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Cycling tours in Provence

With ocher land, colorful villages and lanvender fields, Provence mixes styles and colors.

Discover Provence by bike

Between the lavender fields and olive trees or through its vineyards, Provence offers many cycling routes. If Mont Ventoux is a must for seasoned cyclists, the region also offers varied itineraries for all levels, on or off road. Greenways have been developed, occasionally on old railway lines, but most routes are on steep roads in the region.

The region and its inhabitants

From the foothills of the Alps to the Camargue, Provence is steeped in the presence of the Romans in the region as evidenced by many sites: aqueducts, amphitheatres… More recently, famous painters such as Paul Cézanne or Vincent Van Gogh participated in the fame of Provence, its climate (and its particular light) and its quality of life.

Cinema has also strongly contributed to the promotion of the region and its inhabitants thanks to the films of Marcel Pagnol, Fernandel and Roger Vadim.

Nowadays, the cultural life of Provence is marked by the festival of Avignon, essential for theater enthusiast but the music, cinema or art aficionados will not be left out with the numerous events proposed throughout the season .

Roads and bike paths in Provence

Major efforts have been undertaken by the Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur Region to develop transportation and bicycle tourism. In the coming years, cycle routes in the region should be linked and offer long secure routes. This effort is accompanied by the development of reception facilities and service dedicated to cyclists.

Weather in Provence

Who thinks of Southern France thinks most often of “beautiful and warm”. Indeed, Provence offers the second sunniest region in France behind … Corsica!

The vegetation is of course a reflection of the Mediterranean climate: olive groves, lavender, vineyards … as well as wildlife with evidently the cicadas that offer a particular sound environment.

In summer, the rain is scarce and the heat is at the rendezvous with variations due to various influences: alpine by the north-east and the nearby Alps but also by the west with the Cevennes, but also maritime by the South.

Points of interest

Discovering Provence requires making choices as there are many things to discover. To guide you, here are some suggestions:

  • Avignon, the Palace of the Popes and of course its famous bridge
  • Orange and its ancient amphitheater
  • Mont Ventoux
  • Vaison la Romaine
  • The many Roman bridges and aqueducts in the region
  • The many castles of Lubéron
  • The vineyards and cellars (a significant part of which are certified Organic Agriculture)
  • The Carrières de Lumières of Baux-de-Provence