The Etoile chaine

Mimet, La Destrousse, Allauch, Cadolive, Aubagne, Saint-Savournin, Roquevaire, Marseille, Peypin, Septèmes-les-Vallons, Plan-de-Cuques, Simiane-Collongue - Landscape

Located in the southeastern quarter of the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Massifs de l’Etoile and Massif du Garlaban encircle a major part of the territories of Marseille and Aubagne, situated to the South. These chains are bordered by the Arbois, Montaiguet, Collines de Gardanne and Regagnas chains to the North, by the Valley of Aubagne to the East and the A7 highway to the West, which forms a barrier between the massif and the Côte Bleue coast.

The two massifs are separated by the D908 main road.

The Massif de l’Etoile forms a semi-circle comprising an East-West oriented peak of 14 km in length and 7.5 km in width: it rises to an altitude of 778 metres at Grand Puech, while its lowest point (172 metres) is located to the South of Vallon Dol. To the southeast, it extends into the Massif du Garlaban: a circular massif rising to an altitude of 729 m at Plan de l’Aigle, and descending to 120 m in the Valley of Huveaune. The many steep slopes and numerous North-South facing valleys (East-West on the western face) carving out its relief make terrestrial fire-fighting in this chain extremely difficult. It forms a genuine natural barrier, with an extremely hilly relief, at the gateway to Marseille.

The relief and general East-West orientation of the Etoile-Garlaban chain provoke a strong masking effect, with striking contrasts between the adret (South-facing) and ubac (North-facing) slopes.

The southern slopes of the Etoile and Garlaban are characterized by a typical Mediterranean climate.

The northern slopes are characterized by a cooler and wetter micro-climate, with lower temperatures, higher rainfall and shorter summer droughts. …

The Massif de l’Etoile's marked relief and high-altitude gradient lends it a highly varied character, with fairly fertile northern slopes (often-veteran Aleppo pines, Norway pines, Durmast oaks and even Austrian pines), contrasting with the rather barren southern slopes, with predominant Aleppo pines growing mainly in the bottom of valleys spared from fires. Scrubland populated with gorse or kermes oak and rosemary, covers the plateaux and shallow-soiled slopes, as a result of climatic and pedological constraints, coupled with repeated forest fires. Forests cover 12,800 acres of the Etoile chain, i.e. 58.46 % of its surface area.

The Massif de l'Etoile and Massif du Garlaban comprise a natural barrier between Marseille, Aix, Gardanne and Aubagne, and largely influence the urban dynamics of the surrounding towns. Their peri-urban location means they are the target of extensive development projects moreover, the absence of a transition zone between the highly urbanized and natural areas is extremely apparent.

In their role as a peri-urban massif and genuine green lung of Marseille, Aubagne and their neighbouring towns, the Massif de l’Etoile and Massif du Garlaban play a significant social role, with an estimated frequentation of 250,000 visitors per year, most of which are locals due to their somewhat "confidential" access routes.

The massifs are home to numerous historic and prestigious sites, including oppida (ancient fortified hilltop settlements), oratories, Notre-Dame des Anges monastery, the Pilon du Roy rock and Garlaban hills.

They form part of the Etoile-Garlaban Natura 2000 site.

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Where to stay

Cocoon d'Allauch
Holiday rental

Cocoon d'Allauch

Allauch

Studio de 30m² en RDC au cœur du village. Le studio comprend : une cuisine avec four, plaque induction, cafetière "Tassimo", bouilloire, grille-pain et ustensiles, un espace chambre avec lit 2 places (140X190), jacuzzi privatif et salle de bain avec douche et WC. Possibilité de fournir un…

Pivoine - N° 170649
Holiday rental

Pivoine - N° 170649

Cadolive

In the countryside, in a very quiet environment with hiking trails directly leaving from the house, the gite Pivoine is a haven of peace out of time. On one level, with private terrace, it is located on a property with 3 other gîtes on the floor. A guard lives on the spot. The gite is composed…

La Maison Peissot
Holiday rental

La Maison Peissot

Allauch

Vous y serez à l'écart de l'agitation de la ville et du littoral, et vous apprécierez la fraîcheur des pins qui abritent cigales et écureuils, mais aussi les baignades dans la piscine. Pourtant, la mer n'est pas loin, les plages et les calanques à 30 mn en voiture. La côte varoise est…

Le Chateau
Holiday rental

Le Chateau

Mimet

Dominant le village de Mimet à 600 m d'altitude, avec une vue panoramique sur la Montagne Ste Victoire et la Chaîne de l'étoile, notre logement est apprécié en été pour sa fraîcheur à l'abri des épais murs de pierres, pour ses terrasses ainsi que pour sa piscine

Le Cedre
Holiday rental

Le Cedre

Mimet

Ambiance familiale, vous partagerez la piscine, sa plage, la pelouse.

