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Walking The Alpilles ridge (Download : PDF)
The Alpilles ridge
Distance15.48km Vertical gain+426m Vertical drop-430m Duration5h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Nice walk between the wild and steep ridge of the Alpilles and the plains of Romanin.

Sentier des douaniers. De Niolon à Méjéan. (Customs officers trail). From Niolon to Méjéan
Distance9.65km Vertical gain+286m Vertical drop-273m Duration3h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Le Rove - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Amidst sea, cliffs and rail roads, a beautiful active hike, emphasized by the horns of small passing trains, and an amazing little beach during the journey!
Experienced on May 1st, 2013, having the first bathe of the year at the Everine's beach!

Cézanne’s windmill and the Zola dam
Distance6.94km Vertical gain+294m Vertical drop-290m Duration2h40 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Le Tholonet - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A lovely walk which includes a chance to see Cézanne’s Windmill, to discover the ancient ruins of the Roman aqueduct and its waterfall and the Zola dam. In the distance you can see Mont Sainte-Victoire.

The Tour des Opies- the Eyguières Alpilles
Distance16.02km Vertical gain+399m Vertical drop-392m Duration5h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Eyguières - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Hiking in the Alpilles, starting from the Eyguières bullring.
A quiet start among olive trees and cicadas at the foot of the Opies.
You'll discover the old Romanière sheep pens.
The ascent starts on a beautiful path through the maquis and ends with a little climb to finish at the Tour de Guet where a magnificent 360° view awaits you.
You can also visit the vestiges of Villa Gallo Romaine.

Le Rocher des Deux Trous (The Rock with Two Holes)
Distance6.92km Vertical gain+238m Vertical drop-234m Duration2h35 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

At the heart of the Alpilles Regional Nature Reserve, a small easy hike on good paths. The route takes you to the picturesque Rock with Two Holes painted by Van Gogh during his stay in Saint-Paul de Mausole from May 1889 to May 1890. It offers vast panoramic views over the two slopes of the Alpilles. To the south, in clear weather the view stretches to the Mediterranean, to the north over the Montagnette, the Gard, the Mont Ventoux, etc.

The Caderaou Balcony (le balcon de Caderaou)
Distance12.19km Vertical gain+251m Vertical drop-242m Duration4h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Mitre-les-Remparts - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A hike along the balcony with superb views of the Etang de Berre (a small inland sea called Lake Berre).

Walk in the Alpilles
Distance15.32km Vertical gain+310m Vertical drop-301m Duration5h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Starting from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a beautiful walk along large, clearly-marked, shady trails. Beautiful viewpoints over the Alpilles, the village and the château des Baux-de-Provence.
The fragrant plants of the South and also pines and even cedars.

Glanum and the Alpilles ridges
Distance8.19km Vertical gain+238m Vertical drop-236m Duration2h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Starting from the site of the Antiques de Glanum, a beautiful climb in the valley of Saint Clerg, which serves as a botanical trail, up to the ridges and back down to Lake Peiroou or Peirou, on the IGN map.

N.B.!: the short technical part with cables and some metal steps fixed into the rock that allows you to cross the rock above Lake Peiroou has been temporarily closed for safety reasons.

La Ciotat and Cap Canaille
Distance11.33km Vertical gain+410m Vertical drop-412m Duration4h15 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in La Ciotat - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Hike exploring the sights and features of Cape Canaille.

The cliffs and ridges above Mouriès
Distance11.8km Vertical gain+167m Vertical drop-159m Duration3h45 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Mouriès - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A pretty hike in this area of the Alpilles to discover the white cliffs of "Caisses de Jean Jean", the "Caisses de Servanne," the Castellas ridges and its viewpoints, and a walk along Servanne golf course in Mouriès.

The Canal de Marseille and Aqueduc de Roquefavour
Distance12.07km Vertical gain+151m Vertical drop-156m Duration3h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Ventabren - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Leaving from Ventabren, a walk in the surrounding hills and then along the Canal de Marseille and ending at the Aqueduc de Roquefavour.

