Food wine and wheels
Dominated by fragrant lavender fields, tree-lined laneways and rugged mountains, a cycling tour through Provence is the perfect adventure for anyone wanting to experience the best of regional France. Head north past the Luberon mountain range and come face-to-face with the legendary Mont Ventoux, a gruelling climb of La Tour De France – maybe even try to tackle it yourself! Pedal through the classic French landscape, stopping for refreshments at beautiful market towns along the way. Become accustomed to the Provencal way of life as you ride through this breathtaking region.
Provence has a special atmosphere with its lavender, its cyprus trees and its markets; Burgundy is all about cobblestone villages, Pinot Noir and really great cuisine (which can be heavy at times); Bordeaux, of course, has some of the world’s finest vineyards, while the Loire is known for its castles. There’s also a very different vibe to each region. Provence as a Mediterranean region is a bit more sleek and chic while Burgundy is more old school, with lots of little old ladies in flowered dresses. Wherever you decide to travel, the air will be fresh; the cafés will have perfect croissants, and you won’t see a Wal-Mart anywhere.
Touring by bike is different from touring by car — you see more, for sure, but in a deeply sensory way, you experience more. The perfectly rolled hay. The acres of sunflowers. The stone walls. The sweet farmhouses. As you pedal past lavender fields, you soak in the sweet aroma and can stop to take pictures of churches, cemeteries and the beautiful scenery at your leisure and not ‘when your tour bus stops’.
France is a mecca for two-wheeled tourists, and a cycling holiday is an ideal way to explore Provence while enjoying superb food and drink.