France has been blessed with a wonderful array of natural landscapes that have enchanted and inspired a generation of adventurous cyclists.
There are few countries in the world that share the special relationship with two wheels as France, exhibited perfectly by the Tour de France – a worldwide event that attracts millions of viewers across the globe on television.
Here is a list of some of the locations to keep an eye out for whilst enjoying your cycling tours in France over the coming months.
1. Provence: A visually stunning landscape that inspired Van Gogh, Provence plays host to an array of ancient vineyards and hilltop villages that would be just as home on a canvas created by a master painter. Whilst riding through the tranquil terrain, cyclists are encouraged to stop and enjoy some of the unique cultural activities synonymous with the region, including wine tasting, a shop at a French market or experiencing the magnificent surrounding architecture.
2. Loire Valley: Adorned with bountiful fruit orchards, gorgeous hamlets and magnificent architectural landmarks, Loire Valley isn’t called the ‘Garden of France’ for nothing. Quiet country roads from Chenonceax to Chinon are interspersed with ancient and historically significant buildings, including a medieval chateau perched on an island in Azay-le-Rideau, Leonardo da Vinci’s final home at Clos Luce and the enchantingly beautiful Fontevraud Abbey in Anjou.
3. Pyrenees – Volcanic countryside, the superb scenery of both the Spanish and Mediterranean coast and unique landscapes, the Pyrenees brings together a wealth of visually stunning scenes that have wowed many an explorer over the last few decades. Particular highlights include a break in Amelies-les-Bain – a gorgeous old Roman spa town that offers visitors the opportunity to the Canigou Mountain.
4. Cognac – Perhaps one of the most popular cycling destinations, Cognac is most famous for its world-renowned brandy region and attracts many liquor connoisseurs throughout the year. The medieval castle ruins of Pons, the Chateau of Roche-Courbon and the medieval Abbey of Fontdouce are also highlights in the region, which is bursting at the seams with historical significance and culture.
Whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to go on your cycling holidays, you are guaranteed to build up a selection of memories that will last for a lifetime.
Book now, pack your camera, water bottle, goggles and lycra and begin to get excited about one of the most thrilling and adventurous tours you are ever likely to experience