Saint Rémy de Provence
Wander through the small streets from Saint Rémy de Provence or, also recommended, stroll through the beautiful city of Avignon. Try the local products from the Alpilles like olive oil, wine and honey. The friendly villagers will be waiting to welcome you at the weekly regional market in Saint Rémy and during the many festivities where the centuries-old tradtitions are celebrated. In the Alpilles they attach great importance to traditions like the Transhumance Festival where each year herds of sheep begin their long journey towards the high mountain pastures, the Costume Festival in Arles and the French version of bullfighting in Camargue.
Saint Rémy is located in the centre of the Provence and is therefore the perfect base to visit this region. Go visit the citadel Les Beaux-de-Provence and don’t forget to stop at the Roman settlement Glanum. In the small village Eygalières you can find a few interesting Roman ruins. Very popular is the weekly Provencal market with olive products, soap, wine and honey. Discover the charming Provencal village Fontvieille with its mills, aqueduct from Barbegal and Château de Barbegal. Also, you will find lots of elements of the stay of Vincent van Gogh at the time and how nice, from Saint Rémy de Provence you can take a walk along the signs with illustrations from his artworks.
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the wonderful city of Avignon, is situated on the bank of the picturesque river Rhone in the Vaucluse department. The intriguing, ancient town centre is surrounded by amazingly well preserved medieval ramparts, and the city is famous for its delightful Festival d'Avignon, an annual event showcasing French culture and arts. The Palais des Papes on place du Palais sits squarely at the heart of Avignon’s old town. The palace is a warren of serpentine corridors, imposing stone halls and apartments frescoed with ornate hunting and fishing scenes. The cobbled streets and colourful squares are now filled with students and skateboarders. You can find a lof of nice restaurants in Avignon, but avoid Place de Horlogerie with its tourist menus. Parking Palais du Papes located underneath the square is a safe parking garage. With a Mediterranean climate giving warm, mostly dry summers and mild winters, Avignon is an ideal destination for your French self-catering holiday, at any time of the year.
Les Alpilles, the range of low mountains in southern France bounded by Arles, Avignon and Salon-de-Provence, offer fine vews of fertile fields, vineyards and olive orchards, beautiful historic towns and villages, good wines and excellent cuisine. Here you will discover the authentic Provence and enjoy its sunny atmosphere and landscapes.
With a busy harbor and a vibrant urban energy, Marseilles appeals to visitors seeking an authentic tourist experience. This cosmopolitan city is France's oldest and the second largest after Paris and has much to offer, from ancient history and cultural diversity to gorgeous seaside scenery. Go visit Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde and Palais Longchamp. Marseille’s Old Town is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods visitors will find anywhere in France. It is easily accessible from the Vieux Port, as it is situated on a nearby hillside. In short, the lovely climat and the beautiful points of interest make Marseille very suitable for a nice city trip.