Montaiguet, Collines de Gardanne

Aix en Provence, Mimet, Simiane Collongue, Bouc Bel Air, Gréasque, Gardanne, Saint Savournin, Fuveau, Meyreuil - Mountains

The Massif du Montaiguet forms a small semi-circular massif, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Aix-en-Provence to the northwest and the town of Gardanne to the southeast. It is delimited to the North and East by the A8 highway, to the South by the RD6 road and to the West by the RN8 road.

This hill-shaped massif, oriented northeast / southwest, is carved with numerous northwesterly facing valleys, situated between Vallée de l’Arc and the Gardanne catchment area. It comprises chalky plateaux bordered by cliffs, plus several dips where crops grow. It rises to an altitude of 346 metres and its lowest point is situated to the North, at just 145 metres.

Part of Provence's coastal climate zone, the Massif du Montaiguet benefits from a typical Mediterranean climate, with prevailing Mistral winds due to its orientation. …

Montaiguet forms part of the small, natural region of Bassin de l’Arc. It is fairly thinly forested (50 %), with mainly dense and irregular populations of Aleppo pines mixed with evergreen oaks and durmast oaks on the North-facing slopes and in the valleys. The areas previously devastated by forest fires (in particular those of 1979 and 2005) are mainly covered with garrigue and re-planted trees.

Bordered by several urban centres (Aix-en-Provence, Gardanne, Luynes and Bouc-Bel-Air), the fringe areas and even central areas of the Massif du Montaiguet are relatively densely populated further to the extension of peri-urban business parks and ever-increasing social demand on woodland. However, the multiplication of individual houses in the massif appears to have stabilized in the last twenty years or so.

This massif is coveted for both its scenery and sporting opportunities, in particular by the inhabitants of Aix-en-Provence, but it also suffers from the effects of human activity. Montaiguet is of ornithological interest, with the presence of three remarkable species: the eagle owl, the common scops owl and the little owl.

The Collines de Gardanne (Gardanne Hills) form a small massif (5,800 acres) situated in the eastern half of the Bouches-du-Rhône region, to the southeast of Aix-en-Provence, between the Arbois, Sainte-Victoire, Regagnas and Etoile chains.

It comprises a set of hills of low average altitude and with gentle slopes. …

Average temperatures are fairly warm, but vary pretty widely throughout the year, with frequent frosts in winter and intense heat in summer. Rainfall ranges from around 600-700 mm/year. Although it is not exactly aligned with the Rhône valley, the Collines de Gardanne massif is frequently swept by the Mistral wind.

Forming part of the small natural region of Bassin de l’Arc, the massif is densely forested (74%) despite its high urban development, with 80 % Aleppo pines, plus around 20% evergreen oaks and rare garrigue.

Information provided by Bouches du Rhône Tourisme

  • Surrounding cities

    Aix en Provence
    Bouc Bel Air
    Fuveau
    Gardanne
    Gréasque
    Meyreuil
    Mimet
    Saint Savournin
    Simiane Collongue

Outings

Entre Gardanne et Gréasque
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Entre Gardanne et Gréasque

Gardanne

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Where to stay

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Camping Chantecler

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Located in a very green area, alongside the Arc river, at the Novotel Aix en Provence, you are in the heart of Provence. The hotel is located 5 km away from the town centre. for business or pleasure, Novotel priorities are your comfort and well being. Garden, swimming-pool, terrace... Private &…

Villa Rampale
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Villa Rampale

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In the heart of Provence, hidden in a beautiful natural park, Rampale Domain offers you an outstanding view of the Sainte Victoire Mountain, so beautifully captured by the famous artist Paul Cézanne. Its park, full of plants and fragrances of Provence is perfect to take a relaxing walk. Oak,…

Mme Huet Legrand
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Mme Huet Legrand

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La Bruissanne : Following the path of Cézanne, 5 minutes from the historical center of Aix-en-Provence, La Bruissanne warmly welcomes you in a calm and friendly atmosphere in the heart of a leafy park with all the scents of Provence. All the rooms are carefully and tastefully decorated in…

Gite Chateau Henri Bonnaud
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Gite Chateau Henri Bonnaud

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A l'abri du plateau du Cengle et de la montagne Sainte-Victoire, au milieu des vignes de l'A.O.P. Palette, le Domaine du Château Henri Bonnaud bénéficie d'un micro-climat. Remarquablement bien intégré au coeur de ces vignes le gîte y offre un véritable confort et permet de profiter de ces…

Mme et M. LOUBIERE
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Mme et M. LOUBIERE

Meyreuil

Villa Valbelle : An oasis of calm, only 3 km from the center of Aix-en-Provence. Situated at the edge of a pine forest, with magnificent views of Mount Sainte-Victoire, come and discover the charms of Villa Valbelle. The perfect place from which to visit Aix-en-Provence the city of Cézanne,…

Lou Jas De Rafeou
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Lou Jas De Rafeou

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C’est sur la commune du Tholonet, à 5 km de la ville d’Aix-en-Provence et à 30 km de Marseille, que le gîte de Rafaël, logement de vacances, vous accueillera tout au long de l’année dans le calme et le confort de la campagne aixoise. Dans une maison neuve et indépendante, bâtie dans…

La Bastide du Roy René
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La Bastide du Roy René

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Cote Champ
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Cote Champ

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Things to do

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Un parc forestier de 13ha et un espace-musée permettent l'accueil du public et la découverte de caractères de la forêt méditerranéenne. Il vise à transmettre des idées et des savoirs sur l'environnement, à montrer la valeur et la richesse de la forêt et surtout à sensibiliser un public…

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Ferme viticole et céréalière. Visite des vergers, oliveraies, vignoble, domaine forestier, irrigation, expérimentation, matériel. Dégustation. Possibilité de restauration au lycée.

Arc walk
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Arc walk

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A walk along the banks of the Arc which flows to the south of the city. The walk follows the meanders of the river and includes play areas for children, a fitness trail, and meadows shaded by large trees near the water. It covers an area of 100,000m2. History: The municipality purchased the…

Savonnerie du Pilon du Roy (usine)
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La Savonnerie du Pilon du Roy est une entreprise familiale et locale qui crée et fabrique des produits cosmétiques et de bien-être à base de matières premières naturelles et écologiques provenant de la Provence et de la Méditerranée. Tous nos produits sont élaborés et fabriqués en…

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Vente de nougats blancs et noirs de Provence, calissons d'Aix en Provence, calamandes, olivettes, de la confiserie Maurel. Pour la vente aux particuliers s'adresser à l'office de tourisme de Gardanne (04.42.51.02.73).

Musée Gardanne Autrefois
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Musée Gardanne Autrefois

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Musée de l'histoire locale : Il retrace la vie des gardannais et des provençaux depuis le XVIIIème siècle jusqu'au milieu du XXème siècle.

Le Hang'art
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Le Hang'art

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Salle insonorisée et équipée pour concerts, théâtre, danse, ateliers mise à disposition par le service jeunesse.

Cinéma 3 Casinos
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Where to eat

Auberge Provençale
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Auberge Provençale

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A former coaching inn located 10 minutes from Aix-en-Provence, this restaurant has been renowned for over 25 years and offers tasty dishes cooked with fresh local products. Renovated with taste, this traditional building has retained all its charm, exposed beams and fireplace with wood fire.

Inspirations

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