I want to keep Saint-Rémy for myselfProvençal sunshine in an idyllic French town
Saint Rémy de Provence is a town we came across in 2012 and from the day we left, I yearned to return to this captivating oasis.
It’s unlike its larger contemporaries in the same region of Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, of Avignon and Arles, which are equally attractive, I’m not denying it (and places you should visit).
However; Saint Remy de Provence has all their charm and allure, but with a small-town feel. Making it perfect for a long weekend break or part of a Provencal road trip.
Where is St-Rémy-de-Provence
How to get to there
- By Plane
The nearest international airport is Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) around 50miles/75km away
- By Car
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is 10 miles from the A7 on France's D-roads
For us it's a road trip from home with a stop in west France, starting with Le Shuttle with a stopover in say Troyes for a night or two.
We can’t keep away from Saint RemyA relaxing getaway in the South of France
This was the second time we’d stayed at Saint Remy, and it didn’t disappoint. The town itself is very picturesque, and as you stroll around you get the overwhelming feeling that you are in the heart of Provence.
The aroma of Lavender infusing the streets and the cheerful yellow and russet tones from the sunflowers, welcoming you through doorways.
For Gary & I it’s the ideal location to use as a base and explore the enchanting Provence landscape beyond.
Where to stay in Saint RemyLuxury in the historic old town
Our hotel for the four nights we were in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, was at Hotel Gounod, where we stayed in 2012. It’s a wonderful hotel, fantastic service and very friendly staff.
It was a pleasure each morning strolling down into the patio/lounge area, to enjoy your breakfast in the dappled sunshine.
St Remy has it allHistory, culture and sunshine
Explore the charismatic streets of Saint Remy de ProvenceUnwind a little in Provence
If you love Provence as much as we do, you'll want to start planning your visit now.
I so enjoy using the DK Eyewitness books, as they are extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Provencal road trip, now you can grab the revised copy.
St Remy is perfect for a Provence mini-breakCharacter and charm around every corner
Did you know?
The markets in Saint Remy de ProvenceGo on, try a delicious sweet treat
Vincent van Gogh in Saint RemyThe serenity of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole
The Provence influence for 'van Gogh'That 'starry, starry night' in St Remy
Hop on a tour
If you’d love to tour the Provence villages and don’t have your own set of wheels, take a look at the full-day tour from Get Your Guide.
You’ll be picked up in Avignon and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Pont du Gard and the Provence countryside hills await.
The Romans in Saint Remy de ProvenceThe ancient city of Glanum
It was built during the early years of Emperor Augustus’ reign around 27 BC and gives an amazing insight into how the colony was formed.
We arrived reasonably early had nearly had the place to ourselves.
Where to stay in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Where to eat in St RemyYou're spoilt for choice
Things to do in St-Remy
- Visit the Roman ruins at Glanum
- Head off to discover more of provence. Why not look at our post 'An enchanting visit to Provence, France'
- Pop into the Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, once a place of saftey for Vincent van Gogh
- Check to see what's on when you're in town with the local Tourist Office.
Where to eat & drink in St-Remy
We have eaten at, and can recommend.
- La Cassolette
- Le Marilyn
- Le Café de la Place
Make a reservation in St Remy
A video of St Rémy-de-ProvenceA little something from our YouTube chanel
We have created a little YouTube video of St Rémy-de-Provence. Why not take a look?
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What’s not to love about St Remy?Wild horses wouldn't keep me away!
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What a charming little town. It seems like it is out of a postcard! Never been to a French town except for Paris… it’s on my list of to-do’s (one day I hope). #farawayFiles
I love Paris as well.France is such a beautiful country, lovely scenery, food & wine. We have been to France so many times, I’ve lost count. We’re lucky that we live not too far from Le Shuttle, in Kent.One of my favourite regions is most definitely Provence, the villages around there are so picturesque.I hope you get there soon.
Loved your piece and photos of St Remy!! We are heading there the end of this month for 2 weeks! Not our first visit – really enjoy everything about it! Thank you!!
Dave & Carolyn
Thank you very much for your kind comments.
Oh I’m so envious, I’d love to be heading back to St Remy, like you say there is so much to love about it and an ideal base to explore the region. Where do you usually stay?
Have fun and I hope the markets are open.
I can see why you want to keep this beautiful town a secret! It has so much to offer!! Next year I want to start traveling more to the west as we keep going east, so that means more trips to France! This has now made my list! Pinned! #FarawayFiles
I missed this little treasure when I was travelling through the south of France – quel dommage! It looks like just the sort of place I would love to spend some time … especially all those delightful back strreets. #farawayfiles
It really is worth it. What we loved was that not only is it a delightful town to explore in its own right, it’s great to use as a base, to tour around Provence. There are so many restaurants to choose from each evening, you’re a bit spoilt.
At least you now have an excuse to return. It was amazing that even though some of the streets in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence were bustling, you could very easily find some tranquil spots.Which towns did you stay in when you toured the south of France?
Gosh, it was LONG time ago – definitely Arles and Saintes-Maries de-la-Mer and we cycled round part of The Camargue.
Time just flies, it was about 10 years ago that we stayed in Arles.The Camargue is beautiful, great place to cycle around.
Sigh! How do the French make something as simple as a continental breakfast look so darn good? Such a charming place to stay and take your time strolling about. You were definitely lucky to be in town during that art festival too. Thanks for the hotel recommendation, I’m saving it. #farawayfiles
I’ve always wanted to go to St. Remy – de – Provence. It’s so picturesque and beautiful, and I love the Van Gogh history. Beautiful photos. I really hope to make it there some day soon, it’s on my radar! Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles
The hotel I can highly recommend, they made you so welcome and the location is fantastic.Yes we were lucky with the art festival, I think it is only on a few times of the year, it made the town even more attractive.
