Biking Tours in Provence

Bike from inn to inn through rural Provence and discover Van Gogh's colors, Peter Mayle's Luberon, and the sun-drenched tastes of this enchanting corner of France. An independent biking vacation in Provence will be everything you dreamt of and more.  

Whizz by olive groves, vineyards, and lavender fields, enjoying the freedom of pedal-powered exploration. The charm of the cobbles & cafes in the historic hilltop towns and villages is a welcome rest for the weary biker at the end of each beautiful day. See the best of the lavender carpeted valley of the Luberon on our popular Pedalling in Provence: The Luberon Valley tour. Discover all its highlights on our Biking in Provence trip with an option to make it more relaxing on our e-bike version. Finally, for those wishing to see the contrasts of the entire region, then embark on a Provence bike and boat vacation. Start in Avignon's medieval stone rampart city and sail to the peaceful Camargue nature reserve, with its wild horses and flamingoes! 

Macs Adventure has organized self-guided biking tours in Provence for over ten years. Our knowledgeable team will assist you with all your questions and inquiries to guide you to your perfect vacation your way.

Discover Provence

  • What to expect at a Provencal Market?
    What to expect at a Provencal Market?

    The experience of exploring a Provencal market is worth the visit to Provence alone (in our humble opinion)! So be sure to take your time and wander through the stalls in the warm Provencal sun. Listen to the chatter of the locals, see the bright colors of the organic fruit and veg and breathe in the smell of fresh bouquets of lavender.

    For those looking to purchase something, we recommend fueling your ride at least one day of your trip by buying some rustic bread, artisan fig jams, and goat's cheese for a picnic lunch. However, if you are on your onward travel day, why not purchase a gift for a loved one back home? How about some locally crafted jewelry? An item of provencal-inspired clothing? Or perhaps unearth a piece of artwork from the next Vincent Van Gogh? 

  • Why Book your Provence Biking Vacation with Macs Adventure?
    Why Book your Provence Biking Vacation with Macs Adventure?

    We have been operating biking vacations in Provence since 2014, and our range has grown from just one tour to a handful. Our flagship tour is Pedalling in Provence: The Luberon Valley, proving to be the most popular choice with our customers. It mixes easy-to-moderate routes along the quiet lavender-scented lanes with picturesque hilltop villages and beautiful rolling Provençal landscapes.

    We offer a flexible, tailor-made Provence experience staying in charming B&Bs, guesthouses & hotels – we have a range of accommodation options to meet everyone’s needs! We carry your bags to lighten your load so you can concentrate on enjoying all that sun-drenched Provence has to offer. You can book with confidence that we have it all covered for you. 

    We want to showcase our expertise by giving you all the resources you will ever need. You can read our customer reviews for each itinerary, and our Destination Specialists have their own experiences of walking in Provence and are waiting to answer your questions. On the route, we use high-quality digital mapping to make sure you find your way, as well as a host of tips, facts, and recommendations to enrich your time in Provence.   

  • Provence Facts
    Provence Facts

    Weather in Provence

    Provence benefits from a staggering 300 days of sunshine a year and less than 60 rainy days, making it an ideal destination for outdoor pursuits. The most pleasant months for hiking are May, June, September and October when the days are warm but not stifling. Provence also experiences the famous Mistral wind which can be very powerful. The wind generates in the Alps and gains speed as it blows down the Rhone Valley towards Provence. It tends to occur in Spring and Winter but can indeed appear at any time and can last a day, or over a week! The Mistral is said to clear the Provence skies of dust and dirt and could be to thank for the region’s popularity with artists, who are drawn to Provence because of its light and clear skies.

    Mont Ventoux

    Often referred to as the ‘Giant of Provence’, Mont Ventoux is perhaps most famous as a tricky stage of the famous Tour de France. It is therefore a very popular challenge with cyclists. It is geographically part of the Alps, however it stands alone, adding to its intrigue. As the name may suggest, (Venteux is French for windy), it can get very windy at the summit which adds to the challenge for cyclists taking on this gruelling ascent. At a staggering 1,909m in height, the mountain can be seen from many vantage points in Provence, and you’ll find the peak follows you all day on some hikes through the surrounding countryside

    Artists in Provence

    There are many reasons why artists of the 19th and 20th centuries were so drawn to Provence, among them the fantastic light and the beautiful landscapes. Cezanne is perhaps one of the most famous artists associated with Provence. He was born in Aix-en-Provence and after having spent time in Paris and Switzerland, soon returned to his roots to paint the landscapes of Provence. His presence attracted Picasso to Provence who was said to admire Cezanne greatly. Another famous artist strongly associated with Provence is of course, Van Gogh. He based himself in Arles and St. Remy for 15 months where he created 350 works, some of them his most famous, such as Starry Night. He admitted himself to Saint Paul Asylum in St Remy after removing part of his ear. Here he continued to paint the gardens and surrounding Provencal landscapes. His presence in Arles and St Remy can still be felt today with numerous plaques indicating his favourite haunts, a museum, and guided tours of Van Gogh’s Provence.

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