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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  • 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…

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  1. MmeMartine BOMAL

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  2. Alpilles

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  3. Le Mazet de Camaïsse

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  4. Bureau municipal de tourisme de Ventabren

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Where to stay

La Viciente
Holiday rental

La Viciente

Ventabren

A 12 km d'Aix, 20 mn des plages, 12 mn de la gare TGV et 20 mn de l'aéroport, dans le joli village classé de Ventabren, sur 1 terrain clos de 5000 m² avec belle vue sur les collines, appartement climatisé à la décoration soignée situé au 1er étage de la maison des propriétaires. Grand…

M. et Mme Bronner
B&B

M. et Mme Bronner

Ventabren

Trois chambres d'hôtes pouvant accueillir 6 personnes. Salles de bain privative, WC, terrasses avec vue. Salon de jardin, piscine et parking clos. Animaux non acceptés.

La Denise
Holiday rental

La Denise

Ventabren

Ferme du XVIIIe siècle, au pied du village de Ventabren pouvant accueillir de 4 à 6 personnes. Au RdC : cuisine, salon avec cheminée, salle à manger. 1er étage : 3 chambres avec 2 lits/2 pers et 2 lits/1 pers. Salle d'eau et salle de bain. 2 WC. Jardin et mobilier. Terrasse, parc et bois de…

Daguerre Margarette
B&B

Daguerre Margarette

Ventabren

2 chambres d'hôtes pour 4 personnes. Dans l'une, 1 lit 200x160 et dans l'autre 2 lits séparés. Terrasse avec vue sur le Village. Accès Internet. Langues parlées anglais et allemand.

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…

Le Mazet de Camaïsse
B&B

Le Mazet de Camaïsse

Eguilles

Ancienne bergerie dans la pinède alliant décoration et confort modernes au charme de la Provence authentique. Grands espaces, convivialité et intimité préservées. "La fontaine de Fabrègues" : 1 chambre pour 2 personnes (lit 180) avec salle d'eau et wc privatifs "Le Boulidou" et "les…

Mme Aline Bouscaillou
B&B

Mme Aline Bouscaillou

Ventabren

3 chambres avec entrée indépendante, salle d'eau et WC indépendants. Vue panoramique, piscine. Animaux non acceptés.

Alpilles
Holiday rental

Alpilles

Ventabren

Dans un environnement préservé mais proche de toutes commodités, gîte spacieux (76 m²) en rez-de-jardin de la villa des propriétaires. Jolie vue dégagée sans vis-à-vis. Le séjour s'ouvre sur une terrasse de 60m² avec salon de jardin (parasol) + jardin privatif d'environ 100 m². Belles…

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.

Things to do

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 /…

Coudoux - Ventabren, around Roquefavour
Walk / hike

Coudoux - Ventabren, around Roquefavour

Coudoux, Ventabren, Velaux

This easy and picturesque cycling itinerary winds its way through the countryside slightly to the west of Aix-en-Provence and crosses the modern village of Coudoux, set facing Etang de Berre lake and the ancient hilltop village of Ventabren, whose massive aqueduct – Roquefavour – still stands…

Domaine de Camaïssette
Olive

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…

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,…

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 du Val Dernier
Wines

Domaine du Val Dernier

Saint Cannat

A family estate with grape varieties typical of the Coteaux d'Aix appellation coming from a vineyard nestled on the nearby Trévaresse. At the crossroads of Aix-en-Provence, Salon, Avignon and Rognes, the rural village of Saint-Cannat has an iconic cellar whose wine tradition dates back to…

Ventabren et Roqufavour
Guided tour

Ventabren et Roqufavour

Ventabren

Depuis le village de Ventabren, on suit la crête jusqu'à l’aqueduc de Roquefavour en passant par l’Ermitage. On remonte l’Arc, puis retour vers Ventabren par la plaine. Petites évocations historiques sur Ventabren et sur le canal de Marseille. Chaque jour des randos pour vous ! Il y a…

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 Vautubière
Olive

Domaine de Vautubière

Coudoux

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

Where to eat

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…

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