Last September, I went to St Remy de Provence for a friend’s wedding with my mother and sister and it turned out to be a good occasion to visit this lovely nice town in the Provence.
St Remy de Provence, hometown of Michel de Nostradamus is one of the most charming cities in the Provence with its narrow streets, beautiful fountains, nice boutiques and restaurants. The old town where we spent most of our time is in the shape of a circle closed to traffic. The best way to explore the old town is to walk on each street leading from one to another. At first you may feel like you’re in a maze but it won’t last long until you’ll figure it out.
Wednesdays are the liveliest days in St Remy de Provence as the local street market is held every Wednesday morning in and around the old town. Don’t miss this large market full of delicious food and local delicacies, which runs from early morning until 1 pm.
We were amazed by the number of museums in this little town. Musee Estrine is a modern and contemporary art museum in an 18th century building at the heart of the old town. Another historical building from the 15th century is the Hotel de Sade where you may see the historical artifacts found in the Glanum archaeological site. Another museum is the Musee des Alpilles in the Hotel Mistral de Mondragon.
I cannot write about Provence and not mention the Museum of Van Gogh (St Paul de Mausole), which is a part of the hospital where Vincent Van Gogh was treated for a while.
Hotel Gounod, named after the famous composer Gounod is a great place to stay with its beautiful garden and pool.
There are plenty of nice restaurants where you can have delicious food and French wines in this little town. L’Estagnol, L’aile ou La Cuisse, Café de la Place, Chez Gus and Coquillage&Crustaces are only a few of them.
St Remy De Provence is only one hour from the Airport of Marseille by car and the best way to visit the area is to rent a car.