Welcome to one of France's smallest regional nature parks! Covering a total surface area of just 510 km², the Alpilles Park, created in 2007 in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, is spread across a limestone mountain range near the charming small town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This territory of abundant biodiversity combining wetlands and dry areas has been shaped by over 4,000 years of civilisation.
At the heart of the Alpilles range, you will see picturesque villages like Les Baux-de-Provence and Eygalières, as well as major archaeological sites such as the Caisses de Jean-Jean oppidum, the Roman site of Barbegal and the Fontvieille hypogea.
The Alpilles' magnificent scenery will also win over visitors in search of scenic walks, with its olive groves, vines, orchards, cypress hedges, garrigue scrubland and pine groves. The area's rural heritage is also very much in evidence, in the form of farmhouses, washhouses, chapels and oratories. Wildlife-lovers will be particularly spoilt in the Alpilles: around 250 bird species live there, including Bonelli's eagle, the lesser kestrel, the Egyptian vulture and the Eurasian eagle-owl.
An ideal place for outdoor activities, the park will also delight fans of rock climbing, hiking, horse-riding and mountain biking. On foot, on horseback or by bike, don't hesitate to explore the many marked trails that wind their way through this superb part of Provence!
The Vallée des Baux oil AOC (controlled appellation of origin) , which applies to the production of black and green olives and premium quality olive oil, is present on around 70% of the territory, with around 350,000 olive trees and around ten oil mills. These are fascinating curiosities for visiting tourists and gourmets, who will also appreciate the other renowned local products like goat's cheese and honey.