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 Bouches du Rhône Tourisme
Montagnette – Boulbon, Abbaye de Saint-Michel de Frigolet
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…
Where to stay
Le Mazet Des Pins
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.…
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…
Le Mas Des Oliviers 2
Très bel hébergement indépendant, équipement de qualité dans villa récente. Situation calme en campagne. Vue reposante sur jardin et piscine. Proximité de St-Rémy et des Alpilles. RdC : cuisine/séjour/salon, TV grd écran plat/DVD. WC communs. 1 CH (2 lits 90x200 jumelés), SdB…
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…
M. et Mme Ranelli Alexandre
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…
La Mazet de la Dame : Chambre Venise
Situé entre Avignon et Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Le Mazet de la Dame dispose d'une piscine ouverte en saison dans son jardin et d'une terrasse meublée. Il propose un chambre dotée d'une télévision et d'une terrasse privée. Chambre climatisé comprenant une salle de bains privative pourvue…
Things to do
Claude Altiero - Ferronerie d'Art
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…
Fabrique Santons de Provence
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…
Provence Quad Location
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…
Musée de Région Auguste Chabaud
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…
Chapelle Saint Marcellin
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…
La ferme de Gratte-Semelle
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…
Abbaye Saint Michel de Frigolet
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…
Domaine du Grand Servan
15,000 olive groves are being grown around an 18th century Provençal bastide in order to produce first cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil using the traditional method. Visit the estate alone or in a group: on carriages pulled by a tractor or horses, listen to the details of olive growing,…