Ste Victoire - St Marc Jaumegarde, walk between Barrage du Bimont dam and Bibemus quarry

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Whoever said Sainte-Victoire mountain was just a heap of dry stone?! Although this saying could be true for the southern slopes and peaks, the western slopes, on the contrary, feature two astonishing reservoirs. This delightful itinerary starts out from Aix-en-Provence and Bibémus quarry or, if you're heading the other way, from Saint-Marc Jaumegarde and Bimont dam. Set at the bottom of a deep valley, where ochre-red rocks stand out against green vegetation, is the Zola dam, built by the father of the famous author of the same name. Its charming pocket-sized and tumbledown aspect contrasts sharply with that of the recent Bimont dam: a proud and powerful concrete arch bordering a vast reservoir. Between the two, an agreeable footpath where underwoods alternate with clearings, offers agreeable views over the mounts of Sainte-Victoire, Chaîne de l’Etoile and Gardanne.

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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

    4.5km

  • Duration

    2 to 3hrs

  • Level

    Beginner

  • Slope

    120m

  • Tour language

    French

  • Phone

    • 04 42 64 60 90
  • Fax

    04 91 33 01 82

  • Website

  • Download the topographical map

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