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  • September 01, 2020
  • Multi-activity

The advantages of a Provence walking or cycling holiday

The advantages of a Provence walking or cycling holiday

Enjoy the remoteness of a walking tour of Provence or a Provence cycling trip, post isolation

I’ve just enjoyed a week on the Mediterranean coast (a regular family haunt), and it was interesting to observe the population on the beaches this year. Whilst there were certainly many families making the most of the last week of the holidays before the schools go back this week and many locals reclaiming their regular spot of sand now that the height of season is drawing to a close, there were few people wearing a mask and you could be forgiven for thinking, for a split second, that the pandemic is a thing of the past. Until you looked more closely and realized that there was quite a bit of space on the beach and that there were definitely fewer people around than previous years. So where were the last-minute holiday makers if they were not crowding the beaches?

For those that can travel and for the French enjoying a ‘staycation’ it is the remoteness and peacefulness of the countryside that holidaymakers are seeking, and our Provence walking holidays and Provence cycling trips are really coming into their own! We have always prided ourselves on our itineraries, whether on foot or in the saddle, we do our best to lead you along quiet roads and paths, through forgotten hamlets and villages where time has stood still.

A Provence walking holiday

A self-guided walking holiday in Provence will lead you through the olive groves and vineyards and up into the Alpilles mountains where you will come across but a handful of other walkers and locals going about their daily lives. Our selected guest houses are small and charming and many now offer breakfast as either room service or table service (no buffet) to ensure social distancing.

A Provence cycling holiday

The advantage of a self-guided cycling holiday in Provence is that you can cover more mileage, see more of the beautiful region, whilst escaping the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities. Cycle along the wine routes of Provence, through the now deserted Provence lavender fields or up to the summit of the Mont Ventoux, safe in the knowledge that all the while, you can distance yourself from others.

It is indeed a strange time and the necessity to stay away from others goes against human nature. But this does not mean that you cannot enjoy a last-minute holiday and Provence is a region that is well worth a visit.

Take a look at our walking holidays in Provence here 

Check out our selection of cycling holidays in Provence here