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Cycle Roussillon to L'Isle sur la Sorgue

Bicycle Ride · Vaucluse
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A freewheel down to Luberon Valley floor sweeps west onto an easy going cycle path to the emerald green waters of Fontaine Vaucluse. A staff favourite, Fontaine is an excellent  spot for a riverside lunch. Only a few  km’s from L’Isle sur la Sorgue there is no reason hurry on.
Distance 31.1 km
2:15 h
275 m
518 m
Enjoy your final day of cycling as you descend quickly into the Luberon valley and along to the village of Fonatine De Vaucluse, which is situated on top of the Sorgue river, at the base of a magnificent cliff. Continue on following the path of the river, back to your starting point of L’Isle sur la Sorgue, enjoying the flattening terrain, resulting in a relaxing end to an amazing week in Provence!

Author’s recommendation

Once you reach Fontaine de Vaucluse make sure you take a walk up to the source of the River Sourge. Beautiful.
Highest point
319 m
Lowest point
59 m

Safety information

The route is largely on main roads so when cycling please beware of traffic and cycle on the right-hand side of the road if there is no cycle lane.  Whilst drivers in France are respectful of the 'velo', please do be mindful of other road users at all times, obeying local road signs and any change in road conditions.  Beware of traffic especially when entering and leaving the towns where the traffic flow tends to be highest.

Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.

Tips and hints

Food & Drink

Fontaine De Vaucluse has several small cafes and restaurants in its centre, along with some local shops selling Provencal delights. As you get back into L’Isle sur la Sorgue, you will find several shops and local places to eat. If you feel like a treat for completing your week long trip, there are several restaurants worth a visit in L’Isle sur la Sorgue.


Points of interest

Fontaine De Vaucluse

This village is situated at the source of the Sorgue and is named after the spring from which the river flows. It is the largest spring in France, the only exit point of the water collected from Mount Ventoux, and an impressive sight as the river begins to wind its way through the valley from the base of the cliffs.


Roussillon (305 m)
43.896284, 5.297011
43°53'46.6"N 5°17'49.2"E
31T 684483 4862918


Grand Hotel Henri, L'isle sur la sourge

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - As you exit the hotel, TURN LEFT onto the main road.

0.10 km - At the roundabout, STRAIGHT ON, heading uphill.

0.30 km - STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the turn off on your left, as the main road bears right uphill. Continue on this road heading through the village and downhill, until you reach the roundabout.

1.00 km - At the roundabout, TURN LEFT, following the road sign to Gordes. Follow this main road for the next 500m until you reach a car park in front of you.

1.50 km - With the car park in front of you, TURN RIGHT at this junction as the road begins to descend into the valley. Be careful as this road can get very fast, watch out for traffic.

2.70 km - After 2 hairpin turns (right then left), you will reach a fork in the road with signs for Gordes and Goult. TAKE THE LEFT FORK, which directs you to Goult and St Pantaleon.  

2.90 km - At the crossroads, STRAIGHT ON. Continue on this road for the next 3km until you reach a T-bar junction. Ignore any turn offs.

5.90 km - At the give way sign (where you turned right for Gordes during the loop ride), TURN LEFT, following the sign to St Pantaleon.

6.00 km - TAKE THE NEXT RIGHT after the Gordes/St Pantaleon junction, onto a small road, with a sign for ‘Les Marres’.

6.50 km - Immediately after you cross over a small bridge and take a tight right turn, you will reach a fork. TAKE THE LEFT FORK HERE.


6.90 km - CONTINUE ALONG THE ROAD AS IT TURNS RIGHT followed by another left turn soon after.

7.20 km - At the give way sign, STRAIGHT ON. You will see the village of Gordes to your right.

N.B. Beware of potholes on the road ahead.

8.10 km - At the give way sign, TURN LEFT as the road goes uphill.

8.40 km - When you reach the fork in the road, TURN RIGHT AND CONTINUE UPHILL following the sign for St Pantaleon. You will recognize this junction from the Gordes/Goult loop ride.

8.80 km - STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the turn off on your right.

8.90 km - CONTINUE ON THE MAIN ROAD, ignoring the turn off down to your left. The road you are on bears right.


9.60 km - At this junction, STRAIGHT ON. The road jumps up to the right slightly here, you will see a road sign on your right, follow it the direction of D’Avignon.

9.70 km - Ignore the crossroads and STRAIGHT ON as you exit St Pantaleon.

10.10 km - STRAIGHT ON as the road goes downhill. Ignore the turn off to your left.

11.00 km - STRAIGHT ON ON THE MAIN ROAD, ignoring the small cross road you pass through.

