SAINT REMY DE PROVENCE - La Grosse Galine
"A calming walk, two minutes away from the center of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. I enjoy passing under the triumphal arch of the Antiques, before getting lost in the undergrowth present along the way, before finally regaining the ridge of the Alpilles enthroned above the vineyards." says Vincent Salaun, Ambassador of the Alpilles RNP.
These two monuments called "Les Antiques", marked the entrance to the town of Glanum: Mausoleum of the Jules and the Arc de Triomphe. The funerary Mausoleum dates from the years 30-20 BC.. It owes its fame to its unique structure in Roman architecture: Around 20 A.C, the arch lost the pediment which surmounted the vault. It is decorated with beautiful reliefs illustrating the conquest of Gaul by Caesar and fruits and foliage, symbols of abundance, carved under the vault.
The Saint-Paul cloister
The Saint Paul cloister is a former monastery of the 11th-12th century. This building, built in true Roman style has lost its original purpose to be transformed into a cultural and tourist centre with Van Gogh as the main attraction and who was a patient here. Indeed, the Dutch artist stayed here between May 1889 and May 1890. You will find between these walls a museum about his stay, but also a reproduction of some 20 paintings of his. To be seen alone or with family!
Via Domitia is the oldest road in France, built from 120 BC based on ancient Gallic routes. Beyond the Spanish border, this route is called Via Augusta. This interprovincial road was built and maintained at the expense of the Roman state. Via Domitia was a very busy route followed by armies, officials, merchants, travelers, pilgrims throughout the Empire, and still remained in the Middle Ages.
The Eagle Footprint
The Eagle Footprint is a cliff located in the town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and it is part of the north facade of the Alpilles. It is part of the foothills of the plateau of La Caume and forms a genuine, impressive and steep natural border 392m high.
The Mont Ventoux
The Mont Ventoux rises to 1,911m. It is about 25km long and 15km wide. It is the highest peak of Vaucluse. It is commonly known as the Giant of Provence or Bald Mountain. Geographically isolated, it is visible over long distances. Its mainly limestone composition is responsible for its white color. With its many characteristics, Mont Ventoux is an important symbol of Provence.
Vineyard of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
The AOC area of Les Baux-de-Provence is one of the hottest AOC areas, watered and early Provence wine. The soils of the AOC appellation of Baux-de-Provence are of stony clay and limestone, sandy gravel, clay and stony type. The grape varieties of AOC Baux de Provence are Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, and also Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Counoise.
Go down slightly on St Rémy (Caution!) to turn right on the pine track leading to St Paul de Mausole. Continue left on the paved road "Chemin des Carrières".
1 Stay on your left at the crow's feet. 150m away, switch to the left path at the sight of a dead end sign. 300m further, cut across the GR6 path and continue on the GR653D path towards Eygalières.
2 - Continue straight until a fork. Turn right and leave behind to the left return route. Continue on 200m and after a clearing, turn left along the properties (follow the GR and RP markings) to a small road.
3 - Take a right for 600m. Go along a cypress hedge on your left, followed by a marked dirt road by the GR and RP.
4 - Turn left on the dirt road leading to a large perpendicular path.
5 - Take a left onto the large perpendicular path. Go down this path for 500m.
6 - After a large olive grove, turn left onto the path marked by the RP and leave behind to the right the path marked by the GR.
7 - After a vineyard on the right, come out on a road, the Voie Aurélia. Follow it to the left.
8 - Turn left 60m further and keep on the road until the next turn. Continue left on the dirt road which leads to a mas (Provençal farmhouse) that you can bypass by going up a small hillock. 400m further, reach the fork to get to and from the point already used on the opposite route.
For your safety and for the preservation of forests, access to natural areas is regulated from June to September. For more information during the summer, call 08 11 20 13 13 (cost of a local call) or go to www.bouches-du-rhone.pref.gouv.fr or download the free application MYPROVENCE ENVIE DE BALADE (available on Appstore and Android Market)
House of the Alpilles Regional Nature Park
2, boulevard Marceau, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
+33 (0)4 90 90 44 00
Located in the heart of the city centre of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the House of the Alpilles Nature Park welcomes you to its completely renovated premises. This new vibrant place is multifunctional: it accommodates the Park's engineering team but also has a public reception space and showrooms. A true resource centre of the Park's heritage, it aims to support and promote locals, visitors and tourists on all 16 municipalities of the Park.
Open Monday to Friday, from 9 am at 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 5 pm.
Search for the public transport timetables on the website www.lepilote.com in the municipality of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
Access and parking
From Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, take the D5 towards Maussane-les-Alpilles. The starting point is on the right, 800m / 875yd before entrance of the Glanum site.
Report a problem or an error
If you have found an error on this page or if you have noticed any problems during your hike, please report them to us here: