The Alpilles

No excitement of the peaks on this 230 km (5.5 hours) loop, but rather the scent of olive trees that goes to your head, just before the splendour of the Baux de Provence transports you into another world.

There are 4 tourist stops on this route. You are free to stay for a few minutes or a few hours.

  1. Silvacane Abbey (*)
  2. La Barben Castle(*)
  3. Baux de Provence
  4. Fontaine de Vaucluse

(*) Please check the opening hours and booking possibilities.

1. Silvacane Abbey:  Founded in 1144 on a desolate, marshy site that gave it its name (Silva Cana: reed forest), Silvacane Abbey has a simple, rigorous, functional and uncluttered architecture. It exudes a singular atmosphere, a total serenity, between sun and shade, in a bucolic setting and in absolute calm.

2. La Barben castle: In Provence, there is a thousand-year-old castle whose stones tell the story of the history and culture of this old region of France. This is where the Mistral Rock was born and its thousand characters who cross the centuries: peasants, knights, lords, monks, craftsmen, heroes of Provence, they tell to the new generations the deeds and the traditions which made the history of our beautiful Provence.

3. Baux de Provence: A real eagle's nest in the heart of the Alpilles, Les Baux de Provence remains the essential Provencal stopover that artists, craftsmen and producers bring to life all year round.

4. Fontaine de Vaucluse: Source of the Sorgue, the Vaucluse fountain is one of the most important exsurgences in the world. The emerald green spring keeps the secret of the depth of the chasm, in the shape of a vertical funnel, from which it flows during high water periods. The abyss is located at the foot of a steep 230 m cliff.

GPS track