The Montagnette hills

Tarascon, Graveson, Boulbon, 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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Where to stay

Le Saint Pons - N° 99
Holiday rental

Le Saint Pons - N° 99

Graveson

The Gîte 'Saint-Pons' is situated half-way between Avignon and Arles, in the country, very well fit-out, adjoining the owners' provencal house, with private courtyard of 200 sq.m. You can relax on the terrace in the shade of the hackberry and access to a the shared enclosed swiming-pool (11m x…

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.

Domaine de Fontbelle - N° 181071
B&B

Domaine de Fontbelle - N° 181071

Graveson

Le Domaine de Fontbelle est un mas daté du XVeme siècle, niché au milieu de 16 hectares dont 14 plantés d'oliviers. Bienvenue chez Florence et Pascal. L'environnement de la maison est particulièrement soigné, vous n'aurez que l'embarras du choix entre l'espace piscine (cloturée - 11 m x 5…

Les Prêcheurs - N° 426
Holiday rental

Les Prêcheurs - N° 426

Tarascon

At the foot of la Montagnette, South of Avignon, farmhouse in stones, in the countryside but close to all amenities. Accomodation fo character, with a refined decoration and equipment of high quality. Private swimming pool (16 m x 4 m), from Easter to 1st of november, protected by alarm. Pond…

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.

The Lady's Mas: Venice Room
B&B

The Lady's Mas: Venice Room

Barbentane

The Mazet de la Dame has a swimming pool open in season in its garden and a furnished terrace. It offers a room with a private terrace.A continental breakfast is served every morning.

La Bergerie de Roman - N° 557
Holiday rental

La Bergerie de Roman - N° 557

Barbentane

On the ground floor: - Kitchen equipped with stove 3 gas and 1 electric fires, electric oven, extractor hood, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. - Living / dining room with fireplace (wood provided), sofa, flat screen TV, stereo and library. Dining area. -…

LA MONTAGNETTE - N° 290614
Holiday rental

LA MONTAGNETTE - N° 290614

Barbentane

The Mazet offers weekly or night rentals of furnished apartments and 1 guest room.During your stay, you can benefit from the laundry room (washing machine and dryer), common to the tenants. A dishwasher, towels and house clothes, which will also be loaned to you by "The Lady". breakfast.

LE PRE DU ROI - N° 160646
Holiday rental

LE PRE DU ROI - N° 160646

Graveson

In the countryside, in the middle of apricot trees, but 800 m only from the centre of Graveson, independent gite with large garden, swimming pool, terrace and sauna. View on the Montagnette on one side and on apricot trees on the other side.On the ground floor (access via 3 steps): large 58 m²…

Things to do

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…

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…

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…

Cultural space of Graveson
Cultural place

Cultural space of Graveson

Graveson

Graveson has this year for a 500-seat concert hall

Liqueur de Frigolet
Shopping gourmand

Liqueur de Frigolet

Tarascon

Liqueur produced with 30 different plants; traditional syrup.

MD'CO
Craftsman / producer

MD'CO

Graveson

Sculpteur à Graveson

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

Where to eat

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

La Treille
Cuisine de Provence

La Treille

Tarascon

Dans cette Montagnette, site où règne une quiétude propice au repos, le restaurant de la Treille compose un plat revisiter chaque jour avec des produits locaux et de saison. Avec un menu simple, une terrasse en été où se restaurer sous le micocoulier, un cadre insolite pour un déjeuner au…

Pizza Do
Restaurants à emporter

Pizza Do

Graveson

Pizzeria à emporter, pizzas traditionnelles et spécialités, desserts et boissons.

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.

SushiBowl- En cours
Restaurants à emporter

SushiBowl- En cours

Graveson

Besoin gourmet de fraîcheur et d'exotisme ? Envie de ne rien faire ? ... Nécessité de se faire plaisir ! Suhis, makis, chirashis, boxs, ...à déguster à emporter ou en vous les faisant livrer gratuitement à domicile. Pas de minimum d'achat et livraison sur Graveson, Maillane, Eyragues,…

Pizza Jo
Restaurants à emporter

Pizza Jo

Graveson

Pizzas à emporter