Fontblanche - Roquefort la Bedoule, from Grand Caunet to Chapelle Saint-André

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A series of lofty mounts extending into the neighbouring Var region lies on the outskirts of the Bouches-du-Rhône region, to the east of the mouth of the Rhône river. And although the adjacent town of Roquefort la Bédoule, to the south of Aubagne, is highly urbanized, its limestone hills are genuine natural treasures, boasting far-reaching views. This itinerary partially crosses the GR98 long-distance footpath, famed for its fabulous panoramic vistas. Sea lovers will adore the seascapes visible to the south and west, unveiling La Ciotat, the "calanques" (coastal fjords) and Bay of Marseille. Inland fans will love the varied interior relief, featuring the grey rocky mountains of Sainte-Baume, Pic de Bertagne, Garlaban and Sainte-Victoire to the north. Divided up out into neat squares of vines, the plains of Roquefort and Cuges offer an interesting insight into the local agricultural layout. And if you fancy a rest from your geography lesson, nothing can beat a rest at the welcoming picnic tables of Chapelle Saint-André.

Parking Grand Caunet

Roquefort la Bédoule

Traversez le parking, et suivez le balisage du GR51. Très belles échappées sur la baie de la Ciotat, les Calanques et la rade de Marseille (Balisage blanc-rouge).

Croisement GR98

Roquefort la Bédoule

Prenez le GR 98 sur votre droite qui monte vers le sommet du Montounier. Vue sur le massif de la Ste Baume avec l’observatoire du Pic de Bertagne, le Garlaban, Sainte Victoire. (balisage jaune/blanc-rouge)

Vers la chapelle St André

Roquefort la Bédoule

Faites un détour pour admirer la chapelle de St André avec une vue plongeante sur la plaine viticole de Roquefort. Après un pique-nique (tables et bancs à proximité de la chapelle), retournez à l’intersection avec le GR98.

Traversée D3d

Roquefort la Bédoule

Descendez la piste jusqu’à la D3d (balisage blanc-rouge). Traversez prudemment la route et poursuivez le GR
(balisage blanc-rouge/jaune). Après environ 500 m de GR quittez la piste DFCI poursuivez votre promenade en restant sur la piste (balisage jaune).

Montée Font Blanche

Roquefort la Bédoule

Dans le deuxième virage quittez cette piste sur un sentier caillouteux qui suit pendant quelques mètres la piste, et montez ensuite rapidement la pente. Quelques minutes plus tard vous arrivez au début d’un plateau (vue sur le Pic de Bertagne et la plaine de Cuges). Poursuivez le sentier jusqu’à une large piste (balisage orange). Prenez cette piste et ne la quittez plus jusqu’au centre équestre du Grand Caunet. Traversez à nouveau la D3d pour rejoindre le parking du départ.

Information provided by Bouches du Rhône Tourisme

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Access to the Bouches-du-Rhône's hill chains, which are highly exposed to forest fires, is regulated according to the local weather conditions. Thanks to the mobile app 'My Provence Envie de Balade' and the special 0811 20 13 13 hotline, walkers benefit from real-time information and can set out with a peaceful mind.

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  • Organiser

    Comité Départemental du Tourisme 13
  • Transport means

    On foot

  • Distance

    12km

  • Duration

    2 to 3hrs

  • Level

    Intermediate

  • Slope

    468m

  • Phone

    • 04 91 13 84 13
  • Fax

    04 91 33 01 82

  • Website

  • Download topo map

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