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
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…
Domaine de Fontbelle - N° 181071
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
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…
La Bergerie de Roman - N° 557
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
SushiBowl- En cours
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,…