Discover our nice walks in autumn in Provence

A selection of beautiful walks to enjoy the colors and the quiet of autumn in Provence, from the calanques to the hinterland through the «Cote Bleue».

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Hiking in Provence, in autumn, it’s a delight! The extreme heat waves of summer are over, the fresh air will cool us off during effort, the atmosphere will be quieter, more peaceful, tourists more discrete, the fires have retired and the massifs are usually all open… Not to mention the light of autumn and winter that comes closer and closer on our massifs, the orange sunsets at the end of the walking and, for the more adventurous, the bathing in the Indian summer. Yes, here, even if you take your fleece jacket or your waterproof coat, as a precaution, the temperatures will allow you to enjoy an intimist bath. In terms of hiking and landscapes, the Provence owns a great diversity of rides between its calanques that extend between the East to the Riviera, not to mention the beautiful "Côte Bleue" from Marseille to Martigues and to these amazing authentic villages in the hinterland of Provence, its massifs and mountains, such as the Sainte-Baume, the Garlaban, the Sainte-Victoire, the Etoile… So, follow us, we offers you some hiking guides to enjoy the beautiful light of the seafront and the autumn colors of the hinterland and to hike in Provence regardless of your level.

WINTER SUN RAYS ON THE SEAFRONT


Around the turquoise calanques by Carnoux-en-Provence or Marseille


Carnoux-en-Provence by the hills

Explore unforgettable landscapes offered by this hiking from Carnoux-en-Provence, between wooden hills, various vegetation and breathtaking views on the Valley of the Huveaune to Marseille, the Bay of Cassis and its famous Cape Canaille.
14km hiking with a 470m vertical drop. Easy level.
Find the guide of this detailed hiking here.

The extra of the walk…The discovery of Wines and Cassidain vineyard Route, near Carnoux. Let’s taste (always in moderation) the white, dry, fruity and very famous wines in different areas: The Clos Sainte Magdeleine, Domaine de la Ferme Blanche, Domaine du Bagnol, Domaine du Paternel and Domaine Saint-Louis.


Marseille: The Cross Saint-Marcel

For those who wish to stay around Marseille and to learn more about Marseille, here is the perfect getaway in autumn that will allow you to discover a space imbued with the human activity linking Marseille with its hinterland.
7.1 km hiking with a 544m vertical drop. Medium level.
Find the guide of this detailed hiking here.

The extra of the walk… When you return, enjoy the visit of Château de la Buzine, the moviemaking house of the Mediterranean Sea, acquired by Marcel Pagnol in 1867, located in the heart of the 7 hills park and the workshop of Jean Innoncenti, master potter around the Old Marseille.

Hiking or climbing in Calanques

Hiking or climbing in Calanques

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Follow the trails of multiples possible hiking’s in the Calanques National Park

Follow the trails of multiples possible hiking’s in the Calanques National Park

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The turquoise and crystal clear water of the Calanques

The turquoise and crystal clear water of the Calanques

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Near the sumptuous Cape Canaille between Cassis and La Ciotat


Cassis: On the plateau of Soubeyran

An invitation to fly in the amazing massif of Cape Canaille… Get set for a vivid sensory rush as you spin between the Mediterranean Sea as far as your eyes can see, the cliffs, dizzying peaks, beautiful "Route des Cretes"… Until the highest and exceptional hiking point: Le «Bec de l’Aigle». On your cameras for this hiking that will ignite your pupils!
7.6 km hiking with a 576m vertical drop. Medium level.
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The extra of the walk… If you have a good wetsuit, let’s go, dive and explore the seabed in Cassis… The Narval Plongee School and Cassis Calanques Plongee will allow you to discover the Marine Wonders of the Calanques National Park in a friendly atmosphere, far from the urban stress.


La Ciotat : 394km above the sea

A walking that will make you dive in a contrast of beautiful colors, from the deep blue of the sea to the azur blue of the sky of Provence, from red ocher of the relief to the pure white of the limestone and to the multitude of greens from the vegetation, between the Bay of Cassis, of La Ciotat and its little oasis of Mugel.
11 km hiking with a 536m vertical drop. Medium level.
Find the guide of this detailed hiking here.

