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Sainte-Victoire Mountain (Montagne Sainte-Victoire) Tours

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Sainte-Victoire Mountain (Montagne Sainte-Victoire)
Dominating the landscape around Aix-en-Provence, Sainte-Victoire Mountain (Montagne Sainte-Victoire) is a limestone ridge immortalized by Aix-en-Provence painter Paul Cézanne. Whether you bike or hike to the top or just admire the silhouette from afar, its angular profile can be seen for miles around.

The Basics
Extending for around 11 miles (18 kilometers) across the Var and Bouches-du-Rhône regions east of Aix-en-Provence, Sainte-Victoire Mountain was immortalized by postimpressionist painter and Aix favorite son Paul Cézanne, who painted the rocky outcrop countless times during his life.

The area is popular with hikers as well as visitors taking bike tours, and the panoramic views from the summit make the climb worthwhile. The prominent cross, known as the Croix de Provence, atop the ridge was installed in 1875 to ward off a smallpox epidemic that was threatening France at the time. It is engraved in French, Greek, Latin, and Occitan, the lingua franca of Provence.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sainte-Victoire Mountain has marked paths, but the climb can be steep and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
  • If you’re planning to hike to the top, remember to take water, snacks, and sunscreen and to wear suitable footwear.
  • Keen photographers will enjoy capturing the mountainside at sunset, when the limestone turns golden in the low sunlight.
  • The hike to the Croix de Provence is one of the most popular walking routes.

How to Get There
Sainte-Victoire Mountain is located in the commune of Vauvenargues, roughly 15 miles (25 kilometers) east of Aix-en-Provence. Bike tours depart from Aix and follow the trails up the mountain. Local buses from Aix heading towards the villages of Puyloubier and Vauvenargues stop close to trailheads; ask the driver for the best stop. There is also car parking at the base of the mountain.

When to Get There

Sainte-Victoire Mountain is accessible all year round but may be closed by authorities at certain times, for example, if there is a high wildfire risk. The north face of the mountain is in shadow for much of the afternoon, and temperatures can be cooler at this time. The south face is most impressive at sunset. 

Visit the Lavender Fields of Valensole       
For another iconic Provençal sight, head to the lavender fields of Valensole, on the edge of Verdon Regional Natural Park, during late June and July. The town holds an annual lavender festival on the third Sunday of July, when the fragrant plant is celebrated with tours of perfume distilleries, stalls selling lavender products, and more.
Address: Montagne Sainte-Victoire, Vauvenargues, France
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E-Bike tour of Sainte Victoire Mountain, Aix-en-Provence

E-Bike tour of Sainte Victoire Mountain, Aix-en-Provence

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Immerse yourself in nature with this 3-hour electric mountain bike tour. Hop on your bike in Aix-en-Provence and travel a few kilometers to Sainte Victoire Mountain. Explore the mountain trails and climb hills with ease on your e-bike. Stop to have a snack, take photos, or simply admire the incredible mountain views.
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  • 3 hours
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Provence Wineries and Luberon Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

Provence Wineries and Luberon Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

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Pair spectacular wine-tasting with gorgeous Provencal landscapes on this 10- to 11-hour tour from Aix-en-Provence. At two wineries in the Côtes de Provence St-Victoire winemaking region, sample exquisite reds and rosés. Then, wind your way through some of the most charming villages in the Luberon region, including Gordes, Roussillon, Lourmarin and Bonnieux. Snap memorable shots of hilltop hamlets, a Renaissance castle, a 12th-century church and more, while hearing about their history from an informative guide. Round-trip transport by comfortable minibus included.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Privatization of guide: climbing, via cordata, highways ...

Privatization of guide: climbing, via cordata, highways ...

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At the heart of Provence and its exceptional massifs, M-Ascension is there to help you discover and train you in mountain sports. Alone or in small groups, young and old, come practice climbing, via corda, abseiling and many other activities, safely with a local professional. From the creeks to the Sainte Victoire through the Garlaban, the hills of Pagnol, Sainte Baume and Gorges du Verdon, climb otherwise! It is with passion that I will give you my sports, cultural and environmental knowledge. A real homecoming in a local atmosphere, friendly and dynamic!
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  • 5 hours
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Cézanne Pathway : Wine and Art in Majestic Aix en Provence

Cézanne Pathway : Wine and Art in Majestic Aix en Provence

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This tour is the perfect combination of Art, nature and wine . Around Aix en Provence, in the pathway of Paul Cézanne, you will explorer the best of Aix en provence and its artsy countryside
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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