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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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ViaRhôna from Avignon to Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ]
  • 108 km

After Avignon, heady city of medieval popes, this ViaRhôna section will soon allow cyclists to discover further southerly stretches of the Rhône. The sun will often be your companion on this section lined with historic towns and ports boasting a very Mediterranean feel. You end in the Camargue, with its famous lagoons, rice fields and salt pans, plus its many waterways leading to wide Mediterranean beaches.

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The 3 stages of the section « ViaRhôna from Avignon to Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône »

  • 19: ViaRhôna from Avignon to Beaucaire

    19: ViaRhôna from Avignon to Beaucaire [38 km]

    Take a last look back at the great papal city before ViaRhôna leads you across the Rhône into the county of the Gard. A dedicated cycle track will be put in place here; for the moment, follow the green strip of land between the TGV rail bridges and Aramon Bridge. Then the route zigzags between vineyards and orchards before joining the Pont du Gard Greenway, heading to the Rhône-side port of Beaucaire, designated a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire for its rich historical legacy, and set at a point where the regions of Languedoc and Provence meet.

    Difficulty: Family view the detail
  • 24: ViaRhôna from Beaucaire to Arles

    24: ViaRhôna from Beaucaire to Arles [20 km]

    This stretch links two towns packed with fascinating history and monuments. At Beaucaire, the river port reaches into the heart of the old town, a place to enjoy many discoveries. Arles, with splendid Roman and medieval monuments, boasts an exceptionally rich heritage. This provisional but signposted portion of ViaRhôna takes you along quiet roads, across a plain crisscrossed by tracks to remote mas (the name for the farms in the parts) and by irrigation canals helping water the crops and orchards here. You then enter Arles from the southwest.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • 24: ViaRhôna from Arles to Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône

    24: ViaRhôna from Arles to Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône [47 km]

    The historic town of Arles stands just north of the Camargue. Famed for its Roman monuments, the whole place is steeped in history and packed with art treasures. Leaving town via the Pont Van Gogh (this bridge’s name recalling the time the great Dutch Impressionist spent in Arles), ViaRhôna leads you towards the Rhône Delta along a pretty greenway running beside the Canal d’Arles à Fos. Be aware that the way has not been thoroughly maintained in recent times and can be dangerous between the Fos lock and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. From the latter, a cycle path leads you to the sea and the possibility of a well-deserved swim at beautiful Plage Napoléon. En route, visit the Marais Vigueirat marshes by Mas-Thibert.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail