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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    La Montagnette

  • 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…

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  3. Les Prêcheurs

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  4. Mas D'esquirolly Alpilles

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Where to stay

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),…

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 Pre Du Roi
Holiday rental

Le Pre Du Roi

Graveson

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…

Les écuries du Roi
B&B

Les écuries du Roi

Tarascon

Véritable litière aux tons de paille de sérénité et de confort, cet écrin chic, à la fois intime et moelleux est idéal pour vous évader et se ressourcer à deux. C'est une adresse confidentielle à la décoration raffinée qui saura répondre à vos attentes d'intimité, de luxe et de…

Le Mas Des Oliviers 2
Holiday rental

Le Mas Des Oliviers 2

Graveson

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.

Mazet Des Pins
Holiday rental

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.…

Sienne
Holiday rental

Sienne

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),…

Li Fru de la Provènçau
Holiday rental

Li Fru de la Provènçau

Boulbon

Gîte chez un agriculteur-producteur de fruits, entièrement climatisé.

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…

Things to do

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…

Liqueur de Frigolet
Producer

Liqueur de Frigolet

Tarascon

Liqueur produced with 30 different plants; traditional syrup.

Earl Font de Bernard
Producer

Earl Font de Bernard

Boulbon

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…

Les Figuières du Mas de Luquet
Producer

Les Figuières du Mas de Luquet

Graveson

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…

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…

Chapelle Saint Marcellin
Monument

Chapelle Saint Marcellin

Boulbon

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…

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…

Audin Philippe- Sculpteur/peintre
Craftsman

Audin Philippe- Sculpteur/peintre

Graveson

Sculptures d'art provençales sur bois, pièces uniques, pendules, miroirs, tables statues, décors, bois, fresques, tableaux sur la chasse. Visite gratuite de l'atelier sur rendez-vous, démonstrations.

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.

Where to eat

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…

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.

Inspirations

The Sun

The Sun

Sunshine, one of the fundamentals of life in the South…

La Provence

La Provence

Provence is more than a simple destination, it's a whole way of life!

Marcel Pagnol

Marcel Pagnol

Tradition

Everything you ever wanted to know about Marcel Pagnol!

Quince

Quince

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.