The extra of the walk... If you are prefer the Earth, let’s have a local craft break, where the sail clothes are change into bags, in the shop of Les Toiles du Large or a more dynamic activity, biking or climbing with the guides of Expenature. If you prefer the sea, La Ciotat is full of nautical activities: kayak, sailing, paddle, diving...

View on the Bec de l’Aigle in La Ciotat and the famous Cap Canaille overlooking the Bay of Cassis

View on the Bec de l’Aigle in La Ciotat and the famous Cape Canaille overlooking the Bay of Cassis

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Hiking on the «Route des Crêtes»

Hiking on the «Route des Crêtes»

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scuba diving in Cassis

Why not enjoy, dive and explore the amazing seabed of the Mediterranean Sea ?

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Discovery of the nature of the Blue Coast around Carry-Le-Rouet


Carry-Le-Rouet between sea and hills

Discover the «Côte Bleue » through the hills of the Chain of L’Estaque. Between small paths, wide tracks, this is a walk with many rosemary, valerian, Kermes oaks, cistus scents, which will also offer you some beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea.
12 km hiking with a 210m vertical drop. Medium level.
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The extra of the walk… Take part of a traditional morning of fishing, organized by Pescatourisme, on board of Navire Maëlu, serving the maritime sustainable development.

Hiking on the "Côte Bleue"

From Ensues to Sausset-lesPins, by Carry, Niolon, Mejean... Discover by walk the beautiful landscape and seasides of the "côte Bleue"

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Hiking on the "Côte Bleue" bis

Follow the little coastal paths of the Blue Coast

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idyllic point of view to admire the "Côte Bleue"

Find your idyllic point of view to have a break and take the time to admire the view

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AUTUMN COLOURS IN THE HINTERLAND


Gentle lifestyle in the heart of Alpilles in Maussane or Mouriès


Maussane-les-Alpilles near Baux-de-Provence

In the heart of the natural regional park of Alpilles, let’s roam a loop over the villages of Baux de Provence and of Paradou, in the middle of AOC olives groves, dressed stone bastides, near a troglodyte house and the Mas de Guerre, an atypical place of Provence, to the village of the old Maussane.
11.5 km hiking with a 170m vertical drop. Medium level.
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The extra of the walk: Let’s prepare a picnic with local products of Alpilles between olives, wines and oils, in the Mas de la Dame, in Moulin Castelas and in Oil Cooperative of the Vallee des Baux. Or let’s enjoy a delicious meal for a special occasion in the Cabro d’Or, in La Reine Jeanne or in L’Oustau de Baumanière.


Mouriès/Aureille – In the heart of an olive grove

Let’s go on a hiking that could well change the classic image of the agriculture in Provence! In the southern Alpilles, between the village of Mouries and Aureille, you will walk around the terroir of Provence between the olive crops, vines and fruit trees, in the middle of pine forests and scrublands…
15 km hiking with a 250m vertical drop. Medium level.
Find the guide of this detailed hiking here.

The extra of the walk: Why cross all these olives crops without being committed to the olive and visit the oil mills between Mouries and Aureille: The Moulin Saint-Michel, Moulin cooperatif du Mas Neuf, Moulin du Mas de Vaudoret or Moulin de Perignon.

Hiking in the Alpilles

Hiking in the Alpilles, heart of the Provencal terroir and of the authentic Provence

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Olivades of Mouries

Olivades of Mouries, walk in the heart of an olive grove in the Alpilles

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To visit the beautiful village of Baux de Provence

Go along or visit the beautiful village of Baux de Provence

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Around authentic villages of Provence from Rognes to Saint-Cannat


Chain of Cotes-Rognes: Path of winemakers

Enjoy a show of great geological, floristic and faunal diversity: a walk at 400m above the sea level between the «Chaine des Cotes Trevaresse», with multiple panoramic viewpoints and a great enological discovery offered by Rognes, a wine city. Return on a sacred heritage, full of landscape, terroir and history.
18 km hiking with a 377m vertical drop. Medium level.
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The extra of the walk… Here, the growing of vine is a tradition, so let’s enjoy and taste the best wines of Rognes, in moderation, in the Hostellerie des vins de Rognes, Chateau Barbebelle, Chateau Beaulieu, Domaine Nais or Domaine Val de Caire and accompany this tasting with a small piece of goat cheese of the Ferme du Bregalon.


