Destination un-pedalled: 5 very good reasons to come cycling in the Occitanie region of France

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

We think this area is pretty special. Admittedly it doesn't sit at the top of France's most obvious cycling destinations, but we think that's what makes it better - it's 'less pedalled', a little off the beaten track and a hidden gem of France to discover on two wheels. If you need more convincing, here's our top 5 reasons why we think you'll love cycling the south-west:

1. SCENERY. Think of the region as the Yorkshire Dales colliding with Cheddar Gorge and the Peak district, mixed in with the Cotswolds for good measure! The region is pretty, green and rolling, dramatic, and brimming with things to see. In fact with the Quercy plateau all around Tours du Tarn, the Aveyron gorges on the doorstep and medieval Saint Antonin Noble Val just a short pedal away, this pocket of undiscovered France has it all.

2. ROADS. Cycling here is your chance to enjoy some genuinely traffic-free roads. Unlike the tourist hotspots of the UK, this area has NONE of the TRAFFIC but quiet, scenic, annually maintained roads instead, meaning you can concentrate on the views and not the tarmac!

Perfect cycling roads

3. WEATHER. Admittedly there’s good weather in many of the world’s greatest cycling destinations, this area included. With plenty of sunshine, warm (often hot!) daytime temperatures, and three proper cycling friendly seasons the sheer enjoyment of being on two wheels is made all the better by more than pleasant weather.