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Cycling Incredible Hills and Roads in the Luberon

Last week Andy and I were sitting at Menerbes overlooking the view when two people on electric bikes pulled up beside us and were trying to identify the villages on the hills opposite. We got chatting, and they explained that they had just hired the bikes and one said how wonderful it was and that she would now be riding a bike until she is 100.

They commented on how much more they felt they were seeing of the area, just from being on two wheels, rather than in an air-conditioned box, just trailing from one place to another. Their sheer delight was plain to see as they cycled off up the hill to carry on exploring.

Cycling Luberon Roads

The popularity of electric bikes has exploded in the last decade, making cycling a possibility for a large population. The Whitmarsh family is much too fit at the moment to consider electrical assistance for their bikes, but the time may come. And, what a joy to continue riding the incredible hills and valleys of Provence’s Luberon. In this post, Julie and Andy explore hills and more hills on their way to Simiane La Rotonde and then up to Saint Christol Plateau, towards Revest Du Bion.

More Cycling Routes in Provence

Relaxing riding and shopping: The Joys of Cycling to Local Brocante Markets in the Vaucluse.

Challenging cycling and beautiful views: Mont Ventoux and the Gorges de la Nesque in Provence.

Biking for pleasure: Biking to our Favourite Breakfast Spots in the Vaucluse.

Continue reading here to see Julie’s photos of their ride. A contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer.


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Julie Whitmarsh

Julie and her husband Andy started visiting the Vaucluse area 25 years ago & over the years have increased the amount of time they spend there with their growing family. She has a deep affection for the area, finding it is a great place to visit, where the whole family can relax and enjoy time together.

She longs for the day when she can ‘up-sticks’ from her home on Dartmoor & relocate to the Luberon and spend her days cycling, walking, visiting markets & brocante fairs and of course enjoying the local food and drink.

Her blog VaucluseDreamer gives her a space to highlight some of her favourite things about the area from places to visit to particular activities that she and her family all enjoy.

She hopes one day it will be a place where she can share the process of renovating a house in France, but at the moment that will have to wait.

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