La Trevaresse: Saint-Cannat/The Fountain of Doudonne

In the need of typical landscapes in the hinterland of Provence? Let’s roam between traditional landscapes and real catalogues of Provencal terroir: plains, hills, country bastides, wheat fields, gardening plots, orchards, olive groves, vines, aromatic herbs, goat cheese, vegetables, seasonal fruits… A very nice walk between beautiful landscapes and wonders of natural culture.
13.9 km hiking with a 240m vertical drop. Medium level.
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The extra of the walk… Let’s stay in a sound mind and body, and, let’s taste un little glass of AOP organic wine, because it’s good for your health, in the Château de Beaupré, at the Commanderie de la Bargemone or Cellier du Bailli de Suffren, accompanied with local products.

Hiking or biking in the Chaine des Cotes

Hiking or biking in the Chaine des Cotes, from Cazan to Charleval, by Lambesc and Roque d’Anthéron

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Explore the massif de la Trevaresse

Explore the massif de la Trevaresse, from Lambesc to Venelles by Saint-Cannat

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to taste the local products of Provence

Enjoy autumn hikings to taste the local products of Provence, including the goat cheese offered by the nice little goats of Provence

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In the land of Cezanne in the Sainte-Victoire


Sainte-Victoire: Saint-Marc-Jaumegarde – Dam of Bimont and of Bibemus

Do you know that the Sainte-Victoire hides some islands-like dams? This walk will allow you to know the dam of Zola and of Bimont, but also Bibemus and its beautiful landscapes… Welcome in the land of Cezanne!
8.7 and 11 km hiking with a 200 or 300m vertical drop. Easy level. Tourism & Handicap Labelled.
Find the guide of this detailed hiking here.

The extra of the walk: Explore the spectacular Quarry of Bibemus that inspires Cezanne to create thirty works where mineral and vegetal complement each other. Please note that free visits are not allowed, you will have to ask the tourist office of Aix-en-Provence for a guided tour. Also, feel free to have a look on the tiles workshop of Isabella Reiland Busch, you will discover decorations of cloisonné enamels on earthenware or baked clay, for indoor and outdoor spaces.


In the heart of a relict forest, of caves and legends in the unmissable massif Sainte-Baume


Massif Sainte-Baume: Auriol - Pic de Bertagne

If you don’t know the wonderful Massif de la Sainte-Baume yet, this walk is essential for you well-being! Let’s have a walk between the majestic trees and the rich undergrowth of the deciduous forest and let’s enjoy the richness of its original vegetation, between flora and trees of Provencal vegetation and alpine species. This walk, from Auriol to the Bau de Bertagne, highest point of the department, will allow you to discover all facets of the Sainte-Baume…
16 km hiking with a vertical drop of 800m. Difficult level.
Find the guide of this detailed hiking here.

The extra of the walk… Discover Auriol: the art works of local artists, earthenware, ancient tools and objects, and also santones in the Museeum Martin Duby, which houses the Treasure of Auriol («Tresor d’Auriol»)… Let’s go and visit the workshops of the potters Bernard Jourdan and Fabien Innocenti. And let’s not forget the gourmets, terroir lovers who can make a tour in the Moulin à huile Margier.

Hiking in the Massif of Sainte-Victoire

Hiking in the Massif of Sainte-Victoire, will you dare to go to the cross?

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The Mountain of Sainte-Victoire

The Mountain of Sainte-Victoire, its vegetation, dams, nice paths…

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The Pass of l’Espigoulier in the Massif of Sainte-Baume

The Pass of l’Espigoulier in the Massif of Sainte-Baume, a delight for hikers, cyclists and bikers!

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