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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.

Around the Aigue Brun
Distance14.43km Vertical gain+662m Vertical drop-662m Duration5h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Buoux - 84 - Vaucluse

Circuit around the Aigue Brun to see the different aspects of this valley nestled at the foot of the Luberon.

The Grotte de Mueron and Gorges du Blavet in Bagnols-en-Forêt
Distance6.28km Vertical gain+189m Vertical drop-182m Duration2h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Bagnols-en-Forêt - 83 - Var

A stroll in an exceptional place, discovering the gorges of the river Blavet and the cave of Mueron which was inhabited in the Bronze Age.
Ideal in summer and on warmer days, avoid periods of heavy rain.

On the heights of Velleron
Distance5.67km Vertical gain+136m Vertical drop-135m Duration1h55 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Velleron - 84 - Vaucluse

A short family walk on the heights of Velleron to discover numerous dry-stone terraces in reasonably good condition.

Walking The Malavettes (Download : PDF)
The Malavettes
Distance11.43km Vertical gain+305m Vertical drop-306m Duration4h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Raphaël (Var) - 83 - Var

This circuit lets you discover magnificent panoramic views over the Mediterranean (the Gulf of Saint- Tropez up to the Dramont semaphore) and Mediterranean forests, as well as the remains of the Malavettes forester's house, now abandoned.

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 Baou des 4 Auros (Download : PDF)
Baou des 4 Auros
Distance11.26km Vertical gain+529m Vertical drop-535m Duration4h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Ollioules - 83 - Var

A hike in the outskirts of Toulon where you get a 360° view of the amazing countryside. A big meeting place for spies who monitor Toulon harbour.

The Barre des Dourbes ridge
Distance10.35km Vertical gain+694m Vertical drop-708m Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Digne-les-Bains - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Long north-south oriented ridge, the Barre des Dourbes ridge separates the basin of Digne-les-Bains from the Barrême syncline.
Rising in stages over twenty kilometres, culminating Pic de Couar some 1988 m above sea level.

Sommet des Fourcats (Fourcats Peak)
Distance15.49km Vertical gain+724m Vertical drop-731m Duration6h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Robion - 84 - Vaucluse

Excellent walk with an amazing uphill trail to "Les Rochers de Baude" leading to the ridges of the "Luberon plateau"

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.

Gorges de Véroncle
Distance5.85km Vertical gain+316m Vertical drop-22m Duration2h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Gordes - 84 - Vaucluse

The walk starts near Gordes (listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France) and passes through the Véroncle gorge to Murs and its castle.
A very pleasant, energetic walk in the ravine of the Véroncle gorges, discovering the remains of old mills from different periods along the way.
There are a few ladders and ropes, and an old sluice shaft that cannot be avoided.

The Trois Termes via La Sénancole
Distance16km Vertical gain+382m Vertical drop-377m Duration5h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Gordes - 84 - Vaucluse

Loop around Gordes and its dry stone dwellings, through the valley of Sénancole and its unique Sénanque Abbey.

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/

Pierrefeu and the Cabane des Gardes (GR51)
Distance15.28km Vertical gain+319m Vertical drop-317m Duration5h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Pierrefeu-du-Var - 83 - Var

A hike looping around the Maures hills in the middle of cork oak forests.
Lush vegetation with beautiful views of East Toulon.
You take a portion of the GR51 called "The Balcony of the Mediterranean".

A tour of the Cap d'Antibes
Distance4.95km Vertical gain+42m Vertical drop-40m Duration1h30 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Antibes - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

A lovely walk on the coastal path of the Cap d'Antibes. Very well laid-out, it offers superb views of the Antibes coast as well as a few architectural masterpieces such as the Château de la Croé and the Villa Eilenroc.

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.

Walking among the Mimosa
Distance10.02km Vertical gain+528m Vertical drop-526m Duration4h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Pégomas - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

An ideal route if you love Mimosa: from start to finish, this loop takes you through mimosa and eucalyptus plantations.

No particular technical difficulty. Be careful, if there has been a lot of rain in the days preceding your walk, the paths may be very muddy.

The Rocher de Roquebrune
Distance6.44km Vertical gain+296m Vertical drop-296m Duration2h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Roquebrune-sur-Argens - 83 - Var

A short but energetic walk that is exposed towards the end. Enjoy the stunning views from the top of Rocher de Roquebrune with its famous ochre colours.

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 Le Faron (Download : PDF)
Le Faron
Distance10.6km Vertical gain+451m Vertical drop-443m Duration4h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Toulon - 83 - Var

One of the Var's most beautiful walks.
This hike climbs Mont Faron on wide tracks and offers a breathtaking view over the most beautiful bay in Europe.

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.

The Nesque River gorges from Monieux
Distance8.32km Vertical gain+383m Vertical drop-378m Duration3h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Monieux - 84 - Vaucluse

The Nesque River gorges and the Saint Michel chapel starting from the Bourget Lake in Monieux.

Les Troisièmes Borrels
Distance5.44km Vertical gain+153m Vertical drop-142m Duration1h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hyères - 83 - Var

A medium difficulty circular walk with beautiful views over Hyères bay.
A half-day walk to enjoy in the winter.
This walk is not listed (except by me) and so there are no waymarks.

