The low Alpilles massif is characterized by the peculiarity of its limestone white rocks. Covering an area of 50,000 hectares and spanning sixteen municipalities, between Tarascon and Orgon, these small mountains are the ideal place for climbing enthusiasts. Its name derives from the Provencal "Aupiho" - "The Alps", the Alpilles are therefore a chain that could be compared to small Alps. Another peculiarity of this massif, it is traversed by numerous small streams, "gaudres", rivers often dry in the summer and at low rate the rest of the year.
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Only a quarter of an hour from Arles and Sonia appart span> is the small village of Fontvieille. Bourg typical of Provence, quiet and relaxing, you can sit in the grass amidst the pines, enjoy a picnic of local produce and surprise you by dreaming under the song of the cicadas. With a rich cultural heritage along the trails, you will discover the Montauban Castle, the 12th century Abbey Tower, the Barbegal Roman Aqueduct, which is a hydraulic milling complex and is partially classified as historic monuments. Stop at the Saint-Pierre mill, better known as the Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet ... Although it has never been inhabited by the author, why not take a break under his wings and Re) read "The letters of my mill" ... Returning to Arles visit the site of the Abbey of Montmajour.
The Alpilles Regional Natural Park was created in 2007 to allow the development of the massif, its fauna and flora. It is possible that during a hike in the pine forest you will meet some ocellated lizards, an eagle of Bonelli or even the owl Grand Duke. There are mainly conifers, Aleppo pines or Sylvester. Nevertheless, a majestic and robust tree is able to withstand the strong gusts of this south wind that is the mistral: the olive tree. The oil of Provence AOC is then manufactured. The olive oil of the Baux de Provence valley will perfectly match your dishes! Also worth visiting is Les Baux, the Citadel, ruined castle and important tourist site. The most of this place, a breathtaking panorama and breathtaking olive groves, the garrigue, the Alpilles or even Maussane and Paradou, villages around. Always at the Baux, the Career of Lights, Cathedral of Lights, impressive artistic multimedia shows and projections of famous paintings set in music in a sumptuous setting.
A small Provencal village, Saint-Rémy de Provence is perfect for strolling through the streets, visiting the Abbey of Pierredon or dreaming of the scents of Provence in remarkable parks and gardens. Finally, visit the archaeological site of Glanum, a Gallic city that received Greek and Roman influences.
All is in the Alpilles mountains, a few kilometers from Sonia appart span>, for a stay between archaeological sites, Provencal markets and local products, hiking trails in a protected pine forest Family or friends with you to choose according to your desires. And as Alphonse Daudet wrote: "It is from there that I write to you, my door wide open, to the good sun. A pretty wood of pines, sparkling with light, tumbles before me to the bottom of the coast. On the horizon, the Alpilles cut their fine crests ... No noise ... Hardly, from time to time, a fife sound, a curlew in lavender, a bell of mules on the road ... All This beautiful Provencal landscape lives only by the light. "