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. Le Moulin

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  2. La Tour

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  3. La Montagnette

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  4. Les écuries du Roi

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Where to stay

La Galine
Holiday rental

La Galine

Graveson

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,…

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…

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.…

L'Olivier
Holiday rental

L'Olivier

Graveson

In the countryside, on an organic farm (fruits and vegetables), gite adjoining another gite but well separated. Private 500 m² courtyard fully closed, terrace 33 m² under pergola with garden furniture.On the ground floor : kitchen (oven, microwave) open to the living room, dining area, sofa bed…

Villa Da Palmeira
Holiday rental

Villa Da Palmeira

Tarascon

In the middle of the triangle Avignon, Arles and the Alpilles, domain dedicated to Lusitanian horses breeding (600m from the N570). The gite opens onto a vast open space, overlooking the paddocks and meadows, and has a private fenced outdoor area of almost 2,000 m² with parking. On the ground…

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.

Les Lauriers
Holiday rental

Les Lauriers

Graveson

Halfway between Avignon and Arles, in the countryside, the holiday cottage Laurels on a property already proposing an other one (13G99-St Pons). Independent on the ground floor with a covered terrace (18 m ² - garden furniture and deckchairs) and its semi closed raised ground (150 m ²). Main…

Mas Gratte-Semelle
B&B

Mas Gratte-Semelle

Tarascon

Le Mas se situe dans la campagne provençale entre Tarascon et Graveson. Adossé à la Montagnette, il fait face aux sublimes Alpilles.

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'…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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, chocolat et confiserie.

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.

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.

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…

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