In the footsteps of van Gogh from St. Rémy
During his time in France, Vincent van Gogh spent one year in St. Remy de Provence, near Avignon. This beautiful hike, that starts in the old town, is named after the visited places where the painter set up his easel: he painted here more than 70 works, transfixed by the luminous nature scenery. You walk outside the town through vineyards and olive groves that carpet the landscape. After climbing up through the woods to the Alpilles ridge, you can enjoy outstanding 360° views.
This walk could also be named “Le Rocher des Deux Trous” (the Rock with two holes) due to two big holes at the base of a crag: seen from far away, they are then invisible for long, before reappearing suddenly, when very close. Just before the end, you pass near the Greco-Roman site of Glanum: there are visible remains of a city that grew up 2,600 years ago.
Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : moderate (steep slopes and rugged terrain)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)
Visits of Saint-Paul de Mausole and Glanum non included
Van Gogh’s Provence
(Photographs of sceneries that could have inspired the Dutch painter)
An exhilarating hike for adventurers by St Rémy
This outstandingly scenic hike starts about 1km south of St. Rémy de Provence from Saint-Paul de Mausole, famous for Vincent van Gogh‘s stay in 1889. While not very long, it is strenuous and suitable for those without fear of heights. Under the leadership of an expert guide, you hike challenging trails and enjoy spectacular scenery over the Alpilles Regional Natural Park. Once you have left the Mont Gaussier where the ladder trail with supportive handrail has been cut into a vertical cliff for about 200m, it is time for the last ascent. And you fairly quickly reach the Rock with two holes, an impressive stone formation, visible from St-Rémy, that van Gogh painted. You then walk down a dry valley back to town.
Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : challenging (steep slopes, rugged terrain and exposed pathways with supportive railings)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 7am – 11.30am only, not allowed on fire risk days)
If you have a fear of heights, you had better choose another hike.