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HOTELS IN THE ALPILLES
(south of Avignon)
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.
Although the ridge along the top seems white and barren, the Alpilles have been rich in almonds, apricot, olives and grain since the middle ages. The steep slopes were terraced, and the trees and grains were planted because of their adaptability to the arid conditions.