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Situated between Arles and Avignon, the Alpilles mountain range offers sweet scents of thyme and rosemary in the heart of its limestone setting. Breathtaking landscapes, colourful markets, typical villages and delicious local products, this is a region not to be missed during your stay in Provence!

What makes the Alpilles region unique in Provence?

The Alpilles massif is an enchanting site set in a unique limestone landscape, making it stand out in Provence. The chain of hills offers breathtaking views over a luxurious natural environment that includes garrigues, forests, and vineyards. The limestone cliffs and formations create a dramatic and picturesque backdrop, enhancing the region's allure.

What truly sets the Alpilles apart is its incredible cultural heritage. In Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, you can explore the ancient Roman city of Glanum and the Antiques, which includes the well-preserved Triumphal Arch and Mausoleum. These historic sites provide a fascinating glimpse into the region's rich past. The citadel of Les Baux-de-Provence, perched high on a rocky outcrop, offers stunning views and a journey through medieval history. Another must-visit is the Carrières de Lumières, a former quarry transformed into an immersive art space where famous works of art are projected onto the limestone walls, creating a really interesting visual experience.

The most iconic walking trails in the Alpilles

The Alpilles region offers some of the most scenic hikes in Provence. One of the best trails is the hike up to Les Baux-de-Provence, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the rugged cliffs and rolling hills. The Val d’Enfer trail takes you through dramatic rock formations and past the Carrières de Lumières. For a blend of nature and history, the walk from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to the ancient site of Glanum offers a picturesque route through olive groves and past Roman ruins. Another popular hike is the circuit around the Opies, the highest point in the Alpilles, providing stunning vistas of the surrounding countryside. This combination of unique natural beauty and significant historical sites makes the Alpilles a completely unique destination in Provence.

Where to stay in the Alpilles

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When to go in the Alpilles

Spring in Provence

Spring in Provence

The days are getting longer, the temperatures are mild and nature is decked out in a thousand colours. It is the ideal time to discover the most emblematic sites, to taste the specialities and to immerse yourself in the Provençal culture thanks to the popular festivals and traditions that are still very much alive. Long live spring in Provence!  

Summer in Provence

Summer in Provence

In the summer, the cicadas have a great time, the swimming pools and other waterways allow us to refreshing on hot summer days. Festivals of theatre, music, village festivals... Provence is in celebration! But here, you can also take the time to relax in the shade of the olive trees, lulled by the soft breeze of the mistral... you hear them cicadas?

Autumn in Provence

Autumn in Provence

Here, autumn looks like spring. After the summer heat, nature is turning green and new colours are coming into the landscape. Walks in the forest call us. The dishes are tinged with warmer flavours. Festivities become more fervent. The freshness is slow to set in, we take advantage of the Indian summer! This is the ideal time to discover a more confidential Provence.

Winter in Provence

Winter in Provence

In winter, Provence always offers beautiful sunny days. But the wind, which swirls around, can be icy. The light is incredibly pure and gives the landscapes a beautiful relief. It is the return of the flowers, the time for walks where you feel alone in the world, and the food that warms the heart. Among the many festivals that punctuate the season, Christmas has a unique flavour!The truffle, the big star of the winter season, blooming along the markets where connoisseurs come negotiate the black diamond. Restaurants make us salivate with dishes based on truffles and wine-growers open their doors to us for incredible tastings. How beautiful Provence is in all seasons!

Getting to The Alpilles

The nearest major airport to the Alpilles region is Marseille Provence Airport (MRS), located about 70 kilometers southeast. From the airport, you can rent a car or take a taxi for a scenic drive to the region. Alternatively, Avignon TGV station, around 30 kilometers from the Alpilles, offers high-speed train connections from major cities like Paris, Lyon, and Marseille. From Avignon, renting a car or taking a local taxi are convenient options to reach the Alpilles. Driving allows you to enjoy the picturesque Provençal landscapes, with well-signposted roads leading you directly to charming villages such as Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux-de-Provence. 

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Useful information about The Alpilles

The Alpilles is a small mountain range in the Provence region of southern France, known for its picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and rich history. Here are some useful details about the Alpilles:

Geography and landscape

- Location: The Alpilles are located in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, between the cities of Arles and Avignon.
- Terrain: The range features limestone hills, rugged cliffs, and fertile plains. The highest point is the Tour des Opies, at 498 meters.
- Climate: The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.

Key villages and towns

- Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: Known for its Roman ruins, such as the Glanum archaeological site, and its association with Vincent van Gogh, who painted many works here.
- Les Baux-de-Provence: A medieval village perched on a rocky outcrop, famous for its castle ruins and the Carrières de Lumières, an immersive art venue in a former quarry.
- Eygalières: A picturesque village offering stunning views of the Alpilles and known for its traditional Provençal architecture and weekly market.

Attractions and activities

- Historic Sites: Apart from Glanum, the region boasts several Romanesque churches, ancient chapels, and traditional Provençal farmhouses (mas).
- Museums: The Van Gogh Museum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and the Musée des Santons in Les Baux-de-Provence.
- Outdoor Activities: Hiking, cycling, and horseback riding are popular, with numerous trails crisscrossing the region. Rock climbing is also available on the limestone cliffs.
- Wine and Olive Oil: The Alpilles are part of the Coteaux des Baux-de-Provence AOC, known for its red and rosé wines. The area is also famous for its high-quality olive oil, with many local producers offering tastings and tours.

Nature reserves and parks

- Alpilles Natural Regional Park: Established to preserve the unique landscape and biodiversity, the park offers well-marked trails and educational exhibits about the local flora and fauna.

Cultural highlights

- Festivals and Events: Throughout the year, the region hosts various festivals celebrating local traditions, food, and wine, such as the Fête de la Transhumance in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
- Art and Literature: The Alpilles have inspired many artists and writers, including Alphonse Daudet, whose "Lettres de mon moulin" is set in the region.

Travel tips

- Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds.
- Getting Around: A car is recommended to explore the region fully, though some villages can be visited by public transport from larger cities like Avignon and Arles.

The Alpilles region is a blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor adventure, making it a must-visit destination in Provence.

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