The Alpilles is a remarkable yet little known inland birdwatching area bordering the Camargue and the Crau.
The craggy limestone escarpments are home to many sought after species including Wallcreeper in the winter months, Egyptian vulture in the summer and Bonelli’s eagle all year round. These dry abrupt landscapes alternate with olive groves and fruit orchards that are attractive to a different range of species including Roller, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Rock sparrow and many other emblematic Mediterranean species. The warm sunny climate offers birdwatchers from northern Europe a tempting destination all year round, and is especially worth a visit in winter. With easy access by train to Avignon, the Alpilles regional park is at the gateway to Provence and close a wealth of cultural heritage sites such as Avignon and Arles, this rich birding area has much to offer any non-birding members of your group.
Download the Life Alpilles smartphone application and follow 6 birdwatching walks combining opportunities to see 13 top species including Eagle owl, Little bustard, Lesser kestrel and Short-toed eagle amongst others. Check out the interactive bird information kiosk at the Urgonia museum and try out the games, videos, links, information sheets and find out about local birding trips.
- Trip report from 2019
- Life Alpilles smartphone app : for Android devices or for Apple devices
- Birding Camargue-Provence (English speaking guides)
- Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux PACA (French birding organisation)
- Crau Eco-museum and visitor centre
- Urgonia Museum
- Contact the Alpilles regional park about birdwatching
- Birdwatching in the French parks on Facebook
What to see and where
Top birding sites
Plateau de la Caume
Vallon des Glauges
Les Baux de Provence
19 species of bats
500 species of insects
20 species of reptiles
Travel by plane
Travel by train
London – Lille Europe – Avignon TGV
London – Paris – Avignon
Other train stations nearby:
Car rental from:
Avignon TGV train station
Avignon centre train station
Local bus network
Bicyles for rent
Plan to stay 3 - 4 days
London – Avignon direct
Allow 30 - 40 km/day
Combine with the Camargue for a 7 day stay
A short film about the LIFE Alpilles programme – narration in French.
Life Alpilles is a European Union funded programme aimed at supporting the rich local biodiversity in harmony with human activities and land use.