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Press kit “On your bike in Provence-Alpes
tourism
Press
2013
EDITION
Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
On Your Bike!
On Your Bike! Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
Contents
Press Release 3
On Your Bike in Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur! 4
• Easy tours around the Mediterranean 5
• Easy tours around Provence 7
• Easy tours around the Alps 9
In the wake of the world’s champion cyclists 11
• Sporty tours around the Mediterranean 12
• Sporty tours around Provence 14
• Sporty tours around the Alps 17
Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur,
a multi-faceted region for mountain biking 21
• Mountain bike tours around the Mediterranean
22
• Mountain bike tours around Provence 24
• Mountain bike tours around the Alps
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Appendices
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• Regional Map
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• Events Calendar 29
Regional Tourist Board
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On Your Bike! Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
Press Release
If you love cycling, Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur is definitely the place to be! The
region overflows with exceptional locations ideal for practising your favourite sport.
Whether your preference goes to the shores of the Med, inland Provence or the
mountain passes of the Southern Alps, you’re sure to find a cycling holiday here
that’s just right for you.
On your bike in Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur!
Couples, families and friends can enjoy casual cycling
and discovering the region’s scenery at their own
pace throughout Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur. A host
of routes await cyclists of all levels from Camargue to
Saint-Tropez, the Luberon, high plateaux of the Alpes
Maritimes area and all the way up to Buech valley!
Or do you prefer mountain biking?
That’s lucky, because this is where the world’s number
one mountain biking event - the Roc d’Azur festival takes place every year! Our mountain bike routes lead
you into the luxuriant vegetation of the Estérel hills and
the heart of Caille plain, crossing the vineyards of the
Var area and the mysterious Ubaye valley...
Is road cycling your favourite sport?
No sweat! The Tour de France’s most emblematic
mountain passes are right here in Provence-AlpsCote d’Azur. Le Galibier, Le Lautaret, L’Izoard and, of
course, the mythical Mont Ventoux, invite you to take up
the gauntlet and follow in the wake of the champions!
Many other surprises await you in the Provence Verte
area and on the high plateaux of Forcalquier too!
So let’s get pedalling in Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
and take advantage of this year’s 100th edition of the
Tour de France to follow your champions throughout
the 7 stages taking place in our region this year! With
Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence,
Mont Ventoux, Vaison-la-Romaine, Gap and EmbrunChorges on the programme, July 2nd to 18th promises
a great show!
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On Your Bike in
Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
What could be more agreeable than discovering
the diversity and beauty of Provence-AlpsCote d’Azur’s scenery at your own pace, with
a two-wheel, slow travel companion?
Whether you’re travelling as a couple, with
family or with friends, our many cycling itineraries
offer unlimited adventure and freedom for
everyone. We invite you to pedal along the
Mediterranean shores to the sound of chirping cicadas, through Provence’s lavender
and olive fields, or into the Alps, along the
banks of the river Durance, just a wheel turn
away from the mythical mountain passes of
the Tour de France.
Your sun-packed cycling voyage will be
dotted with plenty of stop-offs for gourmets,
with a host of local produce, for relaxation
fans, with our many charming hotels and
spas and for culture buffs, who will enjoy the
region’s ancient monuments, exhibitions and
numerous festivals. And for those who want
to plan ahead, our travel professionals offer
plenty of turnkey products.
So don’t delay - Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
is packed with cycling routes for every taste
and level!
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On Your Bike! Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
Easy tours around the Mediterranean
Camargue
Discovering Etang de Vaccarès
The landscapes of Camargue offer up a vibrant patchwork
of salt water lagoons and this wide-reaching tour takes you
along the banks of the most famous of them all: Etang de
Vaccarès.
Departing from Arles, the capital of Camargue history and
culture, it heads straight down South, through market
gardens and rice fields to Etang de Vaccarès and its
succession of far-reaching vistas, where sky meets water.
Distance: 46 km
Duration: 3 hrs
Departure and arrival: Arles
Details on this tour are available from Bouches-du-Rhône
Tourisme: www.visitprovence.com
Or the Arles Tourist Office
www.arlestourisme.com
Go to ‘My Visit’ then ‘Download Brochures’.
Press contact
Francine Riou
Tourist Office Assistant Director
f.riou@arlestourisme.com
Address Book
Where to sleep?
Mas Saint-Germain
Mas Sainte-Cécile
Bienvenue à la Ferme - Gîtes de France - Chambre d´hôtes
Nestling among rice fields, just a step away from Etang
de Vaccarès, Mas Sainte Cécile offers three B&B rooms
together with 3 furnished, self-catering gites set inside a
tastefully-renovated 17th century monastery. Guests enjoy
generous breakfasts and a peaceful atmosphere. If you’re
travelling in summer, the rooms are air-conditioned and you
can take a refreshing dip in the pool!
www.domainesaintececile.com
Hôtel 2* de la Muette
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An ideal address for revelling in the charm and heritage of
Arles. The Capital of Camargue, Arles is actually a Roman
town, home to no less than 9 Unesco World Heritage Sites.
It was also a major landmark in the life of Vincent Van Gogh.
The lively “Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie”
international photo festival is held throughout Arles every
summer. The hotel is located right in the town centre, but
nevertheless offers a small garage for bicycles.
www.hotel-muette.com
Where to hire a bike?
Europbike
Founded 30 years ago in Arles, Europbike offers 100 relay
points for picking up and returning your bicycle throughout
Provence! The choice is vast and includes mountain bikes,
hybrid bikes, racing bikes, town bikes, tandems, electric
bikes, children’s bikes, trailers, accessories and luggage.
Europbike rents out over 300 bikes for individual travellers,
with optional delivery to your door. You can book directly
on the website.
www.europbike-provence.net
Bienvenue à la ferme - Gîte de France - Chambre d’hôtes
Located just a short hop from Etang de Vaccarès, this
Gite de France establishment offers a dream setting for a
timeless holiday… The typical gites accommodate 2 to 8
guests and are fitted out with all necessaries. Some even
have a wood stove if you’re travelling outside peak season!
Monique and Pierre host walking and riding tours of their farm,
where they raise horses, bulls, rice, lentils, wheat and hay.
www.massaintgermain.com
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On Your Bike! Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
Côte d’Azur
Address Book
Around the Bay of Saint-Tropez
Where to sleep?
This pretty, round trip departs from the Grimaud Tourist Office.
The itinerary crosses the waterside town of Port-Grimaud,
now a “20th century Heritage” site, the Port of Cogolin,
separated from Port-Grimaud by the river Giscle, the ideallyexposed “Plage de la Bouillabaisse” beach, stretching out
opposite the Maures hills and offering magnificent sunsets,
“Plage de Beauvallon” beach - a paradise for windsurfers
with its easterly wind - and “Plage des Cigales”, with its
very typical little private port. Last but not least, don’t miss
a stop at “Virage du Treizain”, offering stunning views over
Saint-Tropez. The route alternates sections of cycle path
and secondary roads.
Hôtel-Restaurant Le coteau fleuri
Distance: 61 km
Duration: 3 hrs
Departure and arrival: Grimaud
Details on this tour are available from the Tourist Offices of
Saint-Tropez, Cogolin, Grimaud and Sainte-Maxime,
or the Maison du Tourisme du Golfe de Saint-Tropez
(central booking office)
Carrefour de la Foux
83580 Gassin
+33 (0)4 94 55 22 00
www.golfe-saint-tropez-information.com
Press contact
Emmanuel Bertrand
Director
direction@visitgolfe.com
This ancient silkworm farm, situated in quiet surroundings
a stone’s throw from the historic quarter of Grimaud, offers
plunging views over olive groves, vineyards and the more
distant Maures hills. This is also a great address for food
buffs. Master Restaurateur Jean-Claude Paillard cultivates
authenticity and southern culinary heritage with his dishes
concocted with produce from the Saint-Tropez peninsula
and Provence.
www.coteaufleuri.fr
Where to hire a bike?
Chez Gibella
Situated at the gateway to Saint-Tropez, facing the Cogolin
marina, Gibella is a bike hire specialist founded over 30 years
ago. You can leave your vehicle in the car park too!
www.location-scooter-st-tropez.com
Energy Bike
Power-assisted bikes from Energy Bike in Grimaud.
www.energy-bike.fr
Do it the easy way with a travel professional!
