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Family bike tour around Lake Salagou

Enjoy cycling through a land of stunning surprises
  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme countryside

Information : Family bike tour around Lake Salagou

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  • Roadbooks French


Up on the hills above Lake Salagou in the heart of the Hérault, there's a pretty hamlet that has been restored with love and good taste. Nestling in that hamlet you'll find a hotel ready to welcome you in a region where welcoming is second nature. And from this charming place in lovely surroundings you'll set out to explore a land with oodles of personality. Your bike rides will also bring you to the water's edge where you may like to bathe, sail or paddle your own canoe, as it were!
Other excursions through vineyards and chestnut woods take you to little hilltop chapels and feudal and even prehistoric remains. And so both Mums, Dads and children can relax, what better than one of those shady nooks to be found in the sector that also possesses a pool to swim in.

You'll love

  • the comfort of your hotel
  • bathing every day (pool and lake)
  • the dolomitic corrie of Morèze (rocks, but cool...)
  • a variety of fun water activities

Program : Family bike tour around Lake Salagou

  • D1 Arrival in Octon late afternoon

    Welcome and time to settle in to your room(s).

    Dinner , night and breakfast in lovely 3-star hotel.

  • D2 First Ride: Clelles

    24km - total uphill 516 metres.

    This return-trip takes you through the "ghost village" of Clelles. The parish was scheduled to be drowned in the waters of the artificial lake-in-the-making, but History thought otherwise as it turned out...
    Stay a while in the village then go on to the "base nautique nord" (water sport centre) where there are lots of activities to enjoy.

  • D3 Ride 2: exploring the paleontological site

    19km - total uphill 470 metres.

    Right up your street if you like history and old stones. As you cycle along pleasant sunny roads, the Valley of Salagou reveals its grazing meadows, vineyards, and oak, pine and box woods. A tall statue of the Virgin Mary watches over it all from a lofty promontory. At the summit of Le Castellas, the ruins of the castle of Malavieille (XIII century) overlook the Valley. Today only one tower survives and for safety reasons, visiting is forbidden. Stop at the paleontoligical site in the commune ('parish') of Lieude/Mérifons to see the footprints of dinosaurs that lived 400,000,000 years ago!

  • D4 Ride3: South bank of the Lake

    34km - total uphill 300 metres

    Superb return trip along fine single-track and narrow paths that form a fun-filled route that demands a certain mastery of ones bike. You are in among the "ruffes" - remarkable rock formations - and the red rocks that typify the banks of the Lake. Otherwise there is an alternative route - a quiet byroad - for those who don't want to tackle the tricky narrow paths. The view will surely tempt you to just stop and gaze at the Lake and its surroundings, perhaps take a dip when and where access at the water's edge permits. After the ride, the water sports centre ("Base Nautique") has plenty of activities suitable for families - it's cool!.

  • D5 Ride 4: Cirque de Mourèze

    24km - total uphill 545metres

    At first the way weaves through those unique Terres Rouges of Le Salagou. Pleasant roads then lead you to Salasc, which is a lovely old village with an inviting town-square terrace where it's good to take a break. After Salasc there's a change in the surroundings - the rocks are of a different hue, red earth giving way to sparkling white limestone.
    And once in Mourèze, why not lock up your bikes, take your panniers and bags with you for safety, and explore on foot the mind-blowing weatherbeaten rocky outcrops that the French call a "chaos" - with good reason! Welcome to the Cirque de Mourèze.

  • D6 Ride 5 - Le Puech

    26km - total uphill 663 metres

    There's a fairly easy run along narrow roads down to Saint Martin des Combes. In Valadarès you can visit the chapel of Notre Dame de Roubignac, a 10th century monument with a romanesque portion from the XII century. The road then goes hrough an oak forest becoming very narrow, ziggy and zaggy (not necessarily in that order). The shade here can be very welcome. Vineyards accompany you then till you reach the Centre Equestre (stables) of the Moulin de l'Aubaygue. A XII century parish church sits on a rocky promontory that gives its name to Le Puech, which means "the mountain". A dolmen dating from 5000 years ago bears witness to human inhabitants long ago on the Red Lands. Later, the Romans were to come here to mine copper ore.

  • D7 Ride 6: Discover the Larzac

    9Km - total uphill 350 metres

    Car link: discovery classified village of couvertoirade and hiking in Navacelles.

  • D8 Departure

    Breakfast and departure.

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure on saturday

In family room

Adult : 740 €
Junior (12-17) : 630 €
Child (6-11) : 480 €

In double room

Adult : 780 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  780 €
Child (6 - 11) : 720 €

In single room

990 €

Solo traveller

990 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure on saturday

In family room

Adult : 710 €
Junior (12-17) : 605 €
Child (6-11) : 460 €

In double room

Adult :  750 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 750 €
Child (6 - 11) : 690 €

In single room

960 €

Solo traveller

960 €

What's included?

  • 7 half-board nights.
  • Pre-marked maps and detailed roadbook.
  • SatNav (GPS) reference points on demand.
  • Technical and logistical assistance.


  • Picnics for the whole trip from :
    • Adult or junior : 78 €
    • Child : 48 €
  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike rental for adult or junior : 115 €
    • MTB for child : 75 €
    • Trailer bike : 75 €
    • Electric power bike for adult or junior : 170 €

What's not included ?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Cycling holiday around one accomodation, ideal for families. Children from 8 years old, no cart
  • Daily stages from 19 to 34 km, between 2 and 4 hrs biking a day.
  • Total daily uphill between 300 and 600 metres.


These cycle rides are much more about cheerful exploration than athletic performance! We see to any logistical and technical support necessary.

Your 3-star hotel has been chosen for its atmosphere and warm welcome, architectural and environmental excellence.



By car

Highway A75, exits 54 or 55

By air

Montpellier Airport

By train

Monpellier station then coach or taxi to Octon


Global note
  • Cycling around Lac du Salagou in these conditions, we want more !!! Thank you.

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