Garlaban and the peak of Taoumé
Distance12.82km Vertical gain+620m Vertical drop-629m Duration5h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Aubagne - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Circuit following in Marcel Pagnol's footsteps, passing by the Baume du Plantier (Manon’s Cave) then reaching the legendary Garlaban. The return journey passes by the peak of Taoumé and Grosibou Cave and ending with the Vallon de Passe-Temps.

The Sugiton, Morgiou, Triperie, and Sormiou coves
Distance13.97km Vertical gain+678m Vertical drop-677m Duration5h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A walk with breathtaking views of four coves (calanques)

Sainte-Victoire mountain through the Clapier gap
Distance9.73km Vertical gain+795m Vertical drop-790m Duration4h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Antonin-sur-Bayon - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A loop hike on the south side of Sainte-Victoire Montagne allowing access to the ridge via the Marbrière and the Brèche du Clapier (gap). The walk along the ridge towards the Croix de Provence offers splendid views. Descent via the Priory, the Pas du Berger and the Cézanne Shelter.

The Saint Sixtus chapel and the "Tête du Long Jean"
Distance10.36km Vertical gain+114m Vertical drop-109m Duration3h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Eygalières - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

The route starts from a typical village of the Alpilles, takes you past a chapel famous for its beauty in a delightful setting, and continues round a hill with views of the north slope of the ridge and the plain of Mollégès. On the return leg, there is a superb view of the old village of Eygalières.

The coves of Sugiton and Morgiou
Distance7.51km Vertical gain+300m Vertical drop-300m Duration2h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A walk to the coves (calques) of Luminy estate in Marseille with exceptional views

Saint-Rémy - Waterfalls: the Gaudres des Alpilles
Distance8.5km Vertical gain+169m Vertical drop-165m Duration2h50 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A walk in the Alpilles on good paths, mostly through forest. This circuit goes through several gaudres (small valleys that channel rain-water): La Pistolle, Valmouriane, Bovis and Marchandon. You can also see one of the waterfalls of the Canal des Alpines.

The Castellas de Roquemartine, the Crête du Defens, and the Grottes de Calès caves
Distance12.62km Vertical gain+285m Vertical drop-284m Duration4h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Lamanon - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A nice hike in the Alpilles to see the ruins of Castellas de Roquemartine (Château de la Reine Jeanne), and end with the caves of Calès, a very interesting cave network.

Walking Pichauris Park (Download : PDF)
Pichauris Park
Distance11.32km Vertical gain+433m Vertical drop-432m Duration4h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Allauch - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A walk in a regional park with beautiful trails, varied routes and trees, trees and more trees.
Departure from the park’s car park at the Pichauris Hostel.

The Calanque de Callelongue
Distance12.09km Vertical gain+634m Vertical drop-641m Duration5h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Hike from Callelongue taking the GR along the coast.

Sainte-Victoire la Croix de Provence
Distance13.88km Vertical gain+721m Vertical drop-727m Duration5h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Vauvenargues - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Sainte-Victoire is a highlight of Provence for hikers and climbers.

Before you start, make sure access to the massif is allowed because a regulation is applicable from 1 June to 30 September which and can limit access hours. See the link below:
http://www.paca.gouv.fr/files/massif/

Above the Infernets and Coutronne-les Encanaux ravines
Distance13.05km Vertical gain+506m Vertical drop-506m Duration4h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Auriol - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A splendid walk starting from the Encanaux, near Auriol, along the top of the Infernets and then the Coutronne ravines. At times along the cliffside ravines, similar to some sections of the Gorges du Verdon. From Lare Pass (Col de la Lare), you will have a magnificent view of the Sainte-Baume range and the Pic de Bertagne to the south and Sainte-Victoire Mountain, Mont Olympe and Mont Aurélien to the north.