Pep’s Spirit
Adventure-lovers pay heed! Emmanuelle, Frédérique and
Sébastien know everything there is to know about the Bay
of Saint-Tropez and host guided mountain and road bike
tours for all levels departing from Grimaud, for an optimal
discovery experience.
www.peps-spirit.fr
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On Your Bike! Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
Easy tours around Provence
LUBERON
Luberon Tour
An ideal travel itinerary, covering 236 km around the
Luberon mountains, signposted both ways, for an easygoing immersion in this unspoiled area! The route winds
its way through 33 totally charming and authentic villages.
The uphill sections are sometimes challenging, but always
short! All roads are surfaced, with varied elevations.
Distance: 236 km
Recommended duration: 7 days (average 30 km/day)
Departure: One of the 33 villages of the Luberon.
Train services from Cavaillon, La Brillanne
(near Forcalquier), Manosque and Pertuis
Arrival: Round trip ending at departure point.
Details on this tour are available from
Vélo Loisir en Luberon
203, rue Oscar Roulet - 84440 Robion
+33 (0)4 90 76 48 05
www.veloloisirluberon.com
For more details on cycling routes in Vaucluse, check out
www.provence-a-velo.fr
Press contact
Stéphanie Bailly
Communication Manager
info@veloloisirluberon.com
Address Book
Where to sleep?
Our selection of hotels for every budget
See more hotels at www.veloloisirluberon.com
Hôtel de la Coquillade***** - Gargas
La Coquillade, a five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel and
prestige Provencal establishment, set in the heart of
the Luberon, has developed a unique concept called
“Provence Cycling Paradise” in partnership with the famous
Swiss BMC bike brand. In this exceptional setting, you can
hire out a road bike, mountain bike or electric bike while
revelling in the comfort of a luxury hotel, complete with
vineyard and restaurants.
www.lacoquillade.fr
Hôtel Le Mas des Grés*** - Lagnes
The ideal choice for environmentally-aware cyclists seeking
a taste of Provence’s inimitable lifestyle. Owners Nina and
Thierry have always been keenly committed to sustainable
tourism, as reflected in the hotel’s “Hôtel au Naturel”
label, guaranteeing eco-friendly practises and an active
involvement in the Luberon National Nature Reserve.
www.masdesgres.com
Camping Indigo*** - Forcalquier
This small, friendly and charming little campsite is set out
in the country in over 10 acres of tree-filled grounds, less
than 500 m from the centre of Forcalquier - a little, medieval
town and ancient capital of Provence. The Camping Indigo
campsite offers a bar, family-style catering, on-site bicycle
hire, a heated pool and extensive recreation amenities.
What’s more, the aperitif is free for cyclists!
www.camping-indigo.com/fr/camping-indigo-forcalquierprovence.html
Where to hire a bike?
All bicycle hire firms, hotels, taxi firms and travel agents are
listed at
www.veloloisirluberon.com
Luberon biking - Velleron
7/7 bicycle hire and a wide selection of models. Over 200
bikes. Repair service. Bikes delivered to your place of stay,
tour departure point or to the following railway stations:
Cavaillon, Avignon, L’Isle sur la Sorgue, Aix-en-Provence.
www.luberon-biking.fr
Sun-e-bike - Bonnieux
A pool of over 200 power-assisted bikes available for hire
from Bonnieux and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
www.sun-e-bike.com
Do it the easy way with a travel professional!
Sun-e-bike - Bonnieux
Travel agent specializing in cycling holidays in the Alpilles
and Luberon areas.
www.sun-e-bike.com
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On Your Bike! Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
MONT-VENTOUX
Casual Cycling in the Ventoux area
The “Terrasses du Ventoux” is a genuinely unforgettable
bike route, packed with countrified pleasures. You will be
enchanted by the oak forests, vineyards and fruit orchards
along the way, with their ever-changing colours in tempo
with the seasons. The old quarters of the villages of
Méthamis, Malemort-du-Comtat, Mazan and Mormoiron
harbour typical lanes, little squares and ancient fountains,
where you can enjoy stopping off to fill your water bottle
or savour a glass of rosé. The route crosses the typical
“Terrasses du Ventoux” wine growing areas, home to
vineyards such as Château Pesquié and Château Les
Hautes Briguières in Mormoiron, Domaine Plein Pagnier
and Domaine du Bon Remède in Mazan and Château
Unang in Malemort-du-Comtat. If you fancy a spot of
relaxation, just climb off at Salettes lake in Mormoiron for a
swim or some family recreation.
Distance: 25 km
Duration: according to your pace
Departure and arrival: Méthamis
Details on this tour are available from the Mazan,
Mormoiron and Villes-sur-Auzon Tourist Offices, or
the Ventoux Comtat Venaissin area council.
Press contact
Lise COLLIN
Cycle Tour Manager
velotourisme@ventoux-comtat.com
www.destination-ventoux.com
For details on cycle routes in Vaucluse, check out
www.provence-a-velo.com
Address Book
L’Auberge du Vin
Of English origin, Linda set up home among the vineyards
of the Côtes du Rhône and Ventoux because, in her words,
this is the perfect place for learning about wine! Let her tell
you all about this unique terroir…
L’Auberge du Vin B&B
www.aubergeduvin.com
La Cigale Bleue
Gîte de France
Tucked away at the foot of Mont Ventoux, “La Cigale
Bleue” is a brand new, 55 sq. metre house with all modern
comforts, along with a private garden and pool shared with
the owners. The house can welcome 4 to 6 guests.
Read more
www.provence-a-velo.fr
or email Anne-Laure and Fabrice ALTADILL
nanouetfamily@aol.com
Where to hire a bike?
Vélo Relax du Ventoux - Villes-sur-Auzon
Cycling specialists Delphine Maltaverne and Sébastien
Ronteix offer sound advice on equipment hire, whether
you’re looking for a comfortable, high-performance,
lightweight road bike, want to mount a child trailer on your
touring bicycle, or fancy trying out a power-assisted model.
www.velorelaxduventoux.com
Do it the easy way with a travel professional!
“Accueil Vélo Ventoux” is a professional network offering
services for cycle tourers in the vicinity of 13 official cycle
routes in the Ventoux area, including accommodation,
restaurants, bike hire, guides, taxis, travel agents, wine
cellars, vineyards and arts & crafts. Its 70 or so service
providers have all signed the “Accueil Vélo” (Bicycle
Welcome) quality charter accompanying the “Provence à
Vélo” (Provence by Bike) initiative.
www.destination-ventoux.com
Where to sleep?
The following establishments are specially kitted out to welcome
cycle tourers and are recommended by the Ventoux Comtat Venaissin
area council.
Le Château de Mazan****
An elegant 18th-century building and former home of the
Marquis de Sade, snuggling against the foot of Mont Ventoux,
adorned with an elegant gastronomic restaurant - “L’Ingénue”
(the naïve woman) - named in memory of the Marquis.
www.chateaudemazan.com
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On Your Bike! Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
Easy tours around the Alps
SOUTHERN ALPS
Address Book
The High Plateaux of the Alpes-Maritimes
Where to sleep?
Hovering at an average altitude of 1,000 metres, this itinerary
features a challenging first few kilometres, before flattening
out on the high plateaux of the Pre-Alps and Grasse. This
area’s unrivalled light quality lends a special brightness to
the region’s typical chalky cliffs, fir trees and richly historic
little villages. The route takes quiet, secondary roads and
is perfect for road bike novices. Packed with atmosphere
and new discoveries, and demanding only a reasonable
physical effort, it promises riders a wonderful day out…
Perched on a rocky foothill overlooking “Gorges du Loup”
gorge, the village of Gréolières was founded here in ancient
times. Thorenc lake, used for fishing and recreation, is
perfect for picnicking. On the plateau, the stretch that runs
along the Monts d’Azur biological reserve offers glimpses
of Przewalski’s horses and European bison. Last but not
least, the plain between Caille and Andon is home to a
very curious geological phenomenon in the shape of a vast
depression known as a “polje”.
Distance: 42 km
Duration: 1 day
Departure and arrival: Gréolières public car park
Domaine du Haut-Thorenc
The best times of day for animal-watching in the Monts
d’Azur Biological Reserve are at golden dawn and fiery-red
dusk, when they gather at the water’s edge to drink.
“Domaine du Haut-Thorenc” offers a range of Ecolodges
hidden away inside the Reserve so you can appreciate its
natural treasures to the full. Open from April 1st to November
12th and during Christmas holidays. You can also opt for
one of the charming rooms set inside the manor house,
complete with restaurant.
www.haut-thorenc.com
Gîte Terre des Lacs
Able to welcome 41 guests, this gite offers a variety of holiday
packages for groups, families, couples and individuals.
www.terredeslacs.com
Where to hire a bike?
