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Cycling Holidays Luberon Provence

France


Luberon by Frédéric Bigio bigiof@mac.com

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Nearest Airport:

Marseilles


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Nearest Train:

Avignon


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Abbaye de Senanque by Frédéric Bigio
Roussillon with Mont Ventoux by Frédéric Bigio https://www.flickr.com/photos/bigiof/13391468714/
Cycling in Le Provence by Christopher Michel

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The Luberon massif consists of three mountain ranges, Little, Big and Oriental Luberon, with a maximum altitude of 1256m. It sits in the heart of the Provence in the junction between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Aix-en-Provence is just to the south, with Avignon to the west and the Mont Ventoux region to the north.

Major towns in the region are Apt, Cavaillon and Pertuis in the Vaucluse and Manosque in the Alpes de Haute-Provence. The climate is Mediterranean with hot summers and generally mild winters. The region can be affected by the chilly northerly Mistral wind.

During the warmer months, the Provençal countryside is alive with breathtaking fields of sunflowers, rows of lavender and grape vine. Late spring sees orchards of trees laden with of some of the tastiest cherries in France, followed by peaches, nectarines and olives. Provençal cuisine is famous worldwide, with the use of tomatoes, courgettes, onions, aubergines and olives along with a large selection of herbs and spices. Beautiful markets appear daily across the region selling fresh local produce.

This hilly region is scattered with fortified hilltop villages, most surrounding a castle or historic building, such as Roman ruins. These combined with the climate, landscape and in particular the region’s spectacular light has attracted some of the world’s most famous artists, such as Van Gough, Cezanne and Monet.

Accommodation you can expect to find in this region is often in the form of local stone built cottages or ‘Gite’ often with traditional Terra Cotta tile roofs, swimming pools and air conditioning.

Gaining area is easy with international airports in Marseilles and Nimes. TGV train stations in Avignon, Orange and Aix-en-Provence and via the A7 and A51 motorway or AutoRoute which surround the region. 

Cucuron by Frédéric Bigio

Cucuron by Frédéric Bigio


Markets in Apt by Catriona Savage

Markets in Apt by Catriona Savage


Sunset on the Route de Pelissane by Frédéric Bigio

Sunset on the Route de Pelissane by Frédéric Bigio


Biking:

The beautiful Mediterranean climate, spectacular scenery and varied and interesting landscape have made this an increasingly popular region for all levels of cyclist or mountain biker. A bike holiday or vacation in the region is as much about sightseeing as it is about peddling.

The terrain is predominantly gentle rolling hills with a few short, sharp climbs to get the heart rate up. There are four main signposted cycling routes, the longest of which is the 236km Tour of Luberon. However, this region is more about heading off with your map and getting lost on the many quiet back roads whilst passing beautiful sights along the way.

Those wanting to challenge themselves have the option to pop up to the Vaucluse and take on the world famous Tour de France climb Mont Ventoux.

For the recreational cyclist, why not make use of the Sun-e-bike electric bike rental scheme, where you can pick up a bike from a number of locations across the region. Batteries tend to last around 35km, but using a network of partners and shops, batteries can be exchanged along the way, extending the range of your day’s ride. Electric bikes still offer plenty of exercise, but give you a little boost up the hills.

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