Take care on the roads today - there are some sections of cycling on busier single carrieageways, between and entering towns along with a crossing of one fast-flowing road.
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.
Beware of traffic especially when entering and leaving towns where the traffic flow tends to be highest. Take care on the day’s descents; make the most of the downhill but don’t speed around corners where you can’t see what’s coming ahead of you on narrow single-track roads. Always treat descents with respect!
Remember to ride on the right-hand side of the road and 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.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Today you’ll pass through this fortified village, with one of the largest Romanesque churches in the Vaucluse, dating from the 14th century. The church contains an Italian organ from the 1700s, which has been restored to working order. The town also boasts a niche museum of wine-growing tools, and in June plays host to a cherry festival.
You’ll find a boulangerie, cafes and some restaurants on the town’s streets also.
The Chateau in Chateauneuf du Pape
The village itself is dominated by the ruins of the Papal Palace built as a summer house for the Popes in the 1300s, and latterly damaged by fires during a religious war. Little remains, but what does hints at past grandeur. The site is a great place for panoramic views over these world-renowned vineyards and is a stunning place to watch the sunset.
Dotted around the village you’ll find a variety of “caves” (wine cellars) where you can make appointments for tasting the region’s fine wines -the cellars vary from the relaxed to the bordering on pretentious. If you fancy a tasting but don’t have anything specific in mind then we recommend visiting the Musee du Vin (detailed below) for an overview of the area.
Le Musee du Vin
This museum, in the village centre of Chateauneuf du Pape, is operated by the long-standing family of Brotte who bottle wine around the region, along with growing their own. Their varieties include AOC certified Domaine Barville, Domaine Grosset and Chateau de Bord wines all grown to the French environmental standard Terra Vitis. We recommend a visit and wine tasting here, you can find the information you’ll need to book on the webpages below.
Opening times and contact information: https://www.brotte.com/fr/musee-du-vin-chateauneuf-du-pape-ouverture-adresse
Food & Drink
Before leaving Bedoin you can buy a picnic lunch or snacks from the Utile supermarket in the village centre. Alternatively, there are plenty of places to stop en route today, the route passes through the towns of Caromb, Beaumes de Venise, Vacqueryras, Jonquieres and Courthouzon before reaching Chateauneuf du Pape. In the latter there is plenty of choice and you’ll find a few restaurants and cafes at the base of the chateau in the village centre.
Always wear a helmet when cycling. Most (but not all) hire bikes come with a helmet, but taking your own can be more hygienic and is likely to be a better fit.
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, as well as a small set of bike lights in case of poor visibility. 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, and pack your suncream!