Friends Rider’s Bikes
195, avenue Auguste Renoir
06520 Magagnosc
+33 (0)4 93 66 24 14
Details on this tour are available from “Accueil Vélo”
information points (travel professionals committed to the
area’s cycle tour charter, offering information and services
tailored to your itinerary).
Do it the easy way with a travel professional!
Read more
www.cg06.fr
Go to “Découverte touristique - Les Alpes-Maritimes à vélo”
or contact the Côte d’Azur Tourist Board
www.cotedazur-tourisme.com
Specializing in mountain bike, road bike and hybrid bike
holidays, Vélorizons offers over 50 mountain bike routes,
20 road bike routes and 20 hybrid bike routes covering
France’s finest cycling areas, in particular the Southern
Alps, Provence and the Cote d’Azur.
www.france-bike-trips.com
VELORIZONS - France BIKE TRIPS
Press contact
Manuel Harbreteau
m.harbreteau@cotedazur-tourisme.com
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On Your Bike! Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
LES BARONNIES DU BUËCH
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Cycling in the “Provence of Mountains”
Where to sleep?
Chabre mountain (a world-renowned hang-gliding site)
jealously watches guard over the remarkable “Gorges
de la Méouge” at its feet. This light-filled and welcoming
gorge is a favourite haunt for both bathers and walkers.
The three-arched medieval bridge flanked by the remains
of an ancient windmill blends perfectly into this natural area,
with its astonishing geological characteristics. Proudly set
around a 17th century stately castle, the village of LaragneMontéglin is the departure point for this itinerary. The uphill
section via Méouge gorge leads to Barret-sur-Méouge
on the Lavender Route. Next, it’s all steam ahead for the
6-km climb up Col Saint-Jean (mountain pass with 7 and
8 % gradients and a 386-metre elevation) to the summit at
an altitude of 1,159 metres, where a first-class view over
Céans valley awaits you. You will then head back down to
join the river at Laborel (one of the mythical sites on the
Monte Carlo Rally) and follow it back down to Orpierre - an
ancient village and stronghold of the Princes of Orange in
the 11th century. After leaving the Lavender Route, an 8-km
climb takes you to the hilltop village of Lagrand and its 12thcentury church. You will pass under the church to get back
to Laragne-Montéglin, through the fruit plantations of Saléon.
Distance: 65 km
Duration: 1 day
Departure and arrival: Laragne-Montéglin
Details on this tour are available
from the “Espace Vélo de Pays du Buëch”
www.buech-rando.com
or Hautes-Alpes Tourist Board
www.hautes-alpes.net
With the special
“Vélo Hautes-Alpes”
application
Press contact
Hinatea Perrier
hinatea.perrier@hautes-alpes.net
La Ferme de la Montagne - Sigottier
Two self-catering gites and one chambre d’hôtes room.
Nature lovers will simply adore this address, set at an
altitude of 1,000 metres at the foot of the Alps. “La Ferme
de la Montagne” hosts a plethora of activities, including
rock climbing, tours of the phrehistoric caves and ancient
lead and silver mines, walking, horse riding, swimming and
aerial sports. Catherine and Bernard Lanteaume serve table
d’hôtes meals on Saturday, Tuesday and Friday evenings
and will happily whip up a picnic for you.
www.gitedelamontagne.blogspot.fr
Hôtel Le Céans** - Orpierre
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Nestling in a genuine haven of greenery, this is where
lavender meets mountain! Set on the Route des Princes
d’Orange, in Buëch valley, “Hôtel le Céans” offers a relaxing
setting for both active and cultural holidays.
www.le-ceans.fr
Camping des Princes d’Orange - Orpierre
Snuggling against the hillside, this campsite overlooks the
medieval village of Orpierre, renowned for its excellent
climbing conditions. Open from April 1st to October 31st,
the “Camping des Princes d’Orange” is a member of “Sites
& Paysages de France” - a campsite chain committed to
families and well-being, set in remarkable natural locations.
The campsite will be offering 3 new features in 2013: a large
new play and recreation area for children aged 0 to 18 years,
a magnificent indoor climbing room with over 1,000 holds,
and an agreeable room with kitchen and TV.
www.campingorpierre.com
Where to hire a bike?
La Grand’Roue - Orpierre
Classical and atypical bicycle hire, repair and sale. “La
Grand’Roue hires out tandems, penny farthings, foldaway
bikes, scooters, unicycles, mini bikes and hybrid bikes!
Pierre Barbeau
+33 (0)6 81 28 21 89
www.lagrandroue.fr
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In the wake
of the world’s champion cyclists
The Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur region boasts
many routes brought to fame by the Tour de
France.
With a little training and courage, you too can
set off in the wake of the world’s top champions,
along the region’s most challenging roads.
And the unique panoramic views that await
you are a reward in themselves!
Nicknamed “The Giant of Provence”, Mont Ventoux
rises to a height of 1,909 metres and offering
exceptional vistas over Provence, the Rhône
valley and all the way to Mont Blanc. Crowned
with a rocky dome reminiscent of a lunar
landscape, this mountain is simply unmissable!
Richard Virenque, who was the Tour de
France’s best climber for 7 years running,
came to fame when he won the Lodève-Mont
Ventoux stage in 2002.
Col du Galibier rises to 2,645 metres and was
first featured on the Tour de France on July
10th, 1911. Featured 59 times on the Tour, it
is now one of the most feared stages of the race
and has actually been listed as “uncategorized”
since 1979.
Col du Lautaret, Col d’Allos, Col de la Bonnette
and Col de la Cayolle have also marked the
history of the Tour de France.
You will love our racing routes, spanning the
Mediterranean, Provence and the Alps!
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In the wake of the world’s champion cyclists
Sporty tours around the Mediterranean
PAYS DE L’éTOILE
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Village Itinerary
Where to sleep?
These five little villages - Auriol, La Destrousse, La
Bouilladisse, Peypin and Belcodène - have lost none of their
former charm. Set off the beaten tourist track on the first
foothills of the Etoile-Garlaban mountain chain and Régagnas
mountain, to the North of Aubagne, they have maintained a
genuine Provencal identity and atmosphere, in the shape
of traditional houses, typical little squares adorned with
plane trees and fountains and a few isolated, rural hamlets.
Aubagne is the capital of the “santon” clay figurine and an
earthenware mecca. You can discover the local potters and
their time-honoured know-how in and around the town.
Distance: 29 km
Duration: 2 ¾ hrs
Departure and arrival: Mairie d’Auriol (town hall)
Details on this tour are available
from Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme
www.visitprovence.com
Press contact
Thomas Kreiser
Specialist Interest Tours
tkreiser@visitprovence.com
Le Mas des Aludes - La Destrousse
Chambres d’hôtes
Marie-Joe and Jean-Luc welcome guests in this idyllic
setting in the middle of a pine forest. The rooms are large
and open onto expansive countryside, the breakfasts are
plentiful (sweet & savoury) and the jams are home-made naturellement! Located between Marseille, Aix-en-Provence
and Aubagne, La Destrousse is well-placed for making
the most of Provence and its array of shores, delightful old
villages and hills.
www.lemasdesaludes.com
Hôtel La Fenière** - La Bouilladisse
Logis de France
A family welcomes awaits guests at this small and quiet
Logis de France hotel, set away from the road. The
generous breakfast is served indoors, on the terrace, or at
the poolside. Cyclists will appreciate the private car park.
www.hotelfeniere.com
Hôtel Le Commerce** - Auriol
Logis de France
Featuring South-facing rooms and serving family meals,
this typical Provencal establishment offers full amenities
and the security of a private car park.
+33 (0)4 42 04 70 25
Where to hire a bike?
Holiday Bikes
Chemin de Bonnes Nouvelles
13400 Aubagne
+33 (0)4 42 82 37 37
www.holiday-bikes.com
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In the wake of the world’s champion cyclists
CôTE D’AZUR
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The Azur Balconies
(belvedere of the Western Var)
Where to sleep?
This route winds its way from fishermen’s villages to hilltop
villages, through fertile countryside where vines, olives and
almond trees flourish. Here, little roads rise up from the sea
to conquer the hills. But watch out, it’s steep! At the top,
the tightly-clustered hilltop villages offer up their stone walls
to the sun’s comforting rays. The route heads along the
Corniche de Tamaris coast road (Fort de l’Eguillette, Fort
Balaguier, Pavillon Roustan, mussel beds), La Sablettes
beach and the Sicié panoramic coast road (expansive views
over the Bay of Toulon). At the summit, known as the Pas
des Masques, you will head down a magnificent mountain
road offering panoramic views over the Bay of Bandol and
Embiez island), then on to Le Brusc, Sanary-sur-Mer and
the Bay of Bandol (magnificent viaduct) to Bandol.
