Montagne Sainte Victoire, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

The peak of Montagne Sainte Victoire is called Pic des Mooches, and measures 1,011 m (3,317 ft) high. Paul Cézanne famously painted the mountain from his window. The limestone peak, dotted with coniferous trees, is a popular spot for hikers, trekkers, and campers. It can be chilly near the peak, so dress accordingly. To visit Montagne Sainte Victoire on your trip to Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, use our Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur holiday app .
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  • This hike offers beautiful landscapes and scents of Provence ideal. The start is once the Bimont dam. You'll have to pass it. For information at the beginning of dam on your left in the wall you have a faucet that allows you to refuel drinking water. For this hike it is imperative to have enough water with you. You will make a climb from 2:15 to 2:30 for good walkers and there is no other water point than this one. I also advise you to have in your bag something to eat if you need energy and especially excellent shoes. I recommend hiking shoes because your ankles will be in high demand. Indeed you're going to have rocks all the way. The passage of people even polished the stones. In rainy weather it becomes a real ice rink. Walking sticks will be a plus to help you especially in the descent. Once equipped, cross the dam and when you get to the end take everything to the left. A small path whose direction is arrowed, follow the blue tracks, you leave for a drop of 700m and a hike of 7 km You will cross a pine forest that overlooks the lake. After a few hundred meters, a stony descent will come to you. At the bottom of this descent you will begin your ascent to La Croix. For the return, be careful keep the path blue and not the GR9 color red and white. This path will take you to the opposite of the dam. Last important point plan to have a full phone battery because if need be the emergency calls could arrive. Very nice hikes but in my opinion for people who don't have knee and/or ankle problems, I classify her in difficult hikes.
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  • From Vauvenargues, bypassing the castle where Picasso rests, we follow fields of lavender. Then we join the GR9. Ascent to the Cross of Provence, priory. Surprise with a unique observation post. View at 360 degrees. Do not hesitate to talk to the young sappers of the position. We go down the 2nd ridge and then back to Vauvenargues. Six miles. Expect a lot of water because with the wind and the sun, you dry out quickly. It's within everyone's reach. magnificent!!!
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  • We took the D17 from Aix, which runs along the southern edge. The weather was a bit rainy, and the mountain was sometimes shrouded in clouds, but there were great views from the stops along the road.
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