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
Montagnette – Boulbon, Abbaye de Saint-Michel de Frigolet
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…
Where to stay
Le Mas Des Oliviers 2
Très bel hébergement indépendant, équipement de qualité dans villa récente. Situation calme en campagne. Vue reposante sur jardin et piscine. Terrasse privative non close de 35 m2, tonnelle, salon de jardin. Terrain privatif clos de 2000 m2 planté d'oliviers.
Le Pre Du Roi
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…
Between St Rémy and Avignon, small Provençal country cottage on the same level, independent in the countryside, on a semi closed ground. In front of apple trees run in organic, terrace (65 m ²) with garden furniture and sunshades, in front of the above-ground privative swimming pool (15/06 -…
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…
Mas Du Breuil
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…
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,…
Things to do
Claude Altiero - Ferronerie d'Art
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…
Les Figuières du Mas de Luquet
More than 35 years ago in Graveson, Francis et Jacqueline Honoré decided to bring to life their passion for figs. Their operation specialises in growing and processing this fruit. Jam, nectar, chutney and syrup are just some of the culinary creations which will delight gourmets. Our family-run…
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…
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…
Provence Quad Location
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…
Where to eat
La Bastide de 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…
Provence… the perfect place to relax and chill out
The Gourmet's New Eldorado
It had all but disappeared from the markets, but then – perhaps as a result of Halloween arriving in France – squash made a big comeback on our stalls just over a decade ago
Celebrated at Candlemas, this traditional Provencal biscuit is also a popular sweet treat all year round
A story that will make you turn to jelly...
As yellow as sunshine and as warm as a winter fireplace... The quince isn't very pretty, but the people of Provence love it. You could even say that a passion has been born between this irregular-shaped fruit, somewhat resembling a dented, rustic pear and our lovers of jams, jellies and pastes.