The Mediterranean by bike
The Mediterranean by bike, French part of the EuroVelo 8, one of the major European routes linking 12 European countries, 7200 km: from Cadiz (Spain) to Izmir in Turkey.
The bike route connects Spain to Italy via Perpignan, Narbonne, Montpellier, Béziers, Sète, Tarascon, Apt, Manosque, Draguignan, Nice and Menton for 850 km.
In the Luberon, the route is marked, it is partly common with the Véloroute du Calavon and 'Autour du Luberon' in the North. From Manosque, two options: continue cycling through the bridge over the Durance and follow the D8 with great caution or prefer the TER train from Manosque to Meyrargues (TER PACA - SNCF) to continue cycling to Rians and Draguignan.
The route ensures continuity between the Parcs du Luberon and Verdon. It thus joins Sillans-la-Cascade and continues along the old railway line of the train des Pignes (the Var!). In the Alpes de Haute-Provence, the route is marked on shared routes.
You have several options to access it :
By the Mediterranean by bike - EuroVelo 8 - 850 km from Perthus to Menton
Cavaillon is located at:
- 146 km from Montpellier or 3 days by bike
- 360 km from Perpignan or 7.2 days by bike
Apt is located at:
- 352 km from Nice or 7 days by bike
- 226 km from Draguignan or 4.5 days by bike
Manosque is located at:
- 261 km from Nice or 5 days by bike*
- 135 km from Draguignan or 2.5 days by bike
Note: In the current state, it is strongly advisable to take the train between Manosque and Meyrargues, no route is satisfactory to date in terms of safety for users of the Mediterranean by bike.
TGV: Avignon TGV station and central station (regular connections to the city centre from the TGV station)
TER via Sorgues - Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Entraigues, Monteux. Orange, Bollene, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Pertuis, Carpentras, Cavaillon, Le Thor...
Direct Avignon from:
- Paris Gare de Lyon (2h38)
- Roissy Charles de Gaulle (3:15)
- Frankfurt via Strasbourg and Lyon (7h07)
- Lille - Rennes - Strasbourg - Nice - Geneva
- Amsterdam (Thalys in Summer)
- London by Eurostar: several times a week (depending on season) and all year round
Regular TER trains between Avignon central and Cavaillon stations.
Direct Aix-en-Provence TGV from: Paris Gare de Lyon, Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, Strasbourg, Brussels, Nice.
A regular shuttle between Aix-en-Provence TGV and Aix Centre stations and regular TER trains between Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Manosque stations.
Cavaillon is at:
40 min from Aix-en-Provence
50 min from Marseille
50 min from Arles
2h30 from Lyon
2h20 from Nice
Cavaillon Bus Station:
Multimodal Interchange Hub
Avenue Pierre Semard
Parking in Cavaillon.
Apt is at:
1h from Aix-en-Provence
1h30 from Marseille
1h30 from Digne
2h45 from Nice
Apt Bus Station:
Avenue de la Liberation
+33 (0) 4 90 74 20 21
Parking in Apt.
Manosque is at:
45 min from Aix-en-Provence
1h15 from Marseille
1h from Digne
2h40 from Nice
Manosque Bus Station:
Boulevard Charles de Gaulle
Parking in Manosque.
Direct Avignon-Provence Airport (10 km from city centre) from:
- Sorthampton - Flybe (mai - septembre)
- Birmingham - Flybe (May - September)
via Marseille airports (1h) www.marseille.aeroport.fr and Nîmes (45 mn) www.aeroport-nimes.fr