Walks and rides
> 7000 hectares of freedom
> More than 200 km of marked out paths cross the "Chaine des Côtes" and skirt the Durance River.
Silvacane abbey = 558 feet, Roques Menoures = 1161 feet, Castellas cliff = 1355 feet.
All sorts and levels of walks and rides are possible - from an hour to day long excursions.
The Mediterranean forest is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Much of the woody vegetation is hard-leaved, the shrubland (known as Maquis) typically consisting of densly-growing evergreen shrubs such as sage, juniper and myrtle. (Thyme, rosemary and calament can also be found). Fire has played a large part in shaping our Mediterranean forest, the hot-dry summers making the forests prone to fires, natural and man-made.
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> The trail of castles
> A Waldensian and Protestant village
> Following the water canals
To limit the fire hazards each year during the summer period, the access to the mountains is regulated by a prefectoral decree.
Before all hiking departures, one must call 08 11 20 13 13 from June to Septembre in order to take note of the wind conditions and the eventual bannings of forest access as a result.
> Information: Tourist office - Tel: +33 (0)4 42 50 70 74
A new botanical path:
With the collaboration of the Ecomusée of the Forest (Valabre), the ONF (Office National des Forêts) and the support of the Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône, the Tourist Office of La Roque d’Anthéron created a pedestrian path to discover the Mediterranean forest in 2005 . Facing the regional Reserve of Luberon, the path is open to all those wishing to learn more about and protect our forest heritage.
The new botanical path consists of one kilometer of marked out trails in order to understand the specificities of the Mediterranean forest,
its brittleness, the interests of its safeguarding, its fauna and its flora. (There is equally a magnificent panorama on the valley of the Durance River!)
The Durance and Luberon: long distance excursions
This network is the longest of the 5 French networks approved by FFSP (French Federation of the Popular Sports)). 176 km and 9 routes going from 12 to 33 km. It runs between the low, soft-leeaved shrublands and beeches, from the countryside of Aix (6 paths) to the top of the Luberon (3 paths).
This splendid network enables you to add 9 plugs to your IVV (International Popular Sports Federation) passport..
The permanent circuit of La Roque d’Anthéron (12 km)
Through pine forests and the low, soft-leaved shcrublands, this path leads you alongside the breeding grounds of Jacourelle and its astonishing goats with long horns, whose soft milk gives an unforgettable perfumed cheese. It carries you through the pine forest, up to the mysterious Bastide of the Judge, before skirting the Way of Cross to return to the village.
This circuit will add 1 plug to your IVV passport.
International Popular Walks
Starting times take place anytime between 8 am to 2 pm, the departure being chosen at the hour each individual hikier sees fit. These popular walks are organised for you to take advantage of nature waking up after a winter far too long.
70 km of PDIPR 13 in the Chaine des Côtes
La Roque d’Anthéron also benefits from 70 km of marked out paths. (specific guide book published by the Comité départemental du Tourisme)
Thanks to the richness and the safety of the network, the administration (Departmental committee of the pedestrian excursion - CDRP.13) chose this site to give training to its federal excursions specialists. Hameau de la Baume accommodates training classes.
Our tourist office is an official partner of the FFRP (French federation for pedestrian excursion).
A preserved nature
The forest of the "Chaine des Côtes" belongs to the Mediterranean system, which is enriched by the close forest of the Durance. This constitutes a sheltering puzzle of bio environments for rare species. It is like a discovery book for the hiker, the walker or the schoolchild.
The Durance River is the spinal column of Provence. It drains water from the Alps to the Mediterranean, irrigating high Provence and southern Provence throughout its course.
The forest which borders it is completely different from surrounding forests, creating wetlands which accomodate a rich fauna. The Durance is a major corridor of migration in Europe. It links the Northern zones with the Camargue and the Mediterranean.
Throughout the History of Provence, people used the waters of this old river. The Durance River was used by the raft men for the carriage of goods; la Roque d’Anthéron was once a port. As a result the canal of the Mill (la Roque d'Anthéron), the canal of Craponne: 16th Century (Crau and Pays salonnais), the canal of Montrichet: 19th Century (Palais Longchamp in Marseille) were built. These works, made with a great technicality, make our village the “fountain of the Bouches du Rhone”.
For your children:
In this privileged context, our Tourist office have been animating Educational school trips for 10 years. Three topics are proposed: “Hunters of Prehistory ", the “Track of the Trapper” and “the Time of the Dinosaurs”.
Information: Holiday Village Hameau de la Baume -Tel : +33 (0)4 42 50 43 43