The Sainte-Victoire
Distance18.24km Vertical gain+957m Vertical drop-958m Duration7h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Marc-Jaumegarde - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A beautiful hike up one of the highest mountains in the Provence: the magnificent Sainte-Victoire. Enjoy 360° views as far as the Alps and the Ventoux. The Priory alone is well worth the effort.

Walking The Orgon plateau (Download : PDF)
The Orgon plateau
Distance18.41km Vertical gain+484m Vertical drop-476m Duration6h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Orgon - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Circuit in the eastern Alpilles, first passing by the Notre-Dame de Beauregard chapel overlooking the Durance valley and a long tour over the Orgon plateau and its valleys.

Around Mont Puget from Col de la Gineste
Distance11.07km Vertical gain+618m Vertical drop-620m Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A magnificent sea and mountain hike in the Calanques National Park.

Walking La Montagnette (Download : PDF)
La Montagnette
Distance14.2km Vertical gain+154m Vertical drop-155m Duration4h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Tarascon - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A walk in the hills of La Montagnette, setting out from Saint Michel de Frigolet abbey.

The Coves of Marseille
Distance7.7km Vertical gain+421m Vertical drop-413m Duration3h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Beautiful scenery, a great day out and if you want lunch by the sea, head to Sugiton cove. It’s wonderful.

Luminy - Oeil de Verre - Candelle
Distance10.46km Vertical gain+769m Vertical drop-760m Duration4h50 Extreme Extreme
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A hike among the Marseilles calanques, offering breathtaking views and the opportunity for a little exercise

Aureille lookout tower
Distance8.15km Vertical gain+200m Vertical drop-203m Duration2h50 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Aureille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

The highlight of the walk is the wonderful view from the lookout tower over the Alpilles range, giving superb photo opportunities!

Spectacular scenic views of Baux-de-Provence
Distance5.34km Vertical gain+152m Vertical drop-148m Duration1h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Les Baux-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A short hike around Baux-de-Provence, mostly on good trails. There is a short climb down a well-maintained rocky path. 360° views at the viewpoint (or what remains of it). The Baux cover "every angle" with many panoramic views. Return via the village with the option to pay it a visit.

Walking Figuerolles beach (Download : PDF)
Figuerolles beach
Distance10.76km Vertical gain+281m Vertical drop-281m Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Le Rove - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A pleasant little walk. Take a picnic and make a day of it.

The Watchtower by the North Slope in Les Baux-de-Provence
Distance8.04km Vertical gain+238m Vertical drop-238m Duration2h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Les Baux-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A circuit on the north slope of the Alpilles on good tracks nice, overlooking cross-shaded valleys and ridges that offer views on all sides of the Alpilles. The view goes far beyond this. The tour starts with a track which “keeps its cards close to its chest”. Apart from the return by the GR 6, you will meet few if any other people on this route that is far off the beaten track.

Walking Petit Tuny (Download : PDF)
Petit Tuny
Distance13.14km Vertical gain+595m Vertical drop-590m Duration5h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Gémenos - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

This trail is another way of getting to the Petit Tuny hut. On this trail, you stay off the DFCI tracks as much as possible, by taking non-waymarked paths instead. At the highest point of the route, you will have a wonderful view over Garlaban, the Huveaune Valley and Bertagne Peak.

Marseilleveyre from the start of the Goudes
Distance5.91km Vertical gain+468m Vertical drop-475m Duration2h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A very pleasant walk with magnificent, panoramic views of Marseille from the top of Béouveyre and Marseilleveyre.

The Lombards trail via the ridge
Distance7.58km Vertical gain+156m Vertical drop-152m Duration2h30 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A ridge walk starting off the beaten track, with views over the south of the Alpilles. A climb through an almost untouched valley to join the ridge trail, offering panoramic views of the north.

Aureille to Eygualières
Distance17.96km Vertical gain+376m Vertical drop-368m Duration6h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Aureille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A pleasant walk through the Alpilles.
Not particularly difficult, this is a hike that is excellent for beginners.
Nevertheless, there are beautiful stretches, commanding views and surprising natural displays of surprise and vigour.