At Château des Baumelles (15th - 16th century), go past the
Saint Côme oil mill, pedal up to La-Cadière-d’Azur, cross
Gourganon valley, head up to the village of Le Castellet,
then make your way back to Toulon via Le Beausset,
through the picturesque Gorges du Cimaï, (climbing venue,
magnificent cliffs) and Gorges du Destel, before climbing
Col du Corps de Garde. To round off your tour, slide down
the long descent with views over the Bay of Toulon and
Mount Faron.
Distance: 85,5 km
Duration: 5 hrs 20 mins
Departure and arrival: Toulon
Details on this tour are available from the Tourist Offices
of Toulon, Sanary-sur-Mer, Bandol, Six-Fours, La
Cadière d’Azur, Le Beausset and Le Castellet or the
Var Tourist Board (Var Tourisme) website
www.visitvar.fr
Hostellerie Bérard**** - La Cadière
In addition to its charming rooms and history-packed
environment, this establishment hosts various activities,
such as cookery classes (held at La Bastide - a 19th-century
country house situated just down the road), Spa treatments
and introductions to wine appreciation in the gastronomic
restaurant’s vaulted wine cellar. A chauffeur drives cookery
class participants to La Bastide in a superb Renault Vivastella
classic car from 1936! Hostellerie Bérard offers a special
bicycle area inside the hotel’s locked and safe garage.
www.hotel-berard.com
Domaine de la Tour du Bon - Le Brûlat du Castellet
Gîte de France
This establishment has two lodgings for week or weekend
hire - one located at the entrance to the vineyards, inside
the ancient wine grower’s quarters and the other in the
heart of the vines, in a little Provencal country house. A
haven of peace, redolent with the scents of the sundrenched hills and bordered by steep, dry stone terraces,
this is a wonderful vantage point for enjoying the sunset
while savouring some produce from the domain…
www.tourdubon.com
Camping La Malissonne**** - La Cadière
This campsite lies in the heart of the Bandol vineyards, just 4 km
from the fine, sandy beaches of Les Lecques, in an exceptional
setting lulled by chirping cicadas and the tranquillity of the South.
The water amusement centre promises fun for all the family.
www.domainemalissonne.com
Where to hire a bike?
New Evasion
Hire a bike from Bandol or Entrecasteaux all year round.
Jean Claude FICHERA
+33 (0)4 94 29 52 48
www.new-evasion.fr
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SPORT AZUR
637 chemin des Anémones - 83330 Le Beausset
Dominique DEIBER
+33 (0)6 32 18 79 45
www.sportazur.com
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In the wake of the world’s champion cyclists
Sporty tours around Provence
PROVENCE VERTE
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The Bauxite Route
Where to sleep?
Set out to explore the Haut-Var (Upper Var) area, with
its hilly landscapes and sun-drenched plains, where pine
trees meet holm oaks. Bauxite was mined here for over a
century and its characteristic red colour still tints our tarmac
today. Set off in the footsteps of the Var’s “Red Faces”
(the nickname of the ancient miners) and learn all about
their trade at the new “Musée des Gueules Rouges” in
Tourves. You can take advantage of your visit to discover
Brignoles and its Palace of the Counts of Provence, along
with Carcès, with its picturesque lake and rich heritage
in the shape of Notre-Dame-de-Caramy Romanesque
church and 11th-century fortified gate. Don’t miss Correns,
France’s first all-organic village, where you can stop off
at the organic wine cooperative, Vallon Sourn between
Correns and Châteauvert, a protected natural area worldrenowned for rock climbing, and Barjols with its ancient
tanneries, now converted into modern art studios. You can
enjoy a village tour on the theme of ancient fountains and
washtubs here.
Distance: 80,5 km
Duration: 4 ½ hrs
Elevation: 475 m
Departure and arrival: Brignoles
Details on this tour are available from the Office
Intercommunal de Tourisme de la Provence Verte
Rond-Point de l’Europe
83170 Brignoles
+33 (0)4 94 72 04 21
www.la-provence-verte.net
and Var Tourist Board (Var Tourisme) website
www.visitvar.fr
La Cabane des Amoureux - Barjols
This novel cabin on stilts opened in June 2012. It is set
among holm oaks and pine woods near Barjols, one of the
most typical villages of the Provence Verte area, with its
30 ancient fountains and washtubs. The interior is tastefully
decorated and the terrace brings you even closer to nature.
Sandrine and Cyrille welcome guests all year round - and
you can shelter your bike under the stilts!
+33 (0)6 09 34 22 34
www.cabanedesamoureux.jimdo.com
Hôtel Mercure Golf de Barbaroux - Brignoles
Located in the heart of the Provence Verte area, right on
the golf course and bordered by vines, the Hôtel Mercure
Brignoles Golf de Barbaroux invites guests to alternate
sport and well-being thanks to its Spa, 2 tennis courts and
pool. The estate also features 2 restaurants, a brasserie
and gastronomic restaurant. The 18-hole international golf
course signed by Pete & PB Dye is a must for purists!
www.accorhotels.com/fr/hotel-8770-mercure-brignolesgolf-de-barbaroux
Where to hire a bike?
New Evasion
Bicycle hire from Entrecasteaux all year round.
RD 562 - Le Plan du Pardigon
83570 Entrecasteaux
+33 (0)4 94 29 52 48 / +33 (0)6 82 57 17 34
www.new-evasion.fr
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SPORT AZUR
Dominique DEIBER
637 chemin des Anémones
83330 Le Beausset
+33 (0)6 32 18 79 45
www.sportazur.com
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In the wake of the world’s champion cyclists
High Plains of Provence
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Forcalquier Area
Where to sleep?
This itinerary, signposted both ways, crosses 10 villages
renowned for their lavender, olives, honey or truffles.
From the high plains of Provence, you will cross a wide
variety of rural landscapes of every colour, fragrance and
atmosphere. A must for curiosity-seekers, each village
has its own special flavour. Set out in the footsteps of
authors Jean Giono and Pierre Magnan. And don’t miss a
stop-off at Salagon Priory, whose gardens tell the story of
Provence…
Distance: 78 km
Elevation: Altitude at highest point: 700 m
Departure and arrival: Forcalquier or one of the other
10 villages: Saint Etienne les Orgues, Saint Michel
l’Observatoire, Ongles, Sigonce, etc.
Details on this route are available
from Vélo Loisir en Luberon
www.veloloisirluberon.com
Press contact
Stéphanie Bailly
Communication Manager
info@veloloisirluberon.com
Hôtel Charembeau *** - Forcalquier
Whether you’re seeking a traditional hotel or apartment
hotel (room with kitchenette), Hôtel Charembeau is a
must for sporty visitors! And once you’ve tried your hand
at the on-site tennis, badminton, volleyball, swimming
and table tennis, the “Vélo Loisir en Luberon” signposted
cycling route (500 m from Charembeau) and the country
lanes leading to Forcalquier, you’ll certainly appreciate the
plentiful breakfast served in the shaded grounds from June
to September... If you’re feeling peckish, just ask for the
“Assiette du Pays” (country platter), served in your room or
on your balcony. Sandra and André Berger and their team
will also be delighted to point you to the best local eateries.
www.charembeau.com
Hôtel-Restaurant l’Observatoire**
Saint-Michel l’Observatoire
St Michel l’Observatoire is a reputed astronomical
observatory. At night, come and star gaze in Europe’s
clearest skies before enjoying a relaxing night in this magical
setting. The restaurant serves classical French cuisine with
Provencal touches served out on the terrace in the shade
of a veteran lime tree in fine weather. You can use the cellar
to park your bike.
Where to hire a bike?
Bachelas Cycles
Guy BACHELAS
5 boulevard de la République
04300 Forcalquier
+33 (0)4 92 75 12 47
www.bachelas-cycles.com
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Vélo Loisir en Luberon
www.veloloisirluberon.com
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In the wake of the world’s champion cyclists
MONT-VENTOUX
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The Giant of Provence
Where to sleep?
