It was time for a hill fix so we headed in land to St-Remy-de-Provence in the Alpilles hills.
After enjoying the drive through hills we stopped on the outside of St-Remy-de-Provence to visit the ruins of the ancient city of Glanum. The first inhabitants settled in the area in the 6th and 7th centuries BC protected by a rampart blocking the road to the Alpilles. Subsequent relations with the Greek world brought wealth to the inhabitants of Glanum which saw an expansion of the town in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. The town became a Roman colony between 63BC and 14AD which again resulted in changes to the town and remain a major settlement until 260AD. It was only since the 1920’s that the remains of the settlement have been discovered.
In its day it was a massive site and the site was clearly divided between residential areas, monument centre (forum, temples etc) the sacred spring area which determined the original reason for the settlement and the ramparts. It was an interesting site to visit.
We then enjoyed a stroll round St-Remy-de-Provence which had a lovely old town area before heading back to base through the hills.