A loop hike from Ventabren to L'Aqueduc de Roquefavour
Distance14.43km Vertical gain+337m Vertical drop-335m Duration4h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Ventabren - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A loop hike starting from Ventabren Village, heading downhill and crossing Arc River to head up the hill on the other side reaching a stunning panoramic view over Mont Ventoux, Eguilles Village, the Aqueduc de Roquefavour Bridge, Sainte-Victoire Mountain and l'Etoile mountain range with the Pilon du Roi.

Bau Rous, Caves and Dent du Chat, leaving from La Ciotat
Distance5.95km Vertical gain+255m Vertical drop-251m Duration2h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in La Ciotat - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Tour of Carrière du Loin going via Bau Rous, and the Arch and Dent du Chat. Two sections, which are not very well marked and rarely visited, require trousers to be worn.

The Quatre Termes and Baume Brignolle
Distance10.52km Vertical gain+181m Vertical drop-173m Duration3h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A hike in the Alpilles along good paths. A varied landscape ranging from pine forest to Mediterranean scrubland with fine views over the hills and valleys.

Walking Historical Arles (Download : PDF)
Historical Arles
Distance11.38km Vertical gain+51m Vertical drop-45m Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Arles - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Discovering Arles and its numerous Roman monuments and buildings. You can enjoy a short picturesque break along the canal from Arles to Bouc where you can go right up to the famous Van Gogh bridge before returning to the no-less famous bull ring.

A loop via the Auberge de Pichauris, the Puits de l'Aroumi and the Mont du Marseillais
Distance14.58km Vertical gain+519m Vertical drop-516m Duration5h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Allauch - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A hike through the pines and scrubland of the Massif du Garlaban, so dear to Marcel Pagnol.
Starting from the Pichauris car park, the circuit first leads you to the Puits de l'Aroumi (the wells of Aroumi) then the Mont du Marseillais along beautiful, well marked paths, often along ridges, offering magnificent views over Marseille, Sainte-Victoire, Mont Ventoux and, in good weather, the Préaples de Provence. The intense luminosity of the rocks under the brilliance of the sun will leave no-one indifferent.

Sainte-Victoire: the Pic des Mouches with a return via the Pas du Clapier
Distance11.5km Vertical gain+1015m Vertical drop-1011m Duration5h40 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Puyloubier - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

An energetic loop in Sainte-Victoire leaving from the Saint-Ser car park. The climb up goes via the east of the Bau de l'Aigle and the descent back down is via the 'Pas du Clapier'.

Sainte-Victoire : Bau Cezanne - Garagai - Deux Aiguilles de l'Anchois
Distance7.06km Vertical gain+750m Vertical drop-745m Duration3h50 Extreme Extreme
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Antonin-sur-Bayon - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A physical loop hike along Sainte-Victoire, a climb to Prieuré Sainte-Victoire / Croix de Provence through Bau Cézanne and going back through "le Gouffre de Garagaï" and "les deux Aiguilles".

La Montagnette from Saint-Michel de Frigolet Abbey
Distance16.66km Vertical gain+229m Vertical drop-224m Duration5h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Tarascon - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A peaceful countryside walk, ideal for relaxation.

Distance11.91km Vertical gain+784m Vertical drop-784m Duration5h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Beautiful loop in the Calanques starting from Callelongue.

"Cabanons du Marquis et des Gardes" with a trip back through Vallon de Gendame
Distance16.26km Vertical gain+468m Vertical drop-463m Duration5h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Ceyreste - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A long but straight-forward hike overlooking "Baie de la Ciotat" and a beautiful view over Sainte-Baume mountain range and Sainte-Victoire Mountain.

Mountain biking The hills of Grans (Download : PDF)
Distance7.75km Vertical gain+25m Vertical drop-25m Duration45min Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Grans - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A walk to discover bories (dry-stone huts), perfect for a little mountain biking special, alternating between false-flat single trails (be careful of the trees!) and wide rolling tracks to get your heart pumping or to work on your endurance.