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…

Nearby

  1. The Lady's Mas: Venice Room

    B&B

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  2. Le Mas Des Oliviers 1

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  3. Office de Tourisme de Graveson

    Tourist office

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  4. Gîte Saint Michel

    Holiday rental

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Where to stay

Le Prieuré
Holiday rental

Le Prieuré

Graveson

In a former priory of the XVIIth century converted into a dozen accommodation condominiums, with large garden and swimming pool, the gite of the Priory is located in the main part of the farmhouse, with private terrace. On one level, the cottage is composed of: - very nice living room of 64 m²,…

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…

La Tour
Holiday rental

La Tour

Tarascon

Gite situated in the oldest part of a rustic, Provencal farmhouse surrounded by orchards. Just 15 km from Avignon and Arles and 20 km from Saint Rémy de Provence. Very centrally located for visiting tourist sites. Ground floor : little kitchen. Microwave. Washing-machine. Dishwasher. Large…

Les écuries du Roi
B&B

Les écuries du Roi

Tarascon

"Les écuries du Roi" est une chambre d'hôtes de charme, insolite et romantique très discrète avec son jacuzzi privatif. Située en Provence entre Avignon, Arles, Nîmes, la montagnette et ses parfums. Aménagée dans les anciennes écuries, décorée dans un esprit cavalier afin de créer un…

Mas Albert
Holiday rental

Mas Albert

Graveson

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 -…

Les Prêcheurs
Holiday rental

Les Prêcheurs

Tarascon

At the foot of la Montagnette, South of Avignon, farmhouse in stones, in the countryside but close to all amenities. Accomodation fo character, with a refined decoration and equipment of high quality. Private swimming pool (16 m x 4 m), from Easter to 1st of november, protected by alarm. Pond…

Domaine de Fontbelle
B&B

Domaine de Fontbelle

Graveson

Le Domaine de Fontbelle est un mas daté du XVeme siècle, niché au milieu de 16 hectares dont 14 plantés d'oliviers. Bienvenue chez Florence et Pascal. L'environnement de la maison est particulièrement soigné, vous n'aurez que l'embarras du choix entre l'espace piscine (cloturée - 11 m x 5…

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…

La Montagnette
Holiday rental

La Montagnette

Barbentane

The Mazet offers weekly or night rentals of furnished apartments and 1 guest room. Located in the heart of the Alpilles, in Barbentane in Provence halfway between Avignon, Saint Rémy,... During your stay, you can benefit from the laundry room (washing machine and dryer), common to the tenants. A…

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…

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.

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.

Cultural space of Graveson
Cultural place

Cultural space of Graveson

Graveson

Graveson has this year for a 500-seat concert hall

Earl St Michel
Producer

Earl St Michel

Boulbon

Vente sur les marchés de producteur de notre production d'abricots, cerises, pêches nectarines, poires, pommes. Gîte rural sur l'exploitation

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…

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.

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…

Where to eat

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

Inspirations

Inspirations

Traditions, lifestyle, mediterranean cuisine

The "Navette"

The "Navette"

Terroir

Celebrated at Candlemas, this traditional Provencal biscuit is also a popular sweet treat all year round

Between Bad Boys and Mia... Rap in Marseille

Between Bad Boys and Mia... Rap in Marseille

Thanks to the huge success of bands such as IAM and La Fonky Family, Marseille has earned its status as one of France's foremost rap capitals. Hoisted to heritage status in this city known for its gift of the gab, the movement has propelled a new generation of signature names to the front of the scene: the heirs have arrived.

The Marseille Thriller Novel

The Marseille Thriller Novel

It was born in the mid-Nineties but originates from the city's infamous reputation since the early 20th century.

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The best of the destination

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