Provence, France

 

At a glance

Provence, in southeastern France, is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and Italy. Historically, the region was important to the Celts, Greeks and Romans.

These cultures add to the layers of Provencal life: the Roman towns of Orange, Nimes and Arles; the medieval locations of Les Baux and Avignon; the quintessential Provencal landscape in the Luberon Mountains; and the city lifestyle in Aix-en-Provence.

Why cyclists love it

The Provence landscape inspired artists like Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, and now inspires the many cyclists who tour Provence each year. Along the Mediterranean coast and the French Riviera, a dramatic river delta is home to flamingos and wild horses, and the towering Calanques cliffs feature narrow inlets. Inland sections of Provence offer spectacular views of idyllic villages among the low scrubland, fields of sunflowers, juniper and oak trees, and fragrant wild lavender, rosemary, and thyme. Further inland, you'll find the Alps and Pyrenees forming a dramatic mountain border with Italy.

There are bicycle tours in Provence available for all skill levels, from first-timers and families with children to seasoned bicyclists. Cycling paths use side roads with minimal traffic, with occasional riding on city streets. Routes are well marked. Spring and fall are when weather conditions become ideal for cycling in Provence.

Inns and restaurants along the bike routes in Provence offer delightful regional treats and spectacular hospitality. At the end of the day, a bowl of bouillabaisse or a glass of a regional wine are sure to charge you up for the next leg of your cycling trip.

Top tours

Provence by Bike and Boat
Among the wilderness of Camargue and the landscapes that were so dear to Van Gogh, you will cycle through delightful Provençal villages, vineyards and lavender. You’ll stay on a boat for the duration of this journey, sailing to new cycling locations each day.
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Provence Family Tour: a Leisurely Adventure on Quiet Routes
This itinerary has been designed specifically for families with young kids, or for people who do not wish to physically exhaust themselves while on vacation. This tour takes place mainly on flat and quiet roads, permitting to stop at leisure, enjoy a long lunch, or visit a local craftsman's workshop, or enjoying a bit of history. 
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Provence Challenge: Road Biking the Highlights of the Region
Enjoy the beauty of Provence from the saddle. Discover the countryside and enjoy the colors and lights which have attracted many famous painters. Don't forget about the culinary delights of the region – wines, cheeses and a cuisine seasoned with herbs of Provence. This is for strong riders due to the longer distances and some extended climbs.
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Provence and Camargue from Avignon
The Camargue – the great delta of the Rhone River – where water, channels and seas attract thousands of birds. During the cycle tour you will discover the good meals of the Provence and their Mediterranean flavor.
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Provence-Luberon and Lavender
This tour takes you across the land of light, colors and scents, through an area popular to Picasso, Van Gogh, and Matisse. The Mediterranean climate is pleasant here, where the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year. 
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