Accommodation for cycling in Provence

Published by Lyn on 21 May 2017

Use our map to find bike-friendly hotels, B&Bs and gites in Provence, the Luberon, Var, Vaucluse, Ventoux, Nice, Marseille, and Avignon.


Aix-en-Provence – Mas de la Boissiere

Beautiful B&B or self-catering oasis 40km north of Aix-en-Provence

Route Cabrieres d'Aigues
84160 Cucuron
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)6 84 14 62 60
Email: [email protected]

Price from: B&B: From €140 per room out of season; Self-catering up to 12 people – prices vary depending on the season and length of stay, so please enquire

Open: All year

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Mas de la Boissiere – just outside the village of Cucuron in the Luberon National Park – is a fabulous base from which to explore the Vaucluse region of Provence. Cycle up into the Luberon mountains directly from the house (great road riding as well as mountain biking), or explore the backroads and country lanes on shorter trips. Cycle through colourful villages and lavender fields, stopping at cafes and wineries en route. For serious riders there's Mont Ventoux, just over an hour-and-a-half away by car (relax your muscles when you get back in the heated pool). Georgie is keen to welcome more cyclists to her little oasis, as well as their non-cycling friends, with plenty for your partner, friends and family to do while you're off on the bike (boules, swimming – the pool even has a child-friendly shallow end – plus tables tennis and 14 acres of parkland). Free wifi. French, English and German spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Aix-en-Provence - Adagio Apart-hotel

Hotel with self-catering studios and apartments for up to 6 people

3-5 rue des Chartreux
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €135 per apartment per night

Open: All year

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Close to Place de la Rotonde and the famous Cours Mirabeau, the Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre is in the heart of the city. A 4-star holiday residence, the aparthotel has 89 air-conditioned apartments, including studios for 2 people through to 3-room apartments for 6. Ideal for families and cycling groups. All apartments have fully equipped kitchenettes. Free high-speed wifi. Management advises there is a luggage store for bikes, plus a private undercover car park downstairs.  

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Aix-en-Provence - Hotel de l'Arbois

Friendly hotel-restaurant outside the city centre

97 rue du Dr Albert Aynaud
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €95

Open: All year

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Relaxing hotel around 10km from the Aix-en-Provence city centre. There's an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness room. The onsite restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, including regional specialties. Management advises they have a locked garage that's used for bike storage. Free wifi. 24-hour reception. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Alps (Provence) - Chez-Ray

Low-cost accommodation run by cyclists for cyclists north-west of Nice

Chemin de La Gare
04170 La Mure-Argens
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)6 78 11 91 85
Email: [email protected]

Price from: Prices from €350 per person per week with a group discount

Open: May-December

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Affordable, low-cost cycling accommodation in the Provence Alps run by Ray – a cyclist – for other cyclists. Local routes are varied and can be as challenging or as relaxed as you like, with lavender fields combining with gorges, lakes and mountains. Ideal training ground for cyclists and triathletes. French and English spoken. Ray is on hand to advise about routes and provide maps and ride suggestions, to share local knowledge or to provide some company out on the road. Twins, doubles, triples and quads available, making Chez Ray a flexible option for groups as well as individuals.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Alps - Camping Croque Loisirs (Puy Saint Vincent)

Charming Alpine campsite with views over a national park

Les Landes
05290 Puy St Vincent
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 22 29 03
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €9.50

Open: June 1 until September 15

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We just love the sound of this place. This green and lush campsite is situated on the border of the Ecrins, one of only 10 national parks in France. The site is at an altitude of 1450 metres, meaning that you can literally ride stunning mountain routes from the door. This is mountain camping as it’s meant to be. From your pitch you’ll be able to see the rocks of the Ecrins, as well as beautiful valleys and the glacier of Pelvoux. A three-star campsite, Camping Croque Loisirs is clean, with hot showers and a good friendly service (speaking French, English, Dutch and German). Most of the 50 pitches have access to electricity and there are several water taps. Every morning you can also buy fresh bread, a great way to start your day. The campsite is part of a sports initiative run by an enthusiastic group of Dutch people wo are passionate about sharing the Southern Alps. They can help you plan your rides (GPS maps and stacks of local knowledge), or take on their own bucketlist cols challenge that includes Galibier, Izoard and a bunch of other Tour de France climbs. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alps - Mountain Hotel Saint Roch (Puy Saint Vincent)

