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Walking The Alpilles ridge (Download : PDF)
Distance9.62mi Vertical gain+1398ft Vertical drop-1411ft 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.

Distance6mi Vertical gain+938ft Vertical drop-896ft 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
Distance4.31mi Vertical gain+965ft Vertical drop-951ft 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.

Distance4.3mi Vertical gain+781ft Vertical drop-768ft 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)
Distance7.57mi Vertical gain+823ft Vertical drop-794ft 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).

Distance7.04mi Vertical gain+1345ft Vertical drop-1352ft Duration4h15 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in La Ciotat - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Hike exploring the sights and features of Cape Canaille.

Distance9.52mi Vertical gain+1017ft Vertical drop-988ft 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
Distance5.09mi Vertical gain+781ft Vertical drop-774ft 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.

Distance7.33mi Vertical gain+548ft Vertical drop-522ft 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.

Distance7.5mi Vertical gain+495ft Vertical drop-512ft 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.

Distance7.96mi Vertical gain+2034ft Vertical drop-2064ft 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.

Distance6.44mi Vertical gain+374ft Vertical drop-358ft 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.

Distance8.68mi Vertical gain+2224ft Vertical drop-2221ft Duration5h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A walk with breathtaking views of four coves (calanques)

Distance4.66mi Vertical gain+984ft Vertical drop-984ft 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

Distance6.04mi Vertical gain+2608ft Vertical drop-2592ft 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.

Distance7.84mi Vertical gain+935ft Vertical drop-932ft 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.

Saint-Rémy - Waterfalls: the Gaudres des Alpilles
Distance5.28mi Vertical gain+554ft Vertical drop-541ft 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.

Distance8.11mi Vertical gain+1660ft Vertical drop-1660ft 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.

Walking Pichauris Park (Download : PDF)
Distance7.03mi Vertical gain+1421ft Vertical drop-1417ft 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.

Walking The Orgon plateau (Download : PDF)
Distance11.44mi Vertical gain+1588ft Vertical drop-1562ft 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.

Distance8.62mi Vertical gain+2365ft Vertical drop-2385ft 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/

The Calanque de Callelongue
Distance7.51mi Vertical gain+2080ft Vertical drop-2103ft Duration5h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Hike from Callelongue taking the GR along the coast.

Distance11.33mi Vertical gain+3140ft Vertical drop-3143ft 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.

Distance6.88mi Vertical gain+2028ft Vertical drop-2034ft Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

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

Distance4.79mi Vertical gain+1381ft Vertical drop-1355ft 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.

Distance6.5mi Vertical gain+2523ft Vertical drop-2493ft 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

Walking La Montagnette (Download : PDF)
Distance8.82mi Vertical gain+505ft Vertical drop-509ft 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.

Distance5.06mi Vertical gain+656ft Vertical drop-666ft 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!

Distance3.32mi Vertical gain+499ft Vertical drop-486ft 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
Distance6.69mi Vertical gain+922ft Vertical drop-922ft 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.

Distance6.53mi Vertical gain+594ft Vertical drop-568ft 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.

The Watchtower by the North Slope in Les Baux-de-Provence
Distance4.99mi Vertical gain+781ft Vertical drop-781ft 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)
Distance8.17mi Vertical gain+1952ft Vertical drop-1936ft 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.

Distance3.67mi Vertical gain+1535ft Vertical drop-1558ft 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
Distance4.71mi Vertical gain+512ft Vertical drop-499ft 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.

Distance11.16mi Vertical gain+1234ft Vertical drop-1207ft 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.

Distance3.7mi Vertical gain+837ft Vertical drop-823ft 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.

Distance8.96mi Vertical gain+1106ft Vertical drop-1099ft 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.

Walking Historical Arles (Download : PDF)
Historical Arles
Distance7.07mi Vertical gain+167ft Vertical drop-148ft 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.

Distance10.35mi Vertical gain+751ft Vertical drop-735ft Duration5h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Tarascon - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A peaceful countryside walk, ideal for relaxation.

Distance9.06mi Vertical gain+1703ft Vertical drop-1693ft 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.

Distance7.14mi Vertical gain+3330ft Vertical drop-3317ft 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'.

Distance4.39mi Vertical gain+2461ft Vertical drop-2444ft 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".

Distance7.4mi Vertical gain+2572ft Vertical drop-2572ft Duration5h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Marseille - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Beautiful loop in the Calanques starting from Callelongue.

Distance10.1mi Vertical gain+1535ft Vertical drop-1519ft 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.

Distance9.95mi Vertical gain+1309ft Vertical drop-1286ft 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.

Mountain biking The hills of Grans (Download : PDF)
Distance4.81mi Vertical gain+82ft Vertical drop-82ft 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.