Situated in the heart of the Alpilles, just 20 km south from Avignon, Saint Rémy de Provence is one of the most frequently visited towns in this area. Its rich Gallo-Roman history has left it with a great deal of cultural heritage. Just outside of Saint Rémy de Provence you will find Roman ruins of Glanum dating 6 BC and Saint Paul de Mausole, where Vincent van Gogh spent the last year of his life. He stayed in this monastery in 1889 where he found inspiration in surrounding landscapes, and produced about 150 paintings including some of his famous like Starry Night and Olive Grove. It is open every day even though it still operates as a psychiatric hospital (closed January to the end of February).
Wednesday is a market day in Saint Rémy de Provence. It is a perfect opportunity to explore some of the best local flavors. Squares and alleys are filled with stalls selling everything from marinated olives and aromatic spices to tablecloths and ceramics. Walking through this vibrant market it’s truly a tour for your senses. It is a foodie heaven offering amazing selection of cured meats, artisan cheeses, preserves and other local delicacies. All you need for an afternoon picnic!
TIP: market in Saint Rémy de Provence runs from 8am to 12.30pm, be sure to arrive early or be prepared to park well away from the center.