Top 5 Spring Walks
Can you feel it? That little breath of spring in the air? It's everywhere: the almond trees are blossoming, wild asparagus is shooting up in the hills just ready to turn your omelette into a gourmet treat and swallows are darting through the local skies... In short, it's time to get out and about!
Here are 5 Bouches-du-Rhône walking tours of varying difficulty suitable for all the family!
"Sentier des Mines" (Mine Footpath) in Gréasque
Departing from Gardanne, this delightful walk takes you along the future GR® “Sentier Provence Mines d’Energies” long-distance footpath. The itinerary is fairly long, but almost flat.
The tour leads through industrial landscapes and includes a visit to the Musée de la Mine de Gréasque mining museum. You can also enjoy a family picnic in the forest of the Gardanne Ecomuseum. During Provence Walking Week, you can also enjoy a 2-day itinerary departing from Peypin to explore the mining area stretching from Peypin to Gardanne.
The plusses? With the My Provence Pass, local inhabitants benefit from one free entry for every paying visitor at the mining museum and ecomuseum.
Check out the mining museum video on YouTube:
"Sentier des Douaniers de la Côte Bleue" Coastal Footpath
A day filled with invigorating sea spray, sunshine and turquoise waters as far as the eye can see – the stage is set for a memorable Sunday walk! But this itinerary isn't just about blue seas and skies. It's especially about a little blue train!
Your day out on the "Sentier des Douaniers" coastal footpath between Ensuès-la-Redonne and Sausset-les-Pins starts with the little train that travels along the Côte Bleue coast. Linking Marseille and Miramas, this mythical railway line definitely isn't the fastest way of getting around. Nope, far from it! But it does offer some of the most stunning views you'll find over the Med and its little fishing ports. And if you tell your kids you have to get on a train to go for a walk, they'll be out of the door in no time!
The plusses? If the weather is warm enough, you can take advantage of your day out to enjoy the first dip of the year. If not, we thoroughly recommend sampling the excellent fare on offer at Pizzas Gusto – their Chef is a several-times prize-winner at the World Pizza Championships!
"Sentier des Vignerons de Provence" Wine Route
Fancy a pretty country walk? The "Sentier des Vignerons" wine route in Rognes is truly lovely and perfect in Spring, when the poppy fields are in flower. The itinerary is quite long but the scenery is simply stunning.
The plusses? Supplies are on hand! Ferme de Brégalon breeds goats and produces delicious cheese sold every afternoon except on Sundays and Mondays. And if you're a My Provence Pass holder, you can visit the farm free with a paying visitor.
"Sentier de la Palunette" in Camargue
It's off to Camargue for this day hike filled with Camargue plants and animals and a host of exciting discoveries. You'll be starting out at the beautiful Marais du Vigueirat marsh, then heading off on Sentier de la Palunette or 'Sentier des Cabanes' dotted with bird hides, where you can have fun observing the bird and animal life in the marshes.
The plusses? From March onwards, you can enjoy a horse & carriage ride in the nature reserve's marshes and rice fields.
And if you want to linger longer in Camargue, check out our Holidays in Camargue guide!
"Sentiers de Fontblanche" in Ceyreste
Overflowing with veteran trees and protected from forest fires, this gorgeous domain is home to the "Sentiers du domaine départemental de Fontblanche" footpaths. This is one of our favourite Spring walking choices, as lots of Mediterranean flowers are in bloom and the explosion of colour combined with the scent of the Aleppo pines is absolutely fabulous!
The plusses? The sweeping views over the town of La Ciotat, nearby vineyards and Mediterranean Sea.
Of course, with our 2,700 km of footpaths there's still a lot of distance to cover if you want to explore the entire Bouches-du-Rhône area.
Discover the walks in Provence
The "Sentier Provence, mines d'énergies" (Provence Energy Mine Trail) is a new GR® long-distance footpath crossing 14 towns in the Pays d’Aix and Pays d’Aubagne areas. The trail is divided into 3 itineraries (42 km, 45 km and 66 km) and also includes 13 local loops.
From the producer to the bag
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