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If you like Walking and Hiking Provence is for You

Contributor blog post by David:

Saint Saturnin Les Apt is the perfect destination if you are a keen walker. We have a guidebook available with 20 walks from the village ranging in distance from 5 to 20k and therefore for all levels of fitness.

Today we chose a short walk, not included in the guide but none the less taking in the local flora and views.

…Continue reading here for David’s photos and details on their walk.

Hiking in Provence

There are many hiking trails throughout Provence, from the moderate Luberon and Alpilles hills to the steeper pitches near Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail. You can also choose to head to the coast either direction (east or west) from Marseille to find some beautiful hikes along the coast, although if you suffer from vertigo, some of these trails could be difficult. The standard hiking rules apply in Provence, as they should anywhere, good shoes, sunscreen, hats, water, a snack and a mobile phone.

Due to forest fire risk, each summer there are restrictions to hiking in some areas. During this period, before you head out, you should check in advance to see if it is safe to access the trails. This is the rating system.

Green (clear) – a light risk of fire and it is safe to hike.
Yellow (moderate) – a minor risk of fire and it is safe to hike but be cautious.
Orange (severe) – hiking is not recommended
Red (extreme) – hiking is not allowed

In the Vaucluse, call this number +33 (0)4 88 17 80 00 or +33 (0)4 28 31 77 11. The tele-prompts on the system will allow you to choose your particular region.

In the Var, from June 21 through September 20th use the interactive map on this webpage to determine hiking conditions.

In the Bouches du Rhône,  from June 1 – September 30th check this website for current access status for the hiking trails.

This is a good hiking reference site.

Walk from Abbaye de Senanque to Gordes in the Luberon. A trail recommended by Julie our Vaucluse Dreamer. It’s good fun for dogs too.

Looking for a flat-ish stroll from Lagnes to the source of the Sorgue (9-kilometres return), also good a good one for dogs.

Try a coastal trail walk (about 2.5 hours one way) Provence’s Côte Bleu (blue coast) trail Starting in La Redonne by Girl Gone Gallic.

Keith Van Sickle shares his favourite walk along the shady canals near St Remy de Provence. This walk is perfect during the hottest days of the summer.

Stroll along Mur de la Peste (the Plague Wall) a rocky piece of Provence’s History. It was a  two-metre dry stone wall that ran for 27 kilometres. The Mur de la Peste was guarded both day and night to prevent the northward spread of the plague.

Bonne balade!

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David Taylor

David Taylor

It took just one holiday in the Luberon in 2003 for David and Karen Taylor to fall in love with Provence. This lead to owning a village house in Saint Saturnin les Apt - a holiday home. However, after just a few visits they took the radical step of leaving home and work in Surrey, England.

The plan was to take a year off to explore Provence and learn French. However, after just a few months a challenge of a different sort presented itself - property. It was a piece of land in a wonderful authentic Provencal village in the Luberon and they set about planning and building two houses and gites over a two year period.

Today David and Karen have a three bedroom villa with private pool, two gites and a chambre d'hôte room with a shared pool. Now (2015) they are approaching their 7th season with 50% repeat guests, for a season that starts at Easter and runs to mid-October.

Details on the different accommodation options can be found here.

When not carrying out work duties the couple continues to explore the endless beautiful Provencal villages and towns. Recording their visits in photographs and sampling great food & scenery.

Their blog began in 2006 as a way for friends and family to follow our adventures it is now a great resource for anyone interested in Provence.

Read stories from their blog here.

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