Quatre Termes

La Fare les Oliviers, Lançon Provence, Coudoux, Ventabren, Saint Cannat, Pélissanne, Saint Chamas, Eguilles, La Barben, Lambesc, Cornillon Confoux - Mountains

Situates in the central area of the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Chaîne de Lançon and Massif des Quatre Termes are bordered to the North by the Chaîne des Côtes and Trévaresse massifs, to the South by Etang de Berre and the Massif de l’Arbois, to the East by the town of Aix-en-Provence, and to the West by the Massif du Pont de Rhaud.

Chaîne de Lançon is a low-lying plateau (average altitude 170 m), descending steeply northwards and southwards. Its western relief is relatively uneven and features numerous cliffs. The plateau is carved with several North-South facing valleys, with the exception of Vallon des Pièces, La Croix de Ferri and Gramenier, which cross the massif from East to West. The chain is crossed by several major roads: A7, N113 and D21.

The Massif des Quatre Termes is a natural extension of the Chaîne de Lançon. This plateau slopes slightly to the northwest it is delimited to the North by the Vallée de la Touloubre and RD972 road, and to the South by the A8 highway, agricultural plains of La Fare-les-Oliviers and Lançon. Its eastern border is marked by the agricultural plain and the urban zones of Aix and Eguilles. Lastly, its western border is marked by the EDF (Electricity Board) canal. This plateau stretches down from a height of 90 m to the extreme northwest, then rises slowly to the southeast to a height of 308 m (average altitude 240 m). It is crossed from East to West by the RD17 road, and from North to South by the RD 67E road.

The Chaîne de Lançon and Massif des Quatre Termes are exposed to strong Mistral winds. Annual rainfall is around 600 mm, with an average annual temperature of between 14 and 14.5° C.

As a result of repeated forest fires, both massifs are populated primarily by garrigue and wooded garrigue, comprising evergreen oaks or Aleppo pines. Woodland covers just 10 % of Lançon, with seedling forests of Aleppo pines and evergreen oaks on the piedmont and in the valleys. Les Quatre Termes is more densely forested (Eguilles, La Barben), with woodland covering 40% of surface area however, the plateau is mainly covered with garrigue and wooded garrigue.

Despite the close proximity of major urban centres, the Chaîne de Lançon and Quatre Termes remain essentially rural and home to remarkable and well-preserved natural areas, mainly situated around Chaîne de Lançon, Aix-en-Provence and Salon. These massifs are part of a Special Protection Zone (ZPS) and their biota is protected (Bonelli's eagle).

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    Quatre Termes

  • Surrounding cities

    Cornillon Confoux
    Coudoux
    Eguilles
    La Barben
    La Fare les Oliviers
    Lambesc
    Lançon Provence
    Pélissanne
    Saint Cannat
    Saint Chamas
    Ventabren

Outings

Chaine de La Fare – Eguilles, walk in the hills
Hike

Chaine de La Fare – Eguilles, walk in the hills

Eguilles

Eguilles stands poised on a rocky spur, overlooking the plain of Arc. Who could believe that this small and peaceful fortified village was the stage of a bloody uprising against Queen Jeanne in the 14th century? The itinerary leads through the hills on a voyage into these distant times. You will…

Nearby

  1. Kana Lodge

    B&B

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  2. Bureau municipal de tourisme de Ventabren

    Tourist office

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  3. Le Mas Provençal

    Holiday rental

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  4. La Table de Ventabren

    Food guide restaurant

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Where to stay

Domaine Shambala - Suite Oranger
B&B

Domaine Shambala - Suite Oranger

Velaux

Le Domaine Shambala est situé en Provence, dans la campagne aixoise, au sein d'un parc arboré de 4 hectares où des daims évoluent en liberté. le domaine est composé de 3 suites de charme, un Pavillon de Chasse et une grande piscine. Le lieu rêvé pour des moments de détente, dans la…

Chez Ben & Rem
B&B

Chez Ben & Rem

Eguilles

Ben et Rem vous proposent trois chambres de 25 m2 décorées avec goût. Dès les beaux jours, vous aurez le plaisir de vous détendre au bord de la piscine sous certaines conditions, avec le chant des cigales, profiter de la cuisine provençale. Vous pourrez découvrir la région et ses bonnes…

Alpilles
Holiday rental

Alpilles

Ventabren

In a preserved environment close to all amenities, on the heights of Ventabren, spacious gite (76 m²).The living room opens onto a 60 m² terrace shaded by Wisteria and Kiwi with garden furniture and parasol. Approximately 100 m² private garden, children playground. Access also to the rest of…

Le Mas Provençal
Holiday rental

Le Mas Provençal

Saint Cannat

20km from Aix en Provence, gite located in the owners' villa, with private terrace, 4000 m² common garden and pool.On the ground floor : kitchen with dishwasher, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. Living room with dining area, lounge area with sofa, flat screen TV,…

Le Mas de Fauchon
Hotel

Le Mas de Fauchon

Saint Cannat

Right in the countryside, this old day charm restored barn, welcomes you for a peaceful and gourmet stop. Chateaux Hotels Collection Hotel , 14 rooms and 2 walk-in suites with terrace overlooking the 3-hectare park, gastronomic restaurant, large outdoor pool.

