We make it easy to find your way around our countryside
We’ve cycled in this area of Languedoc for years so we know the region well. In our quiet season we go out and research new places to ride and check out the ones we already have. When it comes to advising on routes Vince and I bring our own experiences of cycling (we are at very different abilities – I go down hills slower than I go up them) and will take time to understand what you ultimately want for your ride and how experienced you are. We will not send you out on a route that we think will be to difficult for you.
So whether you want a gentle ride out or a serious challenge we’ve a lot of routes that we can recommend direct from personal experience.
Your bikes will be fully equipped with a convenient map holder and bags for your lunch.
All our routes are free when you hire from us and are graded in Easy Moderate and difficult.
OUR TOP POPULAR ROUTES
The Canal du Midi
Distance: 10km Difficulty: Easy E-bike suitable
From Paraza you can chose to go left or right along the canal path. These are great routes for small kids as they are out and back so you can choose your own distance dependent upon ability.
Left takes you to Le Somail a small and very beautiful village on the canal with a number of cafes and restaurants. You can continue along the canal turning right at the Canal de Jonction and next stop Narbonne. The route is out and back so the distance is up to you.
Turn right and head towards Carcassonne. Passing the small villages of Roubia, Argens and on to Olonzac there are cafes and picnic spots aplenty. Along this route you will find a number of Ecluses (locks) which also have a selection of ice creams and cold drinks. on the return route you can come off the canal tow path and cycle through the quiet roads that run through the vineyards..
Paraza to Lac du Jouarres Circular
Distance: 28kms Difficulty: Easy E-bike suitable
This is our most popular day ride as it encompasses everything that you imagine cycling in the South of France to be. going out through the minor vine roads through the village of Roubia passing Chateau Tourril you go one to Olonzac . Stop at our favourite cycling café Café du Post for a coffee and croissant. (Tuesday is market day in Olonzac and you will not be allowed to walk you bikes through the market). Lac du Jouarres has plenty of picnic stops and provides the opportunity for outdoor swimming – there is even an inflatable assault course. On the return journey you can choose to continue along the canal tow path passing a number of Ecluses (locks) or you can take the quiet vine roads.
OLONZAC TO ROUBIA CIRCULAR
Distance: 21km Difficulty: Easy E-bike suitable
A flat pretty route on minor roads through vineyards and woods with an easy return along the canal and an opportunity to swim in the Lac du Jouarres.
PARAZA TO BIZE CIRCULAR
Distance: 30km Difficulty: Easy E-bike suitable
A mixture of minor roads and canal towpath, this routes takes you to through Cabezac where you will find the local Olive Oil cooperative L’Oulibo and why not stop for a coffee in one of our favourite cycling stop cafes the Buvette de Cabazac. Bize Minervois offers you the opportunity to swim in the local river before setting off on your return journey through Le Somail and Ventenac.
BIZE TO HOMPS CIRCULAR
Distance: 64km Difficulty: Moderate E-bike suitable
Starting in the pretty village of Bize Minervois, this route follows the gorge of the river Cess to Minerve and beyond before dropping down Cesseras and across the Aude Valley to pick up the Canal in Homps and returning through the pretty villages of Argens, Roubia and Le Somail.
PARAZA OVER ALARIC TO LAGRASSE AND BACK
Distance: 93km Difficulty: Moderate
Excellent for our road bikes with a fairly long Catergory 3 climb over Alaric and mostly goof road surfaces. The ancient city of Lagrasse is an ideal stopping off point as it hosts a wonderful selection of bars and restaurants.
PARAZA TO ROQUEBRUN AND BACK
Distance: 95km Difficulty: Hard
Another excellent road route with a couple of Category climbs on mostly good tarmac. Our favourite restaurant in Roquebrun is Le Petit Nice on D19.