About Hiking in Provence
For information on individual trails see our hiking and walking routes.
The beautiful scenery and breath-taking views, the (usually) beautiful sunshine and blue skies providing excellent weather and the well maintained footpaths and signposts will show you on your way, making a walk or hike in Provence a lovely experience. You can include a coastline in your walk, some historical monuments or do a tour of some of the prettiest villages.
Walking and hiking in Provence gets more and more popular each year but you will still find that the trails are quiet and sometimes you may feel like you have the route and beautiful views to yourself, with only the wildlife around. There really is so much to offer walkers and there are routes suitable for beginners right through to more advanced walkers.
The huge Provence area means you can always experience something new, with different views or terrain, on your walk or hike. Heading up into the mountains of Mont Ventoux, Luberon, Verdon or the Alpilles you can challenge yourself to a mountain hike. Alternatively you can go for gentle walk in Aix en Provence, Avignon, Arles, and Saint Remy de Provence, or explore the small and quaint Provencal villages and vineyards. There is simply something for everyone to enjoy.
The best time of year to hike in Provence is spring, or at the end of the summer season into autumn, when the temperatures are cooler and the crowds have started to disappear. Spring is a great time to go for a hike as the wildlife really comes alive, flowers bloom and the landscape takes on a striking greenery. Winter is also a good time to set off on a hike as the cooling temperatures mean you can tackle something slightly more challenging. Summer tends to be extremely warm and dry, with some hiking routes closing due to fire risk. If you do want to go on a hike in the summer then set off early in the morning when it is cooler, take lots of water and refreshments, and choose a shaded route.