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Introducing Saint Remy de Provence
Saint-Remy-de-Provence is the first town in Provence that we have visited and we are so in love with this captivating town. Whether it’s history, art, gourmet food or simply relaxation, it delivers it all as well as being the perfect base for exploring the other villages and towns.
The walk into town from our campsite was enjoyable and only took 10 minutes.
The roads encircling the old town are leafy and lined both sides with beautiful plane trees, charming cafes and restaurants. These trees gave a lovely dappled shade while we enjoyed our first Provençal glass of rose before wandering into the old town.
Entrance to the old town is through a beautiful arch which is one of two (there is one at the northern and the other at the southern end) which are part of the remains of a 14th-century wall protecting the town.
The town is very picturesque, and as you stroll around, you get the overwhelming feeling that you are in the heart of Provence.
This area of narrow cobbled lanes is mainly pedestrianised, which makes it much more relaxing while strolling around admiring the old stone buildings. We found the beautiful and intimate squares with old fountains, charming boutiques, enticing shops, art galleries and provincial restaurants absolutely irresistible.
The pretty pastel coloured doors and shutters and old stone buildings are a photographers dream. I felt like a kid let loose in a sweet shop and just couldn’t stop taking pictures.
The aromas as we passed and browsed some of the little shops of lavender, nougat and of course “Herbes de Provence” (products this area is known for) was amazing.
We always enjoy exploring the quieter side streets of a town finding tiny courtyards and squares that are sometimes forgotten by the tourists or just to photograph the fragrant window boxes and colourfully painted shutters.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is one of the oldest towns in France dating back to ancient Roman times with the archaeological site of Glanum just outside the town.
It’s much smaller than the larger towns nearby like Avignon and Arles but with a small-town feel.
If you are in Saint Remy on a Wednesday make sure you don’t miss the large market which spills out into all the side streets as well as the market square. Read more about the wonderful sights, smell and sounds of Saint Remy Market here.
We ate at Le Sommell Des Fees in Saint Remy one evening and can definitely recommend it. Our food was delicious and the service was impeccable with a great atmosphere. We ordered a starter and main each and shared both. Lemon, Garlic, Parsley & Smoked Paprika Octopus Salad, Hot Saint Marcellin Cheese with Alpilles Thyme & Olive Oil then for mains we ordered. Duck leg thair style pot au Feu, Spicy Broth, Vegetables & Shitake Mushrooms and Honey Soya Rosemary Free Range Pulled Pork Shoulder Mashed Potato.
Bus from Les Pins to Rond Pont de la Gare: Line 57 Bus Operator: Cartreize. The journey is approximately 29 minutes costing £2-£3
Marseille airport is a little further at 55.6 miles and 1 hour 2 minutes drive by car.
There are trains and buses that go to and from Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Images of Saint Remy de Provence Restaurants
Books to inspire
I love reading about a destination before I go there to get excited about the trip. Here are some wonderful books that are great reading and will get you inspired and excited about your trip.