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. …

Information provided by Provence Tourisme

  • 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

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. Soleil et Romarin

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  2. Mazet Des Pins

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  3. Villa Da Palmeira

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  4. Le Mas Des Oliviers 1

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Where to stay

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…

Aqui Sian Ben - Lou Boulangie
Holiday rental

Aqui Sian Ben - Lou Boulangie

Saint Rémy de Provence

Maison indépendante "Aqui Sian Ben" (80m2, 5 pers maxi) à 300m du centre ville. En rez-de-chaussée, une grande cuisine, la salle de séjour, une douche avec wc. Au premier étage, 3 chambres, un wc,cabinet de toilette, grand balcon avec vue sur les Alpilles et le jardin. Parking à l'…

Mas D'esquirolly Alpilles
Holiday rental

Mas D'esquirolly Alpilles

Tarascon

Vous louez l'appartement Alpilles situé dans un remarquable mas du 17ème siècle. Alpilles, 120 m2, s'ouvre sur le parc de 2 hectares et ses cyprès centenaires. Vous profitez de la piscine bio 19m.

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…

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…

Abras
B&B

Abras

Graveson

Grande chambre pour 2 personnes, donnant sur jardin clos ombragé et piscine, dans un quartier très calme, en campagne et à deux pas du village. Salle de bain et WC indépendants.

Soleil et Romarin
B&B

Soleil et Romarin

Boulbon

Au coeur du village et au pied du château, Soleil et Romarin vous propose ses deux chambres atypiques et colorées. L'accueil est simple et chaleureux. Tout a été pensé pour que vous passiez un séjour tranquille et confortable. Chambre chez l'habitant.

La Montagnette
Holiday rental

La Montagnette

Barbentane

Le Mazet propose la location, à la semaine ou à la nuit, des meublés et 1 chambre d'hôtes. Situé au coeur des Alpilles, à Barbentane en Provence à mi chemin entre Avignon, Saint Rémy,... Vous pourrez, pendant votre séjour, bénéficier de la buanderie (lave-linge et sèche-linge),…

MAS D'ARVIEUX - Marie-Pierre et Christian Billmann
B&B

MAS D'ARVIEUX - Marie-Pierre et Christian Billmann

Tarascon

Superb building at the foot of Montagnette, a few minutes from Saint-Michel-de-Frigolet Abbey. Quiet property with swimming pool and shady garden.

Things to do

Liqueur de Frigolet
Producer

Liqueur de Frigolet

Tarascon

Liqueur produced with 30 different plants; traditional syrup.

Claude Altiero -  Ferronerie d'Art
Craftsman

Claude Altiero - Ferronerie d'Art

Tarascon

C'est au nord de Tarascon que Claude Altiero, ferronnier d'Art, a installé son atelier. Le jardin qui accueille le public est à lui seul un espace d'exposition de tout ce qui peut constituer un ornement en fer forgé: treilles, grilles et portails aux savantes volutes. Mais c'est dans le…

La ferme de Gratte-Semelle
Olives - Huiles d'olives

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…

Cave Magali
Wines

Cave Magali

Graveson

Table wines, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Rhône and champagne. Retail sales and tastings. No visits. Open every day except Sundays.

Provence Quad Location
Outdoor leisure

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…

Olivier Pastrello- Artisan créateur
Greed, Greediness

Olivier Pastrello- Artisan créateur

Graveson

Pâtissier-chocolatier (Membre du réseau "Gastronomie Sucrée") Fabrication maison de pâtisseries, gâteaux de voyages, Panettones, chocolats et confiserie.

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
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…

Jean Luc Faure- Apiculteur récoltant professionelle
Producer

Jean Luc Faure- Apiculteur récoltant professionelle

Graveson

Jean-Luc et Christel FAURE apiculteurs passionnés transhument leurs ruches en fonction des saisons et des floraisons. Dégustez leurs miels (FLEURS, GARRIGUE, ROMARIN, CHATAIGNIER, LAVANDE, ACACIA, CAMARGUE) sur les marchés durant l'année : Jeudi à Villeneuve lez Avignon, vendredi à…

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.

La Bastide de Boulbon
Food guide restaurant

La Bastide de Boulbon

Boulbon

At the foot of La Montagnette, in the heart of the picturesque Provençal village of Boulbon, between Avignon, Les Baux, Saint Rémy de Provence, the Pont du Gard and Arles... 5 km from the Abbey of Frigolet, this 1850 building, renovated to create a charming Hotel, has contemporary rooms and a…

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