The ascension of Mont Ventoux via Bédoin or Malaucène
is worthy of France’s most challenging mountain passes. If
you start out from Malaucène, the view over the mountains is
clear and the road surface is smoother. You can stop off for
refreshments at the Mont Serein ski resort before attacking
the last 5 kilometres. If you’d rather take it easier, you’re
better off starting out from Sault - the first 20 kilometres
are flatter and run through forest. You can take a break
at Chalet-Reynard before heading up the last 5 km, at an
average gradient of 9 %. Fearless cyclists can opt for the
summit of Bédoin – one for the pros! The road is narrower
and more dangerous than via Malaucène. The 6-km final
run is simply spectacular! If you want to make the most
of the climb, make sure the summit is cloud-free and the
wind is moderate before you set off (it can be so windy here
you simply can’t reach the summit). The best time of year
for tackling Mont Ventoux is May to October. But beware:
temperatures can differ by up to 13°C between the valley
and summit.
Distance: 20 to 25 km
Duration: 1 ½ - 2 ½ hrs
Departure: Malaucène, Sault or Bédoin
Details on this tour are available
from the Ventoux Comtat Venaissin area council
www.destination-ventoux.com
Press contact
Lise Collin
Cycle Tour Manager
velotourisme@ventoux-comtat.com
For more details on cycling routes in Vaucluse, check out
www.provence-a-velo.com
Press contact
Valérie Biset
valerie-biset@provenceguide.com
Hôtel des Pins*** - Bédoin
All the character of an authentic Provencal home set in
Mediterranean gardens, complete with swimming pool,
pond, water lilies and a massage area. The rooms and
suites are decorated with care on romantic or contemporary
schemes. The restaurant - “L’Esprit Jardin” - specializes
in flavourful Provencal market fare presented on pretty,
colourful plates. Bicycle garage at your disposal.
www.hoteldespins.net
Hôtel Domaine des Tilleuls*** - Malaucène
This charming hotel offers rooms decorated on individual
schemes and is set in large, tree-filled grounds, with private
car park. The rooms, ranging from vast to standard, are all
different. Guests benefit from a large pool with sun deck,
pool house, sun loungers and choice of sun or shade.
Drinks are served by the pool. Tailored welcome and
services for cyclists. “Provence à Vélo” partner hotel.
www.hotel-domainedestilleuls.com
Hostellerie du Val de Sault**** - Sault
Built by Yves Gattechaut and offering breathtaking views over
Mont Ventoux, this genuine little village of ten bungalows is
spread around a pool. The rooms offer stunning views over
lavender fields and Mont-Ventoux, or the garden. Yves is also at
the helm of the on-site gastronomic restaurant - “Le Regain” serving seasonal cuisine. “Provence à Vélo” partner hotel.
www.valdesault.com
Where to hire a bike?
In Bédoin: www.bedoin-location.fr
Ventoux Bikes - Malaucène
Bicycle hire and guided tours
Jean-Christophe Cabot
www.ventoux-bikes.com
In Sault: www.albioncycles.com
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Sporty tours around the Alps
SOUTHERN ALPS
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Where the Verdon River Springs
the “Three Mountain Pass” Challenge
Where to sleep?
Ubaye valley’s legendary “Trois Cols” challenge has been
taking place every year for the last 37 years. And although
this itinerary is non-competitive and open to all, you really
have to earn its favours! First and foremost because its
3,340 metre elevation means you have to be trained for
it. Next, because it covers one of the Tour de France’s
mythical stages, where Thévenet conquered Merckx at
Pra-Loup in 1975. Spanning the Haute-Provence, Verdon
and Var areas, this is the ideal playground for testing your
prowess in the finest climbing conditions.
The 38th edition of the “Trois Cols” event, organised by the
“Cyclo Club de l’Ubaye”, will be bringing together over
400 cyclists from all over Europe on August 4th for a new
angle on the Mercantour Nature Reserve!
Distance: 124 km
Elevation: 3,340 m
Departure and arrival: Barcelonnette
Details on this tour are available from the Tourist Offices
of Barcelonnette, Jausiers, Larche, Praloup and Le
Sauze, or the Vallée de l’Ubaye area council
www.ubaye.com
4, av. des 3 Frères Arnaud
04400 Barcelonnette
+33 (0)4 92 81 02 70
Press contact
Florence Donnadieu
Tourism Dept.
fdonnadieu@ubaye.com
Centre sportif d’oxygénation Jean Chaix
Barcelonnette
Michel Nicolao, the centre’s Director, is a high-altitude
mountain guide, impassioned cyclist and eminent local figure,
holding the title of Mayor of Saint-Pons and Vice-Chairman of
the Ubaye area council.
+33 (0)4 92 81 08 59
http://centre.chaix.monsite-orange.fr
Hôtel La Villa Morelia**** - Jausiers
This neo-Mexican folly erected in the 1900’s is one of
Ubaye valley’s finest addresses, featuring two magnificent
lounges extending onto a terrace set facing the mountains,
light-filled rooms decorated in Directoire or Louis XVI style,
grounds with a kitchen garden and heated pool, and reputed
restaurant. The recent extension is built in the same style
as the villa and offers 14 sumptuous rooms decorated on
mountain and lounge themes. This delightful establishment
also features a Spa with treatments by “Cinq Mondes”.
www.villa-morelia.com
Le Château des Magnans - Jausiers
Apartment hotel - Apartment rental
This apartment hotel features 66 apartments, including 15 inside
the Chateau, fully fitted out to welcome 2 to 6 guests. Amenities
include an indoor pool, solarium, spa, steam rooms and locked
garage. The restaurant - “La Table de Louis” - specializes in
modern cuisine and offers good quality waiter service.
www.chateaudesmagnans-jausiers.com
Where to hire a bike?
Bouticycle AGNESE - Barcelonnette
51 av. des 3 frères Arnaud
+33 (0)4 92 81 23 69
www.bouticycle.com
Le Technicien du Sport - Jausiers
Rue Principale
+33 (0)4 92 81 13 93
www.technicien-sport-jausiers.com
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In the wake of the world’s champion cyclists
VALLéE DE SERRE CHEVALIER
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Le Col du Galibier
Where to sleep?
The Briançon area offers an incredible choice of routes for
cycling fans, with strikingly-contrasted scenery, winding
lines and breathtaking corniches, topped with some of the
most famous ascents and descents in cycling history. Le
Galibier is the most highly-frequented Alpine mountain pass
on the Tour de France, featuring an average 6 % slope over
8 km. The last 500 metres are extremely hard going... In
the immediate vicinity, don’t miss a visit to Serre Chevalier
Valley and its 13 villages and hamlets with varied scenery
and atmospheres. “La Guisane” mountain river crosses
this wide, South-opening valley set at the gateway to the
Ecrins National Park. Marking the entrance to the valley to
the South, Briançon is an official “Town of Art & History”,
also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its
fortifications built by the military engineer Vauban. And
after the effort it’s time for some relaxation at Monetierles-Bains, home to a 4,500 sq. metre recreational thermal
spa unique in Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur, comprising two
300 sq. metre pools, musical grottoes, massage corridors,
whirlpool baths, a walking pool, rest room, steam room,
sauna and spa ritual and beauty area.
www.lesgrandsbains.fr
In fine weather, take time out to visit the “Jardin Alpin
du Lautaret” at an altitude of 2,100 metres, overflowing
with typical plant varieties from the Hautes Alpes and
mountainous areas throughout the world.
Hôtel Bonnabel****
This hotel offers 23 rooms with a view, topped with a sauna,
steam room, jacuzzi, fitness room and relaxation pool. The
on-site “Père Benzol” restaurant serves gourmet and
good-quality dishes, along with special menus for cyclists!
www.hotel-bonnabel.com
Where to hire a bike?
Mountain Cycles
Av. 159 E RIA
05100 Briançon
+33 (0)9 64 28 13 21
mountain.cycles@orange.fr
www.mountain-cycles-briancon.fr
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Serre Chevalier Réservation
Serre-Chevalier Central Booking Office
www.serrechevalier-reservation.com
Distance: 8,7 Km
Elevation: 584 m
Altitude at summit: 2,645 m.
Departure: Le col du Lautaret
This tour is available from Serre-Chevalier Vallée
www.serre-chevalier.com
Press contact
Gaëlle Moreau
mgpresse@gmail.com
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In the wake of the world’s champion cyclists
SOUTHERN ALPS
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Gap Area
Where to sleep?
The climate, scenery and mountains of the Hautes-Alpes
and Gap areas offer an ideal playground for cyclists. The
fun starts with Col de Manse. The summit unveils views
over the Gap basin, Champsaur and the mountain rising
over Romette, nicknamed “Napoleon’s Hat” due to its
shape. The downhill section on the Bâtie-Neuve road via
La Rochette offers a high-quality surface. The next section
of the itinerary climbs up to the “Notre Dame du Laus”
sanctuary, then the wooded mountain pass of Tourond to
Jarjayes. A final effort will take you up to Col de la Sentinelle,
brought to fame by the Tour de France. The return to Gap
allows you to admire Charance mountain, Ceüse cliff and
the lunar landscapes of Dévoluy, set against the backdrop
of Pic de Bure.
