Provence

The history of the Provence region of France dates back to the origins of human history. Some cities have had human populations for over 30,000 years while others are relatively recent developments with only a few thousand years of history. In Provence, wine making alone dates back to 600 BC. Any region which has been drawing crowds for this long must have something worth seeing and always makes for a great bike vacation.

Bike Friendly Vacation Spot

Although much of the Provence region of France is relatively flat, there are some rolling hills which make this region fit for for amateur cyclists who are in decent shape. However, the views from the top of these hills can be quite breathtaking, if the ride up hasn't done that already. Riding along the Rhone and medieval villages, along with the gorgeous Provencal landscape, is one of the world’s most beautiful rides.

Cuisine

Provence is said to be the origin of dishes such as bouillabaisse, salade Nicoise, and ratatouille. These dishes are known around the world and serve as a testament to the quality dining found in Provence. The wine, vineyards, cuisine, and history of this region combine to make an excellent vacation spot for bike tours.  Provencal lamb is also a noted favorite.

Lavender Season

Provence is most beautiful when the lavender blooms in June/July, turning the landscape bright purple with a wonderful fragrance.  There are the famous lavender fields around Abbaye de Senanque near Gordes, as well as blooms around Sault, and Grignan in the Drome. It'll be hard to miss on a bike tour though.

Tourist Sites

Some of the most famous tourist sites in Provence include Pont du Gard aqueduct, Les Baux de Provence, and St Remy. The most iconic section of the original Roman aqueduct is located in the Provence region of France. The Pont du Gard aqueduct is a bridge which stands 160 feet high and spans the gorge of the Gardon. There is also an ancient village full of monuments to ancient times which has stood as a human settlement for more than 8,000 years. Today, Les Baux de Provence has very few residents and is mostly filled with ancient ruins. Another picturesque village in the mountains of Provence is St Remy. This town boast of being a favorite inspiration for Van Gogh and the birthplace of Nostradamus. Now St Remy is a shopper’s paradise.

Wineries

Provence wine has a history that dates back about 2,600 years. This region is most well known for its rose wine. Although many have begun to take notice of the reds originating from this region. Some of the more praised vineyards in Provence are Château de Brégançon, Château du Galoupet, Domaine du Jas d'Esclans, and Clos Cibonne.

Major Cities

The major cities of Provence have long histories dating back thousands of years. This region has played a pivotal role since the beginning of human history. Avignon, “City of the Popes”, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the preservation of its historic center, ramparts, palace of the popes, bridge of Avignon, and Rocher des Doms. The second largest city in France, Marseille, is also located in Provence. This beautiful city along the Mediterranean coast has drawn people to its shores for the last 30,000 years. The origin of the Roman aqueduct, Uzès, is also located within Provence and well worth a visit.

Airport and Transportation

Many tours being in Avignon which is connected by train to the airport in Marseille, Marseille-Provence international airport (MRS). This airport is well connected to the Provence region of France through various rail and bus transportation options. Additionally, there are taxi and car rental options available.

Average Temperature in Provence

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
F ° 54 54 57 66 70 81 82 82 77 72 63 57
C ° 12 12 14 19 21 27 28 28 25 22 17 14