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.
Food & Drink
Menerbes has some cafes at the top, to stop and refuel before returning to Bonnieux. Oppede also has a couple of cafes and a store.
Points of interest
Although this town is small, as it is perched on the side of one of the Luberon hilltops, it offers incredible views across the valley. Not long after the start of today’s ride, you will find yourself winding your way up through this beautiful village, with architecture dating back to the 9th century. One of the residents of Lacoste, author Finnbar Mac Eoin, was the last person to cross Pont Julien prior to its traffic closure in 2005. A plaque on the bridge reads “We do not know who was the first person to cross, but an Irishman was the last.”
Another gorgeous hilltop village which offers views over the Luberon Valley, Menerbes is the second of 2 villages on your ride today. There are plenty of cafes to stop off for a quick pick me up before cycling back to Bonnieux, and if you’re feeling particularly historical, you can visit the Corkscrew Museum, which has more than 1000 different pieces on display!
Oppede le Vieux
An optional side trip in today’s cycle will take you to the village of Oppede le Vieux. Take a stroll through the 15th and 16th century houses and admire the views offered to you from the centre of the town.