M et Mme Dorbais
B&B

M et Mme Dorbais

Ventabren

The house is large and modern, situated near the hillside village of Ventabren which is reminiscent of Pagnol and typical of the Provence region. The surrounding area is beautifully preserved and there is a magnifient panoramic view of the valley. Large swimming pool. At less than one hour from…

Kana Lodge
B&B

Kana Lodge

Saint Cannat

1.5 km from the village of St Cannat, 20 km from Aix en Provence, beautiful contemporary modern house in the countryside. On a fenced garden, with flowers and trees, parking and secure swimming pool. Bedroom for 2 people with private entrance to the rear of the house. Bed for 2 people, private…

La Varangue
Holiday rental

La Varangue

Eguilles

La Varangue est une petite maison de 40 m2, prévue pour deux adultes et un enfant. Dans une propriété provençale avec un jardin de 1500m² clôturé et parking. Séjour, coin cuisine entièrement équipé avec lave-vaisselle, cuisinière 4 feux avec plaque vitro céramique, micro-onde,…

La Tamarisse
B&B

La Tamarisse

Eguilles

La Tamarisse est une maison au charme provençale dans campagne aixoise, à Eguilles, Chambre avec salle d'eau indépendante , tv, wifi , et un accès à la piscine. Cette maison se situe à 1,5 km du centre du village. Arrêt de bus à proximité. Très beau jardin et très calme. Chaque chambre…

Things to do

La forge eguillenne - ferronnerie d'art
Craftsman

La forge eguillenne - ferronnerie d'art

Eguilles

Fer forgé de décoration, classique, design ou art nouveau : toujours des pièces uniques et originales, où le fer peut être joliment marié avec d 'autres matériaux. A découvrir sur rendez-vous

Aqueduc de Roquefavour
Monument

Aqueduc de Roquefavour

Ventabren

L'Aqueduc de Roquefavour permet aux eaux du canal de Marseille de franchir l'Arc sur les communes de Ventabren et d' Aix afin d'alimenter la ville de Marseille. Sa création fut décidée par le maire de la ville de Marseille, Maximin de Consolat qui va confier le projet à un jeune ingénieur,…

Château Saint Hilaire
Wines

Château Saint Hilaire

Coudoux

Château Saint Hilaire lives in a friendly manner with wine, making the most of its 58 hectares on a land cultivated for two generations by the Lapierre family. Its pink and white are greedy, his red chastened by years of custody. Organic wines.

Perles de lin
Craftsman

Perles de lin

Ventabren

Situé au coeur de la Provence, à Ventabren, l'atelier PERLES DE LIN existe depuis 2008. Le travail des perles fantaisie et de l'argent massif est entièrement fait à la main. Les modèles sont dessinés et réalisés au sein de l'atelier et 2 nouvelles collections voient le jour chaque…

Villa Minna Vineyard
Wines

Villa Minna Vineyard

Saint Cannat

Villa Minna Vineyard is a family estate in Provence that produces a signature wine , unusual and unconventional outside the framework of the labels so completely confidential . The area offers introductory course to oenology throughout the year and tastings in the wine cellar.

Domaine de Camaïssette
Wines

Domaine de Camaïssette

Eguilles

Le Domaine de Camaïssette est une étape obligée sur la Route des Vins. Déguster les vins et l'huile d'olive de la propriété accompagnés de spécialités locales, visiter les vignes et le chai en compagnie de Michèle Nasles font partie des bons moments passés en Provence. A une dizaine…

Château Montaurone
Wines

Château Montaurone

Saint Cannat

A former Templar Commandery who found its treasure: wine. At the heart of the Coteaux d' Aix-en-Provence, Château Montaurone continues a centuries -old history , preserved as part of a typical Provencal countryside.

Domaine de Frédavelle
Wines

Domaine de Frédavelle

Eguilles

This vineyard, certified AOC Côteaux d'Aix en Provence, covers 30 hectares and was first harvested in 1999. Growers and harvesters: all stages, from growing to vinification, bottling and marketing, are carried out at the estate. The wines are made from the following varieties: White /…

Domaine de Vautubière
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Domaine de Vautubière

Coudoux

Olive oil made using traditional methods and AOC. Demonstration of pruning and harvesting. Tour of mill during the harvesting period (november).

Where to eat

La Table de Ventabren
Food guide restaurant

La Table de Ventabren

Ventabren

Le restaurant Dan B. est un restaurant gastronomique. Le chef cuisine avec des produits frais et régionaux. La cuisine est essentiellement fondée sur la grande qualité des produits servis et préparés avec originalité et précision. Passionné de culture potagère dès le plus jeune âge,…

Le Mas des Vignes
Food guide restaurant

Le Mas des Vignes

Coudoux

Le Mas des Vignes is a family-run restaurant near Aix-en-Provence on the edge of Coudoux.

Le Mas de Fauchon
Cuisine de Provence

Le Mas de Fauchon

Saint Cannat

This restored sheepfold in the heart of the Aix countryside has nothing to do with the famous Parisian deli of the same name, but it is certainly no less worthy of note. Cicadas provide a musical background for diners under the mulberry tree or on the terrace overlooking the pool. With his wild…

Inspirations

Rosé

Rosé

Lifestyle

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

Calissons

Calissons

Aix-en-Provence prides in concocting 'Calisson' candies made with a thin candied melon paste and ground almonds topped with royal icing. Yummy

Marcel Pagnol

Marcel Pagnol

Tradition

Everything you ever wanted to know about Marcel Pagnol!

Sardines

Sardines

Terroir

This summer fish is the stuff both legends and dishes are made of