Road trip around Mont Ventoux (France) - Cruizador Routes & Travel

Road trip around Mont Ventoux (France)

Top of the Mont-Ventoux France

We take you on a road-trip around the Mont-Ventoux in France, one of your devoted’s favorite place in France. Twisted roads, fine cuisine, great landscapes and year ‘round great weather. So buckle up and let’s ride out! roadtrip-france-mont-ventoux

In short
  • Country: France
  • Starting point: Sisteron
  • GPS Coordinates: 44°11’28”, North | 5° 56’ 50” East
  • Duration: 3-5 days depending on the itinerary and riding style
  • Top sights : Sisteron, Mont-Ventoux, Isle sur la Sorgue, Saint-Rémy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence, etc.

[Roadbook at the end of the article]

Day 1

We picked Sisteron (info) as the starting point, which is definitely a good place to start off. The city has a long history – all the way back to Prehistory – there is a citadel with a 360° view over the entire valley, which is definitely worth visiting, a few dining options, etc..

Vue depuis la Citadelle de Sisteron Cruizador

The view from the guard path, Sisteron citadel

How to get there ?

It depends on your schedule, where you will start the road trip from, etc. You could definitely combine it with the Route des Grandes Alpes

But generally, from Geneva, it will take you about 4h if you travel on highway up to 6h30 if you avoid motorways. roadtrip-france-mont-ventoux

Where to stay in Sisteron?

  • Hotel Le Tivoli: a bit in the upscale pricing range, though it is located in the city center, they have an underground garage where you can park your bike overnight, and the restaurant is good.
  • Hotel Ibis/Ibis Budget: if you are traveling on a budget, this one is for you. Located about 5km outside the city, it certainly doesn’t boast the same charm as Le Tivoli, but it is clean, you can check in 24/7, and they have a guarded parking facility with CCTV.

Note that there are many camping options, even wild camping. But, if the practice is prohibited, it is tolerated in certain situations. But in any case, before settling near a home, ask the owner for permission. Avoid starting bonfires, especially because of the risk of wild fire, and especially repack all your waste when leaving the next morning. And this also applies to compostable waste. The rule of decorum is as follows: we leave the place as we found it.

Where to eat in Sisteron ?

Depending on your wishes, there are several dining options. Look up on Trid Advisor for instance. The Restaurant Le Tivoli is good. We also did try out an Asian/Vietnamese Restaurant which was also good and not expensive (Hong Phuoc, here), but you can also get a Pizza and eat on a public bench if you travel on a budget, for instance Chez Enzo (here).

Day 2

Long and great day ahead. Try to wake up early. In the region, especially in Spring/Summer, it gets warm really fast. If you don’t have the breakfast included in your room, get to a bakery in the city center and have a coffee at Le Bar du Commerce for instance. They have a terrace in the shadow and it is good spot to plan the itinerary with your map or set up your GPS, view on the citadel included.

But first coffee Cruizador

Ready to take off? Bag(s) safely stored on the bike? Let’s go!

Follow Noyers-sur-Jarbon (via D946), then St-Vincent sur Jarbon, Montfroc, Montbrun (via D542) and then Sault (D942). Sault is a nice village with a market (Wed & Sat). No need to stop for long but you can have a coffee on the central square. From Sault, you can spot the Mont-Ventoux (literally the Windy Summit in Old French), which will be the highlight of the day. From Sault, take the D1 towards Flassan/Bedoin, then D974 (Mont-Ventoux).

Ready to take off? Bag(s) securely stowed on the bike? Let’s ride!

Montbrun-les-Bains France Cruizador

Mont Ventoux

Basically, you can ascend the Mt-Ventoux either starting in Bedoin or Malaucène. We personally favor the climb from Bedoin but it’s your choice. In all cases, we would advise you to have lunch after, so that your stomach doesn’t end up upside-down with all the twisties.

General warning: beware of the cyclists on the road. During sunny days, the Mt-Ventoux is taken by storms by cyclists, and some do not know how to behave properly on a public road (they stop in the middle of the road to take pictures, make u-turns, etc.). So better safe than sorry!

Mont-Ventoux France Cruizador
Good time ahead!! roadtrip-france-mont-ventoux

But otherwise, enjoy the ride up! The asphalt is overall in very good conditions, there are hundreds of twisties. The road is 26km long, with a positive elevation of 1000m+ (avg. slope 4.5%). You will start your ascent in dense vegetation to end up in a lunar landscape!

Top of the Mont-Ventoux France Cruizador
Top of the Mont-Ventoux (France). Welcome on the moon…

At the top, please be aware of the wind when you park your bike, which can blow well above 100km/h. Also, it can be quite chilly at the top, so you won’t probably stay long.

To ride down, you can either take the same road or drive on the other side (direction Malaucène). In both cases, we would advise you to come back to Bedoin for your lunch, as there are more options.

Where to eat?

In Bedoin, we recommend you the Restaurant Le Grillon, the have a yummy flame-grilled burger with potatoes. They have a few vegetarian options too, but Vegan-eater will probably have to look somewhere else. They are closed on Monday (more info here).

Flame grilled Bruger Le Grillon Bedoin Cruizador
After the effort… roadtrip-france-mont-ventoux

After your lunch, you have several options to continue your journey, which are all worth considering.

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

A very picturesque little town with a canal, bars & restaurants, hand-crafted shops, a pedestrian city-center, etc.

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue France Cruizador
Walking along the canal…

Gordes

Also, a great picturesque village. We loved it, and there are lots of accomodations/hotels/BnB’s, etc. However, Gordes, considered as one of the most beautiful French village, boasts a solid reputation miles and miles around. Thus, prices tend to be more in the high-end range. So, if you travel on a budget, you will maybe find cheaper option nearby. Though, we would recommend you to check for last-minute deals if you are not traveling during high-season. Need more info on Gordes? Check out this link (here). 

