Ah, picnicking in Provence: what better way to enjoy food than in the fresh air of southeastern France? This part of Europe is regarded by many as a perfect Mediterranean escape. And when you’re cycling past perfectly purple lavender fields, which fill the air with that unmistakable, sweet aroma, it’ll be hard to disagree.

Maybe you’d like to share a blanket with some chilled wine and grapes in the shadows of some ancient Roman ruins? Or perhaps you prefer the lull of the sea’s waves as your backdrop. Snacking on moules (mussels) next to the twinkling azure coastline is certainly a winning combination.

There are so many potential picnic paradises, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here are some of the most spectacular and relaxing places to enjoy a slap-up spread in Provence – and they’re all accessible by bike.

Parc National des Calanques

Start your visit in Marseille and you’ll be close to the Calanques national park. These soaring natural cliff formations hide all manner of cosy coves and magical, solitary beaches: ideal for a quiet bite to eat while you absorb the impressive views. Take a hiking tour, or follow the trails on two wheels until you find the perfect spot for a snack of fresh baguette and creamy local cheese.

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