“Arboretum du Badon” and “Calans” trails in Eygalières
Resembling a mosaic of mountains, forests, arid garrigue and wetlands, the Alpilles Regional Nature Reserve is a genuine Garden of Eden, home to very diverse flora and fauna. Delve in with a 2½-hour hike around the charming little medieval village of Eygalières: the 9 km trail at the foot of Les Calans – the Alpilles’ iconic jagged rock formation – crosses part of the GR®6 long-distance footpath and features 190 metres of uphill and downhill slopes. This thyme and rosemary-scented walk boasts magnificent panoramic views over the valley and Alpilles mountain chain, spanning pines, olive groves and pretty limestone peaks all the way to Mont-Ventoux. At the foot of Les Calans, the ancient Mas de Badon quarry, now a Mediterranean arboretum, is a photographer’s dream.