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To the West of the Pays d’Aubagne et de l’Étoile, the mountain range of the Étoile runs along Aubagne, Roquevaire, La Destrousse,Cadolive, Peypin and Saint-Savournin.

The Étoile Moutain Chaîne

To the West of Aubagne and Roquevaire, a limestone mountain range with large rocky areas.
The Étoile Range has an area of 9 241 ha and peaks at 800 m.
Its flora is of great interest with endemic and rare species. This important biodiversity led the French government in 2003 to add a large part of the Massif de l’Étoile in the Natura 2000 Network.

The Southeastern part of the Chaîne de l’Étoile features the Garlaban mountain, that Marcel Pagnol made famous.

The limestone which forms this mountain range enables rainwater to infiltrate quickly into the cracks.

Instead of trickling down, it vanishes in a multitude of underground networks.

In several places of the mountain, we can still see tiny springs, most often a trickle of water that drips from the cliff, such as: the springs of Cerf, Passe-Temps, Font Breguette, or the Mûrier’s, Tambour’s or Angèle’s wells.

According to Frédéric Mistral, a Provençal novelist, the name Garlaban comes from how the mountain is orientated around the city of Marseilles.

The mountain extends geographically in the direction of the Polar Star, in the Northern part of the city of Marseille.

The Etoile Mountain range can be reached from the towns and villages of Aubagne, Cadolive, Peypin, Roquevaire and Saint-Savournin.