Walk in the Alpilles

A Saint-Rémy-de-Provence walk posted on 31/03/13 by Charlotte.S. Update : 27/11/16

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.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h05[?]
Distance Distance : 9.52mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1017ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 988ft
Highest point Highest point : 942ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 230ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alpilles
Location Location : Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (13210)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.784368° / E 4.828474°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3043OT
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Description

Free parking is available at the cemetery car park (south of Saint-Rémy) (D).

While heading in a southerly direction, cross the small canal and, about a hundred metres later, join the 'chemin gaulois' (1), an old Roman road. Head towards the right and follow the marked trail of the GR 653D along the small road which passes through a hamlet of pretty (mostly Provençal) farmhouses .

(2) On reaching the D27, turn left and follow this new route for a few metres. A DFCI path, with GR waymarkers, starts on your right and continues to climb upwards through forest and garrigue.

Follow it until it meets a new perpendicular track, turn left and almost immediately left again to follow the sign in the direction of "Saint-Rémy-de-Provence". This time you need to follow the GR6 marked trail.

(3) Cross the D27 which we meet only to then leave it again immediately, taking the small road which climbs up to the orientation table before turning into a track, providing exceptional views over Les Baux-de-Provence and the plain.

Follow this track, the GR marked trail and, a little after passing beyond the Lombards trail which starts on the right, turn to the left through a gap in the rocks and leave the GR.

The trail goes back down towards Saint-Rémy. At the water tank, stay on the trail which heads downwards and you will reach the car park at Lake Peïrou.

Head away towards the left, keeping an eye on the yellow waymarkers that more or less closely follow the route.

When we meet D5, turn left and a few metres later follow the signs for the cemetery car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.14 - alt. mi 0.14
2 : mi 2.42 - alt. mi 2.42
3 : mi 3.67 - alt. mi 3.67
4 : mi 4.85 - alt. mi 4.85
5 : mi 6.88 - alt. mi 6.88
6 : mi 7.07 - alt. mi 7.07
7 : mi 7.65 - alt. mi 7.65
8 : mi 8.09 - alt. mi 8.09
9 : mi 9.11 - alt. mi 9.11
D/A : mi 9.52 - alt. mi 9.52

Useful Information

Access is controlled in summer, make sure you check before leaving.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3043OT.

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During the walk or to do/see around

The ancient site of Glanum, Les Baux-de-Provence, etc.

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