The Languedoc region is not only the oldest and largest wine-growing area in the world, but it is also one of the most historically interesting regions in Europe. Of 37 “Grand sites de France” areas protected for their natural beauty or historical significance, 10 are located in Languedoc. With a multitude of interesting routes that are very “doable” by your average cyclist, we firmly believe the best way to explore this magnificent region is on two wheels. The area abounds with quiet back roads that wind through the rolling countryside filled with vineyards and olive groves. There are challenging climbs, and rewarding vistas, in the Parc Naturel de Haut Languedoc, while the Mediterranean provides more leisurely pedalling and coastline views.
This cycling tour will delight your palate as well as your eyes with a focus on fine food and wine experiences. From a fixed base in the beautiful Languedocian countryside, you will explore some of the stunning scenery that Languedoc has to offer and sample the fare of the small regional winemakers and local food producers that you might not encounter otherwise. On this tour, you will:
- Get off the beaten track to cycle amongst the olive groves, vineyards and "la garrigue" the stark scrubland typical of the region
- Stop for wine tastings at independent local vineyards hosted by the winemakers themselves
- Discover the history of wine in the region at the famous "Cathedral of wine", the Abbaye de Valmagne
- Sample the local culinary delicacies (including the renowned oysters of the Etang de Thau) all freshly prepared in the many picturesque villages that dot the landscape
- Explore the market stalls and artisan shops in Pezenas, the ancient capital of Languedoc