The Montagnette hills

Boulbon, Graveson, Tarascon, Barbentane - Mountains

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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  • Surrounding cities

    Barbentane
    Boulbon
    Graveson
    Tarascon

Outings

Montagnette – Boulbon, Abbaye de Saint-Michel de Frigolet
Hike

Montagnette – Boulbon, Abbaye de Saint-Michel de Frigolet

Boulbon, Graveson, Barbentane

Located north-west of the Bouches du Rhône, the hillock is a concentrate of Provence, it offers on a reduced scope, of rocky cliffs, slopes covered with aromatic herbs, and thrive where hidden valleys, olive, almond and apricot trees... The Montagnette also invite hikers to explore his heritage…

Nearby

  1. L'olivier

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  2. Office de Tourisme de Graveson

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  3. La Tour

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  4. Villa Da Palmeira

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Where to stay

La Galine
Holiday rental

La Galine

Graveson

On the same property with the gite 100308, independent house on a park with trees. Tastefull decoration with exposed beams and provencal stones …Ground floor : living room with fireplace (wood included), flat screen TV, kitchen/dining space, terrace 27 m² south oriented, with a stone barbecue,…

Mas Du Breuil
Holiday rental

Mas Du Breuil

Graveson

Majestic property between Avignon and the Alpilles with a gorgeous gite in part of the main farmhouse (plus gite 110511). Exposed stones on façade and entire ground floor: big living room/eating area (free wood for fireplace), TV/DVD, lounge. Kitchen, scullery. Handicap-accessible bedroom (2…

Le Saint Pons
Holiday rental

Le Saint Pons

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…

Le Moulin
Holiday rental

Le Moulin

Boulbon

In a set of three adjoining gites (including a second gite below, Le Pigeonnier ), in the countryside, face to the hilltop village of Boulbon between Avignon and Tarascon, first floor gite with terrace (garden furniture) and shaded closed courtyard with garden furniture and sunbathing on the…

La Bastide de Boulbon
Hotel

La Bastide de Boulbon

Boulbon

At the foot of the Montagnette, in the heart of the picturesque Provençal village of Boulbon, between Avignon, Les Baux, Saint Rémy de Provence, Pont du Gard, Arles ... just 5 km from the Frigolet Abbey, a renovated 1850's mansion converted into a charming hotel with modern comfortable rooms…

Le Phoenix
Holiday rental

Le Phoenix

Tarascon

1st flr: kitchen with oven and dining area. Lobby / lounge with a sofa, TV, coffee table. 1 bedroom, 1 double bed. 1 bedroom, 1 single bed. Shower room/Toilet. 20 m² terrace, with garden furniture. Baby seat on request. Common outdoor asphalt-covered space of 300 m². Central heating included.…

Le Balcon
Holiday rental

Le Balcon

Tarascon

Dans un mas provençal, bel appartement indépendant de 95m². Jardin fleuri et piscine.Le tout clôturé.

Le Mazet Des Pins
Holiday rental

Le Mazet Des Pins

Graveson

Independent apartment in host's garden. Ground floor: living room / kitchen, shower room with toilet. First floor: two bedrooms with 1 double bed. 2 single beds in the mezzanine. TV+DVD. Patio with garden furniture, gas barbecue and swimming pool. Cot available upon request. Air conditioning.…

Les Lauriers
Holiday rental

Les Lauriers

Graveson

Halfway between Avignon and Arles, in the countryside, the holiday cottage Laurels on a property already proposing an other one (13G99-St Pons). Independent on the ground floor with a covered terrace (18 m ² - garden furniture and deckchairs) and its semi closed raised ground (150 m ²). Main…

Things to do

La ferme de Gratte-Semelle
Olive

La ferme de Gratte-Semelle

Tarascon

The magnificent orchards of Gratte-Semelle farm extend between Avignon and Tarascon, opposite the Alpilles and on the slopes of La Montagnette. This agricultural operation is perfectly suited to nature: human intervention without damaging the environment, maintenance and development of secured…

Montagnette – Boulbon, Abbaye de Saint-Michel de Frigolet
Hike

Montagnette – Boulbon, Abbaye de Saint-Michel de Frigolet

Boulbon, Graveson, Barbentane

Located north-west of the Bouches du Rhône, the hillock is a concentrate of Provence, it offers on a reduced scope, of rocky cliffs, slopes covered with aromatic herbs, and thrive where hidden valleys, olive, almond and apricot trees... The Montagnette also invite hikers to explore his heritage…

Abbaye Saint Michel de Frigolet
Monument

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
Museum

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…

Visite guidée de l'Abbaye de St Michel de Frigolet
Guided tour

Visite guidée de l'Abbaye de St Michel de Frigolet

Tarascon

L'Abbaye Saint Michel de Frigolet est située en pleine nature, sur la Montagnette, c'est un haut lieu spirituel depuis plus d'un millénaire. Au centre du Monastère, l'église Saint-Michel et le cloître nous plongent dans la pureté de l'art roman du XIIème siècle. Quelques salles entourant…

Provence Quad Location
Bicycle hire

Provence Quad Location

Graveson

Adult and child mountain bike rental. Organisation of quad biking tours and tastings accompanied by a state-certified guide. Discover the Baux de Provence Valley and the Alpilles. Accessible to all with a driver’s license and a minimum of 6 years for passengers. 1-3 hour or half day tours for…

Museum of perfumes
Guided tour

Museum of perfumes

Graveson

An enchanting journey into a magical place:-the building: a large Provencal of XIX century - his square of simple (plants aromatic garden experimental) - its stills and its essences, perfumer organ and its bottles - its mysterious and subtle scents of Provence and elsewhere — his garden table,…

Liqueur de Frigolet
Producer

Liqueur de Frigolet

Tarascon

Liqueur produced with 30 different plants; traditional syrup.

Fabrique Santons de Provence
Christmas crib figures

Fabrique Santons de Provence

Graveson

The Provence Santon Studio in Graveson reveals lots of secrets and traditional skills. Mme Roze, Master Santon-maker, skilfully works the clay; all the santons, whether painted or dressed, require attention to detail, passion and fineness. She also offers visits to the studio and demonstrations…

Inspirations

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