Cycle Provence and the Cote D'Azur

What better way to enjoy the Mediterranean climate of the stunning French Riviera and Provence than by cycling through its picturesque landscapes and historic villages. The region has something to offer for every type of cyclist, whether you prefer to take casual day trips or hit the more challenging routes.

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Best Time To Visit

Jun - Sep

Flight from London London

2:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +1 hr

Chic cities scattered along the Cote D'Azur and gorgeous villages nestled in Provence connected by deserted mountain roads are well worth exploring on two wheels.

If it's the view you're after, Nice is one of the most beautiful cycles, located where the Alps meet the Mediterranean Sea. It doesn't take long to cycle from the sea through mountainous car-free streets to gorgeous mountain villages. Pedal your way along some of the most varied terrain, including dense forests, spectacular waterfalls, plateaus, the Mediterranean coastline and impressive mountain climbs. Cycle-friendly roads along the coast provide you with scenic views - not forgetting stunning beaches for a refreshing swim and local restaurants for a much-needed refuel! If you are seeking a challenge, the Mont Ventoux is waiting for the more experienced cyclist, being one of the more feared great climbs of the Tour de France since 1951.

Provence is perfect to enjoy fantastic scenery, incredible local food and cycling for miles without seeing a car. Luberon is particularly idyllic: avoid the main roads and you will cycle past sunflower beds, vineyards and orchards to small villages, vineyards, castles and lavender trails.

Southern France is known as a mountain biker's paradise: the cool alpine air around the mountain resorts offers a fresh respite for summer cyclists where as the lower sea-facing trails are preferred throughout the winter season. If you're planning a trip to the French Riviera, June is best for green vegetation while late August and September brings still warm seas.

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Often considered the toughest of all of the classic Hors Catégorie climbs that regularly haunts the dreams and nightmares of Tour de France aspirants, Mont Ventoux has to be top of the list of any true cycling fanatic (or MAMiL).

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Where to stay

Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille is an immaculate hotel in the attractive village of Mougins, five miles from the Cote d'Azur at Cannes.

Hotel Crillon le Brave

Hotel Crillon le Brave

Forged from seven medieval buildings in a hilltop village in Provence, Hotel Crillon le Brave captures both the romance and views of the Côtes du Rhône wine region.

Chateau de La Chevre d’Or

Chateau de La Chevre d’Or

Since it first opened in 1953 the hotel has grown gradually and now has 37 rooms and suites, each different, scattered throughout the hotel’s extensive gardens and the attractive medieval village.

Domaine Des Andeols

Domaine Des Andeols

The rooms are distributed among nine houses, each of which has its own distinct character, from the minimalist lines of the Maison Blanche to the ethnic interiors of the Maison du Voyageur.

Le Pigonnet

Le Pigonnet

Housed in an 18th Century manor house, Hotel Le Pigonnet is a classic Provençal hotel just minutes from the centre of Bastide town Aix-en-Provence.

Mas de Peint

Mas de Peint

Mas de Peint is a beautifully restored 17th-century ‘mas’ (farmstead), situated on a 550-hectare estate right in the heart of the Camargue.

Villa Marie

Villa Marie

Set in a lovely pine grove on a hillside overlooking the Baie de Pampelonne, Villa Marie is an oasis of calm in the village of Ramatuelle, yet with the beaches and St. Tropez in close proximity.

Domaine de Verchant

Domaine de Verchant

Set in it’s own wine estate, Domaine de Verchant is a grand boutique hotel with picturesque gardens and a superb spa.

La Pinede Plage

La Pinede Plage

La Pinede Plage is that rarest of beasts, a good quality French Riviera hotel that is also good value (relative to the competition).

Chateau de Valmer

Chateau de Valmer

Chateau de Valmer is a magnificent family run old bourgeois manor house surrounded by a six- hectare vineyard and beautiful orchard and conveniently situated near the beach in La Croix- Valmer.

Cap Estel

Cap Estel

Cap Estel is an exquisite hotel come private villa that fully captures the essence of the Cote d'Azur. The property is decidedly elegant, perched on its own peninsular and surrounded by the Mediterranean. It’s everything you’d expect from a French mansion; spacious, sleek and totally chic.

La Reserve Ramatuelle

La Reserve Ramatuelle

Nestled into the green lands of the commune 'Ramatuelle' the La Reserve Hotel, Spa and Villas provide a welcome break from the glitz and glam of Saint- Tropez yet still keeping in touch with the suave essence that the Province and Cote D’Azur has to offer. The hotels architecture has been redone by the esteemed Jean-Michel Wilmotte and now offers a contemporary space overlooking the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Terre Blanche

Terre Blanche

Located in the heart of the Cote D’Azur, Terre Blanche fits in perfectly with the glitz and glamour associated with this corner of France. The hotel is just forty-five minutes away from Nice Cote D’Azur International Airport, making it the ideal base from which to explore the best of what the South of France has to offer.

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