La Trévaresse

Charleval, Aix en Provence, Vernègues, Meyrargues, Saint Cannat, Pélissanne, La Roque d'Anthéron, Venelles, Saint Estève Janson, Alleins, Salon de Provence, Rognes, Lambesc, Aurons, Mallemort, Le Puy Sainte Réparade, Lamanon - Mountains

The Massif des Roques, Massif de la Chaîne des Côtes and Massif de la Trévaresse form a large, wooded chain situated to the North of the Bouches-du-Rhône. This massif is bordered to the North by the river Durance, to the South by the Massif des Quatre Termes and the plain of Aix, to the West by the A7 highway and to the East by the A51 highway.

The Massif des Roques, whose altitude varies from 394 m at Vernègues to 83 m in the plain, is characterised by a varied and very uneven relief, with steep slopes, deep valleys and interior plateaux. Its chalky cliffs are mainly west-southwest / east-northeast facing, while the valleys are mainly oriented North-South. This section of the massif is crossed by the RD16 and RD22 roads, and the TGV Méditerranée high-speed railway line.

The Chaîne des Côtes is a more compact massif, characterised by chalky rock formations and cliffs. It is set opposite the Luberon mountain, located beyond the river Durance. This massif rises to a height of 482 m and stretches out globally from East to West, between the plains of Durance and Lambesc. Its very ragged relief, in particular on the northern slope, lends it a quasi-mountainous aspect, and it can only be crossed via the D67 road and Plateau de Malivert. It is sheltered by the sub-massifs of Saint-Estève and La Quille, which form a succession of small and less rugged hills with gentle shapes descending from Bassin Saint-Christophe and petering out near Plateau de la Trévaresse. This northwest / southeast facing entity, regularly carved with northeast / southwest facing valleys, can only be crossed via the D66 road, linking Saint-Estève Janson and Rognes.

Plateau de la Trévaresse forms a tabular, East-West facing barrier to the North of the plain of Aix. This plateau is crossed by numerous public roads, generally running from North to South: D13, D14, D543 and D18. It rises to an altitude of 502 m to the South of Cabannes, and is clearly divided into a northern and southern face, both with even slopes.

Situated in the coastal Provence climate zone, the Massif des Roques, Massif de la Chaîne des Côtes and Massif de la Trévaresse benefit from fairly warm average annual temperatures (13° C) and average to fairly low rainfall (600 to 700 mm/year). The prevailing wind is a diverted Mistral. …

Part of the small, natural region known as the Coteaux de Basse Durance, the Massif des Roques, Massif de la Chaîne des Côtes and Massif de la Trévaresse are, alongside Concors and Sainte-Victoire, the Bouches-du-Rhône's most highly-forested massifs.

Their densely-forested and wild aspect is an intrinsic part of the quality of life of the surrounding villages, but despite this, they do not benefit from any particular protective measures. The northern hills are part of the vast ZICO (Bird Conservation Zone) covering the Plateau de l’Arbois, garrigues of Lançon and Chaîne des Côtes and intended to preserve the quality and authenticity of the environments available to birds inhabiting the Durance area (Bonelli's eagle, Egyptian vulture, eagle owl, Montagu's harrier, etc.). A voluntary nature reserve covering 700 acres was set up around Barben (Réserve Naturelle Volontaire de la Propriété de Saint-Pons) in 1991. These three massifs are also the site of several Natural Zones of Ecological, Faunistic and Floristic Interest (ZNIEFF), relative to their valleys, open peaks and unusual geological formations.

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Outings

Access to the Bouches-du-Rhône's hill chains, which are highly exposed to forest fires, is regulated according to the local weather conditions. Thanks to the mobile app 'My Provence Envie de Balade' and the special 0811 20 13 13 hotline, walkers benefit from real-time information and can set out with a peaceful mind.

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  • Surrounding cities

    Aix en Provence
    Alleins
    Aurons
    Charleval
    La Roque d'Anthéron
    Lamanon
    Lambesc
    Le Puy Sainte Réparade
    Mallemort
    Meyrargues
    Pélissanne
    Rognes
    Saint Cannat
    Saint Estève Janson
    Salon de Provence
    Venelles
    Vernègues

Outings

Trevaresse - St Cannat, Fontblanche de Doudonne
Hike

Trevaresse - St Cannat, Fontblanche de Doudonne

Saint Cannat, Rognes, Lambesc

Spanning a Provençal market town and typical forest of low-lying "garrigue" shrubland, this enchanting walk is set in the countryside around Saint-Cannat, right at the heart of the delicious landscapes and lifestyle of the Aix region. Although its difficult to guess when you cross the village…

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  1. Villa Baulieu

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  2. Une Chambre en Provence

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  3. La Bastide D'Annick

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  4. Mr Sicard - Les Petites Sources

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Where to stay

Le domaine de Bourgogne
B&B

Le domaine de Bourgogne

Aix en Provence

Near the center of Aix-en-Provence (7km) and on foot of typical Provencal village with its church and market, the farmhouse is situated in a quiet countryside with its saltwater pool and a panoramic view on the Ste Victoire mountain, Cezanne's inspiration. Its location on the Aix vineyard, you…

Thelina
B&B

Thelina

Aix en Provence

Puyricard est un quartier d'Aix en Provence. C'est un village typique du Sud avec son marché le vendredi. Vous bénéficierez de la campagne tout en ayant les commodités de la ville. Un bus passe toutes les 20 minutes pour être déposé au centre ville d'AIx en Provence. La chambre Thélina…

Bellevue
Holiday rental

Bellevue

Aix en Provence

In the calm countryside outside Aix, 8 km from the town centre, this comfortable gite has been built to the rear of the owners' farmhouse on a former working farm; ground floor duplex. Ground floor: kitchen/living room with sofa bed (2 persons). Shower. WC. Upper floor : 1 double bedroom. Central…

