Essential rides in Provence
Provence is a cyclists heaven, with wide, sweeping roads that descend through tree-lined canyons, long climbs to some of the most beautiful views in the world, quiet roads, an abundance of places to stop for coffee, lunch or even a world-famous wine, views around every corner, fresh clean air and a climate that is the envy of riders around the world. There are 159 villages in France tagged the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’ or ‘the most beautiful villages in France’ of which 7 are housed here in the Vaucluse, namely Ansouis, Gordes, Lourmarin, Menerbes, Rousillon, Seguret and Venasque, highlighting just how stunning the cycling is here.
Here are just a few of our must-do rides.
Medieval Hilltop Tour
Wine & Vineyards
The Giant of Provence
A Year In Provence
Grand Tour of the Luberon
“My first organised foreign cycling trip was with Marc at Ride Provence. From our first contact, Marc provided an enthusiastic and full description of the trip which really whetted my appetite for the event. Having never ridden the distance (110 miles) especially over cobbles, I was apprehensive and a little nervous of the event. From training rides, nutrition, kit and general advice, Marc was always on hand to help and advise - in particular, his previous experience of the event was invaluable and reassuring. The trip itself was a good small group of us and the short trip over to Roubaix kicked off with a dubious playlist that he'd prepared and a Marc's famous quiz... Whether it was the early morning drop off at the start (rather than taking the bus with everyone else), the mechanical and technical support along the way, personalised feed stops, inside hints and tips on the course or the Beers at the end as we cheered each other in, it really felt like we had a VIP experience for the event. Thoroughly recommended - booked another trip 🙂”Neil - Project Manager, RWE Supply & Trading GmbH
We understand that sometimes it’s nice to spend a day away from your bike, or there are some days when you just need to rest, recharge and take in the sights before getting back in the saddle, or that you may want to bring guests with you who are keen to take in all the wonderful things that Provence has to offer without having to pedal anywhere (the French refer to this, rather wonderfully as Accompagnants). For those of you who would like to take in some of the sights, sounds, smells and culture of our wonderful part of the world, we suggest some of following activities. We are happy to arrange any of these trips for you, including transport, tickets, meals and a guide or you can plan your own days out.
The Venice of Provence
Palais des Papes
Chateauneuf de Pape
Other fantastic trips to consider include:
- A trip to Unesco listed Aix en Provence
- A visit to the Lavender and Huile D’Olive Museums
- Lunch Al Fresco and a trip to the Roman Monuments of Arles
- Canoeing along the river under the Unesco listed Le Pont Du Gard.
- Walk the Ocre hued village of Rousillon.
- Take a trip to Nimes and discover the Roman Amphitheatre.
- Tree Top Adventure ‘Parcours’ deep in the forest.
- Head a bit further and take the hour-long drive to Marseille.
- Spend a couple of nights in Nice, taking in the Promenade des Anglais and Castle Hill with its views across the Mediterranean Sea.
- Enjoy an indulgent weekend with a visit to Montpellier, its historic buildings, viaduct and the largest pedestrianised square in Europe.