Welcome to Montbrun les Bains and its lovely surroundings. This is one of the prettiest villages in France, with open gates and an open heart. Montbrun is also a thriving spa resort that has expanded to offer new services and care treatments.
A series of walks takes you to the essence of Provençal Drôme among lavender fields whose fragrance will scent your summer nights. It's a land of light and perfume to delight the senses. Explore the Upper Provence where celebrated author Jean Giono lived, a few kilometres from Montbrun, high on the Plateau d'Albion. You'll travel on foot through the Baronnies in unspoilt and quite remarkable natural surroundings.
And wherever you walk, the Giant of Provence will watch over you. If the fancy takes you, you could always go up and greet him at the summit...
Characteristics of circuits
Easy walks, shortish strolls anf tougher hikes.
Level of difficulty: 3/5 (you choose among 5 easy walks and 3 more challenging hikes).
Daily stages between 5km and 15km, from 1hr 40 to 5hrs of walking per day.
Total uphill: from 80m to 950m.
Altitudes go from 500m to 1900m.
Season: available from late March to early November.
Choose from 3 round-trip walks from Montbrun, and 4 round trip walks which start elsewhere and require the use of your vehicle to get to start point.
|Price per person, on the basis of two people sharing same room||Additional services|
|8d/7n||€ 860||€ 860||€ 280|
|4d/3n||€ 465||€ 465||€ 120|
|3d/2n||€ 295||€ 295||€ 80|
Half board in 3 épis guest houses.
Spa care treatments (see descriptions).
Spa facilities: access on demand from 13.30 and 19.00 to ("Espace Détente") - hammam, whirlpool bath, terrace with panoramic views, sports ground.
Roadbook and route maps.
Technical and logistical assistance.
The Baronnies Range
The mountains of the Baronnies form part of the southern Pre-Alps in the Drôme department.
The Baronnies range mainly covers the area of the same name that has long been both a natural and a historical component of the ancient Province of the Dauphiné.
To the north of the Eygues river it is bordered by the range of the Diois (say 'dee-wah'), to the north east of the Buêch river by the Bochaine. Eastward beyond the flowing Durance lie the Pre-Alps of Digne, and the south of the region is dominated by the Montagne de Lure and its somewhat larger partner the famous Mont Ventoux.
This is a land of modest limestone hills, most of the summits between 100m and 1600m. Little valleys, some hollowed into gorges by the rushing waters, run hither and thither. The whole is a jigsaw of a thousand pieces.
Of its flora, wild or cultivated, the most widespread are lavender, fir trees, holm and downy oaks, and there are numerous species of wild orchid . The rarer peony thrives in the limestone scree and along mountain ridges, whilst Lady's Slipper ('sabot de Venus') hides beneath the beech trees. Euphorbia and Cupid's Dart bathe in the midday sun, and the vivid colours of helianthemums and Koch's gentian brighten the grassy slopes that chamois may frequent.
Typical animal species include the Griffon vulture, roedeer, boar, Eurasian Eagle owl (Bubo Bubo), green lizard, hare or even chamois, lynx, and wolves (spotted in the Jabron valley...)
Marseille-Provence airport or Lyon St-Exupéry airport
Orange railway station then by bus to Montbrun-les-Bains