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“Great hiking toward Mont Victorie, just 20 minutes outside Aix”
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Lac du Bimont
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Reviewed 21 August 2015

Great place to hike toward Mont Victorie - take the morning bus from Aix, just ask at the bus station. Impressive dam and great hiking under pine forest with wild rosemary and thyme understory. Small correction. The dam is the Barrage du Bimont, but the lake that it creates is Lake Zola. Beautiful blue reservoir for drinking water. I was told it was created as part of Zola´s engineering feat, to create adequate constant water supply to Aix as it grew.

2  Thank Janis857
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

I was staying in Aix during a heat wave and thought it would be good to get into the countryside. I don't drive in France but it was easy to take a bus. The Tourist Information office staff were very helpful and gave me a time table for Lepilote buses. I purchased a carnet of tickets (Pass Provence - 10 journeys) for local buses.

The bus station is a few minutes walk from Tourist Office down Avenue des Belges. I took bus number 140 which leaves from Stand 3. You need the exact fare or a Pass Provence. I took the first bus of the day at 08.15.The bus timetable indicated that the bus would arrive at Barrage du Bimont at 8.40. The stop was J2

When I got off the bus, there was a fork in the road and a sign to Barrage Bimont, just to the right. I noticed the bus continued it's journey towards Vauvenargues taking the left fork. It took about 25 minutes walking to reach the large car park and the dam.

There were lots of woodland trails which will take you up towards Mont Sainte Victoire, but I could not make that journey by foot during this heat wave. I was very happy to stay by the lake which was peaceful and isolated.

The return journey was uneventful, but I had to make sure I timed it right so that I was not waiting for the return bus in scorching heat. You need to stand at the stop across the road and about 200 meters down the road from where you got off, called J4.

There was a large car park at the lake if you prefer to travel independently. Bring lots of water if you intend to walk far. The lake is beautiful and the woodlands are spacious.

5  Thank Alicearmy
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

I accidentally stumbled here when I was planning to see montagne Saint Victoire. This place, however is much better. I stayed here for over an hour enjoying the beauty of this lake.

Thank Zhong Zhi H
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Reviewed 21 January 2015

Nice views on the lake and the Sainte-Victoire Mountain. Pretty high dam. You need a car or a bike to get there from Aix-en-Provence. It can be crowded on a nice week-end.

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