Slip into your trainers and discover the region’s top walks and hikes as you head out on the trails of Provence and the Med. Forget how far you’ve walked and simply lap up the views at your own pace.
Roam the forests and hug a tree
A leafy walk from the Luberon to the Sainte-Baume
Wind your way through the cedar forest on Petit Luberon plateau, where white limestone offers striking contrasts with the luscious vegetation below. Introduced in the 1860s, cedars thrive here and have created a verdant forest spanning almost 620 acres, gazing out sleepily over the Durance valley, Alpilles and Sainte-Victoire mountain. The Sainte-Baume hills are home to easy walks for all the family, perfect for admiring the area’s beautiful forests and typical karst rocks. Pause awhile to empty your mind, breathe deeply and absorb this extraordinary natural environment as you contemplate the surrounding mountains.
A family trek from the Écrins to Mercantour
Discover the beauty of the Écrins mountains with all the family. Head to Vallon de Navette, set in one of the region’s greenest valleys. Start the walk near Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar and continue on the narrow “Oules” lane. The itinerary snakes through authentic and preserved country scenery. Take the left bank to enjoy the panoramic view over Pic de Mal Cros rearing its head from afar. Mercantour National Park is another great place for a family walk. Opt for the easy Bois Noir loop and watch the mountainscapes unfurl before your eyes: bucolic pastures on the sunny slopes and a dense conifer forest on the dark side!
Conquer the finest viewpoints
From the Alpilles to Queyras: vistas you’ll never tire of!
A truly stunning array of walks and hikes awaits you here. Take the road to Crête des Alpilles departing from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This itinerary particularly focuses on biodiversity, ancient heritage and local agriculture and offers sweeping views over the heart of the Alpilles and plains of Avignon and La Crau. In Queyras, climb all the way to the summit of Le Bucher and head to the plateau’s meadows and woodlands, where an orientation table unveils all the secrets of this mesmerizing landscape. Gaze over the valley before heading to Col des Près de Fromage with its sweeping vistas over the Écrins and Vallée de l’Aigue Blanche.
Step from Sainte-Victoire mountain to En-Vau
Following in the footsteps of Cézanne, the Grand Site de la Sainte-Victoire opens the door to around 250 km of signposted walking and hiking trails. What’s more, each trail has its own special charm, so you’ll never see the same thing twice. Quick tip: climb up to the priory and Croix de Provence or head to Bimont dam to lap up the dizzy vistas. As you approach the sea, the En-Vau belvedere emerges over the crystal clear waters of Calanque d’En-Vau, considered as one of the most beautiful coastal fjords. Start the hike at the Gardiole forest house and head to Col de l’Oule: the plunging view from the viewpoint is a sight to behold. Pause for a refreshing dip in the Med when you get to the bottom before tackling another ascent…
Roman trails carved by the passage of time
Baronnies Provençales and Mont Ventoux, into the ravine…
If there’s one thing we owe to time, it’s the beauty of what it leaves behind – and the Baronnies Provençales and Gorges de la Méouge are perfect illustrations! This fast-paced itinerary offers a succession of ascents and descents. An official bioreserve, the deep, winding and sun-drenched gorge is an ideal spot for an invigorating dip on a hot summer’s day and you’ll be surprised to find a smooth pebble beach awaiting you in its hollow.
Into the world-famed Verdon Canyon
If you dream of wide open spaces, the Verdon canyon is a resolute must. Europe’s largest canyon is swathed in some of the most spectacular scenery you’ll ever see. Take the Blanc Martel trail to head into its depths, then follow the river to enjoy some truly incredible views. If you’d like some learned company, guide and geology buff Andréa Bacher will be delighted to prep you on local history and little-known facts about the canyon. Andréa hosts a choice of two walks: the birthplace of rock in the Saint-Maurin reserve and a full moon outing to discover the abandoned village of Châteauneuf-les-Moustiers on the heights of Palud-sur-Verdon. Simply magical!
Follow the guide
Guided walks and little secrets
There’s nothing like a guided walk in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur’s nature reserves and national parks. Located in the Camargue wetlands, the nature guide bureau unveils the secrets of Camargue’s natural heritage, from the plain of La Crau to the Alpilles. And it’s also thanks to these nature enthusiasts that the environment is so beautifully preserved. In the Préalpes d’Azur reserve, you can enjoy a hike on the theme of “water and karstic landscapes” in the company of Serge Pantacchini – a fascinating plunge into this land carved by water. It’s time to head to the Mediterranean coast and one of the Golden Islands.