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A charming escape in the Alpilles

Entre Rhône et Durance, l’heure est à l’évasion au pays des senteurs et des terres de légendes et traditions. Arpentez quelques-uns des plus beaux sites de Provence grâce à ce circuit dont les randonnées et les prestataires marqués Valeurs Parc naturel régional vous emmèneront au cœur du Parc des Alpilles. Relief déchiqueté, villages perchés et rochers sculptés… une mosaïque de paysages noyée au milieu des vignes, oliveraies, champs de lavandes et plantations d’amandiers !

Tour
Duration
5 days
Theme
Nature
Visited places
Eygalières
Orgon
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Maussane-les-Alpilles
Les-Baux-de-Provence
Step 1

Eygalières to Orgon

In the footsteps of urgonian limestone

Start the day with a stroll around the local producer’s stalls at Eygalières market. The scents of the South are everywhere here, tempting you into the village’s narrow old lanes. Climb up to the castle to lap up the 360° view over distant olive groves. Next, head to the charming and typically-Provencal village of Orgon, where you can visit the Musée Urgonia, a Valeurs Parc Naturel Régional museum, before taking Chemin de la Pierre for a full immersion in the heart of the Alpilles. This footpath retraces the area’s fascinating geological history and biodiversity. Discover the fossils unearthed by passionate geologists as you make your way around the 10 stop-offs. To wind up this delightful immersive experience in style, head to La Bastide d’Eygalières, an ideal base for your holiday in the Alpilles.

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Step 2

The Alpilles summits

Impressive scenery starting out from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
6h
17 km

Ready to lap up even more of the stunning Alpilles? Starting out from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, this hike boasts magnificent and varied views over the Alpilles and plains of Avignon and La Crau. The loop begins at Cloître Saint-Paul de Mausole at the end of an alley lined with plane trees, and continues in a typically-soothing Provencal decor of orchards, olive trees and evergreen oaks. Alternating gentle slopes and rocky cliff faces, this 17-kilometre hike has countless surprises up its sleeve.

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Step 3

Hike around Les Baux-de-Provence

Landscapes carved by the hand of man
4h
12 km

In the Vallée des Baux-de-Provence, mankind’s labour of love leads you into the heart of Provence’s olive groves and terraced vines. Gaze at the virgin landscapes panning out from the summit of Baumayrane. From the Carrières de Lumières car park, follow the signposted trail plunging into wild scenery. This delightful, 4-hour hike guides you to the peaceful Piste des Lombards: a 3-kilometre path promising panoramic vistas all the way to Mont Ventoux

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Step 4

On the heights of Eygalières

Discovering the beauty of Les Calans
4h30
14 km

A charming Provencal village, Eygalières is the departure point for Les Calans and its impressive relief, typical of the northern face of the mountain range. Reach for the heights to admire the beauty of the Alpilles panning out in front of you… This beautiful walk offers incredible vistas over the area’s typical scenery. Keep your ears open too and revel in the sound of chirping cicadas as you bask in the views over Les Civadières after the Badon arboretum. This 14-kilometre country hike (a round trip) is dotted with truly awe-inspiring spectacles!

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Step 5

Inimitable Saint Rémy de Provence

The life and history of the Alpilles

Bathing in a natural decor, the Musée des Alpilles in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence promises a genuine voyage back in time. Set in a magnificent Renaissance building, the museum itinerary unveils a wealth of local heritage and historical secrets. Top up your newly-acquired knowledge with a visit to the Fromagerie Roumanille, a Valeurs Parc Naturel Régional cheese farm where Mélanie welcomes you for a delightful tour including goat milking and cheese tasting. Before you leave, remember to stock up your hamper with their delicious goat cheese, organic Gascony charcuterie and farm yoghurt. Bon appétit!

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