11.60 km - At the large junction which intersects with a main road, STRAIGHT ON. Follow the direction of the sign for ‘Les Imberts’.

11.90 km - STRAIGHT ON on the main road as it goes downhill. Ignore the turn off to your left.

12.50 km - STRAIGHT ON on the main road ignoring any turn offs.

13.50 km - At the stop sign at a main junction, TURN LEFT, following the road sign for Fontaine De Vaucluse.

13.60 km - TAKE THE NEXT RIGHT, approx. 100m after the left turn you have just made.

13.70 km - STRAIGHT ON on this road, ignoring any turn offs until you reach the small roundabout.

13.80 km - At the roundabout, STRAIGHT ON, following the sign to Fontaine De Vaucluse. Continue on this road until you reach another small roundabout.

15.10 km - At the small roundabout, TURN LEFT, following signs to Fontaine De Vaucluse.

15.40 km - When you reach this fork, TAKE THE ROAD TO THE RIGHT, AND KEEP FOLLOWING THE SIGNS TO FONTAINE DE VAUCLUSE, which takes you to the left – an ‘S’ bend. Stay on the main road, do not cycle over the brick part of the road in front of the Mediatheque.

15.50 km - STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the turn down to your left.

16.00 km - At the give way sign, TURN RIGHT, following the sign to Fontaine De Vaucluse. Follow this main road for the next 2.7km.

N.B. After you reach the peak of this climb, the road goes downhill quite fast, so take care to watch your speed and look out for traffic.

18.70 km - TURN RIGHT at the sign for Fontaine de Vaucluse, follow the road as it leads you onwards and uphill. This junction is before a left hand bend in the main road.

N.B. You might still be going quite fast, be careful not to miss this turning.

19.40 km - STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the small road to your left which leads downhill.

19.90 km - TURN DOWNHILL TO YOUR RIGHT. Follow this road for the next 1.45km.

N.B. This road is very steep!

21.30 km - HEAD DOWN TO YOUR LEFT into an ‘S’ bend. There is a no entry road on the corner of this bend to your right hand side. Continue to the end of this road (a T Junction).

21.60 km - TURN RIGHT at this junction to head towards to centre of the village.

22.10 km - After you cross the bridge, you will reach the centre of the village. Stop here for a coffee and walk around the shops, or head up to the source of the river Sorgue which is only 800m away. Once you have finished spending time here, TURN BACK AROUND AND HEAD BACK THE WAY YOU CAME.

22.50 km -At the T junction which you previously turned right at (which is now on your left), STRAIGHT ON ahead. You will be following the path of the river to your right.

24.50 km - Approx. 600m after the large bridge you pass under, you will reach a main turn off to your right. STRAIGHT ON here and do not turn off yet.

25.20 km - TURN RIGHT here, following the signs for Belambra Clubs. This turn off takes you onto a quiet back road. Continue on this road until you reach the give way sign.

26.00 km - At the give way sign, TURN RIGHT.

26.70 km - At the fork, TAKE THE LEFT ROAD, which leads you onto a narrower gravel track, heading through an olive and fruit trees farm.

27.40 km - At the give way sign, STRAIGHT ON, over the main road and onto the gravel track.

27.90 km - STRAIGHT ON on this road, ignoring the turn offs to your left and then right.

28.30 km - When you reach the fork in the road, CONTINUE ON THE PATH YOU ARE CURRENTLY ON WHICH BEARS TO THE RIGHT. You will just have passed a house on your left.

N.B. Ignore the road which is on your right as this is a dead end.

28.60 km - STRAIGHT ON, on the path you are currently on, ignoring the turn off to your right.

29.00 km - At the end of this road, TURN LEFT. There is a house on the left that you will just have passed 30m before the end of the road.

29.60 km - 50M BEFORE YOU REACH THE STOP SIGN, TURN RIGHT. There is a cycle sign directing you to L’Isle sur la Sorgue.

30.70 km - When you reach the roundabout, TURN RIGHT TAKING THE 1ST EXIT, heading past the school on your right hand side.

31.20 km - STRAIGHT ON at this roundabout.

31.40 km - TURN RIGHT here for Grand Hotel Henri, just before the next roundabout. If you have accommodation elsewhere in the middle of the town, continue onwards to your accommodation.


Congratulations on Pedalling Provence through the Luberon Valley! Enjoy your last night in town before onward travel.


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43.896284, 5.297011
43°53'46.6"N 5°17'49.2"E
31T 684483 4862918
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer.  Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge of any navigation unit you may decide to use.

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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