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Experience local: An adventure on the best cycling roads !
Experience local: An adventure on the best hiking paths !

Nesque Gorges

A Provence cycling holiday through the stunning Nesque Gorges

The Nesque Gorges is a large canyon, carved into the limestone rock of the Vaucluse plateau with the river Nesque flowing at the bottom and the landscape is nothing short of spectacular! Between 281m and 859m above sea level, the gorges are beautifully wild and dotted with caves and grottos. The road through the gorges has been carved into the side of the rock. In perfect condition, the road zigzags its way down offering the cyclist a chance to rest his weary legs and enjoy the breathtaking scenery on every bend. An ideal route to peddle on on your self-guided cycling trip in Provence as there are very few cars (a shorter route is available for vehicles) and the tunnels that pierce through the limestone rock along the way are low enough to prevent lorries and caravans from passing. Cyclists pretty much have the road to themselves!

A short break cycling holiday in Provence up to the Mont Ventoux and down through the Nesque gorges

You can enjoy a 3-day short cycling break in France in which you cover the ‘giant of Provence’ – the infamous Mont Ventoux, the Nesque gorges and the surrounding wine producing villages of Provence. The ascent of the Mont Ventoux is on the bucket list of any avid cyclist. One of the key stages of the Tour de France, the Ventoux, standing at 1919m high, with an average gradient of 7.5%, is a challenging ride up a mountain road, through vineyards and orchards, oak, cedar and beech forest. Once at the summit, you can opt for a thrilling freewheeling sensation and descend the 19km through the Nesque gorges. This beautiful scenic route is exposed to the sun, so we do not recommend this descend during the high season.

Cycling through the wine roads of Provence

At the foot of the Ventoux lie many wine producing villages and what better way to explore them all than by bike? Discover the wine village of Beaumes de Venise and enjoy some wine tasting in the cellars. Take in the stunning wide-sweeping views over the Rhône Valley and the rows and rows of vineyards. Explore hidden countryside villages such as Crillon le Brave, Suzette and Lafare. A nice gentle ride to round up your short cycling break!  

See our Provence short break cycling trips through the Nesque gorges below