St Remy de Provence is a gem of a Provencal town nestling deep in the French countryside, east of Arles, south of Avignon and west of Salon de Provence. It’s within an area of outstanding natural beauty called Les Alpilles, with the walled town of St Remy de Provence at its centre. The town stands on one of the oldest archeological sites in Europe with the ancient settlement of Glanum predating the Romans. St Remy is today a busy town of leafy squares, cobbled streets and archways through which burst a dense array of boutiques, gourmet restaurants, cafes and art galleries. The painter Vincent Van Gogh loved the village and the surrounding area which he featured in more than 150 of his works. Nearby other Provencal villages merit a visit including the imposing white stones of Les Baux de Provence, Maussane famous for its wineries and the pretty villages of Mouries, Eygalieres and Oppede.