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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    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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  3. Au Clos de la Sablière

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  4. La Bastide D'Annick

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Where to stay

Villa La Coste
Hotel

Villa La Coste

Le Puy Sainte Réparade

Situé entre Aix-en-Provence et le Luberon, Villa La Coste est un endroit intimiste et unique. Niché au coeur d'un vignoble de 200 hectares, le site vous offre une destination dédiée au vin, à l'art, à l'architecture et au bien-être.

Le Cap Seville
Holiday rental

Le Cap Seville

Le Puy Sainte Réparade

Idéalement situé aux portes d'Aix en Provence, du Luberon, au coeur du vignoble Château La Coste, le Domaine de la Cride vous accueille dans son parc de 3 hectares. Le Gîte Cap Séville est doté d'une chambre (2 personnes) mais peut accueillir jusqu'à 4/5 personnes (sur demande).…

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 Lena
Holiday rental

Villa Lena

Le Puy Sainte Réparade

Situé à Saint Canadet proche d'Aix en Provence, entre Luberon et Sainte Victoire. Profitez d'une maison dans un cadre relaxant avec sa terrasse, son magnifique jardin, sa piscine et son barbecue De son emplacement la villa offre une vue superbe sur le Luberon. Vous pourrez y passer du bon…

Villa Baulieu
Hotel

Villa Baulieu

Rognes

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 cet endroit magique et chargé d'histoire. La Villa Baulieu vous propose Suite,…

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…

Au Clos de la Sablière
B&B

Au Clos de la Sablière

Rognes

Les plus beaux clichés de la Provence sont ici: Vignoble, Lavandes, Oliviers, Cigales... Vous disposez du 2ème étage avec un accès indépendant. Je vous offre chaque matin un panier surprise avec nos produits de saison pour vous concocter un petit déjeuner à déguster sur votre terrasse…

Things to do

Astragale
Craftsman

Astragale

Aix en Provence

Astragale is a team of craftsmen experienced in restoring and renovating buildings using age-old and traditional methods. The company's skills are many and varied: - Traditional masonry - Stone-carving and setting - Roofing - Arched staircases - Treatment of façades using traditional coating and…

Basset Zinc
Craftsman

Basset Zinc

Aix en Provence

Art metalwork.

La fabrique des calissons - Confiserie du Roy René
Greed, Greediness

La fabrique des calissons - Confiserie du Roy René

Aix en Provence

From nougat to Calisson: the Roi René Calissons, a family story in Provence. The Calisson of Aix is fully recognized as a heritage of the city of Aix-en-Provence and more generally as one of the gastronomic emblems of Provence. Boeotians or enthusiasts can continue their journey in the heart of…

Puy d'amour
Greed, Greediness

Puy d'amour

Aix en Provence

Bread and pastry shop

Grand Saint-Jean Theater
Cultural place

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…

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…

Domaine de Belambrée
Wines

Domaine de Belambrée

Aix en Provence

The Domaine de Bélambrée lies north of Aix-en-Provence, at the heart of the Trévaresse mountains, at an altitude of 380 metres. With 12 hectares of organic vineyards, the Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah grape varieties are used for reds and rosés, and Rolle, Grenache Blanc,…

Bulles de Provence
Producer

Bulles de Provence

Aix en Provence

Bulles de Provence beers are brewed locally in the Puyricard brewery's “innovation workshop”. These flavoursome craft beers are made from natural products and are brewed according to the traditional method. Located on the Puyricard plateau, less than 10 km from Aix-en-Provence city centre,…

Confit de Provence
Producer

Confit de Provence

Aix en Provence

Since 1980, Confit de Provence has established itself on the jams market by offering its customers, first quality jams, a unique know-how and a quality service. Through their traditional organic low-fat assortment, and their compotes, savor the authentic taste of the fruits.

Where to eat

Mallmann
Food guide restaurant

Mallmann

Le Puy Sainte Réparade

Né en Patagonie, Francis Mallmann, grand chef reconnu en Amérique du Sud propose au Chateau La Coste une cuisine des Andes où le côté rustique du feu et l'expérience gastronomique du chef donne un goût unique à la cuisine.

Inspirations

Christmas in Provence and 'Santon' Figurines

Christmas in Provence and 'Santon' Figurines

Tradition

Christmas festivities, culture and tradition in the land of the 'Santon' figurine

The Pastis

The Pastis

Tradition

From the plate to the glass, Pastis is always prepared with taste…

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

In a sauce or salad, red is the colour!

Not having qualifications doesn't mean your life is ruined

Rosé

Rosé

Lifestyle

Finer by the year, Provence's rosés are chic, casual and loved by all