Explore this beautiful town located south of Avignon in just 48 hours!
10 am – Walk in Van Gogh’s Footsteps in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
To see a typical scene of a Van Gogh painting up close, visit the olive orchard of the Moulin du Calanquet next. This modern mill produces some of the finest olive oil and black olives in the South of France. The olive plantation consists of ten thousand olive trees, and when you walk through the fields you’ll feel like you’ve entered Van Gogh’s celebrated painting The Olive Orchard!
1 pm – Have Lunch in the Historic City Center of Saint-Rémy
Head back to the city center of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence for lunch. On Wednesday mornings, visit the great farmers market on the Place de la République and surrounding streets. Buy a baguette and some French cheeses here and enjoy lunch in one of the town’s squares or parks. On any other day, there are several great restaurants in the city center where you can enjoy a traditional French lunch. For this type of meal, head to Chez Gus, L’Estagnol, Bistrot Découverte, Les Saveurs de Provence or Le Bistrot des Alpilles.
3 pm – Wander the Streets of the Historical City Center
After lunch, explore the picturesque streets of the historical city center, where you can find many boutiques and small French shops.
For a cultural afternoon, visit one of the museums in town. The Alpilles Museum is located in a beautiful mansion in the city center, and introduces you to the vast nature of the region. The Estrine Museum is a museum of modern art that has a room dedicated to the life of Van Gogh. The gorgeous heritage museum is currently undergoing renovations, it is set to re-open in the spring of 2014.
6 pm – Have Dinner at Home in your Vacation Rental Apartment
Head back to your vacation rental apartment in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to prepare your own French dinner! By staying in an apartment you’ll have access to a fully equipped kitchen where you can try your hand at a real French meal. For some culinary inspiration, have a look at Provence’s Food Culture & French Cuisine. All apartments feature cozy living rooms and some have outside dining areas in the garden where you can enjoy your dinner in style. Don’t forget to try some baguettes with olive oil from the region!
10 am – Explore the Roman site Glanum and Les Antiques
12 pm – Take a Trip out of Town
Because of its central location in Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a great town to explore the surrounding area from. You have several options for a day trip out of town.
Avignon is the obvious choice, but there are also a couple of lesser-known towns that make for a great day trip. For instance, Arles is also just a 25-kilometer (15 miles) ride away from Saint-Rémy. Arles is known for its beautiful Roman monuments, and Van Gogh also produced many paintings here during his stay in the city.
6 pm – Dinner in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Return to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to have dinner in one of the cozy restaurants in the historic city center. End your two days in this rustic town with a glass of local wine and a view of the picturesque French buildings basking in the last sunrays of the evening.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tour of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence! Do you prefer to stay in a big city or small town during a holiday?