Friendly cycle friendly base for making the most of the Alps

Les Prés - Station 1400
05290 Puy St Vincent
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 23 32 79
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €82 per room for 2 persons, €495 per week

Open: Mid-December to mid-April; end of May to end of August

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Hotel Mountain Roch is part of a sports initiative run by an enthusiastic group of Dutch people in the Southern French Alps. Nestled in the heart of the Hautes-Alps, there are 12 Tour de France cols and many more smaller bumps to get up and over within easy reach of the hotel (including the Izoard, Bonette and Galibier). Lots of local advice on hand to help plan road cycling routes – use the local maps and GPS guidance – or take on the hotel's own bucketlist cols challenge. The guys can also help you combine your road cycling with MTB or trailruning. There's a sun terrace on which to relax and enjoy homemade three-course meals to ensure you're fuelled for the next day. Oh and there's also orand enjoy special bike beers, pasta meals and post-cycling snacks. You can even have a shower the day of your departure so you can sneak in a ride before you go.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Antibes - Hotel Sophia Antipolis

Comfortable hotel 8km from Antibes on the French Riviera

Rue Albert Caquot
06560 Valbonne
Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Price from: €135

Open: All year

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Set in landscaped gardens with panoramic views of the countryside. On-site restaurant serving Provençal specialities and local wines (you can eat on the covered outdoor terrace overlooking the garden). Outdoor swimming pool, plus games room with table tennis and billiards. Rooms have tea/coffee-making facilities. Located 8.5km inland from Antibes and 16km from Cannes. Management advises a safe place can be found inside the hotel for secure bike storage.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Apt - Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers (Ventoux)

Luberon valley base for exploring and relaxing

447 Chemin Fontaine de Guby
84490 Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt
Vaucluse, Provence Cote d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)6 87 88 83 95
Email: [email protected]

Price from: £85 per night, £595 per week

Open: Easter till mid-October

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Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers are both one-bedroomed gites that have everything you need for a self-catered holiday. Each has a private terrace and barbeque, along with access to a superb infinity pool, perfect to return to after your ride (or your partner to relax at whilst you ride!) Surrounded by endless peaceful roads, this is a great base for riders of all abilities, with both gentle and challenging climbs offering stunning views as a reward. The 'Monts de Vaucluse' the 'Prealpes', rises to 1256 metres at Signal de Saint-Pierre and provides a beautiful backdrop and leads to the Plateau de Sault and the mighty Mont Ventoux (1912 metres), a 104km round trip. The gites sit in a peaceful olive & fruit orchard with views over the Luberon Valley, the village of Saint Saturnin Les Apt is an easy walk away for baguettes, restaurants  and other supplies. You can even order a Champagne breakfast and/or evening meal on arrival to kick off your stay in style. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Arles - La Résidence (Via Rhona)

Well-appointed self-catering apartments in the centre of Arles

3 rue Elie Giraud
13200 Arles
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €130

Open: All year

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La Résidence offers self-catering apartments are in a great central location in the town. Arles is at a key junction on the Via Rhona bike route sitting as it does at the mouth of the River Rhone. It's also the heart of Van Gogh country in Provence (there's art on display in the communal areas). Housed within a 17th century building, the apartments are stylishly decorated and the kitchens are fully equipped. They make a great base for an overnight (or longer) stay for people wanting to cut costs and prepare their own meals. Apartments sleep 2-4 people so they are also good also for families and groups. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Avignon - Grand Hotel

