Crossing the East of the Calanques massif
This half-day route is unrivaled for its land- and seascapes. It is quite a long traverse, from the university campus in Marseille to the charming port town of Cassis : through a protected natural area, Calanques National Park, you will be walking and running 12 miles over stony paths. During this trip, you will enjoy countless breathtaking views, from at least 3 marked levels : the shoreline, the top of the bluffs, and, at midway up, the balcony trail. Within 3.5 hours, you will have the chance to watch all the most spectacular Provence’s calanques pass before your eyes : Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton, En-Vau, Port-Pin and Port-Miou.
Walking/Running time : 3.5 hours
Rating : challenging (steep ascents/descents, rock scrambles)
A circular trail from St. Remy de Provence
to Les Baux, with 3 km on the Alpilles ridge
Leaving the medieval streets in St. Remy, you head to an even older quarter featuring 2,000 years old Roman monuments: Les Antiques and Glanum. Walking and jogging through pines, on back roads and forest tracks, you gently climb to the Alpilles ridge’s trail, reached after a detour to the Rock with two holes, immortalized by Vincent van Gogh. 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 lords among the most powerful in South of France, this site is something unique. The entrance of the ruined citadel and the few streets in the village are worthwile. The trail back to St. Rémy passes the Alpilles crest at a point further west.
Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : moderate (rugged sections of terrain)