The Montagnette hills

Barbentane - Landscape

La Montagnette is an isolated mountain with well-defined contours, located in the extreme north-west of the department.
La Montagnette is a low-altitude mountain (150 m), but with rather steep slopes, particularly on its eastern and western faces where slopes prohibit access by roads. This mountain is also marked by a series of hills and valleys generally oriented north-west / south-east, parallel to the axis of the mistral wind as the valley plain was often occupied by estates with their associated crops. La Montagnette includes the departmental roads D81 and D35.
Located in the climatic area of the Lower Rhone, La Montagnette is characterised by mild average annual temperatures (14°C) and a relatively low rainfall (650 mm / year), characteristic of the Provençal Mediterranean climate. At the mouth of the Rhone Valley, this mountain is also strongly under the influence of the mistral wind, which blows regularly throughout much of the year.
Maintaining important agricultural and pastoral activities, La Montagnette has a relatively low rate of afforestation (30%). The forest populations, mainly located in northern face of the mountain (Barbentane), consist mainly of pine trees (rare deciduous Barbentane and Frigolet populations). The dominant vegetation types are the rosemary, rockrose or Kermes oak (60%) scrubland and the remaining open area hosts crops.
Instead of the traditional walk through Avignon, La Montagnette is particularly popular with the public throughout the year. This is the case of the two ZAPEF present on this mountain: the Barbentane to the north and at the centre, and the Abbey of Saint- Michel de Frigolet, busy on the weekend (300,000 visitors in 2000).
This peak is explained amongst others by the quality of the site, La Montagnette being integrally inscribed with the presence also of several historical monuments. …

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    13570 Barbentane

Where to stay

Le Mas Des Oliviers 1 - N° 100207
Holiday rental

Le Mas Des Oliviers 1 - N° 100207

Graveson

Very pretty detached gite, quality appointments in a recently built villa. Peaceful, country setting. Restful view of the garden and private pool. Ground floor: kitchen/living room/lounge, big flat screen TV/DVD player, video recorder, radio. WC. 1 bedroom (with 2 twinned 90x200 beds), private…

SIENNE - N° 280636
Holiday rental

SIENNE - N° 280636

Barbentane

The Mazet offers weekly or night rentals of furnished apartments and 1 guest room. Located in the heart of the Alpilles, in Barbentane in Provence halfway between Avignon, Saint Rémy,...During your stay, you can benefit from the laundry room (washing machine and dryer), common to the tenants. A…

SALONENCO - N° 2004
Holiday rental

SALONENCO - N° 2004

Graveson

Meublé de Tourisme accolé à 3 autres avec 1 ou 2 chambres pour 3 à 7 personnes tout confort, piscine, parc de 10 000 m2, jardin, barbecue, jeux de boules, badminton, clim réversible. Calme absolu.

Les écuries du Roi
B&B

Les écuries du Roi

Tarascon

"Les écuries du Roi" est une chambre d'hôtes de charme, insolite et romantique très discrète avec son jacuzzi privatif. Située en Provence entre Avignon, Arles, Nîmes, la montagnette et ses parfums. Aménagée dans les anciennes écuries, décorée dans un esprit cavalier afin de créer un…

Mas en Provence
Holiday rental

Mas en Provence

Boulbon

Au coeur d'un cadre de verdure et de calme, cette batisse typiquement provençale offre un espace de fraîcheur avec son bassin à l'ancienne et à l'ombre de son platane.

Le Mas Ferrand
B&B

Le Mas Ferrand

Graveson

Nineteenth century provencal farmhouse, 2 suites with 2 bedrooms and 2 fully equipped 60m2 lofts (private shady park, secure parking). Open all year round.

Le Mas des Chutes
B&B

Le Mas des Chutes

Graveson

In our pretty stone house and outbuildings, in the midst of the countryside but just a few steps from the village, we offer three charming guest rooms with their terrace and a top comfort gîte for 5 people. We offer a quiet and friendly stay.

Sous la treille
B&B

Sous la treille

Graveson

In the heart of the village, built on the ruins of an ancient castle, one charming room for 2 people. Shaded terrace, barbecue, private parking

Mas de la Jonquière
B&B

Mas de la Jonquière

Boulbon

Au calme, chambre à l'orée du village. Tout proche de l'abbaye de Saint Michel de Frigolet située au coeur de la Montagnette. A Boulbon vous êtes à 10 minutes de Tarascon, riche de son passé historique, des circuits de découverte de son patrimoine et à la recherche de la Tarasque sont…

Things to do

Chapelle Saint Marcellin
Cultural place

Chapelle Saint Marcellin

Boulbon

The bottle procession takes place in Saint Marcellin Chapel on 1 June every year. On this day, all male residents of Boulbon go to the Chapel carrying a bottle of wine. After the Provençal service, the bottles are blessed. Each participant can then have a sip of wine, while the village police…

Liqueur de Frigolet
Shopping gourmand

Liqueur de Frigolet

Tarascon

Liqueur produced with 30 different plants; traditional syrup.

Earl Font de Bernard
Craftsman / producer

Earl Font de Bernard

Boulbon

Du mois de mai à octobre, nous produisons des fruits que nous vous proposons sur les marchés de producteurs du Vaucluse. Depuis cette année, en automne et au printemps, nous cultivons des légumes en agriculture biologique que vous pouvez retrouver dans les magasins d'alimentation bio de la…

MD'CO
Craftsman / producer

MD'CO

Graveson

Sculpteur à Graveson

Cultural space of Graveson
Cultural place

Cultural space of Graveson

Graveson

Graveson has this year for a 500-seat concert hall

Earl St Michel
Craftsman / producer

Earl St Michel

Boulbon

Vente sur les marchés de producteur de notre production d'abricots, cerises, pêches nectarines, poires, pommes. Gîte rural sur l'exploitation

Abbaye Saint Michel de Frigolet
Cultural place

Abbaye Saint Michel de Frigolet

Tarascon

Saint Michel de Frigolet Abbey (12th-14th century), in the heart of the unspoilt landscape of La Montagnette, takes its name from the many thyme bushes ('ferigoulo' in Provençal) that dot the hills. In 1133, a community of St Augustine canons settled in Frigolet; the current heart of the…

Musée de Région Auguste Chabaud
Cultural place

Musée de Région Auguste Chabaud

Graveson

The Auguste Chabaud Regional Museum presents a permanent collection of works by this Provençal artist from the first half of the 20th century. He was a companion of Matisse and the Fauvists whose subjects included the landscapes of the Alpilles and La Montagnette, everyday life in the villages…

Where to eat

Les Arènes
Cuisine de Provence

Les Arènes

Graveson

Fresh seasonal produce, speciality AOC bulls' meat. Organisation of evening events from 30 people. Takeaway dishes. Open for lunch only; closed on Saturdays.

Restaurant Pizzeria " L'olivier"
Cuisine de Provence

Restaurant Pizzeria " L'olivier"

Graveson

Restaurant and pizzeria, traditional Provençal cuisine, air conditioned room, shady terrace, parking Dishes and pizzas to eat in or take away