PLACES TO VISIT AND DAY TRIPS
So you’ve seen the Isle and you are ready to see more of this fabulous part of Provence. These are some of the day trips that we do starting with closer to home and then moving further afield. The closer ones don’t involve too much time in the car leaving plenty of time for exploring and lunch. Even St Rémy is only 45 or 50 minutes by car and so makes a perfectly reasonable day trip. The descriptions below are meant to be used in conjunction with a paper or electronic map (or GPS) and are more to give you some ideas rather than be detailed turn-by-turn prescriptive routes.
One big hint though. Only visit Provençal towns on market days if you want to go to the market. In summer, markets change everything. Parking is mental, the streets are full and it is hard to move anywhere more quickly than the shoppers are dawdling. Don’t get me wrong, the markets are colourful, interesting and full of lovely things to eat – but they are busy. If you want a lunch table at a certain restaurant on market day it is advisable to book. Otherwise we don’t normally bother.
Some towns are a day trip in their own right. Avignon and Aix being the obvious examples here. Avignon can be done by train from the Isle and Aix is not too far time-wise if you take the motorway from Cavaillon or Avignon Sud near the airport. St Rémy can also be a day trip in its own right but I have written it up below with a couple of its neighbours as well.