaissance. In the 19th century, it became a magnet for artists, the most famous being Vincent Van Gogh, who stayed during 1889-1890 and created a huge 150 paintings inspired by the local light and landscapes.

When trains first left Paris in the 19th century, they had two stops: Saint Rémy de Provence and Aix en Provence. The architecture of the buildings in the main village bears a heavy influence of Parisian design, adding an extra layer of charm and historical significance.

Upon entering Saint Rémy de Provence, visitors are immediately charmed by the shady boulevards, historic center, and squares adorned with enchanting fountains. The town is teeming with historic estates, convents, chapels, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes with inviting terraces perfect for relaxation.

In summer, Saint Rémy de Provence hosts two lively and colorful markets at Place de la République and in part of the town center. The Wednesday morning market features a variety of Provençal products, while the Saturday market focuses mainly on food.

Throughout the summer, the town organises numerous events such as the Jazz Under the Stars festival, the Antiques of Glanum fair, an authentic feria, and the Organa Festival, a major opera event featuring renowned organists from around the world.

Places not to be missed in Saint Rémy de Provence

Frédéric Mistral Museum in Maillane

Literature enthusiasts should visit this museum a few kilometers from Saint-Rémy de Provence. Dedicated to the famous Provençal poet and Nobel Prize winner Frédéric Mistral, the house showcases his contributions to the Provençal language and his famous 19th-century French-Occitan dictionary, "Lou Tresor d'óu Felibrige."

Les Baux de Provence

Don't miss this village with its medieval castle, stunning views of the Camargue, and the Carrières de Lumières, an immersive art experience.

Saint-Paul de Mausole

Located just outside Saint-Rémy, this former monastery is where Vincent van Gogh spent a year in treatment. Today, it offers visitors a chance to see the artist's room, a beautiful garden inspired by his paintings, and a museum dedicated to his work. The tranquil surroundings provide a glimpse into the environment that influenced some of Van Gogh's most famous works.

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Getting to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

The nearest major airport is Marseille Provence Airport, approximately 70 kilometers away. For those traveling by train, the Avignon TGV station is about 20 kilometers from Saint-Rémy, providing high-speed rail connections to Paris and other major cities. During the summer months, there is a direct train from Kings Cross to Avignon, while outside these months, there is a convenient changeover in Paris. Whether you arrive by plane or train, reaching Saint-Rémy is straightforward and hassle-free.

Taking the scenic route

Driving to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is an excellent way to experience the picturesque beauty of the Provencal roads. Routes such as the D99 and D27 offer stunning views of The Alpilles and are ideal for keen explorers. 

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Useful information about Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a charming village located in the heart of The Alpilles region in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur area of southern France. Known for its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and cultural heritage, the village offers numerous attractions and experiences. Here are some key highlights:

Historical and cultural attractions:

Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery: This 12th-century Romanesque monastery is famous for being the place where Vincent van Gogh was treated in 1889-1890. The artist created over 150 paintings during his stay, including some of his most famous works.

Glanum: An ancient Roman archaeological site located just outside the village. It includes well-preserved ruins of a Roman city, with structures such as the Triumphal Arch and the Mausoleum of the Julii.

Musée des Alpilles: A museum dedicated to the local history, culture, and traditions of The Alpilles region, including exhibitions on archaeology, ethnology, and fine arts.

Scenic beauty:

Les Alpilles: A small range of limestone hills offering breathtaking views, hiking trails, and the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Provence region.

Lavender Fields and Olive Groves: The surrounding countryside is dotted with picturesque lavender fields and olive groves, providing a quintessential Provençal landscape.

Local Markets and Shopping:

Wednesday Market: Saint-Rémy hosts a lively weekly market every Wednesday morning. It is one of the largest and most popular markets in the region, offering local produce, crafts, clothing, and souvenirs.

Boutiques and Art Galleries: The village is home to numerous boutiques and galleries where visitors can purchase local crafts, artworks, and regional specialties.

Culinary delights:

Local Cuisine: The village boasts several restaurants and bistros serving traditional Provençal dishes, such as ratatouille, bouillabaisse, and aioli. Many establishments emphasize the use of local ingredients.

Wineries and Olive Oil Mills: The area around Saint-Rémy is known for its wine and olive oil production. Visitors can tour local wineries and mills to sample and purchase these regional products.

Events and festivals:

Fête de la Transhumance: An annual festival celebrating the traditional practice of moving livestock to higher pastures for the summer. The event includes a parade of sheep and other livestock through the village streets.

Feria de Saint-Rémy: A lively event featuring bullfighting, music, dancing, and other festivities, reflecting the Spanish influence in the region.

Practical information:

Getting There: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is accessible by car, and the nearest major cities are Avignon and Arles. The village is well-connected by regional roads and has ample parking facilities.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is during the spring and summer months (April to September) when the weather is pleasant, and many outdoor activities and festivals take place.

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a quintessential Provençal village that offers a perfect blend of history, culture, natural beauty, and local charm.

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