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Old 02-13-13, 03:41 PM
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Tips for the Luberon, Provence?

Hi all. I'm hoping to ride a few days in the Luberon while I'm in Aix-en-Provence this summer. It will be my first time there. If you only had about two days for a leisurely ride in the Luberon, where would you go? I've got a Michelin map and a few ideas, but would appreciate some tips from someone who's done it before. Thanks for any suggestions! -Griff
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Many here will know this area much better than me, but my advice is to ride up to Gorge du Verdon. Great riding, amazing views.
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On one trip in France I set up camp in the town of Cucuron (NE of Cadenet) located on the south slope of the Grand Luberon. The village campground was bordered by a vineyard on one side and a lavender field on the other. Find that town on your map. Any of those little white "D" routes nearby are just gorgeous.


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There's a good multilingual website with suggested cycling routes in the Luberon:


I followed most of the route "Autour du Luberon" in 2010 and enjoyed it a lot. I occasionally varied from the suggested route to visit specific towns. It is well signposted and mostly is on small roads with little traffic, and occasionally farm roads or bike paths. It is NOT a flat route. There are a few significant climbs in the eastern part, though as is usually the case in France, the grading is good. Tourist offices in the region have free brochures/maps for this and the other suggested bike routes in the area.

The northern part of the route goes through a more populated area. The southern part is more rural. My favorite parts were the middle section of the southern part, and the area east of Apt in the northern part, and also southwest of Apt. It's not particularly great around Cavaillon at the western end, but you can move away from there fairly quickly. That's the flattest portion.

I've biked around the Gorges du Verdon, too, but I liked the Luberon more.

The area can get quite hot in the summer. I was there in late May and it was quite hot for that time.

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These suggestions are very helpful -- thanks, all!
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I spent two weeks in the Luberon area a number of years ago camping with my family and some friends (travelling by car) and as noted, there are all kinds of neat areas to explore.
I cant help with specific biking routes, but as axo says about the heat in May, I was there in August and would absolutely NOT recommend biking there in Aug as it was oppressively hot (many days of 42-43c) and could not imagine biking. These were days when even at 9-10 pm it was still over 30c.

Check out the web for avereage temps for a given town, you should be able to find reliable sources that will give you an idea for a given month.
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