Black Earth – Insta-Heaven
Why you should go there: Well as you have probably read in the title – it’s the Black Earth and the great shapes it comes in. Additionally, with the Evo Bikepark, you can find a park that is open almost all year round.
The little town of Digne-les-Bains has been featured in many photo-shootings and videos over the past years, mainly due to its amazing black earth formations. Even though, most lines are actually quite short, this might be some bikers’ dreams.
It is also home to the Evo Bike Park, a shuttle bus operated park that has a few fun lines. If you are not a pro and comfortable with big jumps, there are only a few trails suited for you. The team running the park has a great vibe that they transfer over to the riders.
Apart from these two factors, you might be better off elsewhere. There are a few good trails in the valley but you probably will not want to spend a week here. The town doesn’t offer much much in terms of restaurants and all hotels we stayed at are not to be recommended.
If you go there, you might want to combine the trip with a few other destinations in the region. The region around Colmars has some trail treasures to explore.
Who is it for: Experienced riders that want the perfect Insta-Picture in a weekend trip.
Who should avoid it: If you look for culture, food and easy trails, this is definitely not your destination.
Guides & Shuttles
- None – For additional tour information you can also have a look at the local tourism website
- Evo Bike Park: Small Park with an offroad truck as shuttle for the very skilled riders. For beginners and intermediate, the selection is very limited. Make sure to reserve your ride up front, especially on weekends.
Food & Drinks
Even though, this is France we have not been blown away by the local cuisine. One exception is Café Kris.
Check out the bars at the main square for an after ride beer or Pastis.
We have stayed at hotels in Digne but would not recommend them.
- Airbnb: Many options – choose your favourite
There is a good choice of campsites available in the area.
- Camping Fontliesse: A little outside Digne-les-Bains
More than Biking
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Last on-site research: 2019
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