Distance: 41 km
Departure and arrival: Gap
Details on this route are available
from the Hautes-Alpes Tourist Board website at
www.hautes-alpes.net/fr/ete/bouger/cyclotourisme.html
Gap Tourist Office contacts
Pierre Kovacic
Director
pierre.kovacic@gap-tourisme.fr
The Gap Tourist Office provides free leaflets on 25 cycling
routes in the Gap area, including 4 departing from the
Tourist Office.
www.gap-tourisme.fr
Hôtel Restaurant Pavillon Carina** - Gap
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This hotel is set on the heights of Gap, in large, green
grounds. Amenities include a tennis court, crazy golf,
children’s play area, heated indoor pool, fitness equipment
and a sauna. Cyclists benefit from a special menu
concocted by the chef for athletes, including full, energypacked breakfasts. A bicycle area is available with water
supply and cycling kit (repair and first aid kit), clothes
drying service, road books and tourist guides. You can also
request a picnic complete with spring water. Half board
available throughout your stay.
www.carina-hotel.com
Chambres d’hôtes Château Serigues - Gap
4 Gîtes de France ears of corn
Located near the Gap-Bayard golf course, this quiet
little establishment, set right out in the country, boasts
picturesque views over the Gap area, topped with 3 rooms
and a relaxation area with spa and steam room.
http://chateau.serigues.pagesperso-orange.fr
Chambres d’hôtes
Les Granges de la Roannette - Gap
This ancient stone farmhouse built in the 18th century and
standing in meadows offers 4 exceptionally scenic rooms.
You can also opt for a friendly table d’hôte meal at dinner time.
www.lesgrangesdelaroannette.com
Where to hire a bike?
Vertige - Gap
www.vertigelocation.com
For mountain bikes…
Espace Vélo des vallées du Gapençais - Tallard
Rémy FABREGUE
Director
+33 (0)4 92 54 16 66 / +33 (0)6 80 93 09 26
info@linathis.com
www.valleesdugapencais.info
For hybrid and electric bikes…
Bike loan at Tourist Office
Service available from April to October. You will need identity
and a deposit of 200 €.
www.gap-tourisme.fr
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SOUTHERN ALPS
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Route des Puys (Serre-Ponçon lake)
Where to sleep?
This route, set against the southern slopes of Mont
Guillaume and Les Aiguilles de Chabrières, twists and
winds its way along the right bank of Serre-Ponçon lake.
Just after setting out from Embrun, nicknamed “the Nice of
the Alps” due to its dry and sunny climate, the road rises
rapidly in stages to the hamlets forming the towns of PuySanières and Puy-Saint-Eusèbe. From then on, the corniche
offers numerous viewpoints over the lake and summits on
the opposite bank. As you go along, Mont Guillaume, Le
Mourre Froid, Les Aiguilles de Chabrières and Pointe de
Serres draw your eyes to the right. Then comes SaintApollinaire - an exceptional belvedere over Serre-Ponçon lake
and the bay of Saint-Michel (the little chapel just poking out
of the water is a remain of the ancient village of Prunières),
where you can enjoy a plethora of water sports. Not to be
missed along the way: Serre-Ponçon, the chapel of the bay
of Saint-Michel and the village and lake of Saint-Apollinaire.
Difficulty: average
Departure and arrival: Embrun
Distance : 46 km
Elevation: 1068 m.
Details on this tour are available from the Comité
de Promotion de Serre-Ponçon in Embrun.
www.serreponcon-tourisme.com
For more details on Hautes-Alpes cycling routes,
check out the Hautes-Alpes Tourist Board website at
www.hautes-alpes.net/fr/ete/bouger/cyclotourisme.html
Hôtel-Restaurant Les Peupliers - Baratiers
This delicious, chalet-style establishment offers 25 rooms, a
gastronomic restaurant, relaxation area with sauna, steam
room and spa, a heated outdoor pool open from May to
September, private car park and locked bicycle garage.
Power-assisted bikes are also available for guests wishing
to explore the region casually.
www.hotel-les-peupliers.com
Le village de vacances le Chadenas - Embrun
Nestling on the banks of Serre-Ponçon lake, “Le Chadenas”
is a holiday village set in 22 acres of grounds at the foot
of the Ecrins National Park. All of the major mountain
passes are just a wheel-turn away: Vars, Isoard, BonnetteRestefond, Allos, La Cayolle and, if you push on a bit further,
Montgenèvre, Granon, Les Echelles and his majesty Le
Galibier. Cyclists and sports fans also benefit from optional
help with tour organisation and accompaniment by official
cycling monitors. Summer guests enjoy guided nature
walks and an on-site sailing club (windsurfing, catamaran,
etc.). The indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room offer
excellent recuperation for cyclists.
www.chadenas-vacances.com
Where to hire a bike?
Alpes 2 roues - Embrun
This Hautes-Alpes cycling specialist was founded 12 years
ago. Cyclists benefit from a choice of road bikes, mountain
bikes and power-assisted bikes, topped with advice
according to your level, so you can enjoy discovering the
beautiful surrounding routes in optimal conditions.
www.alpes2roues.com
Alpes loisirs - Savines-le-Lac
Road bike, mountain bike, power-assisted bike and quad hire.
+33 (0)6 85 70 57 21
alpesloisirs@live.fr
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Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur,
a multi-faceted region for mountain biking
Add some spice to your holiday by exploring
the region on a mountain bike! In winter or
summer, set out to discover our extraordinary
scenery with added adrenaline as you climb
on board a mountain bike, just like the
world champions competing in the Praloup
Mountain Bike Trial or the Roc d’Azur festival
– the world’s biggest mountain bike meeting
held every year in Roquebrune-sur-Argens.
Whether you’re touring alone or with a
group, our strikingly-contrasted landscapes,
ranging from Mediterranean to Alps, delight
professional and amateur cyclists alike.
The region is also home to a large network of
impassioned professional service providers,
committed to making sure your stay is fun,
safe and, of course, sunny!
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Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur, a multi-faceted region for mountain biking
Mountain bike tours around the Mediterranean
ESTEREL
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Estérel Valley at the Water’s Edge
Where to sleep?
This valley route winds its way through luxuriant vegetation
and unspoiled natural scenery. On the way, don’t miss the
view over the ancient village of Roquebrune, with its 25-bridge
aqueduct built in the 18th century, formerly used to supply
the village with water, Notre-Dame-de-Pitié monastery and
its 17th-century chapel and the ancient Maurette windmill,
which supplied flour to the inhabitants of Roquebrune.
Distance: 10,6 km
Elevation: 335 m.
Duration: 1 ¼ hrs
Departure: Chapelle Sainte-Anne
Free car park at cemetery.
Recommended seasons: spring and autumn.
Hôtels-clubs Vacanciel
Roquebrune-sur-Argens and La Garde-Freinet
Offering self-catering rentals or half board accommodation,
these two hotel clubs benefit from exceptional locations
at the foot of the Maures hills and at the gateway to the
Estérel hills. Cyclists will appreciate the detailed road
books on the 60 to 130-km cycle routes departing from
each establishment, one-week training courses and go-asyou-please itineraries on the Côte d’Azur and in Camargue.
Sweet and savoury breakfasts are served from 7.30 a.m.;
you can also opt for the generous buffet lunch served from
noon to 3 p.m. On option: meals outside normal hours,
picnics and snacks. Bicycle washing and repair area.
www.vacanciel.com
Village-Camping Les Pêcheurs
Details on this tour are available
from the Estérel-Côte d’Azur Tourist Office
www.paysmeresterel.com
Press contact
Marie Garcin Zaiter
Director
tourisme@paysmeresterel.com
Tucked at the foot of the impressive “Rocher de
Roquebrune” rock, just 500 metres from the village and
adjacent to the Côte d’Azur vast beaches of white sand,
this campsite offers quality tent pitches, heated pools, a
balneotherapy centre and poolside restaurant. But it is
first and foremost reputed for its excellent entertainment
programme for both adults and children.
www.camping-les-pecheurs.com
Chambres et gîtes Les Mayombes
Ideally situated between Saint-Raphaël and Saint-Tropez,
just a stone’s throw from the picturesque medieval village of
Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the Var area and in the heart of
an enchanting wood of umbrella pines, this establishment,
run by Béatrice and Luc, offers a choice of 2 B&B rooms
and 6 self-catering gites, each welcoming 2 to 4 guests. You
will love the heated pool, spa and shaded terraces too…
www.lesmayombes.fr
Where to hire a bike?
