Bike Tour 8 :

Through the Countryside West of Sommières

The nicest and most complete tour when starting from the medieval town of Sommières, where you can also admire one of the rare (partly) inhabited bridges in the world, a 1th century Roman bridge built by emperor Tiberius, transformed into an inhabited bridge in the Middle Ages.

 

The climbs

No real climb. Rather a succession of short and smooth up and downs.

Distance/Ascent

  • Distance: 112 km

  • Ascent: 850 m

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Sommières

A medieval center, a gothic fortified town gate, the ruins of 13th century castle, a Roman bridge of 190 m long, and one of the nicest markets (each Saturday morning) in the region, this unpretentious small town has it all.

The emblematic view

When riding the tour, enjoy the famous east view on the Pic St-Loup and Hortus mountains, whom you can fully explore when choosing Bike Tour 4.

 
 

WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?

  • A superb tour through the lovely countryside west of Sommières, leading you through nice valleys, plains, wineyards, and beautiful hills.

  • Crossing about fifteen small picturesque villages.

  • The emblematic view from the east on the spectacular twin mountains, the Pic St-Loup and the Hortus.

  • At the middle of the tour, a idyllic spatious picnic place under the trees next to a 12th century chapel is waiting for you. The ideal place to find your non-biking friends or family, to let the kids play, or to frisbee, with a nice view on the Pic St-Loup on top.

  • Near the end of the tour (12 km from the finish), you can take a swim in the Vidourle river.

  • During the last kilometer of the tour, who those who got something left, you can “enjoy'“ the steepest short climb of the region around Sommières (0.6 km, 9.7%).

  • Including two lovely hikes:

    • Hike 1: A 2 km return trip (1 km x 2, 60 m ascent) to an amazing place with ruins and amazing 360° views.

    • Hike 2: A 10 km hike (120 m ascent) through the lovely countryside around Sommières and Villevieille.

Accommodation suggestion

  • Hôtel de l’Orange, 30250 Sommières

    • An amazing hotel located in a 17th century townhouse in the heart of Sommières.

    • You can choose between chambres d’hôtes or an independent studio.

    • Very nice patio and swimming pool.

  • Château de Pondres, 30250 Villevieille

    • High class hotel**** located in a sumptuous, massive 12th century castle, including a 15 hectares park, wellness with sauna, hammam and massages, and large outdoor swimming pool overlooking the French Gardens.

    • Lunch and dinner possible from Tuesday to Saturday (Sunday only lunch) in the restaurant La Canopée, inside or outside on the splendid terrace of the castle.


GALLERY Bike Tour 8

Gallery Hike 1

GALLERY HIKE 2