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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  • 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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  1. Le Saint Pons

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  2. Le Pre Du Roi

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  3. Le Clos de Lucie

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  4. La Tour

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Where to stay

Le Clos de Lucie
Holiday rental

Le Clos de Lucie

Barbentane

Beautiful renovated house completely independent, in the heart of the Massif de la Montagnette , 12 km from Avignon and 20 km from St Rémy de Provence. On only one level, this gite can welcome 6 people in a park completely fenced, offering a securised swimming pool (barrier) 12 mx 6 m (1 to 2m…

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…

Le Mas Des Oliviers 1
Holiday rental

Le Mas Des Oliviers 1

Graveson

Very pretty detached gite, quality appointments in a recently built villa. Peaceful, country setting. Restful view of the garden and private pool. Ground floor: kitchen/living room/lounge, big flat screen TV/DVD player, video recorder, radio. WC. 1 bedroom (with 2 twinned 90x200 beds), private…

Le Mazet Des Pins
Holiday rental

Le 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.…

Le Moulin
Holiday rental

Le Moulin

Boulbon

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…

Sous la treille
B&B

Sous la treille

Graveson

In the heart of the village, built on the ruins of an ancient castle, one charming room for 2 people. Shaded terrace, barbecue, private parking

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…

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.

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),…

Things to do

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…

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.

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…

Fabrique Santons de Provence
Christmas crib figures

Fabrique Santons de Provence

Graveson

The Provence Santon Studio in Graveson reveals lots of secrets and traditional skills. Mme Roze, Master Santon-maker, skilfully works the clay; all the santons, whether painted or dressed, require attention to detail, passion and fineness. She also offers visits to the studio and demonstrations…

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…

Artisan Bourrelier
Craftsman

Artisan Bourrelier

Graveson

The saddlery of Mr Fatorre is one of the last to still create and repair harnesses and other ornaments in St Eloi and St Roch. Specialises in 'colliers de Saint Eloi', the symbol of the farriers. Harnesses, horse whips and Camargue saddles.

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…

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…

Inspirations

The bouillabaisse of Marseille

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Terroir

The "Navette"

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Tradition

Marcel Pagnol

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