The 10 most beautiful walks in the Alpilles

Le coeur du massif des Alpilles depuis Eygalières

Hiking in the Alpilles allows you to discover this pretty limestone massif from every angle: indeed, it’s on foot that you can best savor the Provencal charms of the Alpilles.

In this small massif essentially composed of white limestone, where thyme, Aleppo pines and olive trees flourish, the setting is resolutely Provençal. A real pleasure for walkers, both for the scenery and the fragrances. The Alpilles form a horizontal east-west strip 25km long and 6km to 8km wide, made up of low-lying mountains culminating at the summit of Les Opies, at 498 meters.

Because of their orientation, the Alpilles are particularly exposed to the Mistral wind from the north. Be warned, especially in winter! From spring onwards, the mild, pleasant southern climate is ideal for hiking in the Alpilles. In midsummer, under the sun, beware of heatstroke, top up your water supply and protect yourself well.

The good news is that the Alpilles is criss-crossed by numerous hiking trails, offering the possibility of covering the entire massif and putting together a wide range of itineraries, from short one- or two-hour outings to full-day hikes. To help you choose, we’ve selected only the best walks in the Alpilles. Let’s get started!

1. The Rocher des Deux Trous from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Le Rocher des Deux Trous depuis Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

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  • Running time: approx. 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Distance: 6.9 km
  • Height difference: 253 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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Just outside Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, this hike in the Alpilles begins at the Roman archaeological site of Glanum. Allow a little time for this interesting visit, either on departure or arrival.

Then it’s on to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole monastery for this outing which, while not overly difficult, does require a little physical effort (especially in hot weather). The aim is to reach the Rocher des Deux Trous, a limestone wall pierced in two places and painted by Van Gogh himself. It’s easy to understand the painter’s inspiration. Enjoy the 360° panorama over the Alpilles, before completing the loop back to the starting point.

2. The village of Les Baux-de-Provence and its orientation table

Le village des Baux-de-Provence et sa table d'orientation

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 5.8 km
  • Height difference: 193 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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Les Baux-de-Provence is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in Provence, and indeed in France. From the orientation table, where you can enjoy a superb view of the massif and the surrounding area (guaranteed at the end of the day), this hike in the Alpilles gradually leads you, sometimes crossing the road, to the ramparts of the medieval village.

Follow the route for a complete tour of Les Baux (pause recommended, take your time!), before leaving the village to return to your starting point, making a loop. This is a pleasant itinerary, but it also includes some more technical sections, so take good shoes and poles with you. To avoid the crowds in the village, choose your walking times (or season) carefully.

3. Climbing Opies, the Alpilles summit

L'ascension des Opies, le sommet des Alpilles

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 11.3 km
  • Difference in altitude: 436 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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At an altitude of 498 meters, Les Opies, the highest point in the Alpilles region, isn’t exactly a giant. Yet it’s enough to enjoy a splendid panoramic view that stretches far and wide: the Ventoux, the Alps, the Rhone valley, the Mediterranean on the horizon… a sight that’s well worth the detour!

This beautiful hike in the Alpilles begins in the village of Eyguières, with its typical Provencal atmosphere. From the Arènes, the path climbs steadily and then more steeply to the Tour des Opies, which crowns the summit. The descent takes place along the other side of the path, back to the village for a pleasant, well-deserved break.

4. Walking tour around Fontvieille

Balade pédestre autour de Fontvieille

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  • Duration: approx. 2h15
  • Distance: 7.9 km
  • Height difference: 113 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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Fontvieille is a village full of character, the ideal place to start and finish a hike in the Alpilles. Here, we leave the heart of Fontvieille to explore the foothills of the massif, and the local cultural heritage in the process. We stop off at Alphonse Daudet’s Moulin, before continuing on to the Roman aqueduct at Barbegal. The return journey takes roughly the same route.

This family-friendly itinerary is ideal for loosening up the legs and enjoying a pleasant walk with no major difficulties.