Comfortable four-star hotel near the train station and town walls

34 Boulevard Saint-Roch
84000 Avignon
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €80

Open: All year

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The Avignon Grand Hotel is a lovely hotel in a lovely location. It's right near the Avignon Centre train station, so a great spot for the start or end of a cycling trip. It's also just outside the city walls, so handy for exploring the old town. The staff are friendly, the wifi is fast and the breakfasts are hearty and healthy to keep cyclists happy. Doubles, twins, triples and family rooms. There also self-catered apartments. French and English spoken.
* We've stayed here – read our review *

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Avignon - Mercure Pont d'Avignon

Comfortable bike-friendly hotel in the heart of Avignon

Quartier Balance
2 Rue Ferruce
84000 Avignon
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €105

Open: All year

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Comfortable four-star hotel ideally located in a quiet district near the Pont d'Avignon and the Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace), and close to the train station. 87 rooms, so good for groups and families (rooms with a double bed, single bed and sofa bed available). Lovely breakfast that looks out onto the back garden; bar and lounge area. There is a luggage store for bikes and the hotel also works with a local bike hire firm and can help arrange bicycle rental. French, English and Spanish spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Avignon – The Willow Tree

Cyclist-run apartment for 4 within reach of Mont Ventoux

2537 Route des Taillades
84250 Le Thor
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: + 33 (0)4 9022 1772 or +33 (0)7 78 38 21 90 (France) or +44 (0)79 0954 5583 (UK)
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €750-€2000 per week depending on the season (please ask about shorter stays)

Open: All year

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The Willow Tree is a cyclist-run two bedroom apartment for 4 people just east of Avignon. It’s an ideal base, being a short ride from the leisure cycling routes of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and also within reach of Ventoux. The apartment sits within the grounds of a larger villa, called The Apple Orchard, but it is fully self-contained. It opens on to a terrace and there is also a heated swimming pool. The owners, Audrey and Peter, live on site and both work for local cycling companies. They can arrange bike hire, biking fittings and maintenance for you, plus advise on the best local routes. Free wifi. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Bédoin - La Maison des Peintres (Ventoux)

Cycling base in a Provençal artists' haven at the foot of the Ventoux

40, rue du Ventoux
Hameau des Baux
84410 Bédoin
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 90 12 79 40 or +33 (0)6 71 81 53 57
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €100 per night or €600 per week

Open: All year

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La Maison de Peintres is the perfect place to stay if you're cycling Mont Ventoux as you're already on the way. Only 2km up from the bustle of the cycling hub of Bedoin, you'll find yourself in a peaceful and truly Provençal hamlet at the foot of the mountain. It's also only five minutes' walk from the beautiful Grand Randonné path 91 that circles the Ventoux and a short drive to get fresh croissants in the morning. There are three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and a delightful terrace with a view of the surrounding cherry orchards and vineyards. There's a powerful shower and a full bath to rest your weary limbs. Owned by artist Julian Merrow Smith and his cellist wife, Ruth, it's decorated in Provençal style with your host's paintings on the walls.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Briançon - Chalet 9 (Serre Chevalier)

Charming chalet in the heart of Serre Chevalier

9 Chemin de l'Envers
05240 La Salle-les-Alpes
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +44 (0)7703 347 070
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €1600 per week for the whole chalet

Open: All year

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Chalet Nine is a completely renovated 17th century house just 100 metres from the road often used for the Tour de France (including stages 17 and 18 in 2017). There are five beautiful bedrooms, with three double bedrooms and two with en-suite bath/shower. The layout is flexble and ideal for families or cycling clubs, with a mix of doubles, bunk beds and singles. There are two additional bathrooms on the first floor to guarantee everyone gets a hot shower on time. There's a large sun lounge with terrace overlooking the garden views up the mountain towards the Col du Lautaret, plus a long dining table also with views. There's space for around 10 bikes and ample space for getting prepared. Free wifi + a welcome hamper to help you settle in.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Briancon - Chez Bear (Puy-Saint-Pierre)

