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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

This chain of limestone hills running east-west is where bauxite was first discovered (named after the village of Baux-de-Provence). The Alpilles are an extension of the Luberon mountains, which stretch out to the east.


Windmills were constructed along the higher part of the hills, to catch the Mistral to power the grinding of grain to flour. A few of the old windmills can still be seen, such as an 18th-century example in St. Saturnin-lès-Apt and this one at Montfuron, just west of Manosque.


For flora, the hills are covered with Kermes oak and Scots pine, interspersed with sheep pastures.


• GPS: 43.759072, 4.87376


IGN (1/25,000) #3042 OT "Tarascon, St-Rémy-de-Provence, Alpilles"

IGN Verte (1/100,000) #66 "Avignon, Montpellier"

• The GR6 Hiking Trail crosses the full length of the Alpilles, along the top of the ridge.
• To the west, the GR6 curves up to Tarascon and, eventually on to Pont-du-Gard.
• To the east, the GR6 drops down the southern slopes of the Alpilles to Aureille and Eyguières and points east, crossing to the north of Salon-de-Provence.

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