East of Avignon the town of Gordes centers a region of villages including
Roussillion, Menerbes, Lacoste, Bonnieux,  and the Abbaye de
Senanque, all hilltop villages connected by back roads for biking or hiking.

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Auriele attracts hikers for it location
near the GR 6 hiking trail in the
Alpilles Hills
Country roads connect the hilltop
villages of Auriele and Eygalieres.
Hiking trails reach st Remy and
Les Baux.
Market day at Lacoste
Hiking is available beside Lavender fields in the hills near Gordes and all the way to Sault on
the Plateau de Vaucluse where the bloom is in late June for a mid July harvest
Mines in the hills near
Roussillion supply the minerals
for ochre colorant used in oil
The fields south of Mouries grow sunflowers ripening for summer
Hiking Provence, The South of France
Hiking the Villages in Lavender Country
For hiking in Provence the South of France
a good bet is Lavender Country east of
Avignon.  On the lavender trail the hiking
trails and back roads connect each village
where lavender  grows  for an early July
The area east of Avignon and north to Sault
is lavender country.
The City of Apt is in the center of lavender
production.  Trails and back country roads
connect to other villages such as Saignon
where a promontory offers views of the valley.
If you do your hiking and biking in Provence in June, the cherries,  apricots, and melons  will be ripe and
available at the farm stands along the way.  Early to mid July starts the lavender harvest.
June makes a good month for hiking.  In July and August and early September some trails could be closed
due to dry conditions and fire hazard.  July and August are high season.
A country road from the back side of Gordes through steep hill country reaches the
Abby where fields of lavender ripen at the end of June.
Hiking in  

Well marked hiking
trails course all
through the olive
groves and vineyards
around Les Baux
de-Provence, St.
Remy, Mouries,
Eygalieres, and,
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Hiking in Provence the South of France can be through
lavender country in the north where you find the hiking
trails that connect to the
villages and in the south were
olive groves and vineyards are connected by back roads  
through the
Alpilles hills.
The Abbey of Senanque Provence, The South of
France, near Gordes
Hiking Provence the South of France in Lavender Country to towns like Bonnieux and Lacoste
 picture above you find the Hiking and Biking trails along back roads that connect to the
villages. These are hill towns near Gordes. The area east of Avignon is lavender country. Back
roads  make up the lavender trail.
Shepherds tend huge flocks in the Alpilles
Hills where there are many hiking trails
Combine hiking with the Bus From Provence Cities
  • Avignon,
Avignon  provides a center of small, local bus activity.  Many bus
routes leave Avignon and go in all  directions.
  • Central Provence,  
Nearly all of Provence is covered by local bus service running six days
a week.  Some of the lines run five days during school weeks only,
others run seven days.

The larger cities such as Nimes,
Arles, Avignon, St Remy  Aix-en-
Provence, Nice and
Marseilles have frequent service,  This service
extends to the smaller towns along the route.  In some cases you can
ask to be dropped at a certain village along the way that is not a
scheduled stop.
  • East to Apt
A line runs east of Avignon and covers Provence Villages near Apt
and Saignon, east of Gordes and connects as far south as St
and Marseilles.
  • North on the Rhone
Another line leaves Avignon and runs north to Montelimar and
Buses from
Avignon reach Chateauneuf du Pape to the north.
  • South
Bus service from Avignon reaches Arles to the southwest