holiday cycling, FranceMonday, April 27, 2015
There's something rather satisfying about hiring a bike and heading off at a 'lightning fast speed' (in comparison to walking) to explore a new town, city or... coastline!
TOUCH: refreshing cool sea air against my face - tousling my hair as it whips against my neck, stiff hands and fingers grip my handle bars tight with excitement, legs ache but I push on just the same, salt stings my eyes, my lips.
The Côte d'Azur, also known as the French Riviera is the perfect European destination to get in a spot of good old fashioned cycling. The coastline literally goes on and on for hundreds of miles and this area of the world is also famous for having 300 days of sunshine a year.
If you're keen on biking (like some of my friends) you can plan a whole holiday cycling from one end of the French Riviera to the other. Start in France and end in Italy - stopping at as many or few of the gorgeous little sea towns and cities along the way that take your fancy.
Or if you're like me you probably just want to hire a bike for a day and see how far along the coast you can get. Of course snacks along the way are very important...
TASTE: bitter espresso, almonds and custard, sweet and silky milk chocolate sauce and rich gooey dark chocolate cake with a sprinkle of icing sugar. Cycling snacks don't get much better than this.
The important stuff:
- Bike hire is actually pretty cheap in Nice. I paid just 14 euros for 24 hours.
- The cycle paths are really amateur friendly in and around Nice. Clearly signposted, off the actual road and with lots of room.
- Depending on your level of fitness and ambition you can go quite far in one day. Hubby and I cycled from Central Nice all the way to Antibes and back in just an afternoon going at quite a leisurely pace, and stopping for a three-course meal along the way.