Around the Canal

The cycling itinerary around the Carpentras Canal is an absolute must for anyone who wants to explore and understand the Comtat Venaissin. The canal is very central to the area and holds the key to understanding the landscapes around you. From the town of Carpentras to Beaumes de Venise, from the Comtat plain to the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail range and Mont Ventoux, water is the main thread stitching together a society whose history is marked by judicious water management and the creation of engineering works.

Comtat's Vineyards

The road through the Comtadin vineyards winds amidst famous AOC Côtes du Rhône vines and AOC Côtes du Ventoux vineyards. Vineyards are not the only point of interest in the countryside on this circuit. Here you will also see the by-pass channel for the Carpentras canal – further testimony to the very sacred nature of water in Provence. The water management structures built in the past gave rise to very prosperous fruit and vegetable farming and orchards, in particular strawberry and cherry, which have shaped the fate of this area.

From the Plains to the Piedmont

This ride starts from the village of Caromb and takes you along peaceful country roads through a wide variety of landscapes. Between the Comtat Venaissin plain and Mont Ventoux, man has long fashioned the landscapes here, working with the fertile land and turning it into exceptional production areas. Here you ride through AOC Ventoux vineyards, olive groves, cherry orchards and fig orchards. You ride from Caromb to Modène, from Bédoin to Saint-Pierre-de-Vassols, through Crillon-le-Brave and Mazan. Explore these villages which are full of character. Take your time, stop and enjoy.

From the Ventoux to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Leaving Velleron, this route takes you to Pernes-les-Fontaines, birthplace of Paul de Vivie named "Veloccio" (1853-1930), an emblematic figure of french cycle-tourism who worked on imporving the derailleur. You will then arrive in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, known as "Comtadine Venice". Take time to stroll along the canals and then cycle through groves and fields before arriving in Le Thor.

The Albion Highlands

A gorgeous patchwork of fields of blue lavender and golden wheat, the “Plateau d'Albion”, or Albion Highlands, stretch from the Luberon hills to the very confines of Vaucluse county, marked by Mont Ventoux, the Baronnies range, and Lure Mountain. This cycling trip starts from Sault and covers the wide-open spaces on the Albion highlands, where time seems to have stood still. The breathtaking landscapes instill sensations of isolation, beauty, and total freedom. Cycle through the immensity of these limestone highlands. The water which permeates the limestone makes its way to the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and creates many caves along its way. This area is a favourite playground for experienced spelunkers.

Through the Comtat Venaissin

This ride, between Mont Ventoux and the Monts de Vaucluse, takes you through the agricultural plains of the area known as the Comtat Venaissin. This is a landscape of hedges, irrigation canals, fields of vegetables, a reflection of the farming background of this plain. This itinerary lets you explore two cities that are very important to the Comtat Venaissin, Pernes-les-Fontaines and Carpentras. The architectural and historical heritage in Pernes-les-Fontaines and Carpentras reflect the successful agricultural model based on strict management of water, a sacred resource in Provence. Water is present throughout this itinerary.