Situated in the heart of the Alpilles, St Rémy de Provence is one of the "must-sees" in Provence. The birth place of Nostradamus, St Rémy is surrounded by lush green perfumed valleys, its ancient streets are lined with beautifully restored old houses... you will soon be seduced by St Rémy's charm! While strolling through the narrow winding streets you will discover fantastic old fountains, shady squares, picturesque restaurants and elegant boutiques. 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 than 150 paintings of the countryside surrounding St Rémy de Provence.
St Remy de Provence lies to the north of the Alpilles, and is sunny all year round. It is just a 20 minutes drive south of Avignon and one hours drive north of Marseille. The town abounds with interesting features which include historic buildings, fountains around every corner and a bustling Wednesday market. Plane trees border the boulevards around the town giving cool shade in the summer. Take an aperitif at a pavement cafe and watch the world go by, or dine at one of the many restaurants in town.
Visit the dramatic hill-top village of Les Baux de Provence and it old chateau (France's most visited tourist destination), discover Daudet's windmill in nearby Fontvieille. See the Roman ruins at Glanum that were settled over an older city built by the Gauls in the 6th Century BC. Take a walk in the Alpilles or bike along the country roads and enjoy the open air and heady perfumes of Provence's lavender fields. Best of all, St Rémy is a feast for gastronomical lovers. There are dozens of mouth-watering restaurants here and also one of France's most famous Chocolatier, Joël Durand. There are plenty of vineyards and olive groves to visit too. Explore the magic of the Camargue, only an hour's drive away and enjoy wonderful seafood at Saint Maries de la Mer. See the white horses, black Camargue bulls, and pink flamingos and discover the area on horseback or by bike.
In 2007 we found our ideal house, a traditional stone built Mas with outbuildings which has now all been carefully restored. The large garden is planted with fruit trees, olives and vines. Each accommodation has its own private terrace with a view towards the Alpilles. There is also a wonderful in-ground bassin to enjoy during the summer.