A slightly more challenging hike through the most spectactular gorge in Provence, with its narrow high walls and dark alleyway you can witness the amazing vegetation and plants. A 3 hour and 30 minute walk you can enjoy this popular walking route, recommended during the week when it is likely to be quieter.
Watch out for
Access is restricted during the summer months when there is a fire risk. For information on the fire risk in the local area call 00 33 4 88 17 80 00
What to bring
This walk can be found on IGN map 3142 OT
The Gorges de Regalon sit about 22km from Cavaillon, so you can hop in the car and drive half an hour, taking the left just before Merindol you will se a signpost directing you to the Gorges de Regalon. From here follow the blue marked path past some fields and olive trees to the entrance of the gorge. Following the route you will be going along a stream-bed and the path into the gorges will become very obvious. The scenery once you enter the narrow gorge is ever changing with thick shubbery, limestone walls and interesting vegetation along the way.
After making your way through a narrow tunnel, where a torch is always handy, you will enter the narrowest part of the gorge, with high limestone walls and an extremely narrow path it can be rather intimidating. Once through here you might have to tackle some slippery wet rocks and may at points find the walk a challenge, meaning good walking boots are a necessity when doing this route. Once you come out of the Gorge the path will creep upwards through some woods where you will eventually be on a road that you want to keep following. The route takes you through the beautiful Sommet du Vallon Bernard where you will see excellent views of the Durance valley.
Follow the route which goes in a loop through Vieux Merindol, Petit Champeau and Les Cachots until you reach your starting point at the car park.
- Distance: 9km
- Highest Point: 370m