Avignon and its surroundings by bike
Urban trips and Via Rhôna
Cycling trips in Avignon
Avignon is first and foremost a city rich in heritage, a large part of which has been inscribed by UNESCO, and a city of museums, festivals and more! But Avignon is also a bike-friendly city, with cycle paths, bike parking areas and repair and inflation stations located throughout the city.
All of this means that cycling is the perfect way to tour Avignon:
– travelling by bike between the city’s numerous places to visit
– longer trips to explore the outskirts of the city or just to get some fresh air: from a Tour of the remparts (4,3 km) to the prairie of the Saint-André abbey in Villeneuve lez Avignon (8 km) passing through the île de la Barthelasse (13 km), 5 marked routes for visiting the city by mountain bike or hybrid bike
>> Click here to view the Avignon bike dossier
Avignon, a car-free destination
The Avignon tourist office is qualified “Accueil vélo” , and has a repair kit. You can also charge your bike here on request.
Avignon, a town of reasonable size that can be discovered without a car
With the géovelo app that lets plan your cycling itinerary in Avignon, but also with 4 free park and ride facilities (view the map of park and ride facilities), a tram that connects the central station to the sports fields, 30 Vélopop stations and 300 self-service bikes spread over Avignon, ile Piot, Agroparc, Le Pontet, Montfavet and Villeneuve les Avignon) all on a growing number of cycle paths, whose tour of the ramparts and the canal paths allow you to discover Avignon and its surroundings without a car.
If you’re travelling without your own bike, Velopop, a bike rental service, offers one-day passes (€1 + €0.50 per 30 minutes used.) and seven-day passes (€5 + €0.50 per 30 minutes used). In summer, the first 30 minutes of the seven-day pass are free.
You can also take your visit to Avignon as far as the île de la Barthelasse via the river shuttle, or thanks to the Grands Bateaux de Provence which offer river trips between Avignon and Villeneuve les Avignon on Saturday and Sunday mornings during the summer.
Avignon, a stopover town
On the via Rhôna route and close to the Mediterranean by bike route
For lovers of long-distance cycling trips, Avignon is a stop on 2 Eurovelo routes:
– Via Rhona (EV17), 815 km long that connects Switzerland with the Mediterranean. Avignon is at the end of stage 18/ beginning of stage 19.
– The Mediterranean by bike (EV8), connecting Italy to Spain and traversing south of Avignon. From this cycle route, Avignon can be reached via the Via Rhona from the north/ south direction in Beaucaire.
Did you know?
Avignon is directly linked by bike routes to three European countries: Switzerland, Italy and Spain
Cycling events in Avignon
Did you know?
Every year, the French cycling federation organizes the Fête du vélo (Cycling festival) all over France
Cycling is celebrated throughout the year
Whether it’s sporting events or organized bike rides, Avignon displays its passion for cycling through a variety of events. Some dates to remember:
– End of January/ beginning of February: Avignon vélo Passion, event that caters to amateurs as well as professionals, enthusiasts and those who are simply curious! During the 3 days of the event, all cycling practices (mountain biking, BMX, casual bike rides etc .) are placed in the spotlight.
– Second Sunday in September: “Les Cyclades” offer a range of bike rides and activities for a family cycling experience
– Every first Friday of the month at 6:30 pm: the association Roulons à vélo offers night trips with a length of a dozen kilometres to explore the most beautiful paths of Avignon and its surroundings.