Mountain biking and cycle touring in Haute-Provence can be enjoyed along numerous marked routes with a variety of circuits suitable for all levels of practice. Haute-Provence is part of the largest mountain bike area in France: the Provence Alpes mountain bike area. This area is labeled by the two cycling federations: VTT-FFCT base (French Cycling Federation) and FFC site (French Cycling Federation). These two labels are recognition for the quality of the services and facilities offered.

The largest mountain bike area in France

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The largest mountain bike area in France!

Did you know ? In the heart of the Southern Region and the unique landscapes ofUNESCO Haute-Provence Geopark, Provence Alpes Agglomération is the largest mountain bike area in France with 2300 km of mountain bike trails. More than 100 marked routes for all practices: hiking, electric mountain biking, X-Country, All Mountain, Enduro, Downhill, Gravel, night mountain biking...

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Mountain bike enthusiasts, more than 50 marked routes are to be explored in order to discover Haute Provence. The essential circuit of the Black Lands makes Digne-les-Bains famous in the world of mountain biking (mountain biking off marked trails is strictly prohibited on this site). The legendary single-track trails in the Val de Durance sector are classified among the most beautiful and fun in France. The Evo Bike Park, ranked among the 10 most beautiful bike parks in the world (7 courses)! And that's not all…

The “Great Mountain Bike Crossings”

These routes are great mountain biking itineraries lasting several days, marked out over hundreds of kilometres, and labeled by the French Cycling Federation. There are 13 Grandes Traversées VTT in France. The Provence Alpes mountain bike area offers 3, including 2 crossing Haute Provence!

  • The Paths of the Sun, 1000 km from Lake Geneva to the sea (via Sisteron, Val de Durance and Digne-les-Bains)
  • Alpes-Provence, 300 km from the Col de Larche in Ubaye to Manosque (via Seyne-les-Alpes, Digne-les-Bains and the Val de Durance)

Topoguides and maps

Many topos and maps are available for sale in our various Tourist offices.
Practical, these editions will help you discover exceptional hiking trails. Two-wheel enthusiasts will find in these documents something to enjoy their stay!

  • MTB map for the Digne-les-Bains sector – 22 hikes: €2
  • Mountain bike cards (x2) Val de Durance sector: €3
  • Topo Alpes de Haute Provence – 111 mountain bike circuits: €19.95
  • Topo Les Chemins du Soleil by mountain bike Sisteron/Nice: 19.95€
  • Topo the Alps Provence and the Transverdon: 19.95€
  • Cyclo-guide 04 – 20 circuit sheets: €15
  • Alpes de Haute Provence – 32 Road Bike routes: €19.95

A collection of free maps is also available to you:

  • Provence Alpes road and gravel bike map
  • Cycling loops in the Alpes de Haute Provence
  • MTB Land of Exception Alpes de Haute Provence

Cycling differently: Vélorail de Haute Provence

50% discovery, 50% adventure, 100% leisure. By rail bike, experience an unusual adventure lasting almost 2 hours and combining the outdoors, a little sport, lots of sensations and a touch of adrenaline. Telephone reservation required on 04 94 72 79 93.

The commitment of the Tourist Office

Tourism Quality LabelTM

The Val de Durance Tourist Office in Château-Arnoux holds the Qualité Tourisme brandTM, guarantee of a welcome and rental of equipment constantly thought out and readjusted to allow you to experience this sporting activity in optimal conditions.

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Our suggestions for cycling holidays

Mountain bike stays

Our mountain bike stays are available in appetizing “menus”. Because our itineraries are tasty, it was obvious to present them to you in “à la carte” mode. So, here we go for an appetizer before warming up, discover our 1 to 4 night packages, available all year round.

All-inclusive stays…

  • Le MAXIGEANT will appeal to collectors of Grandes Traversées MTB (210 km in 5 days/4 nights for 4600m of elevation gain) in full board with baggage transfer.
  • The formulas GIANT, FAMEUX et ROYAL pass through the largest geological reserve in Europe, the Haute Provence Geopark and the emblematic site of Terres Noires – our stay page gives all the information.
  • Two other formulas, MYTHIQUE and SUPREME, take place in the Val de Durance, an exceptional mountain bike site, famous for its single-track trails.
  • And finally DUO a simplified formula in difficulty?

Cycling stay

The Grand Tour Provence Alpes by road bike

Three days of cycling to conquer breathtaking panoramas in the heart of the UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence. Valid from April to November, on the dates of your choice, from 2 to 12 people, with baggage transfers included.

Gravel stay

Un unique 160 km route to discover irresistible and silent landscapes. 2 days/1 night bikepacking, valid from April to November on the dates of your choice, from 2 to 12 people.

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Asse Valley N°3-Easy 58km 3h

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Around Lake n°27 – Very easy 5km – 50min

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Le Hameau de Gaubert N°2-Easy 16km–2h30

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Le tour des clochers n°2 – Average difficulty 46km – 5h

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Peyruis-Château Link-Medium 19km 1h45

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Hot Water Lake N°14-Very easy 9km – 1h00

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Le Mermoz n°8 – Very easy 4,5km – 1h

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Enduro des Amarines N°14 – Very difficult 25km – 2h30

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La crête de la Jaillière - Medium 12km – 15h

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