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The Alpilles and Les Baux de Provence,
the essence of Provence

En route to Les Baux de Provence

Starting from the small pass on the road that crosses the Alpilles range, you keep all along the ridge during most of the walk, enjoying vistas in all directions. Suddenly, on the horizon, as you emerge from a thicket of pines, appears before you, among the jagged peaks, the rock of Les Baux de Provence : a ruined medieval castle and the numerous small roof tiles of the village’s stone houses. Perched on a bluff facing the Alpilles crest, the citadel has been abandoned since the 17th century. The entry is worthwile. An additional visit to Les Carrières de Lumières, a son et lumière projected onto the walls of a former quarry at the foot of the village, might be of interest for you.

Walking time : 2.5 hours
Rating : easy (stony ground)
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

 

 

 

 

 

Rocher des 2 trous sur une randonnées des Alpilles de Provence

In the footsteps of Van Gogh

This beautiful hike begins in the old market town of St-Rémy de Provence where Vincent Van Gogh spent one year. And its name stems from the fact that it takes you to many of the places where the Dutch painter set up his easel and painted more than 70 works. Outside the town, you walk trails amidst vineyards and olive orchards, before climbing up to the Alpilles crest through a pine grove, soon enjoying terrific views in all directions. This hike could also have been called the Rocher des Deux Trous (Rock with two holes), due to a cliff that you can rapidly see up the hills, a cliff at the base of which two big holes, that have long been invisible, suddenly appear, close one to each other, as you are approaching. Within the last mile of the itinerary, you pass near the site of Glanum, where can be seen extensive remains of a settlement that developed 2,200 years ago, under Greek and Roman influences.

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : moderate (steep and rocky sections)
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

 

From St-Rémy de Provence
to Les Baux

Leaving the medieval streets in St-Rémy, you head to an even older quarter : Les Antiques. These are two Roman monuments among the best preserved : the Mausoleum and the Triumphal Arch that used to mark the entrance to the city of Glanum. Walking through pines, on back roads and forest tracks, you gently climb to the Alpilles ridge’s path. Up there, you enjoy a great scenery all around. Following the main ridge, you gradually approach Les Baux de Provence. Built on a rocky spur, the ruined medieval castle suddenly appear. Once the fief of very powerful Lords, among the strongest in the south of France, this site is something unique. Castle entry is worthwile. An additional visit to Les Carrières de Lumières, a son et lumière projected onto the walls of a former quarry, at the foot of the village, might be of interest for you.

Walking time : 4 hours
Rating : moderate (rocky sections)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

 

The panorama from La Caume 

This day hike starts in the old town of St-Rémy de Provence too. After one hour of gentle climbing, you will be allowed to spend the following two hours walking on the Alpilles ridge, up to the top of Plateau de La Caume. On the way, in addition to the vast panorama, you can discover the great variety of the Mediterranean flora : not only rosemary, thyme and lavender, but also dozens of species that blossom early in the year. Back to the plain, and before reaching the pretty village of Eygalières, it is worth going out of the way to visit the Château Romanin. A guided tour of the cellar and a tasting of the wines might be organized.

Walking time : 5 hours
Rating : challenging (steep and rocky sections) 
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)