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.
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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