Five Great Reasons To Visit Saint Remy de Provence

Five Great Reasons To Visit Saint Remy de Provence

A vacation in the south of France should absolutely include a trip to Saint Remy de Provence. Close to the Luberon, and just south of Les Alpilles (mountain range) near Avignon, St. Remy is known as the birthplace of Nostradamus, the village where Van Gogh sought refuge and a delight for visitors exploring Inland Provence. Some highlights:

Saint Remy Market

1. Market & Shopping:

Wednesday is market day, where you can find anything and everything – Food, fabrics, clothing, ceramics, accessories, even shoes! Find gifts to bring home as a reminder of your fabulous vacation and tasty treats to enjoy at your villa rental.

Stroll through the pedestrian streets of Old Town where you’ll find wonderful architecture and unique shops with a Provencal flair.


2. Food:

St. Remy is home to a fantastic cheese shop , a great spice store and is filled with wonderful restaurants – over 40 in all. Two have earned Michelin stars: La Maison Jaune and La Maison a Bournissac.

3. Art:

A haven for artists, writers and musicians, St. Remy is where Van Gogh committed himself to St. Paul de Mausole  and while institutionalized, produced some of his best known works of art. You can visit his room (which still has paint on the floor) and walk the grounds to admire the views that inspired much of his work.

Find several art galleries and many arts festivals throughout the year. Also home to some lovely museums: Le Musee des Alpilles and Musee Estrine.


St Remy

4. History:

Just south of St. Remy lies the ancient Roman ruins of Glanum. Just across the way, visit the remarkably well preserved Arc de Triomphe and Mausolee des Jules, together known as “Les Antiques.”

5. Events:

There’s always something exciting happening in St. Remy – a festival or celebration of some sort. This weekend (July 19 & 20), for example, there’s the Terroir des Alpilles and the Tour de France comes through on Sunday (July 20). Coming up, there’s a Wine Festival (July 25 – 27), the outdoor arts festival, Routes des Artistes, (August 3, September 7, and October 12), the Festival de St Remy  (August 12 – 17) and September brings a Jazz Festival on the 18th – 21st.


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Only Provence co-founder Lydia Dean writes about their experiences raising a family, building a business in Provence, and later combining the love of travel with giving back in "Jumping the Picket Fence”. In 2021, she published “Light Through the Cracks,” a continuation of her journey, much of which has been based in Provence. Both books are available Amazon,, and Amazon.Fr.