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Rousillon to L'Isle sur la Sorgue

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From historic hill top towns, to the banks of the River Sorgue, today completes your road cycle tour of Provnence. It maybe a cliché but it’s worth saving the best to last. A steady climb to sleepy Murs leads to a rolling descent into the chic, celebrity hilltop hangout of Gordes. Clinging to the rock face Gordes is worthy of a coffee stop on your journey west out of the Luberon Valley to Fontaine de Vaucluse and finally L’Isle sur la Sorgue.
Distance 39.2 km
2:14 h
535 m
784 m

The shortest ride of the week allows you to wind down and spend some time in our favourite Provencal villages.

Off the beaten track, your first encounter is Murs. A very well preserved and unspoilt Provencal village. It is said that the painters chose Gordes and Roussillon, the writers chose Lourmarin, and the wise chose Murs, and have kept quiet about it! Head further west, you'll reach the town of Gordes, dominated by its 10th Century chateau which was remodelled in the Renaissance. The buildings here are of white stone, built into the steep rock and on we'd suggest hopping off the bikes here to take time for coffee or a long lunch.

Further on from Gordes and only a few KM's from the L'Isle sur la Sorgue you'll reach Fontaine de Vaucluse. Here there is an impressive spring which flows out of the 230 m high cliff. This gigantic source is the most powerful in France and fifth in the world. 630 million cubic meters of water flow out every year. The village of Fontaine has a number of waterside cafes and bar where it worths saoking up the rays before heading onto the charmes of L'Isle sur la Sorgue.

Author’s recommendation

I would definitely recommend that you take the time for a break in Fontaine de Vaucluse. It's a very pretty town on the River Sorgue, with waterwheels, weirs and restaurants overlooking the river.
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Jo Payne
Update: August 03, 2018
Highest point
528 m
Lowest point
58 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Be very careful on the tight hairpin bends before Fontaine de Vaucluse.

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 hire bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.

Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling.

Do 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. The road does narrow in parts so please take on bends and when descending, do so with caution.

Tips and hints

There is is a small supermarket in Roussillon, where you can buy provisions for the day, and then many cafes and restaurants in the villages and towns that you pass through.

This ride is available on: SGRCMVP


43.901642, 5.295145
43°54'05.9"N 5°17'42.5"E
31T 684317 4863509

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km - Begin your day once again at the sundial in Roussillon. Cycle down the hill towards town and TURN RIGHT. At the roundabout TURN LEFT and after 1km, you'll reach a Stop sign where you should TURN RIGHT on to the D169 to Joucas.

2.20km - BEAR RIGHT on to the D102 signposted Murs, Joucas and Gordes.

4.20km - Go STRAIGHT ON at the Stop sign continuing on the D102.

5.30km - At the T-junction TURN RIGHT on the D60 and take the first LEFT TURN through the narrow streets of Les Gerdiols. TURN RIGHT at the next junction and climb steadily for 4kms.

9.30km - At the next Stop sign TURN LEFT on the D4 and continue climbing to Murs. Cycle through the village and then, with the 'place du lavoir' on your right (there is also a water fountain here to fill your bottles). BEAR LEFT on the D15 to Gordes. Almost immediately you need to BEAR LEFT on to a narrow road and, at the end of this road, TURN LEFT and continue for approx 6kms until you arrive in Gordes.

Take a look around this lovely old town. There are many cafes and restaurants if you fancy some refreshments.

18.70km -  Leave Gordes on the D15 to Cavaillon. This road is off the roundabout that you arrived in on. After approx 200m, with the town across to your left, continue STRAIGHT ON and down the hill.

20.80km - At the next roundabout TURN RIGHT on to the D2 and in 3kms you will pass through Les Imberts. Look for a road on your right, signposted for the 'Creche and Ecole Maternelle' and TURN RIGHT. Pass the cemetery on your right and go STRAIGHT ON at the roundabout. 

25.50km - Pass through Cabrieres d'Avignon and TURN LEFT at the first roundabout, and follow signs for Fontaine de Vaucluse. TURN RIGHT on to the D100.

28.90 km -  After a downhill section BEAR RIGHT, still following Fontaine de Vaucluse. There are a few very steep, tight hairpin bends and then you arrive at a T-junction. Here you will continue left but, if you fancy a break, then you can turn right and visit the town. Return to this same spot when you are ready and contonue your route as described.

31.70km -  At the T-junction TURN LEFT onto the D24 and continue for 2kms. After passing under an impressive viaduct TURN RIGHT to L'Isle sur la Sorgue.

38.10km - Arriving at the first roundabout in L'Isle sur la Sorgue TURN LEFT. Then go STRAIGHT ON and the next and join the cycle path running alongside the road.

39.20km - TURN RIGHT (second exit) at the following roundabout and immediately on your left there is a round viewing platform over the river.

Congratulations, you have finished!! Now just decide whether it's going to be a coffee, beer or ice cream!


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43.901642, 5.295145
43°54'05.9"N 5°17'42.5"E
31T 684317 4863509
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Besides cycling in the kit you are used too, we'd also suggest taking the essentials of water bottle(s), nutrition, an extra layer, cash/credit cards and mobile together with emergency telephone numbers.

Always wear a helmet and pack a spare tube, puncture repair kit, tyre levers and handpump. You may also like to take a multi-tool.

Basic Equipment for Road Cycling

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shoes
  • Padded shorts and jersey
  • Sunglasses


  • Water bottle and cage
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • 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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39.2 km
2:14 h
535 m
784 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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