As Yves Montand used to sing: "Quand on partait de bon matin, quand on partait sur les chemins… A bicyclette" (When we set off early in the morning, when we set off along the lanes... on our bicycles). Just pop on this happy French song to get in the mood, climb on your bicycle or mountain bike and head off to explore the landscapes, towns and villages of the Bouches-du-Rhône! Make the most of the upcoming fine weather and our gorgeous cycling itineraries to discover Provence's scenic roads and adventure onto our cycle paths and signposted mountain bike trails. From Arles to Marseille and the countryside around Aix, follow our printed cycling itineraries or use our Smartphone app and keep your eyes on the road! You'll find plenty of stunning vistas, new sights and surprises along the way. And what's special about our cycling tours? We always let you know what else you can see nearby!
CYCLING TOURS AROUND MARSEILLE
In the hills of La Ciotat, around the town of Ceyreste, lies Fontblanche forest and a variety of mountain biking trails set up by the Area Council, where you can enjoy a fun excursion in the shade of Aleppo pines. Download our 2 itineraries: a 4-kilometre tour and 10-kilometre tour. After your mountain bike ride in Fontblanche forest, reward yourself for your efforts with a delicious lunch at the restaurant La Quinta.
Sporty mountain bike excursion in the Ceyreste hills
Climb aboard for a cycling tour at the foot of the Garlaban, an impressive rock overlooking the childhood hills of Marcel Pagnol. This 22-kilometre sporty itinerary departing from Aubagne takes you through the hamlet of Lascours and town of Roquevaire, home to the famous Maison de Celle-qui-Peint – a genuine work of art by Danielle Jaqui. Download the cycling tour or check out the app on your Smartphone. After your excursion, stop off for a relaxing drink at a café terrace in Aubagne and enjoy a tour of the Barbotine pottery workshop.
Cycling tour at the foot of the Garlaban
Seaside itinerary in Marignane
CYCLING TOURS AROUND AIX
For this first bike tour of the year around Aix-en-Provence, we're taking you on a tour of Sainte Victoire mountain! A 66-kilometre itinerary on Provence's scenic roads, crossing several of the Bouches-du-Rhône's picturesque little villages. You will come across several vineyards along the way, so don't hesitate to stop off for some wine tasting. At Domaine de Saint-Ser in Puyloubier, you can even enjoy a walk along a botanical footpath!
Around Sainte Victoire mountain
Located in the inland countryside of Aix, Jouques is a great choice for a half-day excursion, with exciting uphill and down dale mountain bike trails at Domaine de Taulisson and magnificent views over Sainte Victoire mountain – simply download our cycling tour guide and enjoy! And if you like the scenery and decide to linger for a weekend in Provence, we definitely recommend the ancient village oil mill, now converted into a B&B.
Mountain bike trails at Domaine de Taulisson
A little further north, midway between Salon-de-Provence and Aix-en-Provence, the village of Charleval is the pretty departure point for our cycling itinerary around Silvacane Abbey. This 30-kilometre round tour takes you along Provence's scenic roads and crosses picturesque Provencal villages. And of course, don't miss a visit to Silvacane Abbey itself, one of the area's sightseeing musts!
Visit to Silvacane Abbey
Download our 30-kilometre itinerary around Silvacane Abbey
CYCLING TOURS AROUND ARLES, BETWEEN CAMARGUE AND THE ALPILLES
This year it's decided – you're going to take a cycling holiday in Camargue! And if pedalling rhymes with bird watching in your book, we recommend downloading our cycling tour on your Smartphone and setting off for a 30-kilometre adventure tour of Etang-de-Vaccarès, where you can take your time to observe the wildlife of Camargue in a stunning setting of marshes, rice fields and meadows... If you want to learn more about rice growing in Camargue, simply stop off at the Maison du Riz.
Cycling in Camargue: between rice fields, marshes and bull ranches
Cycling in Camargue: around Étang de Vaccarès
If you're looking for some more extraordinary Provencal landscapes, cross the town of Saint-Martin de Crau on your bike then head off to the wetlands of La Crau humide – a vast plain used to grow the coveted Foin de Crau straw – and the arid lands of La Crau sèche, used for grazing. While you're there, stop off for a fascinating plunge into bygone days at the Rétro musée de la Crau heritage museum.
Cycling in La Crau plain, between Arles and the Alpilles
A fabulous cycling tour of over 60 kilometres awaits you departing from Mouriès Tourist Office. This tour does lead you away from the wilder parts of Camargue, but it is a delightful round trip crossing several towns and villages of Provence, with highlights including beautiful olive groves and olive oil tasting at Moulin Saint-Michel!
Cycling in the Alpilles
Provence's pretty villages by bike
Discover our full list of Bouches-du-Rhône cycling tours
Time to eat outside
Picnics are a great way to escape from routine and spend some quality time with friends, family or your partner. Whether you opt for the seaside, a park or vineyard, they are an ode to simple pleasures and sharing.
Time to row
Fancy grabbing your paddle and swishing off to the translucent waters of En-Vau fjord? Test your biceps with a kayak tour of the myriad of fjords dotted along the coast between Cassis and Marseille.