Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mont Ventoux, again!

We went to the CMT caravanning and tourism exhibition in Stuttgart today. It is the reputedly the biggest tourism exhibition in the world. During the first weekend one hall has stands on cycling and walking. There are a lot of bikes to be seen and ridden on, which we largely ignored and checked out walking and cycling routes.
We discovered by chance the Ventoux Club Hôtelier (, an association of  nine small independent hotels around Mont Ventoux:
  • H La Garance, Bedoin,
  • H des Pins, Bedoin,
  • Safari H, Carpentras,
  • H Montmirail, Vacqueyras,
  • H Domaine des Tilleuls, Malaucène,
  • H Villa Elaia, Puyméras,
  • H le Saint-Marc, Mollans sur Ouvèze,
  • L'oustau de la Font, Reilhanette,
  • H Le Louvre, Sault,
The club offers you online booking in English. There are bike shops, bike hire stations, bike routes, baggage transfer and walking routes all over the area. If you are feeling brave enough you can even try Mont Ventoux by bike. We had a long talk with the proprietor of one of the hotels. The hotels look delightful and the prices seem reasonable. It's France so the food should be good. The only fly in the ointment would appear to be public transport. You might well have to get picked up from Orange or Avignon station or take a cab. I think the weather in October could well be quite pleasant and you might well meet us then.


  1. Thank you for this information. I do a 1 week cycle trip with my dad each year, but I've skipped France so far mostly because I always end up at some "" website of Englishmen who live in France and organize pretty overpriced cycle trips in France. So any digest in English is very welcome :-)

    1. We have mentioned NE France several times in our books: "Riesling Route" (Thionville to Strasbourg), Rhine 2 and Rhine upstream" (Left bank of the Rhine between Basel and the German border near Wörth). There are some general comments about France in "" and there will be some more here and there as soon I can work out a way of describing the partly finished Rhone Cycle Route from Geneva to the Med.


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