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Welcome to Saint Rémy de Provence

While it's a bit off the beaten path for most holidaymakers in France, St-Rémy de Provence is among the most attractive and interesting towns in Provence, and is well worth the 12-mile (19km) journey from Avignon. The city centre has many beautiful buildings, including the Chapelle Notre-Dame de Pitié and the Hôtel Estrine.

Aside from the attractive town itself, St-Rémy is surrounded by a beautiful countryside that inspired many paintings by Vincent van Gogh. The artist lived in St-Rémy de Provence for a time, and the city has the somewhat dubious honour of being the place where the he famously cut off his ear, after which he committed himself to the Monastère de St-Paul-de-Mausolée, an asylum that offers visitors walking tours.

Vincent van Gogh is not the only famous resident of St-Rémy however, the city was the birthplace of 16-century author Nostradomus, and was the favourite residence of Princess Caroline of Monaco for a time. Visitors will fall in love with this perfect example of sleepy small-town France, with its busy markets and quiet atmosphere. Near the city, the remains of a Gallo-Roman settlement from the 2nd century BC are found.


Information & Facts

Language
French is the official language.
Money

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.

Time
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
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