Lavender fields Active Provence
Active ProvenceExploreJulie Whitmarsh

Discover a Range of Activities for Active Provence Holidays

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Over the years I’ve wished (many times) that we could just chill out and effectively lie by a pool and relax for a holiday. But to be honest despite our best efforts we’ve found it’s just not for us and that after a hard …

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Tour de France 
Active ProvenceExploreJulie Whitmarsh

‘Chapeau’ to The Tour de France 

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Last year when The Tour De France visited Provence I was down here on my own and still waiting for the boys to arrive from their rather epic cycle ride from Dartmoor to Sète. I grabbed the chance to watch The Tour finish on …

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Bike Riding Lavender Fields Provence
Active ProvenceDavid & Karen TaylorExplore

Bike Riding around the Lavender Fields in Provence

Contributor blog post by David Taylor: Early July is the peak of colour in the lavender fields that surround us. Whilst I cycled it would be a very pleasant drive and encompasses some spectacular scenery. From Saint Saturnin Les Apt I took the D179 towards Rustrel and then turned left …

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Cycling Gorge de la Nesque
Active ProvenceDavid & Karen TaylorExplore

A Cyclists Dream Riding Gorge de la Nesque

Contributor blog post by David Taylor: Weather you wish to drive round or cycle the Gorge de la Nesque traces the south facing slope of Mont Ventoux. It is quite spectacular with a diverse landscape of forest and rocks with stunning views. I cycled from home taking the D943 in the …

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Luberon Cycling Routes
Active ProvenceExploreJulie Whitmarsh

Provence’s Luberon is Great for Cycling in all the Seasons

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: What we’ve realised since we bought the house this time last year is that there is no really bad time to cycle in Provence. Yes Summer is hot, but speaking as a‘mad dog’ I’m very happy to go out in the mid-day sun and …

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Cycling Nice Velo Bleu
Active ProvenceExplorePhoebe Thomas

Try Cycling in Nice by Using a Vélo Bleu

Contributor blog post by Phoebe Thomas: Cycling along the seafront, along the splendid Promenade des Anglais in Nice, looking out across the dazzling azure sea, is one of our favourite family activities. No longer do we have to faff around fixing the bike rack to the car to load up …

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Mont Ventoux Sign
Active ProvenceAixcentricExplore

What Happened to the Famous Sign at the Top of Mont Ventoux?

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: According to le Fils Aixcentric who cycles up there regularly, the Mont Ventoux sign has been taken before, and has been replaced, each time with different heights recorded.  The most recent height (see the photo) of 1911m …Continue reading here to find out about the “Ventouman” who has …

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Mont Ventoux Cyclists
Active ProvenceCheryl ShufflebothamExplore

Riding Mont Ventoux “I’m Never Doing This Again!”

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: As I waited with anticipation at an ancient fountain in the village of Bédoin for my husband to complete his third ride of Mont Ventoux, I spotted him. Anxiously, I asked, “How did it go?” Grinning but determined, he said, “I’m never doing this …

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Cycling in Provence @Vauclusedreamer
Active ProvenceExploreJulie Whitmarsh

Cycling in Provence – Through the Vineyards of the Luberon

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: When I packed my cycle kit to come over this time I put in enough layers to keep me warm in the expected arctic temperatures, hoping to snatch a few precious moments out on the bike before dashing home to thaw out in front …

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Cycling in Provence @VaucluseDreamer
Active ProvenceExploreJulie Whitmarsh

A morning cycling and an afternoon upcycling in Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Cycling around this area is a delight and even when it’s overcast (like today) it is a perfect way to spend a few hours. After an early wake-up I thought I’d hop on the bike & head across to the lovely Thursday market at L’Isle …

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