5 Reasons to Grab Your Bike and Head to PACA this Spring
PACA is one of France’s 27 regions, but many people don’t realize just how vast the PACA region truly is or that it actually includes six departments. Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Buches-du-Rhone, Var, and Vaucluse make up PACA, short for Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Historians, artists, as well as wine enthusiasts flock to this region for the ancient culture, breathtaking scenery and beautiful villages. All departments are equally worthy of a visit and cyclist’s find the best time to visit is in the spring. Why does a springtime bike vacation have all level cyclists raving?
As the winter weeks drag on it is hard to think of anything other than clear skies filled with abundant warm sunshine. This is what awaits you in southern France as early as March and April.
2.) No summer crowds yet – shorter lines
The summer travelers are still packing at home allowing you to enjoy the city’s favorites with fewer lines and crowds. Visit the famous museums without waiting in line all day or get a table at that restaurant which is always booked.
3.) Off season prices
In general, summer is considered “peak” travel time meaning the “off season” time, like spring, may offer lower fares. Select hotels, airlines and restaurants have been known to reduce prices during this time.
Provence certainly has its fair share of inviting towns include Arles, Gordes and Avignon, among other traveler’s favorites. The beautifully preserved medieval town of Avignon offers one of Europe’s most impressive buildings, the Palace of the Popes, while Arles has been called “the soul of Provence,” to which art lovers, archaeologists, and historians are especially attracted.
5.) Sunny beaches
Beach-goers will be in their glory amid the miles of coastline located along the Mediterranean Coast. For those seeking beauty and relaxation while dipping your toes into the wet sand than the PACA region is waiting to make your dream come true.