La Petite Gloriette
Holiday rental

La Petite Gloriette

Allauch

Allauch - Aux portes de Marseille- L’appartement bénéficie d’une grande terrasse de 30 m2 avec une vue splendide. En voiture, l’appartement est à 20 minutes du métro La Rose, à 30 mn du centre-ville de Marseille et du Vieux-Port et à 40 mn de Cassis et du massif des calanques.…

Bastide Le Temps des Secrets
B&B

Bastide Le Temps des Secrets

Plan-de-Cuques

2 chambres d'hôtes originales vous permettent de sortir du stress et du quotidien, vous pouvez y fêter anniversaire, nuit de noces, demande en mariage ou escapade de relaxation. En perpétuelle recherche de nouveaux équipements, de nouvelles idées "jamais vues", la Bastide Le Temps des…

Colibri
B&B

Colibri

Allauch

In a beautiful villa in absolute calm to the doors of the Domaine Departemental de Pichauris and hiking circuits Marcel Pagnol, large bedroom 25 m² provence host located on the 1st floor of the House of the owners. At your disposal, the room with 1 bed 2 people, 1 child bed on request, 1 room…

VILLA PARPAILLOUNS - N° 2070
Holiday rental

VILLA PARPAILLOUNS - N° 2070

Saint-Savournin

Villa indépendante, situation dominante, dans clos résidentiel sur un terrain de 1000m² avec vue dégagée sur les collines. Grand séjour avec cheminée, cuisine équipée. 4 chambres, 2 salles de bains, 2 WC. (2lits de 160x200, 2 lits de 90x190, 1 clic-clac de 130x190). Une grande mezzanine…

Things to do

Esplanade des Moulins
Cultural place

Esplanade des Moulins

Allauch

The mills were first was probably located within the Castle (12th century), and then North Dame Street before to find on the current place of the San Sebastian Church. The construction of cutting them wind and requires to move, once again, to the current Plaza which was then only a mound at the…

Chèvrerie d'Allauch
Shopping gourmand

Chèvrerie d'Allauch

Allauch

Breeder and producer of goat cheese. Making cheese (tomme, Bush...) on the holding in respect of the traditions of the designation fermiere cheeses. Visit and sale in the farm on Monday and Saturday 5 p.m. except holidays. Market: Wednesday morning in Allauch, Saturday and Sunday morning at…

Le Village de Cadolive
Cultural place

Le Village de Cadolive

Cadolive

Village typiquement provençal, aux places ombragées, aux ruelles étroites qui serpentent au milieu des maisons surmontées de tuiles rondes en terre cuite colorées par le soleil. Comme tous les villages aux alentours, Cadolive est animée d'une forte tradition minière. L'ancien lavoir…

Domaine départemental de Pichauris
Landscape

Domaine départemental de Pichauris

Allauch

Il avoisine les communes de Peypin, Roquevaire, Aubagne, Cadolive, Mimet, Saint-Savournin et Marseille. Cette propriété offre un paysage pittoresque où se côtoient des falaises abruptes et de doux vallonnements. Cette grande zone naturelle présente des richesses écologiques remarquables par…

Le Grain de Selle
Craftsman / producer

Le Grain de Selle

Mimet

Leather worker

Bijouterie l'écrin
Craftsman / producer

Bijouterie l'écrin

Allauch

Creation, manufacture and repair of jewellery jewellery. Work way and free estimate. Lionel manufactures jewellery at the request of the client. No limit to its creation.

Chapelle Notre Dame du Château
Cultural place

Chapelle Notre Dame du Château

Allauch

Formerly Chapel Notre Dame de Beauvoir, to remind the magnificent panorama you can enjoy from this location, or Belv��zer our Lady of Ch��teau date from the 12th century. It has retained its foundations and some walls of origin. Several times restored, formerly Parish Church of Allauch,…

Emporte moi dans ton rêve
Craftsman / producer

Emporte moi dans ton rêve

Allauch

Fabrication de figurines représentant de petites poupées à adopter en sautoir, broches, magnets ou bijoux de rétroviseur. Elles sont toutes uniques et chacun(e) peut trouver celle qui lui ressemble, celle qui lui plait voire en demander une à son effigie ou dans le thème souhaité. Sur le…

Le Moulin Bleu
Craftsman / producer

Le Moulin Bleu

Allauch

As soon as you push the door of the blue mill, a "smell of Provence" invaded you.Both odors, mixtures of chocolate, Orange, flower vanilla or better still by his warm and Provencal atmosphere.You really enter deep Provence. Of authenticity, Moulin Bleu, a line of allaudiens confectioners since…

Where to eat

Le Salon Provençal
Cuisine de Provence

Le Salon Provençal

Allauch

Cr��perie, glacier, the afternoon tea.Sarazin patties, grilled meat and salad lunch.Night from Tuesday to Sunday in summer.

Lou Mazet
Cuisine de Provence

Lou Mazet

Allauch

Calm - Terrace - air-conditioned room - swimming pool - gastronomy

Pearl restauration
Cuisine de Provence

Pearl restauration

Saint-Savournin

Commandez votre plateau de dégustation, votre plat préféré, votre plateau de coquillages et crustacés pendant les fêtes de fin d'année, de délicieuses pâtisseries. ​

Le Grand Puech
Food guide restaurant

Le Grand Puech

Mimet

Au coeur de la Provence, soyez sensibilisé à l’écocitoyenneté et l'éthique, avec le Chef Michel Basaldella, qui apporte un tout nouveau regard sur la gastronomie. Une vision humaniste qui nous incite à prendre conscience de l’environnement qui nous entoure.