5. Hiking on the Alpilles ridge

Randonnée sur la crête des Alpilles

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  • Duration: about 5h30
  • Distance: 16.4 km
  • Ascent: 599 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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On the other hand, the difficulty increases more seriously with this hike in the Alpilles via the ridge, which is much more challenging. You’ll need to be able to keep your distance, and the altitude difference is considerable. Set off well equipped, and early in the morning!

The route starts from the Glanum site in Saint-Rémy. The climb begins to reach Mont Gaussier, then the emblematic Rocher des Deux Trous, before reaching the Plateau de la Caume and following the ridge line of the massif. The parade of magnificent viewpoints along the way is impressive! The return route passes below the Alpilles to form a loop.

6. Lovely loop in the Alpilles from Maussane

Jolie boucle dans les Alpilles depuis Maussane

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  • Running time: approx. 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Distance: 11.4 km
  • Difference in altitude: 205 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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Starting out from the peaceful village of Maussane-les-Alpilles, this beautiful hike offers a sympathetic summary of the massif’s reputation and beauty. From olive groves and fragrant garrigue to Provençal mas and the rocky spur of Les Baux-de-Provence, this hike offers breathtaking Provençal scenery.

In fact, this easy hike in the Alpilles, with little change in altitude, will satisfy walkers looking for a nice stroll rather than a major physical effort.

7. The heart of the Alpilles massif from Eygalières

Le coeur du massif des Alpilles depuis Eygalières

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  • Running time: approx. 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Ascent: 316 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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Back to Eygalières, for another loop trail starting from the village: a hike in the Alpilles that plunges you into the heart of the massif, without forcing you too much on distance and altitude. A delightful half-day walk through garrigue and pines, accessible to all levels.

Along the way, we pass the Arboretum du Badon, the Pas de la Figuière at an altitude of 247 metres, the Gaudre de Vallonguette (a gaudre being a small river in Provençal) and the ancient fort of Ancise, before returning to Eygalières, where we stop off at the bistro for a refreshing drink.

8. The Mont Menu tour in Eyguières

Le tour du Mont Menu à Eyguières

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 8.4 km
  • Height difference: 214 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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A variant of the trail that starts at Les Arènes d’Eyguières, this itinerary takes you all the way around Mont Menu (306 m), which overlooks the village, but without climbing it. A hike in the Alpilles that leads to the foot of Les Opies, the massif’s summit, and gives a good overview of the area’s beauty.

Neither very long nor very difficult, this itinerary is widely acclaimed for its pleasant, easy-going nature, which means it can be enjoyed even by young walkers.

9. Refreshing hike to Lac de Peiroou

Randonnée rafraîchissante au Lac de Peïrou

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  • Duration: approx. 1h45
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Ascent: 201 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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Next to Saint-Rémy, the ancient Roman town of Glanum is the starting point for several beautiful hikes in the Alpilles. The path leads from the road up to the Grotte de Baldoin, before reaching the banks of Lac de Peiroou. In Provençal, peiroou refers to a natural cavity carved out of the rock by erosion, as is the case here.

The path winds around this pretty artificial lake with its pleasant, shaded banks, where you can fish but not swim – unfortunately, the temptation is strong when it’s hot! The end of the trail forms a loop and leads back down to the road, level with the Glanum archaeological site.

10. The Trincades tour in the Alpilles Regional Nature Park

Le tour des Trincades dans le Parc naturel régional des Alpilles

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  • Duration: about 3h30
  • Distance: 9.5 km
  • Height difference: 321 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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A hike in the Alpilles to explore a superb corner of the massif, to the east of Maussane and Les Baux. It’s a hilly walk, but the gradient is gradual, so it’s not too difficult. Hikers will enjoy the varied terrain, and the many beautiful views of the mountains and surrounding area.

A recommended outing to fill up a nice half-day, get some exercise and enjoy the scenery without putting in too much physical effort.