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Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a traditional village in the heart of the Alpilles

The vibrant, unspoilt village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is located in the Provence countryside, in the heart of the Alpilles mountain range. It is the ideal place to buy a second home, perfect for enjoying the gentle South of France way of life.

The village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
The village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is very popular with fans of old buildings or those who enjoy a more traditional way of life, and attracts many potential buyers looking for a second home.

An ode to the delights of the South
Although just twenty kilometres from Avignon’s TGV train station, the village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence offers a guaranteed change of scene. Its traditional, South-of-France architecture and small, pretty squares with restaurants and fountains, lend it a gentle, peaceful atmosphere. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a great place to spend time, stroll around and relax on a café terrace, lulled by the soothing song of cicadas.

A place of art and beauty
Over the years, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence has attracted many artists thanks to its beautiful landscapes and magical light. The most famous of these is Vincent van Gogh. When he arrived in the Provençal village in May 1889, Vincent van Gogh asked to stay at the Saint-Paul de Mausolée asylum. Soothed and pacified by the religious atmosphere, he produced nearly 150 paintings in one year. Today, art still occupies an important place in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence as demonstrated by the Fêtes de la Route des Peintres events held in the village every year.

Buying a second home in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Today, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence attracts property enthusiasts looking to buy an exceptional second home. Country houses, old village houses and more contemporary properties, etc. There are many different types of high-end properties in the hills and town centre. And our ENGEL & VÖLKERS real estate agents are available to help clients realize their property purchases and dreams in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, capital of the Alpilles
The massif des Alpilles, a mountain range inextricably linked to the Provençal countryside, is home to 16 villages, including Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, its capital.

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The Alpilles, an unspoilt mountain range
The Alpilles is a low altitude mountain range with masses of character. The arid expanse of land is dotted here and there with olive trees, thyme and rosemary which lend the maquis scrubland its distinctive fragrance. A series of sharp peaks extends before you, revealing a landscape of jagged white limestone. The Alpilles, designated a regional nature park in 2007, is a protected area.

The Alpilles, a vast playground on the outskirts of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Once you leave the centre of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence village, you will immediately find yourself in the heart of the massif des Alpilles, the region’s great green lung. As well as providing an overview of the flora and fauna so typical of the Mediterranean region, the massif offers numerous opportunities for nature lovers. You can go for hikes, bike rides or even donkey rides!

Buying a property with a view of the Alpilles
You can pick up some exceptional properties just a few kilometres from the centre of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. These high-end properties enjoy breath-taking views of the Alpilles mountain range, a genuinely unspoilt natural setting. Nestled in vast, leafy grounds, they often have pools, tennis courts and other high-end facilities.

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