The beautiful countryside around Nice is not only some of the most picture-perfect scenery in the whole of France, but it’s also incredible cycling country. The combination of ideal terrain and a temperate year-round climate is probably what lures so many professional riders to settle here and in nearby Monaco, the principality that Chris Froome calls home.
Cycling in springtime
Spring is a great time to look for holiday apartments in Nice with nearby bike hire and enjoy the many miles of cycle paths that criss-cross the city. The best is probably the seaside trail that follows the entire length of the beautiful Promenade des Anglais to Cagnes-sur-Mer. If you’re lucky you may even see members of Team Sky out for a training run – the world-beating British cycling team have a training camp here.
For something more leisurely, take an e-bike tour of the vineyards just outside Nice and picnic among the vines, or hire a proper Dutch bike for a Nice city tour. The Velo Bleu scheme costs just one euro a day for as many trips of up to 30 minutes as you like. With 175 stations to choose from, who knows where you’ll end up?
Cyclists are passionate about their coffee, so even if you don’t want to take any strenuous exercise you can stroll down to the Port and enjoy a great cup at the Cafe du Cycliste. If you’re in the market for unique and high-end cycling accessories, stunning cycling artwork or vintage souvenirs, then Bicicletta will be a must visit address.
Play like the pros
Of course, if you’re serious about your cycling, then you’ll be heading for Nice in March when the world-class riders of the peloton converge on the city for the final stage of the historic Paris-Nice bike race. The sharp gradients of the Col d’Eze just five minutes from the centre of town often play a part in the race route, you’ll be spoilt for choice with some great Alpine climbs on the doorstep.
Whether you bring your bike with you or hire when you arrive, our high-end vacation apartments in Nice will provide the ideal base for a cycling holiday in the stunning Cote d’Azur. Why not contact us today and enjoy a cycling break in Nice this spring?