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.

 

THE Climbs

  • 3.3 km (3.4%)

  • 1.9 km (3.3%)

Distance/Ascent

  • Distance: 42 km

  • Ascent: 400 m

Elevation-Pic St Loup.jpg
 

Pic St-Loup

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.

Hortus

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.

Accommodation suggestion

  • Mas des Violettes, 34270 Valflaunès

    • 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.

  • Auberge du Cèdre, 34270 Lauret

    • A unique, classy and paradisaical place.

    • You can stay in the hotel or the appartment.

    • Great restaurant and bistro.


Gallery Bike Tour 4

Gallery Hike 1

Gallery Hike 2