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.

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  • Surrounding cities

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

Outings

Entre Gardanne et Gréasque
Hike

Entre Gardanne et Gréasque

Gardanne, Gréasque

Aux couleurs de la Provence, terre rouge et ocre, Gardanne est une ville lumineuse riche de son passé industriel (ancien bassin minier) et culturel (seul village peint par Cézanne…). Cette randonnée-circuit, pour petits et grands, vous emmènera du cœur de la vieille ville à la campagne…

Nearby

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  2. Novotel Aix-en-Provence Pont de l'Arc Fenouillères

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  3. La Bastide de Puget

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  4. La Feraude

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Where to stay

Cote Champ
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Cote Champ

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Part of the old farmhouse has been converted into 2 gîtes close to the owners' house on a working farm. 40 hectares of fields and pinewoods - ideal for hikers. Fitness trail. Flat area around the gîte. Gd fl: kitchen/living rm with double sofa bed + single bed & fireplace with burner (wood…

Mme et M. LOUBIERE
B&B

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,…

Clos sainte victoire
B&B

Clos sainte victoire

Châteauneuf le Rouge

On the road to Cézanne, in the countryside, 10 minutes drive from the historical center of Aix en Provence, "Le Clos Sainte Victoire" charming bed and breakfast opens its doors to welcome you in one of its two rooms, in a modern and contemporary atmosphere. Above ground pool and terrace is…

Le Bancaou
Holiday rental

Le Bancaou

Meyreuil

Gite in the countryside, at the ground floor of the owners' house, in a small quiet residence, with view on the Sainte Victoire. Shared, secured swimming-pool (8m x 4m) open from 8am to 8 pm, from the 15th of may to the 15 of october. Groundfloor : Kitchen/Dining-room/Living-room, microwave.…

Arc Hôtel
Hotel

Arc Hôtel

Aix en Provence

The arc hotel offers you : private bar, swimming pool, air-conditioned, conference and seminar room with complete audiovisual equipment, car park, basement, garage. The 40 rooms are equipped with bathroom, tv and telephone. Open all year.

Mme et M. Grégoire
B&B

Mme et M. Grégoire

Aix en Provence

Pavillon de la Torse : Beautifully remodeled 18th century bastide 5 Bedrooms with private bath Warm and friendly ambiance. Free access to high speed Internet Non smoking environment. Free gated parking. Superb driveway bordered by centennial trees . Gardens and fountains to relax and…

La Bastide de Puget
B&B

La Bastide de Puget

Meyreuil

Bastide avec 4 magnifiques chambres d 'hôtes avec chacune sa grande salle de bain au 1er étage de la Bastide.

Ibis Aix en Provence
Hotel

Ibis Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence

Just 1.2 mi (2 km) from Aix-en-Provence city center and 12.4 mi (20 km) from Aix TGV train station, the ibis Aix en Provence hotel is ideally located for tourism, business and sporting trips. It features a Pasta & Noodles restaurant, opened in April 2015, and offers 124 rooms with Sweet Bed by…

Arc en Ciel
Campsite

Arc en Ciel

Aix en Provence

Situated just outside the city of Aix-en-Provence, this campsite is a peaceful campsite with 50 places, offering enough shadow and comfort. The campsite offers regular sites for tents and caravans, but also sites with additional comfort and extra comfort, and sites for camping cars. Two…

Things to do

Musée de plein air Paul Cézanne
Museum

Musée de plein air Paul Cézanne

Gardanne

Le musée de plein air Paul Cézanne se situe sur la colline des frères face au motif Cézannien qu'est le vieux village de Gardanne. Une promenade aménagée à cet effet retrace la vie du peintre sur Gardanne de 1885 à 1886 à Gardanne ainsi que ses oeuvres.

Château de la Galinière
Wines

Château de la Galinière

Châteauneuf le Rouge

Near Aix -en- Provence, a 18th century castle is leaning against the Cengle Plateau. The vineyard of Château de la Galinière is fully trellised to withstand the onslaught of Mistral and capture maximum brightness. Sun and crispiness tasted in the wine.

Humeur vagabonde - Lionel Marchese
Low mountain guide

Humeur vagabonde - Lionel Marchese

Aix en Provence

Humeur vagabonde vous propose d'organiser vos randonnées pédestres. Que vous soyez seul, en famille ou en groupe, contemplatif ou sportif, une randonnée peut vous être proposée sur le massif de la montagne Sainte Victoire, dans les Calanques, dans le Lubéron...Également marche nordique au…

Ferme pédagogique de Valabre
Educational farm

Ferme pédagogique de Valabre

Gardanne

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

Château Henri Bonnaud
Wines

Château Henri Bonnaud

Le Tholonet

Au pied de la montagne Sainte-Victoire, des vins dont l’élégance est semblable aux toiles de Cézanne. En dix ans à peine, les vins du Château Henri Bonnaud, élaborés par Stéphane Spitzglous, se sont fait un nom. Une réputation encore discrète, mais méritée pour un domaine qui, à…

Le terril du défens
Walk

Le terril du défens

Meyreuil

Cette promenade d'environ de 5 km vous conduit au sommet du terril du défens d'où vous verrez des paysages somptueux transformées par l'activité humaine liée à l'extraction et à l'exploitation du charbon. Des bornes thématiques vous accompagnent le long du sentier. Des tables de…

Musée Gardanne Autrefois
Museum

Musée Gardanne Autrefois

Gardanne

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

Chalet du parc
Amusement park

Chalet du parc

Venelles

Détentez-vous pendant que les enfants s'amusent... Situé en plein cœur du parc des sports à proximité immédiate d'un château gonflable très prisé des enfants, le chalet du parc offre la possibilité de se désaltérer tout en surveillant les enfants.

Torse walk
Landscape

Torse walk

Aix en Provence

A path alongside the Torse stream, between the Cezanne Road and Route de Nice, in the eastern part of the city. The entrance is on the Cezanne Road (Route du Tholonet). The footpath and the fitness trail follow the stream, sometimes crossing it by wooden foot bridges. Some huge plane trees…

Where to eat

Auberge Provençale
Food guide restaurant

Auberge Provençale

Meyreuil

A former coaching inn, now renovated, with exposed beams, fireplace and terrace.

Inspirations

Tradition

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Art de Vivre

The Calanques

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Tradition

The Feria

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