Often considered the toughest of all of the classic Hors Catégorie climbs that regularly haunts the dreams and nightmares of Tour de France aspirants, Mont Ventoux has to be top of the list of any true cycling fanatic (or MAMiL).
Dave, Original Traveller
What better way to enjoy the Mediterranean climate of the stunning French Riviera and Provence than by cycling through its picturesque landscapes and historic villages. The region has something to offer for every type of cyclist, whether you prefer to take casual day trips or hit the more challenging routes.
Best Time To Visit
Jun - Sep
Flight from London
GMT +1 hr
Chic cities scattered along the Cote D'Azur and gorgeous villages nestled in Provence connected by deserted mountain roads are well worth exploring on two wheels.
If it's the view you're after, Nice is one of the most beautiful cycles, located where the Alps meet the Mediterranean Sea. It doesn't take long to cycle from the sea through mountainous car-free streets to gorgeous mountain villages. Pedal your way along some of the most varied terrain, including dense forests, spectacular waterfalls, plateaus, the Mediterranean coastline and impressive mountain climbs. Cycle-friendly roads along the coast provide you with scenic views - not forgetting stunning beaches for a refreshing swim and local restaurants for a much-needed refuel! If you are seeking a challenge, the Mont Ventoux is waiting for the more experienced cyclist, being one of the more feared great climbs of the Tour de France since 1951.
Provence is perfect to enjoy fantastic scenery, incredible local food and cycling for miles without seeing a car. Luberon is particularly idyllic: avoid the main roads and you will cycle past sunflower beds, vineyards and orchards to small villages, vineyards, castles and lavender trails.
Southern France is known as a mountain biker's paradise: the cool alpine air around the mountain resorts offers a fresh respite for summer cyclists where as the lower sea-facing trails are preferred throughout the winter season. If you're planning a trip to the French Riviera, June is best for green vegetation while late August and September brings still warm seas.