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What to expect when cycling Provence?

Cycling for Softies has been operating cycling holidays in Provence for many years. It's one of our clients' favourite destinations in France to explore by bike.

The south-eastern French region of Provence borders Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. Once part of the Roman Gaul, there are numerous monuments, buildings and vineyards that date back two thousand years. St Rémy de Provence is a prime example of Roman architecture, here you can visit the ruins at the Glanum archaeological site that sit at the foot of the Alpilles mountains.

The beauty of our Provence cycling tours is that you can veer off the well-trodden path, taking scenic country roads and be privy to the beautiful landscapes. Don’t leave your camera behind, as you will cycle alongside photogenic views of lavender fields (between June and August), maquis-covered hills, olive groves, vineyards and pine forests.

Want to find out more about our cycling holidays and how it all works when you get to Provence? Read our FAQs here. Alternatively, call our cycle experts to find out more about our Provence cycling tours.

Insider tips:

  • Follow in Van Gogh's steps in St Rémy
  • Delve into Provençal cuisine
  • Visit in June and July for the lavender
  • Taste wine at Château du Fine Roches
  • Pause for coffee in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
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Provence is a beautiful region, especially during the lavender bloom. We have curated our cycling tours so that Softies clients can explore it to the full. Opting for an e-bike is a great way to see more without too much exertion.

Provençal cuisine

The people of Provence are extremely proud of their region, with their Provençal dialect and Mediterranean cuisine. In Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, sourcing the best seasonal products is part and parcel of daily life, whether it's gathering cherries and truffles, buying olive oil or the grape harvest.

 

Provençal cuisine is centred around fresh, locally grown produce, native herbs, olive oil and garlic. Park up your bike for aïoli garni with boiled vegetables, cod or even snails. Additionally, there’s olive tapenade, fish bouillabaisse and vegetable ratatouille.

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Lavender fields

The lavender in the Luberon tends to be in bloom in June and July with the harvest in August, exact dates vary due to the season. Cycling through the region is absolutely stunning, especially when the lavender and sunflower fields meet.

 

Our experts recommend visiting the lavender fields at the end of June, when crowds are fewer and temperatures are milder. We can tailor-make your cycling holiday so you can cycle earlier in the day during the warmer months, while seeing everything you’d like to. 

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