Walking Cap Sicié ridge (Download : PDF)
Cap Sicié ridge
Distance10.79km Vertical gain+422m Vertical drop-428m Duration4h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Six-Fours-les-Plages - 83 - Var

A truely beautiful balcony hike between sea and mountains towards Cape Sicié arriving at Notre-Dame de la Garde or du Mai
360 ° view.

In the footsteps of Asterix and Obelix
Distance7.7km Vertical gain+340m Vertical drop-340m Duration3h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

A small hike in the footsteps of Asterix and Obelix, following in part an ancient Roman road, with the same backdrops as the well known Uderzo and Goscinny albums. A small valley lost in the hollow of a glacial cirque, with a meandering stream in the middle, and above, beautiful views across the French Riviera, the Esterel and the Maures off in the distance. With a little luck, you can meet deer or roe deer!

Mont Ventoux - le Rat
Distance9.55km Vertical gain+186m Vertical drop-186m Duration3h10 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Bédoin - 84 - Vaucluse

Discover the vegetation's biodiversity of the Mont Ventoux.
From Bedoin, take the road (by car) leading to the Mont Ventoux.
Cross the remarkable cedar's forest then the beech forest will appear.
Continue (approx. 10km) until you find a car park on the right-hand side. (Jas des Melettes)

Roman roads of Pays du Verdon
Distance14.36km Vertical gain+447m Vertical drop-448m Duration5h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in La Palud-sur-Verdon - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

A hike in Pays du Verdon that takes ancient Roman roads, runs alongside an abandoned village and a chapel sheltered by rocks with magnificent landscapes.

The Dentelles of Montmirail leaving from Gigondas
Distance6.58km Vertical gain+327m Vertical drop-320m Duration2h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Gigondas - 84 - Vaucluse

A hike for everyone. You will find typical Mediterranean vegetation, protected flora and fauna. Equip yourself with good walking shoes and water. Respect nature and the silence (take your rubbish with you). Making fires, picking flowers and wild camping are strictly prohibited. Only follow the waymarking colours mentioned in the description.

From Chibron to the Devil's Bridge
Distance12.98km Vertical gain+253m Vertical drop-245m Duration4h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Signes - 83 - Var

This varied hike visits the remains of the famous Devil's Bridge, which cost the lives of many cart drivers loaded with ice packs. They came down from Sainte Baume as fast as possible, to deliver the people of Toulon or other citizens.

The crests of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
Distance14.8km Vertical gain+833m Vertical drop-824m Duration6h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse - 84 - Vaucluse

A demanding route that climbs up to the crests above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, where you will have unrivalled views.

The ridges of the Petites and Grandes Dentelles de Montmirail
Distance7.35km Vertical gain+493m Vertical drop-487m Duration3h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Lafare - 84 - Vaucluse

A short loop to discover these two characteristic rock formations as well as Saint-Christophe's Chapel, which protects the site, taking a less conventional route.

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.

Circuit of the Three Passes in Bormes-les-Mimosas
Distance14.44km Vertical gain+601m Vertical drop-601m Duration5h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Bormes-les-Mimosas - 83 - Var

Circuit overlooking the Var coast above Bormes-les-Mimosas.

The Véris trail in Bauduen
Distance7.46km Vertical gain+211m Vertical drop-207m Duration2h40 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Bauduen - 83 - Var

Very nice course with beautiful views of Lake Sainte-Croix.

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.

Between Lagnes and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
Distance12km Vertical gain+479m Vertical drop-473m Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Lagnes - 84 - Vaucluse

A trek between Lagnes and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse on typical Provençal trails.

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.

Château du Diable and the Destel Gorges in Ollioules
Distance4.93km Vertical gain+325m Vertical drop-318m Duration2h10 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Ollioules - 83 - Var

This very challenging route takes the hiker to the site of the Château du Diable and its remarkable caves and the Destel gorges, with their astonishing giant's kettles or cauldrons.
Nice sections with chains or ropes.

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

Gilette and the Estéron gorges
Distance12.55km Vertical gain+764m Vertical drop-762m Duration5h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Gilette - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

Gilette and La Clue.
From the village of Gillette, perched on a rocky outcrop, this walk takes you to the medieval bridge of La Cerise (scenes from the film "The Hunchback" were shot here in 1997) and then winds through the Estéron gorges.

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 The Bees of Cuers (Download : PDF)
The Bees of Cuers
Distance10.29km Vertical gain+323m Vertical drop-318m Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Cuers - 83 - Var

This is a walk I'm really enjoying at the moment with flowers along the route and a view of the Barres de Cuers.
There's little difficulty, the false-flat is long, after the hives on the descent, so be aware.
The hives are magnificent.

Trévans Gorges via the château
Distance11.92km Vertical gain+685m Vertical drop-679m Duration5h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Estoublon - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Very beautiful hike to do between April and October.

On the ridges of the Grand Luberon
Distance11.87km Vertical gain+506m Vertical drop-512m Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Buoux - 84 - Vaucluse

A loop that takes you to the hamlet of Seguins along the ridges of the Grand Luberon through Sivergues and Chastelas.

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.

Baou de Quatre Ouro (576 m) and Croupatier via the caves path
Distance14.22km Vertical gain+917m Vertical drop-917m Duration6h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Ollioules - 83 - Var

This active route will take you through the Croupatier to the Baou de Quatre Ouro, one of the four "Toulonais brothers". Paths and ledges where you have to use your hands, passages with ropes, discover the main caves of the massif, where the famous caves of the Château du Diable make the route more interesting.

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.