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Cycling Tours in Massif Central

Massif central

Are you looking for a France bike tour to discover the country’s mountains? Lozère, a jewel in the Massif Central, invites tourists to explore its unspoiled landscapes, from rugged plateaus and deep gorges to the dense Cévennes forests. Embracing history and nature, this region offers a serene retreat, punctuated by ancient villages and abundant outdoor activities. An authentic French escape awaits.

Venturing into the heart of France, your cycling journey through Lozère unveils a region where nature remains raw and untamed. In Lozère, the landscapes oscillate between the deep Gorges du Tarn and the vast expanses of the Cévennes National Park, offering cyclists both challenging terrains and moments of tranquil beauty. The whisper of ancient tales echoes through its medieval villages, each a testament to a time long past.

Throughout this journey, the rich gastronomy of the regions fuels and delights the traveler. Lozère is definetly a cyclist’s dream of pristine landscapes and cultural depth.

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5 REASONS TO DISCOVER LOZÈRE (Auvergne & Massif Central)

Gorges du Tarn

This breathtaking canyon, carved by the Tarn River, offers stunning landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque villages. It’s a hot spot for kayaking, hiking, and simply admiring nature’s beauty!

Cévennes National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this vast park is a variety of landscapes, from chestnut groves to heather-covered moors. It’s home to diverse wildlife and is crisscrossed by ancient drystone paths.

Aven Armand

One of Europe’s most impressive caves, Aven Armand boasts an array of spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. The cave’s guided tour provides a mesmerizing journey into the Earth’s depths.

Wolves of Gevaudan Park

In this park, you can observe European wolves in semi-freedom, spread across a vast forested area. Also and interactive exhibits explore the mysterious history of the Beast of Gévaudan.

Château de la Baume

Perched on a rocky outcrop, this 13th-century castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Food & Wine

The Massif Central is rich in natural ressources, there is a huge variety of foods and beverages to taste. Here you can enjoy the famous aligot: a creamy dish made from mashed potatoes blended with garlic and fresh tomme cheese. It’s a hearty, traditional meal, often enjoyed in the colder months. While Lozère is not predominantly known for its wines, it’s close to the Côtes de Millau appellation which produces some delightful reds and rosés, often from Gamay, Syrah, and Duras grape varieties.


From prehistoric times, evidenced by dolmens and menhirs, to the Roman occupation marked by ancient roads and bridges, the rugged landscapes of the Massif Central have witnessed diverse civilizations. The region faced religious turmoil during the Wars of Religion, becoming a refuge for Protestants. The Camisard War in the early 18th century further highlighted its religious strife. Historically one of France’s least populated areas, the Massif Central has retained much of its authenticity, with traditions deeply rooted in its pastoral heritage.


The Massif Central, is a vast elevated region in south-central France. Characterized by its rugged terrain, it boasts diverse landscapes, from the limestone plateaus of the Causse to the densely forested Cévennes mountains. The region is punctuated by deep river gorges, notably the Gorges du Tarn. The Massif Central is a mosaic of plateaus, extinct volcanic peaks, and expansive basins, shaped by centuries of volcanic activity and erosion.

You can also find your Alps bike tour, your France castle tour, your Loire Valley bike tour or your Nord of France bike tour.