Saint Rémy de Provence
Département of the Bouches du Rhône.
30km south of Avignon via the D571.
in the heart of the Alpilles, Saint Rémy is one of the "must-sees" in
Provence. Surrounded by lush green perfumed valleys, its ancient
streets are lined with beautifully restored old houses... you will
soon be seduced by Saint Rémy's charm!
through the narrow winding streets you will discover fantastic old
fountains, shady squares, picturesque restaurants and elegant
boutiques. From the place Jean Jaurès to the gates of the old town,
you will come across a long succession of "hôtels particuliers" (often
converted into museums or art galleries), convents, chapels, and
ornate houses from the 17th and 18th century.
The beauty of
the countryside and the quality of light has inspired many artists,
writers and painters. Without a doubt, the most famous was Vincent Van
Gogh who produced more than150 paintings of the countryside
surrounding Saint Rémy de Provence.
You can walk to the very same places painted
by the artist and discover the mountain of St Rémy, fields of wheat
and coquelicots (wild flowers), olive
trees and cypruses - all just as it was more than a century ago.
Saint Rémy de
Provence is an historic village built on one of the oldest
archeological sites in Europe. Visitors can fossick among the remains
of the "Comptoir de Glanum" which was founded in the 3rd century BC,
before control passed to the Romans under Julius Cesar.
The ruins have seen the passing of several civilisations
and you can visit the "grands Thermes", the long residential avenue,
the temple and the natural spring of a true gallo-roman city, dating
from 30 to 10 years before Christ. Two important monuments are visible
next to the site : l'Arc de Triomphe and the Mausolée des Antiques.
Following a logical procession of the excavations at
Glanum, you can then visit the archeological centre at the Hôtel de
Sade, a splendid example of 15th century architecture.
If you love
history, art or charming boutiques, you will feel quite at home in
Saint-Rémy. The beautiful residences on the outskirts of the village
and the shady cafes of "la place Jean-Jaurès" not only attract
tourists but celebrities as well. Far from the crowds of the Cote
d'Azur, artists and movie stars are known to seek refuge here, where
they can appreciate the unhurried pace of life. As soon as you arrive
in Saint Rémy, you won't want to leave...!
Historic sites to visit :
Excavations of Glanum (gallo-roman city).
The Antiques (Arc and Mausolée of the roman era).
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
(psychiatric centre which treated Van Gogh).
Collégiale Saint-Martin 14th and 18th century.
Glanum archeological museum (Hôtel de Sade)
Musée des Alpilles
(Arts and crafts, local customs, hôtel particulier from the
Van Gogh Art Centre (18th century Hôtel Estrine).
Fondation Mario Prassinos (Chapel ND de Pitié).
Musée des Arômes.
Leisure activities :
Hiking, tourist trails, horse-riding,
Guided visits : Van Gogh, Nostradamus and the Glanum site.
Tennis, horse-riding, gliding, swimming pool, pétanque and fishing.
Numerous cultural events, arts and craft markets, exhibitions and
12 Hotels. 10 Hotel-restaurants. 2
4 Camp sites (1 at a farm). Gîtes ruraux. Bed and breakfast. 25