Provence, with its differing landscapes and diverse terrain, is a hiker's paradise.

From the relaxed coastal paths to the more challenging mountain trails, there is something for everyone of all abilities. In this article, we invite you to explore some of our favorite hikes in Provence, categorised by difficulty level for your convenience.

Easy Hikes

Foret de Cedres, Luberon

Length: Approximately 5 km loop

Description: This hike takes you through a striking cedar forest with well-marked paths that make navigating simple. Starting at an elevated point, the trail has excellent views of the Luberon valley all the way through. The walk is mostly shaded, making this hike ideal for families, particularly on hot summer days when the forest canopy offers a cool refuge.

Parking: Convenient free parking is available at the Foret de Cedres parking lot near Bonnieux.

Canal Walk, Alpilles

Length: Approximately 7 km

Description: This pleasant walk follows the canals around St-Rémy, offering shaded paths that meander through vineyards and olive groves. The easy terrain and picturesque route make this walk perfect for families.

Parking: We recommend utilising the free parking in St-Rémy-de-Provence near the canal.

cedar forest walk
Cedar forest

Moderate Hikes

Caisse des Jean Jean hiking trail

Length: The Caisse des Jean Jean hiking trail spans approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles). This moderate to challenging trail typically takes about 4-5 hours to complete, depending on your pace and the weather conditions.

Description: The Caisse des Jean Jean is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and diverse terrain. Starting at the trailhead, hikers are immediately immersed in a forest, with trees providing ample shade. As you progress, the trail begins to ascend, leading you through a series of switchbacks. This portion can be quite demanding, but the effort is well worth it. Along the way, you will encounter several natural features, including a beautiful waterfall cascading into a pool. This is a popular spot for hikers to take a break and enjoy the soothing sounds of nature. One of the highlights of the Caisse des Jean Jean trail is the viewpoint located near the summit. Here, you will find a bench where you can sit and take in the breathtaking vista. It is a perfect spot for a picnic and relax. 

Parking: Parking for the Caisse des Jean Jean trail is conveniently located at the trailhead. The parking lot is spacious and can accommodate a good number of vehicles, but it can fill up quickly on weekends and holidays. There are also a few overflow parking areas nearby, which are a short walk from the trailhead. Toilet facilities and a small information kiosk are available at the parking area, providing useful details about the trail and local wildlife.

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Hard hikes

Abbaye de Sénanque à Gordes, Luberon

Length: Approximately 12 km round trip

Description: This hike is renowned for its stunning views of lavender fields, especially during the blooming season. Along the way, you will encounter various historic structures, including the Abbaye de Sénanque, a true masterpiece of Cistercian architecture. The route also provides 360° views of the Luberon valley and surrounding countryside. This hike is perfect for those with moderate fitness as it does include some elevation.

Parking: There is paid parking available at the Abbaye de Sénanque parking area.

Gorges de Régalon, Lubéron

Length: 9 km loop

Description: The Gorges de Régalon hike in Luberon is a 9 km loop that offers a moderate challenge with its narrow gorges and rocky paths, making it a popular choice for adventurous hikers. Ideal for an early morning or late afternoon adventure, the trail features a mix of terrains, including tight passages through the gorge, and rocky sections. There are open areas throughout with views of towering rock walls and the Luberon valley. With a fair amount of elevation change, the hike is best suited for individuals with a reasonable to high level of fitness.

Parking: Free parking is available at the designated area near the entrance of the gorge.

Abbaye de Sénanque à Gordes
Abbaye de Sénanque à Gordes

Extreme Hikes

Mont Ventoux summit trail, Mont Ventoux

Length: 21 km loop

Description: The Mont Ventoux Summit Trail is a demanding 21km round trip hike that takes you to the summit of the "Giant of Provence." Known for its significant elevation gain and exposed terrain, this trail requires a high level of fitness and stamina. We recommend starting the hike early in the morning to avoid the heat and potential afternoon thunderstorms, depending on the season. The ascent is challenging but the views from the summit are iconic, making every step worth it.

Parking: The trail begins at Chalet Reynard and free parking is available here.

GR6 trail, Alpilles

Length: Approximately 30 km

Description: This part of the GR6 long-distance trail traverses the Alpilles mountain range, offering challenging terrain with steep ascents and descents. The trail is well-marked and takes you through varied landscapes, including limestone cliffs and picturesque valleys. We highly recommend beginning the hike early in the morning to avoid the intense heat and to ensure you have time to complete the journey. For those seeking a true test of endurance and who want to experience the wild of Provence, the GR6 Trail in the Alpilles is the choice for you.

Parking: Parking is available in Tarascon or Aureille, depending on the direction of your hike.

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Before embarking on your adventure, it's essential to take some precautions to ensure your safety and preserve the environment.


Hydration: Always carry a sufficient amount of water to keep yourself hydrated throughout your hike, especially in hot weather.

Sun protection: Shield yourself from the sun by wearing suitable headgear, such as a hat or cap, along with appropriate clothing and sunscreen.

Respect for nature: To preserve the region's natural beauty, make sure to stay on marked trails and paths. Avoid trampling fragile vegetation and respect local wildlife by observing without disturbing.

Follow signage: Pay close attention to the markings indicated by your guide or a hiking app. This will help you stay on the right track and avoid getting lost.

Waste management: Adopt a responsible attitude by leaving nothing behind. Carry all your waste with you and dispose of it in designated areas upon your return.

Check for restrictions: During the summer, access to certain forested areas may be restricted due to weather conditions and fire risk. Before setting out on your hike, check dedicated websites for Luberon (Vaucluse) and Alpilles (Bouches-du-Rhône) to verify any current restrictions in place.

By following these tips and staying mindful of your surroundings, you can fully enjoy the natural wonders that Provence has to offer while contributing to their preservation for future generations.

Mont Ventoux Summit Trail
Mont Ventoux summit trail

We hope this guide answers your hiking questions and provides options for every level of hiker. If you have any more questions, please ask our concierge team who as always, are happy to help.

A bientôt,

The Provence Holidays team