Cycling in Nice

Nice consists of two large bays, with the mountains of the Cote d' Azur, rising up from it's suburbs. The Cote d'Azur has some of the greatest and most famous roads in cycling. The Col de La Madone, made famous by Lance Armstrong, is an easy ride from Nice and many epic battles of the famous Paris-Nice race have taken place on the roads in the mountains to the north. You can ride the Col d'Eze, which traditionally features in the final stage of Paris-Nice as a time trial from the town centre!


Nice is a great way to experience a lighter version of the French Alps. There are a huge variety of climbs and riding, from flat coastal rides to Tour de France level HC climbs, including the famous Col de Vence.


Nice is France's fith biggest city, but it caters for cyclists brilliantly. There is a great cycle way to get you out the city, and the ride down the Boulevard de Anglais is a truly unique experience.


Eze is a very exclusive resort on top of a hill overlooking Nice. It's a great place to stay if you like a quieter more exclusive holiday.

St Paul de Vence

St Paul de Vence is an old quiet little fortified town at the bottom of the Col de Vence. A world heritage site and worth a visit if you stay here or not! 

Col de madone climb


To see our summary of the full range of hotels we offer and to find your perfect match, click here


To see an example of some of the excellent routes you can ride around Nice, click here.


Fly to Nice airport, and you can almost walk to town. A short 15-minute taxi ride should get you to most the hotels on our site, traffic dependent!

Bike highlights

Route highlight

Col d' Eze, the Col de Vence and the Col de Madone, are the obvious highlights of the area. However, Bikecation's favourite ride, is the Gorges du Loup. A beautiful gorge, where you can ride the full length and then ride up to a very pretty old hill top fort - Gourdon. Magnificent! For more details on our favourite routes, click here.

Bike difficulty

Difficulty level

Nice has a maze of mountain roads made for biking. It is hilly however, and other than along the coast, it is hard to get a flat day out on the bike. However, the hills aren't as high as the high Alps, and so it's a great destination if this is your first time riding bigger hills. 


Bike best times

Best time to go

You can ride Nice and the Cote d'Azur anytime March to October. The sea breeze keeps temperatures cooler in summer and warmer in the spring. On the few days the weather looks dodgy, stay out the mountains and stick to the coast and you will likely stay dry. 

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