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Dublin, Ireland
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39 posts

Have just returned from a five days leisure

cycling holiday in ile de re and would love to do the same on the Riviera if any one has suggestions I would love to hear from them.

Thank you

Vancouver, Canada
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15,247 posts
65 reviews
1. Re: cycling

Charley...you are talking two completely different destinations. As you know....Ile de Re is tiny, relatively isolated, flat and and is really purpose -built for bicycle travel. As a matter of fact (as you know) the bicycle is far and away the most used mode of travel there.

The Cote d'Azur is on the other end of the spectrum. It is huge compared to ILe de Re....it is not flat....cars, trains and buses are the modes of transportation used.

It's really apples and oranges.

Not saying that there are not cyclists on the Cote d'Azur and there is an infrastructure to support them, but it is a very, very different destination.

Antibes, France
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11,397 posts
2. Re: cycling

There are plans to complete the partly laid down cycle path along the whole coast from Cannes to Menton - at present you can cycle much of this and for example there is large cycle traffic between Antibes and Nice. The famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice is to lose 2 car lanes in favour of cycle paths.

Cycling in the back country which rises vertically behind Nice would be another matter.


Guildford, United...
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3. Re: cycling

Tokyo & Amsterdam are the only places where I have seen more cyclists than on the Cote D'Azur but the vast majority on the Riviera are experienced bike riders on expensive bikes. (Everybody cycles in Tokyo but only on the pavement- US sidewalk) I am a life long cyclist (very life long!) and I have never been anywhere else where drivers are so considerate. Last week the driver of the bus from Villefranche to Nice stayed calmly behind a group of cyclists for the ten minutes or so it took to Nice Port. (A British bus driver would have been furious and quite possibly run them down.) However, traffic can be heavy and novices are likely to find the experience frightening. Cap Ferrat is a lovely place for a short bike ride and some locals take their bikes there by car. If I am feeling under the weather I do laps of the Cap, as my usual rides, away from the coast to roads where there is almost no traffic, involve ascending very substantial hills. It is many years since I have cycled west of Nice, where traffic is much heavier and I don't like sharing space with pedestrians but, as others have pointed out, there are paths being developed in this area.

If you are an experienced, young and/or fit cyclist, there are great rides based anywhere between Nice and Menton and far into the Alps but if you are new to cycling and not very fit you might not find it much fun.

Kamala, Thailand
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628 posts
17 reviews
4. Re: cycling

Indeed, Bob. Quite a few of the World Tour pro cycling teams use this area for training, and a fair number of pro riders live in the area.

Antibes, France
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11,397 posts
5. Re: cycling

Stephen Roche Irish overall Winner of the Tour de France (1987) is to be spotted around Antibes.


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6. Re: cycling

Thank you for all replys to my query I will keep looking for somewhere like ile de re just with warmer sea for swiming

7. Re: cycling

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