Bike Tour 4 :
Around the Pic St-Loup
The essential, emblematic tour visiting the twin mountains: the impressive Pic St-Loup and his counterpart the Hortus, face to face. A beauty.
3.3 km (3.4%)
1.9 km (3.3%)
Distance: 42 km
Ascent: 400 m
Used as reference point for navigators on the Mediterranean sea at the time, the Pic St-Loup with it’s dramatic north face and typical peak-like appearance when seen from the east and the west, is one of the most spectacular and emblematic natural sites in the area.
Although a little bit lower than its counterpart, the south face of the Hortus makes an even more abrupt and massive impression than his big brother in front.
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
A short, quiet easy bike tour, offering spectacular views. By admiring the beauty of the huge rock walls, we can almost guarantee you an extension torticollis. Not to be missed !
Enjoy the colors during early morning or late afternoon rides and try to understand the mystery of the site that have inspired many painters for ages.
A great picnic place can be reached after a one minute walk from the road. Massive view !
In the village just nearby, an outdoor public summer swimming pool offers you a lovely view on the south-east face of the Pic St-Loup.
Feel the atmosphere of the Tour de France. You’re riding a part of stage 13 (won by André Greipel) of the 2012 “Bradley Wiggins” Tour de France.
Including two great hikes:
Hike 1: A 5.5 km return trip (2.75 km x 2, 330 m ascent) and classic hike to the top of the Pic St-Loup. Enjoy the massif view on the region and the Hortus in front, and the 450 m vertical drop of the north face under your feet !
Hike 2: A 2.5 km return trip (1.25 km x 2, 110 m ascent) above a climbing site leading you to one of the most beautiful views on the Pic St-Loup, Hortus, and Cévennes mountain in the region.
Idyllic place with independent studios, with surrounding fields and great view in the Hortus.
Refrigerator and cooking facility. Meals can be served if you want.
Open year round.
A unique, classy and paradisaical place.
You can stay in the hotel or the appartment.
Great restaurant and bistro.