Gordes France Cruizador
View over the village, Gordes, France roadtrip-france-mont-ventoux

A few km away from Gordes, you can and should also have a look at the Abbaye de Sénanque, a Cistercian abbey from the 12th century (more info here). No need to necessarily visit it, but a walk around the abbey is definitely worth it. And depending on the time you visit, basically from Mid-June to End-August, you will have a chance to spot the lavender fields with the abbey in the background. Soooo Instagram-able :- )

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque France Cruizador
We missed the blossoming time though 😉

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

We decided on our side to spend the night in Saint-Remy de Provence, another very, very picturesque French village. Located south from Avignon, St-Remy offers also pedestrian narrow-streets, hotels, restaurants, hand-craft, etc.

Where to stay?

We decided to pamper ourselves and booked a room at Hotel Villa Glanum (info here). We were travelling off-season and the hotel had just opened a few weeks ago. So, we got ourselves a pretty good deal. They have also a pool and a SPA so perfect to relax after a long day on the bike!

Hotel Villa Glanum St-Remy-de-Provence France
Just chilling…

However, there are many other options (BnB, camping, etc.). Check the tourism office website to browse for accommodations: here

Where to eat ?

Again, kind of tough to pick amongst all the restaurant available. Personally, we were craving for Italian, so the lady at front desk recommended La Cantina (info here).  But a rapid search on Trip Advisor for instance will show you all the possible candidates (you can filter by type of food, budget, etc.). roadtrip-france-mont-ventoux

What to do ?

Located about 10km away from Saint-Remy is a tiny village called Les Baux-de-Provence. Also considered as one of the Top choices in the area, Les Baux boasts a castle from the 11th century, that you can visit (ticket is 8€). Well you will visit the park and the ruins, as there is not much of the castle left. But the view from the esplanade over the valley is definitely worth it.

Les Baux-de-Provence France Cruizador Chateau
View on the castle from the esplanade

And you can also wander along the narrow streets and do some shopping (handicrafts).

Les Baux-de-Provence France Cruizador
It will never fit in the top case… 🙂 

For lunch, you will have several options (regional food). But if you feel adventurous, we recommend that you give it a try at Les Baux Jus (info here). It is a grocery and a restaurant where they serve organic rawfood and juices. We tried the vegan discovery menu and it was delicious. Definitely unusual compared to the other traditional restaurants but it felt good.

Les Baux Jus Baux-de-Provence Cruizador
Discovery menu at Les Baux Jus 

Though, if you fancy a more traditional cuisine, you will also have many options to choose from. roadtrip-france-mont-ventoux

Where next?

This is where our road-trip ends. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you cannot continue your ride out. And there are several options to consider:

  • Route des Grandes Alpes, more info here.
  • Arles to see the Roman Amphitheatre (here).
  • Verdon Gorge, where you have many options if you’re the outdoorsy type (here).
  • Marseille and a ride along the Côte d’Azur to Nice.
Pont du Galetas Gorges du Verdon France Cruizador
View from the Galetas bridge, Verdon Gorges

We hope this article gave you some options and inspiration. Don’t hesitate to hook up to us should you have any additional questions.

Ride on!

Roadbook

There are of course many different route options, depending e.g. if you want to avoid motorways at all costs or depending on the total of days you have at your disposal for this road-trip. Here is our suggestion, but do not hesitate to deviate. roadtrip-france-mont-ventoux

Time/distance approximate (without stop, coffee break, etc.). Please ride safely!

  • Btw. If you are looking for a suitable navigation tool do read our selection of our TOP 10 navigation systems here
  • What to pack for your trip? Don’t miss out our list of road trip essentials you definitely want to have with you: here

Possible itinerary 

  Roadbook: Roadtrip around Mont-Ventoux (France) Comments
Leg 1 Geneva to Sisteron via Lus-la-Croix-Haute

 

[290km, 4h15min]

  • Take A1/E25 then A41 direction Annecy/Grenoble
  • Follow A41 then take exit in Meylan and follow E712/N87
  • Continue onto E712/N87 and continue on D6
  • Take exit onto A480 and then take A51
  • Follow D1075 (direction Lus-la-Croix-Haute)
  • Then keep following D1075 to Sisteron
A lot of highway, so depending on your bike, it can be annoying. Though, unless you really deviate from this Itinerary and go for the Route Napoléon or Route des Grandes Alpes, you will lose more time riding on departemental roads (marked D+number) than the highway. Yet you will save up the highway tolls. Up to you to decide!
Leg 2 Sisteron to Bedoin de Provence (via Sault and Mt-Ventoux)

 

[240km, 5h00]

  • Follow Noyers-sur-Jarbon (via D946);
  • Then St-Vincent sur Jarbon, Montfroc, Montbrun (via D542) ;
  • Then Sault (D942).
  • From Sault, take the D1 towards Flassan/Bedoin
  • Then D974 (Mont-Ventoux) -> Enjoy the ride up 🙂
  • From Top of the Mt-Ventoux, drive down on the other side (Malaucène)
  • From Malaucène drive back to Bedoin (D938 & D19)
Great day ahead ! Don’t start your day too late, so that you can enjoy the fresh air in the morning!
Leg 3 Bedoin to Isle-sur la Sorgue and then St-Remy de Provence

 

[40min, 32.3km]

  • From Bedoin to Carpentras take the D974 and then follow to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (D31).
  • From Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to St-Remy-de-Provence, follow D900 and then D30
  • Les Baux-de-Provence is located about 10km from St-Remy (via D5 and D27A)
A bit flat so do not hesitate to calibrate your GPS so that it takes you on road with twisties.

roadtrip-france-mont-ventoux

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