Trip review: Cycling in Provence

Earlier this year, Kylie completed our self guided Highlights of Provence by Bike trip. She was kind enough to put together a day-by-day account of the trip and shared some photos with us so that other travellers can gain some insight into what it’s like to go cycling in Provence, a region that is blessed with the Mediterranean coast, medieval towns, fertile valleys and stunning and unique landscapes.

 

Cycling through the beautiful Provencal countryside was a wonderful way to explore the region, as we pedalled through quaint little villages, vineyards and cherry orchards. There were plenty of opportunities to stop and explore along the way, and to enjoy some of the local wines and delicious regional produce!

Roman Theatre in Orange

Watch a concert in Orange’s Roman Theatre, which was built in the 1st century

Day 1: Arrival in Orange

Despite a train strike we managed to make it to Orange in time to explore this charming old town, and we were even able to catch a musical performance at the Roman Theatre. We were impressed by the detailed route maps and excellent condition of the bikes. We couldn’t wait to get started!

The Pont d'Avignon

Cross the mighty the River Rhône on the famous Pont d’Avignon

Day 2: Orange to Avignon

Highlights of our first day of cycling included the gorgeous village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where we stopped for a stroll and enjoyed magnificent views from the castle. We continued to cycle through lovely vineyards and villages as we made our way to Avignon. I loved the walled city of Avignon, with the stunning Pont d’Avignon over the River Rhône, and the impressive Popes’ Palace.

Cherries from a local farm in Provence

Collect cherries as you cycle through beautiful cherry orchards

Day 3: Avignon to Arles

Today’s cycle took us through the lovely town of St Rėmy, where we stopped for lunch and a stroll around the beautiful old town. The post-lunch 4km ascent was well worth the effort, as we had stunning views of Les Baux, before free-wheeling down to explore this ancient town! We arrived in Arles in time for dinner, and enjoyed a 2 night stopover in this charming, historic town.

A horse in the Camargue

A horse in the Camargue on France’s Mediterranean coast

Day 4: Camargue and Arles

On our third day of cycling, we enjoyed exploring the unique Camargue region and managed to spot some pink flamingos. After sampling the local pastis at lunch, we cycled back to Arles to explore and enjoy a lovely dinner.

Château de Tarascon

Explore Château de Tarascon by bike on the Highlights of Provence

Day 5: Arles to Nîmes

We left Arles en route to Tarascon, where we stopped for a delicious morning tea before crossing the Rhône to Beaucaire, another beautiful city. On our afternoon arrival in Nîmes, we could immediately understand why this impressive city is dubbed the most Roman city outside Italy! We enjoyed some refreshments overlooking the magnificent Nîmes Arena, before heading off to visit the stunning Maison Carrėe.

Kayaking at Pont du Gard

Take a break from cycling and arrive at the Pont du Gard by kayak

Day 6: Nîmes to Uzès

Just when we thought our trip couldn’t get any better, today we decided to take the ‘sporty’ option and combined some paddling with our cycling, arriving at the Pont du Gard by kayak! Paddling up to, and under this incredible structure was an absolute trip highlight, and it was good to exercise some different muscles. On arrival in Uzės, we were totally charmed by this laid back, beautiful town.

The Fenestrelle Tower in Uzès

Uzès’ famous medieval Fenestrelle Tower

Day 7: Uzès to Orange

After a morning stroll around beautiful Uzės, our final day of cycling took us full circle back to Orange, through vineyards, cherry orchards and many pretty villages. We made it! After an amazing week of cycling through this stunning region of France we can’t wait to start planning our next trip.

Cycling in Provence

Kylie and her friend exploring Provence on an 8-day self guided cycle

 


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Lavender in the Provence region

The region is famous for its lavender, which blooms from late June to the beginning of August