Perrier Redon by bicycle
"This walk is for you the opportunity to discover the nature side of Sénas as well as its agricultural character with its fruit fields : apple trees, peach trees, pear trees. You have a breathtaking view of the Luberon Massif. Along shady roubines, you may discover a herd of bulls. You can even improvise a picnic in a green area, all with your family. Good walk!" Sophie Mikelis, receptionist at the Tourist Information Office of
The Sénas lowland is located between the Durance and the canal of the northern Alpines. These two waterways give rise to numerous secondary canals (roubines, fillioles, ditches) along the roads and cultivated plots. The most important is the Béal du Moulin. These channels serve to provide the water needed for the irrigation of Provençal crops
Raço di Biou
Bovine breeding in the Alpilles is linked to a local tradition: The bullfighting. The manades raise the Camarguaise local breed "Raço di Biou" to practice the Camargue races (or races with the cockade). This consists of getting as close as possible to the bull to seize the cockade attached between his horns. Cattle that are not selected for these races can be valued with the PDO Taureau de Camargue label, created in 1996.
The olive tree
The olive tree is an emblematic culture of the Alpilles territory and is the symbol of the dry Mediterranean climate. Its multiple trunks are the result of a release at the strain level following a significant frost in 1956. Today, some of the olives and oils produced in the Alpilles are recognized nationally and internationally, benefiting from the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).
View on the Petit Luberon
A few kilometers away, the Petit Luberon is the closest relief to the Alpilles. It forms an anticlinal fold (arch-shaped fold) orientated east-west, between the plain of Cavaillon and the combe of Lourmarin. Its northern flank dominates the valley of Coulon-Calavon, and its southern flank, the Durance valley. The mountain range of the Luberon is limestone, low and extends from east to west between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Vaucluse.
Vineyards and fruit trees
The farmers of the Alpilles Regional Natural Park offer a range of products from the Terroir including the wine and fruit. In the plain of Sénas are grown mainly fruits like pears and peaches. The vineyard and fruit plantations then form structuring elements of the landscape, offering open agricultural environments.
Symbols of Provence, many hedges segment the territory and separate the various plots. Composed of cedar or cypress, these hedges have the primary function of protecting the various crops from mistral and frost. These trees are also known for their wood, very solid and fragrant, and have served to build the framework of many farmhouses of the Alpilles.
This relief is characterized by a set of ridges where is the highest point of the territory of the Park: the Opies, at 498 m altitude. Dating from the Jurassic, it is one of the oldest rock formations in the Alpilles. From the tower that symbolizes the summit, it is possible to see up to the alpine massifs. ;This tower was a watchtower, built at the dawn of the twentieth century, to monitor the massif against fire. It is now used to house the Mistral adventurers who have reached the summit.
From the Tourist Office, take the avenue Jean Jaurès on the left to the town hall. Turn right on Avenue Désiré Pey and then on the left the passage Massart.
1- (Caution) continue on the avenue Louis Pascal. At the roundabout head straight under the motorway bridge, then turn immediately left on the path of Perrier Redon. Continue for 500 m.
2- Turn left on the path of the cabaret des Boeufs, direction la Peyronnette. Cross the stop and continue until the level crossing.
3- Take the Patis path on the right and immediately on your left the path of the Bressières Est area. Go up to the highway and turn right just after.
4- Go right at the next crossing. Continue on the path of Durancette and Dumaine. Take a right at the next intersection.
5- Turn left at the intersection and then right on the Bonfillons Sud road. Continue 200 m, before turning left onto the dirt road of the Crillons channel.
6- Turn left at the bridle with a house in the center and continue for 600m. After a large isolated pine tree, take the path on your left and continue to the road.
7- Take a right on the road to Mallemort, continue for 1 km. Turn right on chemin de l'Etang then continue on Chemin des Ribes and Brayettes. At the STOP turn left and return to the starting point.
For your safety, and for the preservation of forest areas, access to natural areas is regulated from June to September. Inquire during the summer period on 08 11 20 13 13 (price of a local call) or on www.bouches-du-rhone.pref.gouv.fr Download the application for free 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.
Médiathèque P. Beynet, Cours Jean Jaurès, 13560 Sénas
+33 (0)7 78 41 27 57
Look for transit times on the site www.lepilote.com in the town of Sénas.
Access and parking
From the A7 motorway, exit 26 Sénas.
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