Only an 90-minute flight from London to the 2nd busiest airport in France after Paris, Nice has some of the most beautiful cycling in Europe. It’s where the Alps dip their toes into the sea, so within 20 minutes of riding from the bustling promenade you can be surrounded by nature, climbing on small, car-free roads towards beautiful mountain villages.
Whether you are coming to the Côte d’Azur for a weekend of training, a cycling holiday to explore the region, or with family and friends who want to enjoy other aspects of the lifestyle down here, we offer daily rides and weekend packages to suit your every need.
Nice has so much to offer as a holiday destination, whether you are into cycling or not; Life in southern Europe begins with the description of a sunrise on the blue waters of the Mediterranean, the well-being procured by the wonderful light that prevails only here, a lovely breakfast on a sun-drenched terrace, the tranquillity of a stroll in the narrow streets of the Old Town, lunch on a hotel terrace, afternoon shopping in the city’s prestigious boutiques, diving into the sea, sipping a drink on Cours Saleya, attending a live music concert on the promenade, or candlelight dinner in a famous restaurant… It is all that and much, much more.
Cycling in an absolutely stunning area
Daily rides from Nice can take in some of the most varied terrain, including stunning coastline, ancient forests, impressive mountain climbs with multiple switchbacks, incredible gorges, remote plateaus, spectular waterfalls and beautiful tiny perched villages, all set against the back drops of the fabulous azur Mediterranean sea to the south and the magnificent snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps and Mercantour National Park to the north. Even in winter we can climb to 1000m, in summer we regularly climb to 1607m and beyond.
Even a short 60km out and back from Nice can range from either a relaxed ‘basse’ ride on flat roads to the old town of Antibes for a coffee or a ‘grande’ ride to the summit of MontChauve which will test you to the fullest, with the 800m high climb zig-zagging its way to the old fort at the top. Once you’ve caught your breath, lose it again admiring the stunning views.
Further afield, a ride to San Remo in Italy could see you take in the finish of Milano-San Remo, with the Poggio and Via Roma. From Nice the tougher but more desirable route towards Italy is across the Grande Corniche with luxurious views of Eze village, Cap Jean Ferat and of course Monaco. Time it right and you could see some local pro residents out for a spin. Local resident’s include Phil Gilbert, Thor Hushovd, Chris Froome,RichiePorte, Nico Roche, Gustav Larsson, Matt Goss, Ian Boswell, Joe Dombrowski, Adan Blythe, Wesley Sulzberger and Pilippo Pozzato, Tiffany Cromwell and Lizzie Armitstead!
Not only do we have amazing roads to cycle every day of the year through diverse scenery, but there is an ever expanding cycle path through Nice town centre making it easy to travel around town.
Click here to read a review by a road.cc cyclist who came to cycle in Nice with Cycle Cote d’Azur – Destination: Nice on Road.cc by Max Leonard Dec 2011
Nice boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year and perfect riding conditions. The main riding season runs from February to the end of October, with clear blue sunny skies and temperatures in the 20s from Spring to Autumn, peaking in the 30s in July and August. We ride here all year round, even in winter the weather is usually calm, sunny and settled, and the temperatures significantly better than in the UK, usually reaching 12 and sunny in mid-winter.
Food and Drink
Come and sample the local Nicoise specialties, all perfect for a cyclist in Nice. Our favorites are: the famous Salade Nicoise, Daube Nicoise, (beef cooked in a delicious red wine based sauce usually served with fresh pasta), Pan Bagnat (a special roll with a Salade Nicoise in it) best eaten after a ride sitting on the beach, Socca, (a large pancake made from chick pea flour, baked in a wood oven), best eaten in the street as you walk through the old town!
Diverse and excellent choice of accommodation
Whether you want to stay in a family run cyclist friendly 2 star hotel, a 5 star spa resort with swimming pools on the roof, a hostel, or a self-catered apartment, its all here. The promenade is filled with historic and beautiful hotels that are breathtaking on both the inside and outside.The hotel Negresco is a well known landmark on the promenade, which will celebrate its hundredth year of existence in 2013.
Fantastic range of events and activities
The area is full of beautiful and interesting towns and villages to visit, such as St Paul de Vence and Eze Village. In Nice itself you can go to the enchanting old town where you can explore the narrow winding streets with its beautiful architecture and sample local Nicoise food in the restaurants and enjoy an evening aperitif and the local nightlife in the bars. Nice also has a wide choice of museums, art galleries, buildings and parks to visit and lots of events on the whole year round. Nice also hosts many important cycling events throughout the year such as the final two days of the Paris-Nice bike race.
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How to find out more
We at Cycle Côte d’Azur would be more than happy to offer advice on any aspect of your stay in the Côte d’Azur, from accommodation, restaurants, local events, bike hire, massages to beach yoga, just email us. You can also visit the Nice Visitors Bureau website. Or use our partner Friend in France to book your airport transfers and day activities direct.