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 Provennce 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 Saint Pons
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…
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 -…
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.…
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…
Things to do
Jean Luc Faure- Apiculteur récoltant professionelle
Jean-Luc et Christel FAURE sont des apiculteurs sur la commune de GRAVESON. Ils sont passionnés par leur métier et sont professionnels depuis 2012. Afin de vous proposer une déclinaison de plusieurs parfums, ils transhument leurs ruches en fonction des saisons et des floraisons. Selon les…
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…
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…
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…
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…
La ferme de Gratte-Semelle
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…