St-Rémy is in many ways the quintessential Provençal small town. A boulevard running along the course of the old walls, plane trees lining the avenues and narrow streets with ancient houses and mansions giving access to the historic centre. To the south lie the limestone peaks of Les Alpilles under which nestles the old Roman/Greek town of Glanum.
Before you begin: Start your itinerary by calling at the Tourist Office on Avenue Pasteur (car park adjacent) and obtain a town plan. The town is flat so walking is easy although it is a long trek to Glanum/Les Antiques (2km). You can also take your car – there is a car park at both St-Paul and Les Antiques.
Walk along Avenue Pasteur towards the old town and cross Boulevard Victor Hugo. Enter St-Rémy by the Porte St Paul. Walk along the Rue de la Commune and if you are lucky enough to be visiting on a Wednesday you cannot fail to have noticed the stalls of the renowned Market especially in the Place Pallisier.
On the west side you will notice the Flamboyant Gothic tower – all that remains of the Chapelle Jean de Renaud. Before going to see the façade of the Collégiale of which it is now part, turn left along rue Hoche where you can the house where the great seer Nostradamus was born.
Return to the avenue de la Résistance, turn left and walk to the boulevard Marceau. Turn right and immediately you can admire the splendid neo-classical façade of the Collégiale. Continue along the boulevard and until you reach rue Carnot and turn right. On the left you will see the Musée des Alpilles and a little further along on the corner of rue Nostradamus discover the Fontaine Nostradamus topped with a bust of the great man.
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Continue along the rue Carnot passing the Maison à Échauguette, an old house with a watchtower and you will soon arrive at the boulevard Mirebeau. On the corner there is a fountain and Le Glacier de la Fontaine. Le Glacier is an ideal place to have some refreshments because the next part of the itinerary is outside the old town walls and requires a little walking.
Turn right out of rue Carnot and along boulevard Mirebeau and onto boulevard Victor Hugo. Turn left at the avenue Pasteur and continue for 2km. First you arrive at St Paul de Mausole the monastery where the great artist Van Gogh was confined.
Walk back to the main road and turn left. In a few metres on the right you will be astonished by the site of Les Antiques. Two almost perfectly preserved Roman monuments stand proudly, appearing to invite visitors to photograph them. Across the road is the site of the old Greco-Roman town of Glanum – a perfect conclusion to your visit to St-Rémy.
There are several restaurants in St-Rémy if you choose to stay here but why not take a pleasant drive over the beautiful Alpilles to Arles and dine there?
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