Cap Kaya
+33 (0)6 61 41 75 75
www.basedurocher.fr
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Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur, a multi-faceted region for mountain biking
ALPES-MARITIMES
Family Tours in Caille plain
Perfect for small kids, this 1 ½-hour itinerary allows all the
family to discover the exceptional “Plaine de Caille” - a little
paradise scattered with flowers of every colour in spring.
The plain harbours a thousand sights and a thousand
stories. The virtually-flat route alternates quiet, tarmacked
lanes and forest tracks. Located 30 minutes’ drive from
Grasse, “Plaine de Caille” is set in protected countryside at
the heart of the Préalpes d’Azur Regional Nature Reserve.
Distance: 6,5 km
Duration: 1 ½ hrs
Departure and arrival: Caille
(municipal car park near the auberge)
Details on this tour are available from Accueil Vélo 06
information points (travel professionals committed to the
area’s cycle tour charter, offering information and services
tailored to your itinerary).
Read more
www.cg06.fr “Découverte touristique Les Alpes-Maritimes
à vélo” or the Côte d’Azur Tourist Board
www.cotedazur-tourisme.com
Details from the Côte d’Azur Tourist Board
Manuel Harbreteau
Promotion Manager, Nature & Mountain
m.harbreteau@cotedazur-tourisme.com
Address Book
Where to sleep?
Chalet L’Ermitage
Perched at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the heart of the
mountains, this chalet boasts exceptional views over both
the ski slopes and Côte d’Azur coast! Bordered by a pine
forest, the 20 sq. metre lodge offers a delicious cocoon
for your sporting holiday, with activities such as walking,
mountain biking, treetop adventure parks, summer
fishing, and skiing and snowshoeing in winter. The “Chalet
L’Ermitage” also features an Ayurvedic centre where you
treat yourself to Ayurvedic and Tibetan massages.
www.chalet-lermitage.jimdo.com
Le Domaine de la Beccassière - Thorenc
Gîtes de France
Thorenc was a health resort much-appreciated by the
Russian Imperial aristocracy in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. This gite is set on a 1.5-acre estate overflowing
with greenery, built in the 19th-century. In additional to the
continental breakfast, you will appreciate the gastronomic
cuisine served in the winter garden or out on the terrace in
summer. Decorated on Moroccan, African or Russian themes,
the rooms offer views over the gardens and mountains.
www.becassiere-thorenc.fr
La Maison des Oliviers - Pierrefeu
Gîtes de France
Franck and Jean offer guests a 100% natural holiday at
their charming Gite de France situated in Estéron valley, at
the heart of the Préalpes d’Azur Regional Nature Reserve.
Far from the hustle and bustle of the coast, this magnificent
Provencal-style house stands among greenery and olive
trees. You can savour Jean’s local culinary creations
outside on the terrace on summer evenings. In addition
to mountain biking, this is an ideal base for walking or
canyoning in the adjacent rivers.
www.lesgrangesdelaroannette.com
Where to hire a bike?
Friends Rider’s Bikes
195 avenue Auguste Renoir
06520 Magagnosc
+33 (0)4 93 66 24 14
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VELORIZONS - France BIKE TRIPS
Specializing in mountain bike, road bike and hybrid bike
holidays, Vélorizons offers over 50 mountain bike routes,
20 road bike routes and 20 hybrid bike routes covering
France’s finest cycling areas, in particular the Southern
Alps, Provence and the Cote d’Azur.
www.france-bike-trips.com
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Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur, a multi-faceted region for mountain biking
Mountain bike tours around Provence
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Escapade at a Var Vineyard
Château des Demoiselles
Between Pennafort Gorge and Roquebrune Rock in the
Var area lies a little paradise, tucked away among the vines
of Provence... At the end of the long alleyway lined with
vintage plane trees, you will come to a magnificent bastide
and wine cellar, built in 1830. The domain is home to two
mountain bike routes: one for all-comers and the other
– steeper, hillier and bumpier - for confirmed mountain
bikers (the route includes a river passage!). Château
des Demoiselles offers 5 rooms and is an ideal base for
exploring the Verdon Canyon to the North, Côte d’Azur
to the West and hilltop villages of the Var to the East and
South. The rooms feature typical ancient “tomette” floor
tiles and antique furniture polished by the passage of time,
and offer superb views over the Chateau vineyard, pool
and pool house. You can also book friendly “table d’hôtes”
meals for up to 12 guests, order midday and evening
dishes, or ask for a picnic hamper.
Distance: 2 itineraries, one 6 km
and the other 12 km
Duration: 1 ½ hrs (longest route)
Departure and arrival:
Château des Demoiselles
For details,
check out the Château des Demoiselles website
www.chateaudesdemoiselles.com
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Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur, a multi-faceted region for mountain biking
Mountain bike tours around the Alps
ALPES-PROVENCE
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Section 4 of the Transubayenne
Mountain Bike Trail
Where to sleep?
This mountain bike trail is reserved for regular cyclists.
It runs along part of the 100 km Transubayenne trail,
crossing Ubaye valley and passing along an ancient
railway track and through tunnels. This section is also
part of the Alpes-Provence Mountain Bike Trail. Starting
out from Barcelonnette, the trail features two very different
sections: the first recreational section, running to Les
Thuiles, runs along the right bank of Ubaye river, mainly
through underwoods. The second leads to the village of
Méolans via a hilly forest track on the left bank and offers
pretty views over Ubaye river - one of the last remaining
undammed wild rivers.
Distance: 15 km
Duration: 1 ½ hrs
Departure: Barcelonnette
Arrival: Méolans
Details on this tour are available from the Tourism Dept.
of the Vallée de l’Ubaye area council
www.ubaye.com
Press contact
Florence Donnadieu
fdonnadieu@ubaye.com
or on the mountain biking blog
of the Alpes de Haute-Provence Tourist Board
www.vtt.alpes-haute-provence.fr
Gîte-Auberge l’Eterlou
Faucon de Barcelonnette
Located in quiet surroundings away from the road, this
recent, fully-renovated gite-auberge is set inside an
ancient mountain farmhouse packed with personality. It
can welcome up to 44 guests. Half and full board available
in all seasons. The views over the surrounding mountains
from the balconies are splendid.
www.gite-auberge-eterlou.com
Gîte Les Terres Blanches - Méolans-Revel
Les Terres Blanches is a gite-auberge set in a fully-restored
17th-century house in the village of Méolans, at an altitude
of 1,100 metres. The establishment is committed to a
sustainable development policy and has been awarded the
national “Clef Verte” label.
www.les-terres-blanches.com
Hôtel La Villa Mexicaine - Jausiers
This B&B and gite (3 ears of corn) is set inside a “Mexican
villa” typical of the colonial constructions built by settlers
returning from Mexico in the early 20th century, now
bedecked with an outdoor pool and children’s games. The
establishment offers comprehensive services. Cyclists are
welcome and benefit from a special room for their bikes.
www.lamexicaine.com
Where to hire a bike?
Verdier Sport Twinner - Pra Loup
Ideally situated near the car parks and bottom of the slopes
of Praloup, Verdier Sport rents out mountain bikes of all kinds,
including downhill, Freeride and junior, along with protections.
+33 (0)4 92 84 11 56
www.twinner-praloup.fr
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Rando Passion - Barcelonnette
Chantal Bonaglia hosts guided mountain biking tours and
downhill runs for all levels. She also organises mountain
bike hire and delivery to the top of the slopes!
+33 (0)4 92 81 43 34
www.rando-passion.com
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Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur, a multi-faceted region for mountain biking
SOUTHERN ALPS
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Col du Lautaret Descent (mountain bike)
Where to sleep?
Serre Chevalier valley is criss-crossed with mountain biking
itineraries, leading up the mountain tracks through larch
forests or scooting down green mountain pastures, with a
total of 181 km of official French Cycling Federation routes.
These routes offer something for everyone - families,
friends, or bona fide cycling fanatics keen to improve
their uphill track record. The Col du Lautaret descent is
an averagely-difficult route, offering spectacular panoramic
views. Starting out from the summit of Col du Lautaret, the
itinerary runs through the valley to the village of Monêtierles-Bains, where you can join various other official routes.
Take time out to relax at the “Grands Bains du Monetier”.
