Arrival in Pezenas
We will pick you up at your arrival airport or train station and transport you and your bike to the starting point of your tour, the historic town of Pezenas.
Pezenas was once the capital of ancient Languedoc and has maintained a regal character. Explore the pedestrian-only medieval centre and the ancient Jewish Quarter. You will want to keep a camera handy. Pezenas is also a local artistic hub. Pop in to the many artisan workshops and galleries; there are marked routes you can follow.
Your arrival time will dictate how much time you have for cycling today. We will provide you with a customised cycle route to let you explore the region directly around Pezenas.
You will be spoiled for choice with an abundance of quality restaurants from local to gourmet cuisine.
On Saturday, there is an all-day market in the Cours Jean Jaures which is one of the largest and most vibrant in the area.
Explore the historic town of Pezenas
Pezenas to Moureze
Moureze is a quaint town surrounded by some of the most unique landscapes in the region. The Cirque de Moureze is one of the oldest “Grand Sites” of France. The limestone rock has been carved and sculpted by erosion creating unusual rock formations resembling fairy chimneys.
Keep your eyes open for the mountain goats that cling to the side of the rocks along the route.
Distance: 55km, Climbing 820m
Moureze to St. Guilhem le Desert
The route leaves Moureze and passes by Lac Salagou providing some amazing vistas over this beautiful lake which is popular with campers and triathetes alike. There are some short and sharpish hill climbs through the red rocky hills which are typical of the unique terrain around the lake.
You will pass by the roman “Pont de Diable” as you approach St-Guilhem le Desert, your final destination for the day. St-Guilhem le Desert is both the name of an abbey and the village that grew up around it. The romanesque abbey is a rare beauty and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The village has retained its medieval personality with old houses in amber stone, an ancient tower, and a shady square with a fountain at its centre. Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is counted among the “Plus Beaux Villages” of France and is home to numerous artists’ studios, shops and restaurants.
The extensive underground stalagmite caves the “Grottes of Clamouse” are nearby and are worth a visit.
Distance: 55km, Climbing 772m
St. Guilhem le Désert to Bouzigues
No tour of Languedoc would be complete without a trip to the Mediterranean coast. Bouzigues is one of the prettiest villages along this stretch of coastline. Facing the Etang de Thau it is a hub of mussel and oyster cultivation. The waterfront is filled with bustling cafes preparing fresh seafood delights for you to sample.
Your tour ends here. We will pick up your bikes and transport you on to your next local destination or the nearby airport/train station for your onward journey.
Distance: 60km, Climbing 680m