The range is an extension of the much larger Luberon range. Although it is not high - some 387 m (1,270 ft) at its highest point - the Alpilles range stands out disproportionately, as it rises apparently sheer from the plain of the Rhône valley. The range is about 25 km long by about 8 to 10 km wide, running in an east-west direction between the Rhône and Durance rivers.
The landscape of the Alpilles is one of arid limestone peaks separated by dry valleys.
The highest parts of the range are a nature reserve inhabited by a number of rare species, including Bonelli's eagle, the Egyptian vulture and eagle owl. Some of these species were introduced in the Alpilles in the 1980s.
The 12 municipalities covering the Alpilles area are to be declared a "Regional Parc", placing the area under the protection of the Natura 2000 Environmental Protection Plan of the European Union.
France-LIFE Des Alpilles - Gestion Integree Des Habitats Pour Les Oiseaux D%interet Communautaire Des Alpilles Project
Aug 16, 2013; Project reference : LIFE12 NAT/FR/000107 Duration : 01-JUL-2013 to 31-DEC -2018 Total budget : 2,388,011.00 (3184651.47 US...