During the holidays or for a weekend, criss-cross the Région Sud on a bike trip! Find out about five not-to-miss scenic routes for a two-wheel getaway that’s sure to please bike lovers.
THE COASTAL CYCLE PATH
Follow the old railway tracks
Distance: 120 kms
A family-friendly ride, a unique outing, or a breath of Mediterranean air? These are three of the many good reasons for taking the coastal cycle path!
From the Gulf of Saint-Tropez to the Var Esterel, cross 20 essential communes of Mediterranean Provence that span over 92 kilometres. Follow the route of the old Chemin de Fer de Provence railway past beaches, creeks, saltpans, the foothills of the Massif des Maures, capes, and more. There are breath-taking landscapes at every turn.
The route covers 77 kilometres of bike routes that are intended exclusively for non-motorised users. When they finish laying out the bike paths, there will be 120 kilometres for you to criss-cross from Six-Fours-les-Plages to Saint-Raphaël.
For a more family-friendly outing, take the section connecting Toulon to Le Lavandou. Around 40 kilometres long, the route offers beautiful greenways and bike paths with a smooth riding surface.
THE TOUR OF THE CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE
Explore the vineyards of the region
Distance: 120 to 210 kms
Notice to gourmets: vineyards are the stars of this 120- to 210-kilometre route. Hire your bike and head off to explore the Côtes-du-Rhône route by bike with five stages that range from 15 to 45 kilometres. Pedal by 30 or so vineyards classified as AOC Côtes-du-Rhône: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Beaumes-de-Venise, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Cairanne, Rasteau, Vinsobres, and more. This loop is connected to the ViaRhôna and uses the Via Venaissia. For the more energetic, extend your adventure with additional routes that lead to mediaeval villages or around Mont Ventoux.
ALPILLES – CRAU – CAMARGUE BY BIKE
Discover the Golden Triangle of Biodiversity
Distance: 77 kms
Lovers of nature and beautiful landscapes: head off to explore the Provençal biodiversity of the Alpilles and the Rhône Delta by bike. From Fontvieille, this loop links between the Regional Parcs Naturels des Alpilles and Camargue. The route is advised for experienced cyclists and includes a 234-metre climb. As you pedal, you can run your fingertips through vines and olive leaves admiring the landscape of rice-fields and marshes. Explore remarkable heritage sites, evidence of the rich history that abounds in this corner of Provence – particularly the Pont de Crau aqueduct, where this route meets the ViaRhôna route. A breath of fresh air and nature by bike!
THE ROUTE DES CLUES
Combine geology with a bike ride
Distance: 30 kms
What about taking advantage of your holidays to explore the Vallée du Bès? On this route, travel to the heart of the region’s geological history via the Géoparc de Haute-Provence, where the strange marine monster, the ichthyosaurus, was discovered! Take the Route des Clues des Barles for 30 kilometres, which weaves between mountains and lavender from Verdaches to Digne-les-Bains. Our tip: treat yourself to a bike ride package that includes bike hire and a minibus pickup.
THE MONTAGNE DE CHABRE
Cross the Gorges de la Méouge
Distance: 65 kms
Experienced road cyclists: choose this 65-kilometre route around the Montagne de Chabre in the Hautes-Alpes. With a 790-metre climb, this mountain route passes through the Gorges de la Méouge and offers an exceptional view of the Vallée du Céans. Get a complete change of scene amid lavender fields and in the charming villages that punctuate your route. End this athletic loop where it began: in Laragne-Montéglin.