Located in the Bouches-du-Rhone department of southern France, Saint-Remy-de-Provence is a wonderfully picturesque village which still stands within the ancient stone walls which originally protected it. Today, Saint-Remy-de-Provence is a lively little town with a number of excellent restaurants and shops laden with local crafts, especially sun-flower decorated pottery, undoubtedly influenced by Saint-Remy-de-Provence’s favourite son, Vincent Van Gogh. Saint-Remy-de-Provence is an essential stop off on most tours of the Cote d’Azur, but there is far more to the town than you could possibly see in a day.
When you first arrive at your Saint-Remy-de-Provence holiday home, a great way to get your bearings is to take the half hour walk around the course of the original 14th Century town walls. The striking Port du Trou is one of the most recognisable sights in the town, and a great starting point for your discovery of the many shady squares, gargling fountains and exquisite restaurants.
On a Wednesday, the village comes to life as the weekly market rolls into town. There is a great atmosphere which descents on Saint-Remy-de-Provence during the market, and the pavement cafes and restaurants become the place to be seen. There are many excellent bargains to be found, both to stock the shelves of your self catering Saint-Remy-de-Provence villa and to take home for those that you have left behind. If you are running short of supplies by the end of the week, there is a smaller, food only market held on a Saturday morning too.
Throughout the year, Saint-Remy-de-Provence celebrates a range of festivals and events from the main Carnival in March to the Feria Provencale around August, when they have the running of the bulls. If you are lucky enough to be staying in Saint-Remy-de-Provence accommodation during one of these events, you will be treated to parades, dances, fireworks and fine local cuisine.
A holiday rental property in Saint-Remy-de-Provence acts as a wonderful base for walking holidays too. The village stands on the National Randonnee route GR6, which climbs into the centre of the Alpilles. The surrounding countryside has inspired artists and writers throughout the years, including Van Gogh, who painted over 150 paintings of Saint-Remy-de-Provence and the surrounding countryside. Mountain biking and horse riding holidays also thrive from Saint-Remy-de-Provence properties, and there are many routes through the countryside to try.
The village stands on one of the oldest archaeological finds in Europe, the 3rd century BC Roman city of Comptoir de Glanum. The most impressive monument still visible is the Triumphal Arch, which still stands intact.
A Saint-Remy-de-Provence villa is located just 12km from Avignon, the magnificent ancient town. Those who have never been to Avignon will be amazed by the stunning range of incredible monuments and buildings, and will undoubtedly return on their next holiday! UNESCO has declared the centre of town a world heritage site, and for good reason.
Marseille International Airport (MRS) is just an hour from a self catering Saint-Remy-de-Provence villa, and receives direct flights from the UK on all major carriers. Avignon Airport (AVN) which is just a few miles from Saint-Remy-de-Provence only receives a few direct flights a week, provided by Flybe. Flights run from Southampton (SOU) and Exeter (EXT).