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. Office de Tourisme de Graveson

    Tourist office

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  2. Abras

    B&B

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  3. Sienne

    Holiday rental

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  4. Aqui Sian Ben - Lou Boulangie

    Holiday rental

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Where to stay

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 Mas Ferrand
B&B

Le Mas Ferrand

Graveson

Nineteenth century provencal farmhouse, 2 suites with 2 bedrooms and 2 fully equipped 60m2 lofts (private shady park, secure parking). Open all year round.

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'…

M. et Mme Ranelli Alexandre
B&B

M. et Mme Ranelli Alexandre

Graveson

3 bedrooms and 2 suites with the "Fleurs de Soleil" label in a 11th century estate covering 16 hectares. With their roots, hearts and minds in Provence, Solange, Charlotte, Alexandre and Julien Ranelli will be welcoming you and if friendship makes the world go round, may you make new friends in…

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),…

Raio de Sol Provence
B&B

Raio de Sol Provence

Graveson

Au centre du village de Graveson, Nous vous accueillons au premier étage de notre propriété dans un jardin calme et ombragé . Parking fermé.

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…

Le Balcon
Holiday rental

Le Balcon

Tarascon

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

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…

Things to do

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
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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

Jean Luc Faure- Apiculteur récoltant professionelle
Producer

Jean Luc Faure- Apiculteur récoltant professionelle

Graveson

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
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…

Liqueur de Frigolet
Producer

Liqueur de Frigolet

Tarascon

Liqueur produced with 30 different plants; traditional syrup.

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…

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