|Gréoux Les-Bains - Sault||104km|
|39.4km off-road||April / October|
Quick GLR 5 overview
The GLR 5 Motorcycle Adventure Route leads you for over 104 kilometers through the Vaucluse and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence regions of Southern-France. 39 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 3 different sections. With a total of 4 connecting GLRs to this GLR 5, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
GLR 5 Route info
You’ll start your GLR 5 motorcycle adventure in Gréoux Les-Bains, from there it’s all up north through the dry scrubs. Almost direct from the start, you follow the Durance river up north. With the river to your left and the mountains to your right, you encounter a larger on-road section for about 38 kilometers.
After the on-road section, the real fun starts. Once you’ve crossed the Durrance, you’ll hit the sand. Be prepared because this stuff is slippery as hell when wet! With regular intervals, you’ll navigate yourself over these sandy roads. You end your GLR 5 adventure after 104 kilometers, of which almost 40 km off-road, in Sault.
Choose this GLR 5 route for the experience of riding on these red sand roads. Although it’s fairly short, be prepared to spend about a day from start to finish. Especially when it’s wet!
GLR 5 Region
You Adventurise the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence with the GLR 5. This route crosses the South-Western part of the department. Your final kilometers will cross the border with Vaucluse. Read all about the region down below!
First, you find the plateaux, hills, and valleys. Although this area only covers one-third of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, it houses most of the population. It’s here where you find it’s bigger cities like Digne-Les-Bains, Manosque, Sisteron, and Barcelonnette.
Second, you have the Lower Alps and High Alps which cover the remaining area of the region. It’s here where a real Adventuriser comes to life. With peaks exceeding 3000 meters, it’s a special place within Europe.
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence knows several climates due to its mountainous nature. Where in the lower hills and valleys a Mediterranean climate dominates, it switches to an alpine climate in the Lower- and High Alps. This difference is also noticeable in vegetation and road surfaces. From dry Mediterranean brushes to the lush alpine fields, you find it all in this region.
This enclave called “canton of Valréas” or also known as “enclaves des Papes”, was the home of several popes in the 14th century. Nowadays it’s an enclave, surrounded by the neighboring department of Drôme.
A significant part of the east of the region is mountainous. It’s here where you find the Giant of Provence, the Mont Ventoux. In the more southern part of the region, you find fertile grounds with fruits and lavender fields as far as the eye can see.
Adventurising isn’t only about getting as fast from A to B! A Region has so much more to offer! That’s why I give you some suggestions about things to do while Adventurising the GLR 3.
Les Gorges Du Toulourenc
Time to cool off during a hot summer day! Just relax a little near the water, or explore the ankle-deep gorges on foot! I would recommend bringing some shoes as the rocks can be quite sharp!
This is the highest mountain in the region. At a height of 1909 meters it stands out in the surroundings. Also known as the Beast of Provence, record-holding wind speeds are measured at 320 km/h at its peak. Just spend a day discovering this mighty mountain on foot.
The Provençal Colorado
As the name might suggest, this landscape might resemble some sights of Colorado in the USA. This former ocher quearry is now open for visitors. Explore this quarry and discover the remnants of the mining equipment still present.
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Continue your GLR 5 Adventure by connecting different GLRs. To make your life even simpler, I’ve put together all the options down below!
Connections in Gréoux Les-Bains
Are you in for one of the hottest regions of France? Choose the GLR 3 If you want to visit the Camargue region. This 384 kilometers long will lead you from the rolling hills in Gréoux Les-Bains to the lagunes of the Camargues. Although this route will navigate through natural parks, it still sports 103 km of off-road sections.
Continue your adventure east with the GLR 6. This GLR will give you a taste of the lower Alps. The GLR 6 will navigate you for 199 kilometers to Colmars. With an off-road percentage of over 40%, this is a real adventurous GLR!
Connections in Sault
East or West, that’s the question. Take the GLR 4 east over the rolling hills. The GLR 4 will navigate you for over 201 km. Take this GLR as an alternative for the GLR 3. The GLR 3 can be extremely hot and humid during the summer, so this would be a refreshing alternative. With 48 kilometers of off-road sections, this GLR won’t bore you.
Is East the way to go? Take the GLR 7 to the lower Alps. This 416-kilometer long route will lead you for almost 107 km over off-road sections. I’ll ensure you, this is an Adventuriser worthy GLR!
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The GLR 49 motorcycle adventure route leads you for over 125 kilometers through the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County of Croatia and the Inner Carniola & South-east Slovenia regions of Slovenia. 78 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 3 different sections. With a total of 3 connecting GLRs to this GLR 49, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
The GLR 48 motorcycle adventure route leads you for over 361 kilometers through the Goriška Coastal–Karst regions of Slovenia and the Istria and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County regions of Northern Croatia. 113 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 13 different sections. With a total of 5 connecting GLRs to this GLR 48, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
The GLR 47 motorcycle adventure route leads you for over 88,9 kilometers through the Goriška / Inner Carniola regions of Slovenia. 65,1 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 4 different sections. With a total of 5 connecting GLRs to this GLR 47, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!