Cycling the Côte d’Azur

Cycling in France is always great and cycling the Côte d’Azur, or French Riviera, was no exception. We spent three weeks in Nice and at every opportunity, I cycled out of the city  along the coast towards Menton. I never made it to Menton because I could never find my way around Monaco with its busy roads, tunnels and road construction. Still, the coast offers great riding, challenging climbs and incredible views.

The first challenge was getting out of Nice and onto the Promenade. Here is a little taste of the traffic starting near the Russian Church and ending on the Promenade. The construction work at the beach is a response to the 2016 terrorism attack in Nice.

Once on the Promenade, you are on your way to some great cycling along the coast. The first town you come to after leaving Nice is Villefranche-sur-Mer. The town is noted for its great beaches as well as being the place where The Rolling Stones wrote Exile on Main Street.

Each town that follows is just as beautiful in its own way. Beaulieu-sur-Me, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Eze, and Cap-d’Ail all deserve a blog post. Rather than attempt to describe each town, allow me to let the photos provide a description.

If I had it all to do over again, I would do it all over again. The only thing I would do differently is take the train to Menton so I could bicycle on the East side of Monaco. Next trip.




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