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 ALPILLES

 Un territoire de randonnées.

The Alpilles regional nature park

  • Like an island rising from the plain

05.2018

A wave of rock whose high, proud crest looks down across the Crau plain to the Camargue: that’s the Alpilles.

The Alpilles offer amazing views and embrace a wide diversity of Mediterranean ecosystems and Provençal landscapes. Cypress trees, olive groves, vines, garrigue scrubland, archaeological remains, isolated stone huts, Romanesque chapels, almond trees: all this is the fruit of a precious natural heritage and a cultural process lasting from prehistoric days through Antiquity and the Middle Ages to today. Tourists who come to the Alpilles in search of the exceptional are not disappointed. These hills account for 10% of French tourist bed nights in the Bouches-du Rhône department, mainly between May and October. The park authority is committed to the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism and aims to develop three sectors in particular: green modes
of travel, bird-watching and agrotourism.

Cycling and bird-watching: new forms of tourism?
The summer ban on access to fire-risk areascan seem like a punishment to the tourist trade, but there is great potential for off-season tourism centred on cycling and wildlife watching, and efforts are being made to promote them. The Alpilles and Camargue park authorities have been working together since 2016 to structure the cycle tourism sector. The aim is to offer customers all the services connected with cycling (bike hire and repair, suitable accommodation, etc.) and to provide safe, way-marked bike circuits. Meanwhile the European Union’s LIFE programme has enabled the park to structure its bird-watching tourism sector: hospitality providers have been trained, communication collaterals produced and a permanent exhibition set up in the museum at Orgon.