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

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

  1. Mme et M. LOUBIERE

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  2. Office de Tourisme de Gardanne

    Tourist office

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  3. La Feraude

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  4. La Bastide de Puget

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Where to stay

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.…

Mme et M. Fuller
B&B

Mme et M. Fuller

Meyreuil

Mas des Micocouliers is a typically provencal stone guest house dating from the 19th century. Entirely restored, it benefits from a privileged situation combining the attractions of the countryside and those of the city. In the heart of the protected site of the Montaiguet, 100m from the bridge…

Escale Oceania Aix en Provence
Hotel

Escale Oceania Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence

The hotel is ideally located on the outskirts of Aix. it is very easy to reach, completely renovated and just 5-minute drive to the town centre. The hotel offers you all the modern comfort of a 3-star hotel: 90 rooms, a simple and convivial bar-lounge with catering, a fitness room, a swimming…

Cote Champ
Holiday rental

Cote Champ

Fuveau

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…

Le Murier
Holiday rental

Le Murier

Fuveau

On a farm, appartment on the ground floor (Owner above). Two other houses on the fenced property (Gate door code). Arrival by way of 250m : in front of house, secure pool shared with the owner (from 1st/06 to 30th/09 - access 9h-12h and 14h-18.30): size 5x10 Large living room with TV flat…

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 Feraude
B&B

La Feraude

Gardanne

Face à la montagne Sainte-Victoire, à 10 mn d'Aix-en-Provence et à 20 mn de la mer, la Féraude vous propose, au coeur d'un vaste parc boisé de 9 ha, 4 chambres spacieuses de 25 m² avec sanitaires privatifs et vue dégagée sur les vignes du domaine. A votre disposition pour la baignade, un…

Ibis Budget Aix en Provence Est Sainte Victoire
Hotel

Ibis Budget Aix en Provence Est Sainte Victoire

Meyreuil

Located at 13 km from Aix city center, on the way to Nice N7. The smart choice for both business and leisure travellers. Our modern, comfortable and air conditioned room can accommodate up to 4 people, with a shower, toilet, and flat-screen TV, all at an affordable price. And in the morning, help…

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,…

Things to do

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.

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…

Château Crémade
Wines

Château Crémade

Le Tholonet

Un vieux domaine porté par la fougue de la jeunesse. Au pied de la Montagne Sainte-Victoire, le Château Crémade distille un charme certain. Visite d'un domaine où les vieilles vignes dictent la plus belle des lois, celle qui oblige à faire un bon vin.

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.

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…

La Ruche qui dit Oui Gardanne
Produits laitiers - Fromage

La Ruche qui dit Oui Gardanne

Gardanne

La ruche c'est une autre façon de consommer des produits sains et locaux. Cet organisme propose des produits de qualité (viande, légumes, fruits, poissons, fromages, pain, oeufs, confiture, artisanat.....) et soutient les producteurs et artisans locaux. Le tout en agriculture fermière, bio ou…

Confiserie Maurel
Greed, Greediness

Confiserie Maurel

Gardanne

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

Savonnerie du Pilon du Roy (usine)
Savon

Savonnerie du Pilon du Roy (usine)

Gardanne

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…

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.

Where to eat

Auberge Provençale
Food guide restaurant

Auberge Provençale

Meyreuil

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

Inspirations

Art de vivre

The Cagole

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Tradition

The soap

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Tradition

Marcel Pagnol

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