This 4,500 sq. metre recreational thermal spa is unique in
Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur and comprises two 300 sq. metre
pools, musical grottoes, massage corridors, whirlpool
baths, a walking pool, rest room, steam room, sauna and
spa ritual and beauty area.
www.lesgrandsbains.fr
In fine weather, take time out to visit the “Jardin Alpin
du Lautaret” at an altitude of 2,100 metres, overflowing
with typical plant varieties from the Hautes Alpes and
mountainous areas throughout the world.
Distance: 12 km
Departure: Col du Lautaret / Hôtel Bonnabel
Arrival: Monêtier-les- bains
Elevation: 590 metres
Details on this circuit are available
from Serre-Chevalier Vallée
www.serre-chevalier.com
Press contact
Gaëlle Moreau
mgpresse@gmail.com
Hôtel Alliey*** - Serre Chevalier
This authentic and cosy “hotel de charme” in the village
of Monetier-les-Bains features 21 rooms divided into
2 traditional houses built in dry stone and polished larch.
The motto here is Hospitality and Well-Being! Boasting
breathtaking views over the Ecrins National Park and Serre
Chevalier valley, this is an intimate address, handy for the
pistes, small shops and sports retailers.
www.alliey.com
Chalet le Serre des oiseaux - Chantemerle
This magnificent individual chalet built for 16 guests is set in
the heart of the Serre Chevalier 1350 ski resort. Measuring
a very spacious 220 sq. metres, it combines a mountain
atmosphere with high-level comfort. The top-of-the-range
appointments marry perfectly with the wood and stone
decor. The chalet is South-facing and very peaceful. The
outdoor spa goes to complete this exceptional venue.
Available for weekly rental.
www.chalet-serre-chevalier.com
Where to hire a mountain bike?
Centre VTT de Serre Chevalier
Base de loisirs du Gros Moutas
Xavier Buffet
Le Monêtier les Bains
+33 (0)4 92 24 56 83 / +33 (0)6 07 86 69 26
vtt@velonature.com
www.velonature.com
VTT Expérience L’Orpin
Edouard Doligez
05330 Saint-Chaffrey
+33 (0)6 24 68 57 58
edouard@ski-experience.org
www.vtt-experience.com
Do it the easy way!
Serre Chevalier Central Booking Office
www.serrechevalier-reservation.com
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Appendices
Map
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Appendices
Key
Easy Tours
Mountain Bike Tours
1
2
Discovering Etang de Vaccarès - Camargue
Around the Bay of Saint-Tropez - Côte d’Azur
3
Luberon Tour
4
Casual Cycling in the Ventoux area
5
The High Plateaux of the Alpes-Maritimes - Alpes du Sud
6
Cycling in the “Provence of Mountains”
Les Baronnies du Buëch
1
2
3
4
5
Estérel Valley at the Water’s Edge
Family Tours in Caille plain
Alpes-Maritimes
Escapade at a Var Vineyard
le Château des Demoiselles
Section 4 of the Transubayenne Mountain Bike Trail Mountain biking in the Alps-Provence area
Col du Lautaret Descent (mountain bike) - Southern Alps
Sporty Tours
1
2
3
4
5
Village Itinerary - Pays de l’Etoile
The Azur Balconies (belvedere of the Western Var)
Côte d’Azur
The Bauxite Route - Provence Verte
Forcalquier Area - Hautes Plaines de Provence
The Giant of Provence - Mont-Ventoux
6
Where the Verdon River Springs
The “Three Mountain Pass” Challenge
7
Col du Galibier - Vallée de Serre Chevalier
8
9
Gap Area - Alpes du Sud
Route des Puys (Serre-Ponçon lake)
Southern Alps
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Appendices
Events Calendar
If you’re seeking to discover or rediscover
Provence’s beautiful natural sites, take a
break and get away from it all, here is a list
of the many cycling events taking place in
the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. This
diary provides an overview of the region’s
cycling events and festivals, from classical to
totally offbeat. Whether you’re a confirmed
athlete or amateur cyclist, our selection has
something for everyone, in all seasons and
areas of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
Tour de France 2013: 7 stages
in Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur
2013 Cycling Calendar
Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur is the star of this year’s Tour
de France (June 29th - July 21st), with nearly a quarter of the
world’s most prestigious cycling race taking place in the
region. Stages will include Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Vaisonla-Romaine and Gap, plus two challenging stages that have
brought the region to fame among cyclists the world over:
• Mont Ventoux: The 15th and longest stage of the 2013
Tour (242 km) ends with an interminable climb up the Giant
of Provence.
• Embrun-Chorges: The 17th stage, with an individual time
trial. Overlooking Serre-Ponçon lake, these two acrobatic
ascents and descents promise a tight race against the clock.
May 19th
“Les Boucles du Verdon” - Gréoux les Bains
www.bouclesduverdon.fr
The 7 Tour de France stages
in Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur:
Saturday June 1st
“Granfondo Mont-Ventoux / Beaumes-de-Venise”
www.sportcommunication.info
Tuesday July 2nd: Nice - Nice (Team time trial)
Wednesday July 3rd: Cagnes-sur-Mer - Marseille
Thursday July 4th: Aix-en-Provence - Montpellier
Sunday July 14th: Givors - Mont Ventoux
Tuesday July 16th: Vaison-la-Romaine - Gap
Wednesday July 17th: Embrun - Chorges (individual time trial)
Thursday July 18th: Gap - Alpe d’Huez
MAY
Every Friday in May, June and September
“Challenge Cycliste de Lure - Pays de Forcalquier/Montagne
de Lure”. Lure Mountain ascent on power-assisted bikes.
Registration obligatory.
www.veloloisirluberon.com
JUNE
Saturday June 1st
“La Bike Pride” (Grimaud - Cogolin - Gassin - Saint-Tropez)
www.peps-spirit.fr
Sunday June 2nd
“La Garlaban” (Aubagne)
www.cyclodugarlaban.com
For more details, go to
www.letour.fr
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Saturday June 8th
“Les cimes du Mercantour” (Breil-sur-Roya)
www.vcbreil.com
“Grandes Alpes Ubaye Classic” - Le Défi des fondus
www.ubaye.com
www.valdallos.com
http://grandesalpes-ubayeclassic.com
June 22nd
“Trilogie des Alpes” in Praloup
www.latrilogiedesalpes.fr
Sunday July 28th
“La Risoul Queyras”
www.risoul.com
Friday August 16th
“Les 1000 mètres du Galibier”
Between Villar d’Arêne and Col du Galibier,
1000 metre vertical run.
http://villardarene.free.fr
SEPTEMBER
Every Friday in May, June and September
“Challenge Cycliste de Lure - Pays de Forcalquier/Montagne
de Lure”. Lure Mountain ascent on power-assisted bikes.
Registration obligatory.
www.veloloisirluberon.com
Every Thursday from 9.30 to 12 a.m.
in July, September and October.
Guided hybrid or mountain bike tours with an official
monitor in the Vaucluse and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
areas. Registration obligatory.
www.veloloisirluberon.com
JULY - AUGUST
Sunday September 8th
“Alpigap”, the Gap cycling race
http://alpigap.free.fr
Every Friday from 8 to 11 a.m.
“Montée de la Bonette”
Col d’Allos is reserved for cyclists.
www.ubaye.com
www.valdallos.com
“Circuit des 3 cols”
www.ubaye.com
www.valdallos.com
Every Thursday from 9.30 to 12 a.m.
in July, September and October
Guided hybrid or mountain bike tours with an official
monitor in the Vaucluse and Alpes de Haute Provence
areas. Registration obligatory.
www.veloloisirluberon.com
Thursday July 4th
“Les Cols Réservés ACTE 1”
Col du Galibier will be closed to cars and open to cyclists
from 9-12 a.m. The mythical Hautes-Alpes mountain
passes - Galibier, Granon, Echelle, Izoard and Agnel - take
centre stage from July 1st to 5th.
www.hautes-alpes.net
Sunday July 7th
“La Serre Che Luc Alphand”
(Serre Chevalier - Chantemerle)
www.cyclo-lucalphand.com
September 14th - 15th
“Les Bosses du 13” (Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône)
www.bossesdu13.fr
Every Friday in May, June and September
“Challenge Cycliste de Lure - Pays de Forcalquier/
Montagne de Lure”. Lure Mountain ascent on powerassisted bikes. Registration obligatory.
www.veloloisirluberon.com
OCTOBER
Every Thursday from 9.30 to 12 a.m.
in July, September and October
Guided hybrid or mountain bike tours with an official
monitor in the Vaucluse and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
areas. Registration obligatory.
www.veloloisirluberon.com
October 9th - 13th
“Roc d’Azur”
www.rocazur.com
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