It’s one of those towns I never want to leave. As I mentioned, we have stayed there before & we find it just an ideal location to discover the surrounding region.Thanks for the compliments on the photos, that’s all Gary’s work.I hope you make it there soon, the Van Gogh monastery is definitely worth visiting, even though it is a little touching.Perhaps I’ll have to give it another 6 years before I return again.
You have to go back: you absolutely have to eat at le Mas de la Pyramide. Lolo, a 90-something bachelor, lives there in a troglodyte house in what was the quarry for the nearby Roman ruins–his place is just a few meters beyond Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. The “pyramid” is a tall stone the Romans left to show how deeply they dug. Lolo runs a “table d’hôte,” cooking dinners himself at a prix fixe. Not to be missed. Here’s an article about him: https://www.dwell.com/article/mine-dining-10ba111c
Wow, you’re right I have to go back. He sounds fantastic and what an incredible place. I love the classic cars that he owns as well.I now have an excuse to return, thanks for sharing.
We spent nearly a week at St Rémy when the boys were little. It’s a lovely town with a gorgeous atmosphere. I remember being struck by Van Gogh’s room in the Asylum too. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles
It’s wonderful how one town can tick so many boxes, St Rémy was a pleasure to head back to each evening. When we return to Provence in years to come to explore of the region further, I think I would still consider it as a base.
Every excursion stop over during our river cruise truly was breathtaking. One of the most memorable stops was the one we had in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Everything you’d only dream about seeing in Pinterest comes to live in this place. Truly amazing.
Aha, we are the lucky ones, having lived in St Remy now for 12 years. Very little has changed in that time which is for the best.
You most certainly are the lucky ones, St Remy won our hearts in 2012. We returned a few years ago and as you said, little had changed in the town and what had changed was for the better. I’m sure we’ll return again as it is such a perfect location to explore the surrounding landscape.
Glad I found this site. We will be in Saint Remy-des-Provence in just a couple of weeks. We have two full days on our own! Your enthusiasm has sparked mine. This will be my first trip to France. We are doing a driving tour ending in Paris which was originally planned just as the world shut down. Thank you for sharing your pictures and experiences. I am even more excited now!
Thanks very much for your kind comments, Sally.
I’m very jealous, we last visited in 2018, and it was wonderful. The surrounding countryside is stunning; I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we do.
France is a beautiful country; we’ve completed many road trips to France as we live in the southeast of the UK, and it is so easy to hop across.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask; where else in France are you visiting on your adventure?
How wonderful for you to be so close and travel easily to surrounding areas. That is our plan for seeing our United States, via a travel trailer! We will start doing that when we return from France.
We fly into Marseille, drive up to Saint-Remy for 3 nights, then to a cute B&B in Montreal for 2 nights. Bordeaux is next for 2 nights – we do have a little non-touristy tour there, then to Amboise for 2 nights. I made reservations at Restaurant Les Arpentis. We will end up in Paris for 4 nights. Two bike tours, one to Versailles. I also booked us a dinner cruise for the first night although they have not re-confirmed with me. I do have the email confirmation, however.
I am looking forward to just experiencing France. The sites, sounds, smells, and of course the world famous French food and wine. Just being with a little bit of touring!
Any other suggestions would be very helpful. Of course I’m overthinking packing since we just travel with one carry on suitcase!
Yes, it’s great having mainland Europe on our doorstep, and we love road trips. It’s been a while since we visited the States; we embarked on a road trip around Texas and New Mexico on the last occasion. That was great fun, although I would love to spend time around the Deep South.
Your trip sounds fantastic, and every region of France offers something different. When you are in St Remy, you should definitely visit Glanum, the ancient Roman city, just a mile outside the town. Next to Glanum is the Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole, where Van Gogh was cared for.
If you are exploring the Provence villages, the charming little town of Cucuron is beautiful. If you’ve seen the movie A Good Year, you’ll recognise the vast pond.
We’ve never been to Montreal; it looks lovely; it’s just nearby Carcassone, amazing. There’s also a delightful town called Mirepoix worth visiting and not too far.
Amboise is new to us too, we’ve stayed in nearby Loches, but Amboise looks delightful.
Paris is just incredible; you’ve saved the best until last, and there is no other advice than to be a tourist. It’s beautiful. I just adore strolling along the Seine and sitting in the evening sun at a streetside cafe. It doesn’t get any better.
One last thing is that learning a few keywords and phrases goes a long way.
Your trip will be so much fun and full of great memories.
I used to live near Amboise..beautiful! I assume you will also see Chambord/Sully sur Loire/Sologne..a concert at Chartres cathedral maybe??.beautiful! Enjoy xx
Thanks Suzanne, some great suggestions I’ll take a look.
Thank you for all your suggestions! Yes, learning a little of the language would be good. I tried learning French last year using Babble but it just got to be overwhelming and at 68 I wasn’t retaining as much as I wanted to so go discouraged. My husband, not being interested, made practicing difficult. ha ha. But, I have written down a few key phrases and hope I can actually say them at the right time once “in the moment.” Without a doubt we both have the obligatory “bonjour” down!! ; )
We leave a week from today! And I just booked us a hot air balloon ride in Amboise, France which ought to be spectacular!
Will let you know how it goes when we return!
Again, thank you!
That’s not a problem at all, it sounds like you’re going to have great fun.
When we are in restaurants we often get a menu in French and English, then you become to recognise different types of foods and dishes.
We’ll look forward to your updates, have an amazing time.