Provence is hiking paradise, with its extensive trails, beautiful landscapes and delightful villages just a few miles apart. Whether you are a hardcore hiker or taking the kids along there are trails for every level.
The great thing about hiking in Provence is the beauty and variety of the countryside. You go through vineyards, orchards, woods, gorges, over hill and mountain, along cliff and river. And you come across things that are not on the tourist trail or in a guidebook – prehistoric caves, ruins from ancient civilisations, abandoned mills, churches and even villages that time has forgotten
In the Vaucluse department of Provence alone there are 1900 miles of marked walking trails. These trails are marked by paint marks which are most often on a tree, byt can also be on rocks, posts or buildings. At trail intersections there is often a signpost giving you directions and distances.
The markings usually just tell you are going the right way but can also show a turn to take, or if they make an ‘X’ they indicate this is the wrong way for this trail.
But you should definitely take a map, as trail markings are not that comprehensive.