In Provence, winter remains bright. On the right side, nature, with unforgettable walks in the hills; front side, three cities: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Arles to discover new exhibitions or places not to be missed. Follow the guide for an exotic escape!
Invitation to travel
For starters, a breath of fresh air in a 17,000 hectare natural heritage site between the Camargue and Calanques, the Alpilles and Montagne Sainte-Victoire. The Bouches-du-Rhône department is home to a variety extraordinary natural departmental gems that are open even in the winter season.
First off, Pichauris, on the footsteps of Provence’s championed writer Marcel Pagnol who detailed these wonderful hilly bushland landscapes. A panorama of breath-taking peaks dominating Provence in the heart of the Etoile and Garlaban massifs.
The Roques-Hautes reserve with is broken ochre-shaded forms, set below Montagne Sainte-Victoire presents a landscape the so impressed Aix’s beloved painter Paul Cézanne.
Le Fauge, the main torrent flowing through the outstanding natural and historical site of the Saint-Pons valley leaves no end of fountains, springs and cascades in its wake.
Last but not least, L’ Étang des Aulnes, biodiversity at its best, is the perfect place for a stroll through a wholesome ecosystem. Located west of the Plaine de la Crau, it is unique to the Mediterranean region as it is home to a variety of species from North Africa and the Middle East and also welcomes a large selection of migratory birds.
Along with these excursions, remember the new hikes and bike rides in the nature reserves and departmental domains, the new Provence Nature application that allows you to receive real-time information on closures, fire hazards and weather updates.
In view of the evolution of health rules, find out more on departement13.fr, to find out how to open places and departmental areas.