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Travel Guide on cycling holidays in France

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When one thinks of cycling holidays in France, the country’s premier cycling race i.e., the Tour de France inescapably comes to the mind. It may however be noted that cycling vacations in France can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.


Because of the diverse terrain, cycling in France is one of the most enjoyable activities in the world. France is one country which is replete with romantic canals, vine-abundant flatlands, sleepy villages, peaceful country roads, and rolling hills; right from the soft sands of its southern borders to the rocky and rugged Breton coast located at the northern reaches. And each and every inch of this captivating landscape can be explored on a bicycle.


Tourists can go for thrilling mountain biking excursions or enjoy a quiet ride along the countryside. The fantastic culinary delights, delectable wines, and vivid culture in France just add to the overall fun experience of cycling in France.


The best thing about a cycling holiday in France is the fact that the tour providers transport all your stuff from one hotel to another as you travel through the scenic French countryside. All you need to carry along are just your essentials.


France has countless cycling routes

France has countless cycling routes


Cycling in the mountain ranges of France

You could peruse a range of cycling holidays from Inntravel or devise your own. France has 5 mountain ranges and thus ideal for exhilarating mountain biking expeditions. Les Deux Alpes consists of 28 downhill tracks and over 100 km of marked cycling trails.It also has a skills center and a bike park where novice cyclists can hone their mountain biking skills.Other than mountain biking, adventure seekers can also go paragliding at Les Deux Alpes and check out the mesmerizing scenery from up above.


The Pays de Gex domaine at the Jura has marked trails across 150 km at 5 different sections, i.e., Divonne-les-Bains, Crozet, Bellegarde, Lélex, Menthières and Léaz. Adventurists can also go canoeing along the river Doubs at Jura.


The Grand Tranverse of the Jura is a 380 km cycling route that is enclosed in spectacular surroundings. It passes through the Haut Jura National Park and goes up to an altitude of 1500 meters.


Road cycling trips across France

France has over ½ a million miles of non-vehicular roads in addition to numerous cycle friendly trails. France is thus one of the best places to indulge in the pleasures of leisure cycling road trips.


A tour across the Canal du Midi in the Languedoc-Roussillon tops the list when it comes to a cycling holiday in France. Built during Louis XIV’s reign, the canal runs all the way from Toulouse to the Étang de Thau lagoon located on the Mediterranean coast neighboring Sète. Tourists can also enjoy peaceful fishing sessions along the canal after getting a license.


The Pyrénées offer a less arduous cycling tour than the other huge mountain ranges. Later, you can relax and unwind at the varied Thermes located in the region.


Popular places to go cycling in France

Tourists can create their ‘cycling holiday in France’ itineraries around a visit to any or all of the below listed fabulous cycling hotspots.

  • The charming Loire Valley and its caves, castles, châteaux, and vineyards.
  • The alluring Sologne region and its tranquil villages, rivers, and lakes.
  • The Camargue’s wetlands and Provence’s olive groves along with its Roman monuments and abundant bird population.
  • The timeless scenery of Tarn Valley and south-west France.
  • Fine gastronomy and other treasures of Southern Burgundy.
  • The vineyards, rivers, valleys, culture, and colorful history of Bordeaux and St Emilion.
  • Discover the wild coastline of Brittany’s Land’s Endfull of pretty villages, pink rocks, rugged cliffs, and secluded sandy bays.


An aerial view of France - imagine exploring all those alleys and pathways on a cycle

An aerial view of France – imagine exploring all those alleys and pathways on a cycle


How to get there?

International tourists can fly to Paris and use varied modes of transportation like flights or the TGV to get to the place where you wish to enjoy your French cycling adventure.


Make sure you explore Paris before setting off on your cycling trip

Make sure you explore Paris before setting off on your cycling trip


When to go? Weather and more!

Spring and early autumn are the best times of the year to enjoy a cycling holiday in France. During these months, the weather is warm enough and the summer tourist population has either departed or is yet to arrive.

If you are planning a cycling tour of the Canal du Midi, then you can opt for a visit in August as the vacation will then coincide with Sète’s Saint-Louis festival. Tourists can thus simultaneously enjoy the unique spectacle and ancient tradition of water jousting.

It is important to ensure that the snows have cleared before taking a trip to the mountains during spring. The high passes at the Alps and the Pyrénées tend to remain snowed till even June.

It is best to go for cycling trips to Languedoc and Provence during late spring and early autumn as the region can become very hot during the high summer months. Dordogne, The Loire Valley, Burgundy, and Bordeaux experience temperate climate and hence cycling tours of these regions can be enjoyed in July and August. In the French Riviera, weather remains moderate to hot all year round – it’s one of our favourite areas in France.


Cycling holidays in France: Accommodation

A few great places to stay while enjoying a cycling vacation in the different regions of France include the luxurious Villa Naverre in Pau, the cozy B&B La Maison sur le Port in Meze, the Hotel Le Cret resort at Les Deux Alpes,the elegant Grand Hotel in Sète, and Le Soleil at the National Park in Mijoux.

Camping enthusiasts can put up tents at Les Sapins in Pau, or at Camping La Cascade in the quaint village of Venosc.


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