Essential Saint Rémy - Provençal charm

Art of living - Wine and gastronomy

It's worth devoting an entire day to Saint-Rémy to fully immerse yourself in the tastes and culture of Provence: from wine (Château Romanin) and olive oil (Moulin du Calanquet) to the region's art and history (Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery and Glanum). In the heart of the Alpilles, the town, put on the map for being an important source of inspiration to Vincent Van Gogh, is replete with treasures. Lovers of old buildings will adore the town centre and ancient ruins. And foodies will be in their element at Les Terrasses de l’Image that serves original, local fare.

Pure juice olive oil at Moulin du Calanquet

Moulin du Calanquet Moulin du Calanquet 3206 Vieux chemin d'Arles 13210 Saint Rémy de Provence

Begin your day with a visit to Moulin du Calanquet, a mill which organises tours and tastings of local products from tapenades to canned foods. Opened in 2000, the mill transforms the fruit from an olive grove planted with 1,000 olive trees. Qualité Tourisme certified and the winner of three gold medals in 2015, it's a must for gourmets.

Jardin d'Alcinoos, a Provençal wonder

Jardin d'Alcinoos Mas des Figues Vieux Chemin d'Arles 13210 Saint Rémy de Provence

Your morning continues with a visit to the Jardin d'Alcinoos famed for its splendid rose garden, abloom with over 4,000 flowers, set in Alpilles Nature Park. Named after Alcinous in Homer's poem, the garden can be explored at your leisure in about two hours. Amongst the rose gardens, medicinal plant garden and Mediterranean garden, keep your eye out for the contemporary sculptures! Mas des Figues also offers guest rooms (awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015).

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Les Terrasses de l’Image: creative and local

Les Terrasses de l'Image 36 boulevard Victor Hugo 13210 Saint Rémy de Provence

At midday, find a table at Les Terrasses de l'Image, fine cuisine served as you enjoy sweeping views of the Alpilles. Recommended in the Gault & Millau Guide, the restaurant offers a fresh and inventive menu for lunch and dinner. Look out for: the ultra-creative presentation of the dishes featuring carved vegetables and edible flowers.

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After-dinner stroll and shopping

Start the afternoon with a spot of shopping in Saint-Rémy's town centre. Check out original works at art studios and galleries, meet local fashion and jewellery designers or pick out sweet or savoury souvenirs of your trip at one of the patisseries or delicatessens suggested in the Saint-Rémy Made in Provence shopping guide.

Step back in time at Saint-Rémy's ancient sites

Les Antiques Plateau des Antiques 13210 Saint Rémy de Provence

Take a break from the shopping and make a detour to the town's legendary ancient sites (listed as Historic Monuments). Ruins include a triumphal arch (8 metres high) and the Mausoleum of the Julii (17 metres high), all found at the ancient site of Glanum. Dating from the 1st century AD, these monuments are a testament to the power and influence of Rome in Gaul. Landmarks not to be missed!

Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery, Van Gogh's refuge

Cloître Saint Paul de Mausole, Centre culturel et touristique Van Gogh 2 chemin Des carrières 13210 Saint Rémy de Provence

In close proximity to the Roman ruins in Glanum, this Romanesque cloister from the 11th century still bears the memories of the monastic communities who once lived here. The cultural centre has recreated the room where the artist Van Gogh stayed and continued to paint during his time there. You can also follow the botanical trail and see reproductions of the works painted by the artist when he was a patient.

A cathedral beneath the land at Château Romanin

Château Romanin Château Romanin Route De Cavaillon 13210 Saint Rémy de Provence

Continue your tour by heading to Château Romanin and its 58 hectares of vines where they practice biodynamic farming. Jean-Louis and Anne-Marie Charmolüe play around with different varieties to create light blends with strong personalities. We highly recommend you visit the Gothic-inspired cathedral cellar covered in greenery – and the tasting that follows!

Can't-miss experiences

  • Wandering around the restored houses and ancient fountains in Saint-Rémy's charming town centre
  • Making the most of the great outdoors at the Parc des Alpilles, an exceptional spot for walking

We love

  • Seeing the ruins at close range at the ancient Roman town of Glanum
  • Walking in the footsteps of Van Gogh at Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery
  • Finding out how local olive oils are manufactured

The best time to visit

  • From July to September when the Organa Festival is on
  • Around Pentecost when the transhumance celebrations are held
  • Theme

    Art of living, Wine and gastronomy

  • Duration

    1 day

  • Transport means

    On foot, Personal vehicle

  • Visited cities

    Saint Rémy de Provence

  • Ideal for

    All year round

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