Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a peaceful town with about 10,000 people. This city that lies below the Alpilles Mountains is not that different from others in the Province. However, the town attracts thousands of tourists. As one of the oldest French cities, it was founded after the destruction of Glanum, a Roman settlement. This picturesque town’s unique charm has attracted many artists who were looking for inspiration here. A 1.5 kilometer (0.93 mi) long road lined with reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings can be seen leading from the city. All of the paintings were created here in the St. Paul Mausoleum Sanatorium where Vincent Van Gogh spent one year in 1889. Come to explore the city of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence with us, using our list of the best things to do.
1. Site Archéologique de Glanum
Glanum is an ancient residence that was inhabited since at least the Neolithic period. At the turn of 1st and 2nd centuries BC, the Greeks built a city here. The city was expanded until the 3rd century with new buildings. Then, after the attack of the Visigoths, the city was left in ruins. Finally, Glanum has a spring, which makes this place very attractive. Around the spring is an ancient building with stairs leading to a pool. The Romans drove the water through narrow canals to heat the houses. In a part of ancient Glanum, you can even see the rest of the Roman baths.
Site Archéologique de Glanum
Address: Avenue Vincent Van Gogh, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Website: Site Archéologique de Glanum
2. St. Paul de Mausole
The Saint Paul Monastery is located in the neighborhood of Glanum. The monastery is a highlight of the surrounding area due to its beautiful tower with a pyramidal roof. The Monastery is surrounded by peaceful, maintained gardens. Nowadays St. Paul de Mausole is a psychiatric health institution. It is possible to take a tour to parts, which are open to the public and where you can see art made by patients at the art therapy studio. In the Saint Paul Monastery, also spend some time seeing areas the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh painted such as the Wheat Field, which can be seen above the stairs. During the tour, you can see the room where Van Gogh was confined and also the room explaining psychiatry in the 19th century.
St. Paul de Mausole
Address: Alpilles Natural Regional Park, Avenue Dr Edgar Leroy, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
Website: St. Paul de Mausole (in French)
3. Van Gogh Walk
During the time that Van Gogh spent in the St. Paul Monastery, he created about 300 works of art. Several places in the town that the artist immortalized in his paintings are now marked by a panel with a representation of his work. Among the places that inspired Vincent Van Gogh, we find for example, the Trinquetaille Bridge, the Rhone River waterfront, the Rue Mireille, the Hospital Garden, and much more. This journey is an impressive sight to begin to understand the way that Van Gogh saw the world.
Van Gogh Walk
Website: Van Gogh Walk
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4. Moulin du Calanquet
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Moulin du Calanquet is a family based company that make its very own olive oil and other Provence gastronomy products. The olive oil mill has been running for over five generations. The Moulin du Calanquet makes five variations of olive oil with unique and most delicious flavors. The all extra virgin and cold pressed oil have been awarded several prizes. They are also sell the products from regional French gastronomy made by local chefs. Moulin du Calanquet also offer tours and special tastings.
Moulin du Calanquet
Address: Vieux chemin d'Arles, 13210 St. Remy De Provence
Website: Moulin du Calanquete
5. Musee des Alpilles
The Alpilles Museum is situated in the historic center, set in the Hotel Mistral de Mondragon. Hotel Mistral de Mondragon is a former Renaissance mansion. The building was created by a great architect and is built around an inner courtyard. Since 1862 it has been classified as national monument. The Alpilles Museum presents pieces from the PATREM project, which was initiated in 2014 by the “Agriculture & Food” branch of the Mucem.
Musee des Alpilles
Address: Alpilles Natural Regional Park, 7 Rue Carnot, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Frane
Website: Musee des Alpilles
6. Les Antiques
Two monuments, pieces of ancient architecture and history stand at the entrance to the Glanum. The Mausoleum was built by Augustus as a tribute to his two dead grandsons. The funerary monument is dated somewhere between 30 to 20 BC, and it is well preserved. The Mausoleum is known for its unique structure that was not usual in Roman architecture. Inside of the Mausoleum, two effigies of members of the Gallo-Roman family of the Julii can be seen. The Triumphal Arch is dated from about 20 CE. The arch is beautifully adorned with reliefs that illustrate Caesar’s conquest of the Gauls, with fruits and leaves carved under the arch.
Address: Route des Baux de Provence, Saint-Remy-de-Provence,France
Website: Les Antiques
7. Fontaine Nostradamus
During the medieval times, a famous spring called the ‘la Font-Vieille’ was found here. A long time later, a fountain was placed here with a bust of Louis XVI. The bust was replaced by the statue of Nostradamus, which was sculpted in 1859 by Antoine Leonard de Lambesc. Nostradamus, whose full name was Michel de Nostredame, was a French physician who became famous as a saint. His statue stands today still, and it’s open for the public to see.
8. Galerie du Pharos
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Galerie du Pharos is an art gallery in the center of the town.The Gallery features eight contemporary artists with different styles. Here we can find: David Kracov, Phil Stein, Charles Fazzino, René Vidal De Rueda, Yong-Man Kwon, Thierry Miramon, René Julien, and Jean-François Fouilshoux. The gallery will be appreciated artists or people who love art. The Galerie de Pharos provides a small insight into the art of contemporary artists.
Galerie du Pharos
Address: 28 place aux Huiles, France
Facebook: Galerie du Pharos
A landmark of Roman culture and home of art
Saint-Remy-de-Provence is a beautiful place with a picturesque countryside scented by fields of lavender, and Provencal charm. Saint-Remy-de-Provence is a landmark of ancient Roman culture, as well as the home of art that has been spreading through the city since the dawn of time. Head to the city where the famous Van Gogh once lived, and many others artists spent their days.
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