Une Chambre en Provence
B&B

Une Chambre en Provence

Aix en Provence

In the heart of a park of 3 hectares pines, chenes and brooms. Charming house at calms and 10 minutes in the car of Aix en Provence. 2 bedrooms : 1 double bedroom with bathroom and WC. 1 twin bedroom with bathroom/wc. Library. Living room with fireplace. Private garden with garden furniture.…

Villa Baulieu
Hotel

Villa Baulieu

Rognes

Maison d'hôtes, le Villa Baulieu est au coeur du vignoble du Château Beaulieu. A quelques minutes d'Aix en Provence, niché dans le cratère de l'unique volcan de Provence, c'est un "Maison de Famille" qui vous ouvre ses portes. Maison de famille, luxe et sérénité sont les maîtres mots de…

Domaine De La Cride
B&B

Domaine De La Cride

Le Puy Sainte Réparade

In the countryside, beds & breakfasts located in a landscaped park of 3 ha ideal for nature lovers with swimming-pool, small farm, stream, picnic area, pétanque (bowling) area... 15 mn from Aix-en-Provence, the domain La Cride proposes 3 gites (including 1 labellised Gîtes de France) and 5…

La Bastide D'Annick
B&B

La Bastide D'Annick

Aix en Provence

In 8 km from Aix-en-Provence, in the hamlet of the Village of the Sun, the beautiful house in a quiet path(way) giving onto vineyards(vines). Cloturée property with parking lot, swimming pool (6x4m accessible(approachable) from May 1st till September 30th from 9 am till 7 pm. Common terrace with…

Mr Sicard - Les Petites Sources
B&B

Mr Sicard - Les Petites Sources

Aix en Provence

Home of hotes in France in "Bastide du Clos des Source", which foundations date from the XIIIeme century and the Bastide from the XVIIIeme century. Ideally placed, haven of tranquility and softness, this real " foot on the ground " for one, two, or several nights, is ideally situated. Built in…

Au Clos de la Sablière
B&B

Au Clos de la Sablière

Rognes

"Un vrai paradis" où flâner et décompresser. Les plus beaux clichés de la Provence sont ici: Notre Bastide du XVIIIème est au beau milieu des vignes adossé à une colline boisée et une oliveraie. Nous vous avons réservé le 2ème étage avec une suite ouvrant sur terrasse panoramique,…

Things to do

Château Beaulieu
Wines

Château Beaulieu

Rognes

La plus grande propriété classée en AOC Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. Ses vins racontent deux mille ans d’histoire. Château Beaulieu, magnifique écrin des comtes de Provence et des plus grandes familles provençales, se réinvente chaque jour, et promet encore de belles surprises. 

Le Cellier du Bailli de Suffren
Wines

Le Cellier du Bailli de Suffren

Saint Cannat

Front desk, AOC Coteaux d'Aix en Provence sale and tasting Wine Country Bouches du Rhone, table wines and wide selection of local products. But also, Provencal pottery, gifts, souvenirs…

Chocolaterie de Puyricard
Producer

Chocolaterie de Puyricard

Aix en Provence

For more than 40 years, Chocolaterie de Puyricard has made fine chocolates using traditional methods and created 100 original recipes. We also specialise in calissons, macaroons, marshmallows and even ices. You can visit Chocolaterie de Puyricard to tour the workshop and see the production…

Centre d'art Château La Coste
Museum

Centre d'art Château La Coste

Le Puy Sainte Réparade

Château La Coste is a vineyard where art, architecture and land have come together. Artists invited to participate, were encouraged to choose a place on the domaine and given the freedom to create something that would live there. Château La Coste will continue to evolve as new projects and…

A cœur bois
Craftsman

A cœur bois

Aix en Provence

Artisan ébéniste menuisier diplômé, Guy Andries vous propose : - la fabrication de vos meubles sur mesure de tous styles, création unique. - la réalisation de votre bibliothèque, votre cuisine, salle de bains. - le relooking de vos meubles anciens - l'agencement d'intérieur (magasin,…

Domaine de Belambrée
Wines

Domaine de Belambrée

Aix en Provence

Wineyard of 12 hectares situated on the Trévaresse Hills, organic wine growing, meeting with wine makers, and sharing wine passion all around tasting wines, here is what you will find at Belambrée wineyard at 5 minutes of Aix-en-Provence center.

Marché de détail de la Truffe Noire
Producer

Marché de détail de la Truffe Noire

Rognes

Le marché de détail à la Truffe Noire, se tiendra cette année à l'Hostellerie des Vins de Rognes. Les dates officielles étant du 15/11/2016 au 31/03/2017, pour la vente des Truffes Noires (Tuber Mélanosporum), et selon la norme Interfel, bien sûr, le premier Samedi sera le 19/11/2016. Le…

Château du Seuil
Wines

Château du Seuil

Aix en Provence

Bought in July 2014 by Agnès and Robert Daussun, the domain is experiencing a complete restructuration. A new impulse has been given through the construction of a top-notch winery and a cellar door, but also a strong focus in the vineyards. The domain was created in 1974 and consist of 50…

Grand Saint-Jean Theater
Theater

Grand Saint-Jean Theater

Aix en Provence

10 kilometers from the North of Aix-en-Provence, on the Puyricard plateau, is located the domain of the Grand Saint-Jean. Built around an oratory before the Roman invasions, it was a stopping place on the former salt road. This outstanding architectural and landscaped patrimony is made up of…

Inspirations

Chichis and panisses

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Terroir

Sardines

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Tradition

The Three Kings Cake

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