Cycling Holiday in Provence
Discovering the hidden charms of Provence on a cycling holiday is one of the best ways to envelope yourself in its landscapes and culture. The array of cycle routes caters to all abilities, and the region’s diversity can’t fail to intrigue; from glorious countryside to bustling town centres, hillside ascents to flat provincial roads, taking to the saddle is a fantastic way to enjoy Provence's delights.
Town by town
Covering such a wide area and varied landscapes, there’s little surprise that Provence provides a rich selection of towns and villages, each with a personality that is distinctive to those who call it home. Cycling from town to town provides the perfect means of uncovering the history of southern France and meeting the people that embody its way of life. Historic Beaucaire, for example, retains links to its Roman past and a 12th century medieval castle, while the equally impressive attractions of Tarascon on the other side of the River Rhône hark back to periods of grandeur in the region.
Sleepy medieval villages and colourful fields of lavender are, of course, just part of the Provençal appeal. The peaks of the Luberon mountains offer challenging yet rewarding cycling, with majestic vistas across picturesque fruit orchards and vineyards. Perched high up in the hilltops are a number of enchanting communes such as Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France, and dominated by the imposing castle and church. Nearby Roussillon, meanwhile, is a colourful town of rich ochre hues drawn from the adjacent quarry.
A cycling holiday in Provence affords visitors the opportunity to explore its many contrasting attractions. With so much to see and do, exploring the region by bike is certain to prove unforgettable.
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