Welcoming Alpine lodge in the Serre Chevalier

62 Chemin de Belvoir
05100 Puy-Saint-Pierre
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +44 (0)7402 998092
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €110 per room B&B, tailored quotes for weekly or fully catered

Open: All year

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Located above Briancon with stunning views of the Durance valley, the guys at Chez Bear are spolit for choice. The legendary cols are all here for you to: Col du Galibier, Col d'Izoard and Col du Granon, to name a few. If MTB is more your thing, this is a great base for downhill. Off the bike, there are lots of other activities and sites to see, including visiting ancient villages, hiking, and rock climbing. The building itself is a restored 17th century farmhouse, beautifully decorated with an open plan living area. The lodge offers spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and of the valley below. There are five twin/double bedrooms sleeping 10 people in total, each a deep bath or a walk-in shower (great for tired muscles!) Additional single beds can be added in some of the rooms. A vaulted games room has a pool table, sauna, wet room, cinema screen and multimedia (Apple TV, Netflix, Sky, Wii, DVD, Playstation). There's also a bar area with pizza/bread oven and a balcony overlooking the valley of La Guisane. In short, there's stacks here for you when you're not cycling, as well as heaps to keep non-cycling friends and family happy too (no bike guilt!) English, plus basic French and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Briançon - Hotel Edelweiss

Comfortable hotel close to amenities

32 avenue de la République
05100 Briançon
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €54

Open: All year

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Traditional French guesthouse close to local MTB and road routes and near a quiet park. Onsite restaurant. Flexible accommodation with singles, doubles, triples and quads - ideal for families and sharers. Management advises that bikes can be safely stored in the hotel. Free wifi. French and English spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Briancon - Residence du Temple Apart-hotel

Apartment hotel in the centre of town

3 Place du Temple
05100 Briançon
Haute- Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €93

Open: All year

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Résidence du Temple has self-catering apartments with a locked private parking area for bikes. Located in Briançon’s old town, it's handy to amenities and the train station. Apartments have washing machines, kitchens and other mod-cons. Onsite bar. Meals also available. The owners are outdoor enthusiasts who are happy to share their local knowledge.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Briancon - The Icerock Backpacker Hotel

Budget hotel option 16km south-west of Briancon

18 Avenue de Vallouise
05120 L'Argentière-la-Bessée
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €22 a night or €140 a week

Open: All year

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Predominantly a ski hotel in the winer, Icerock Hotel also opens in summer for cyclists and walkers. Rooms with dorm-style accommodation for a bargain basement price. Singles, doubles and quads. Onsite bar. Shared kitchen for self-caterers. The hotel has a cellar that doubles as a secure bike store. Free wifi. French and English spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Cannes - Mouans Sartoux Ibis

Affordable hotel option within reach of the French Riviera

4 Avenue des Sources
06370 Mouans-Sartoux
Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €69

Open: All year

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Located 10km north of Cannes, this is an affordable option near one of France's most expensive resorts. Free wifi. Pool. Breakfast buffet. 24-hour snacks. Hotel bar. The hotel has a locked garage available for bike storage. Garden and terrace areas.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Cannes - Novotel Cannes Montfleury

Four-star Cannes hotel with pool and massage facilities

25 Avenue Beauséjour
06400 Cannes
Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €99

Open: All year

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Well-appointed 4-star accommodation a short ride from Croisette Beach. Two onsite restaurants, plus lounge and cocktail bar. Swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, and a relaxation area with massages. Rooms (which can sleep up to 4 people) have panoramic views of the sea. Free wifi. French, English, Italian, Spanish and German spoken. There is a private underground carpark with safe cycle storage, plus a locked baggage area in the hotel proper. Help with bike hire and route information available at reception.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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