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Cycling along the Cote d'Azur in August: I need advice of some locals :)

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Cycling along the Cote d'Azur in August: I need advice of some locals :)

Salut and hello und hallo dear cyclist!

My name is Christina, Im a cyclist from Germany and Im planning my summer route along the Cote d'Azur at the moment. Hope time passes quickly :)

First of all, because I have read many forum discussions so far: I know it'll be very hot, there will be lots of traffic and yes, it's expensive. I don't mind all of that because my family and I have spent our last 15(!) summer holidays in the beautiful town of Port Grimaud, near St Tropez, and we always absolutely love it! Wouldnt go anywhere else, it really is our favourite place on earth :)

So instead of driving there with my family (12hrs in the car, bluargh...) I'm going to to cycle from Beziers to Port Grimaud (about 400k).

Now my questions:

  • Has anyone cycled that part of the coast and has advice for me?
  • How does that Eurovelo 8 route look at the moment? Would it be nicer to just travel along the coast or stick to the EV8?  
  • What about those campsites in August? There are sooo many warmshowers hosts and soooo many campsites. If you are a local or know the area, do you know...if it's easy to find a place to sleep in August?
  • Will the campsites be fully booked or do they generally have a pitch for a 1-person-tent?
  • Would I have to book in advance or can I just show up at reception? 

If you have been there before or if you live there, I would be really grateful if you share your experience with me :-) I live on the Eurovelo 15, between the Dutch boarder and Düsseldorf, so could help you out there :)

Kind regards from Xanten/GER and thanks in advance,
Merci beaucoup (ouais, ma mere est professor de francais, haha)

Christina

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Cycling the Cote d'Azur

Hi Christina!  My wife and I live in Antibes and I have cycled all the coast between Italy and St. Tropez, where you are heading.  This Eurovelo 8 route will slow you down a LOT because it's quite hilly.  If you are not in a hurry and want to avoid people and traffic then sure, take it.  You can always come down and get back on the coast road.  As you know from spending time in Port Grimaud, there are a LOT of tourists in August and a lot happening.  I personally think I would stick to the coast road as you will meet a lot of people and find lots to do.  Camp sites shouldn't be a problem in my opinion for one person with a small tent.  You won't find many campsites near Nice...  Stay in a youth hostel or something if you want to see Nice.  No camping in Monaco either.  The coast is hilly and beautiful between Italy and Nice and then flattens out until Mandelieu (just after Cannes).  After Mandelieu the riding is VERY beautiful until St. Tropez going through the Esterell mountains.  There should be lots of good camping there!  I personally wouldn't book a campsite in advance...  I like the adventure of not knowing and also leaving myself open for sudden, unexpected opportunities.

Any other ideas you may need let me know!

David 

 

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Ola Christina, I cycled from Bezier to Arles a couple of years ago in July . There is a nice bike lane strarting from Agde going to Sete along the beach. So it-s worth staying on the coast for that.Can]t remember the bit between Sete and Arles too well at the moment, but there is no horrible memories popping into my head... might even be that the bike lane continues to Frontignan and then Aigues Mortes through the national park to Arles is fairly quiet and nice. Bon voyage Sylvia

 

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Hi Christina

Hi Christina

We were cycling all the coast in summer months from Montpellier to Nice. It's nice and doable and has beautiful parts even though the traffic you mentioned is very heavy at some parts. We often made the experience that campgrounds made it somehow possible to find a spot for us. One of them even said that he has ALWAYS space for cyclists. Back then, we didn't know about warmshowers.org, so we were camping all nights on campgrounds. But some of these campgroundowners really squeeze you out: So, also with a small tent, you could easily be paying €25-35...

We were using this book as a red line we could follow: http://www.kettler-verlag.de/sofrank.htm We liked it.

We are ourselves travlling right now and unfortunately don't have access to our journey documents from then, but some interesting things we remember by heart:

  • At bac du sauvage, there is a ferry - it was free back then for cyclists. So you can take a nice and easy ride to Saintes-Maries de la Mer
  • There is a very beautiful but adventurous and veeeery steep (20% uphill from Cassis) alternative between Cassis and Le Ciotat, called Route des Crêtes (D141) - we can only remmend it
  • As far as we remember, we didn't find Camping in Marseille and the city wasn't worth to enter with the bicycle back then, may be it's better now...?

Voilà, that's all we remind right now from our memories:-)

Enjoy your journey - it's a very nice region and you'll find some very authentic and beautiful spots with the bike.

Best wishes

Anita & Alex

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Hello Christina

The coast line is the place to ride and enjoy the beauty. i did it Marseille-Genova.  The Traffic is easy with the Bicycle (i was also once by car and you know how it is) , the old road its a beauty  (the fast heavy traffic is next to it paralel on the Autobahn). However the EV8 is also very nice to get rid of the noisy cars and get some fresh air at the shadows of its many trees.

As you know the towns along the riviera have a unique atmosphere, you can`t miss them at evenings; my advice is to ride along the coast where you can.  The Campings were not a problem for me, there were always a small spot to pinch my tent. (cassis has a nice one in town, actually i always found a camping on the way. in Cannes campings are not in Town but like 3 km before and a bit inland.) It was an amazing ride for me with only good memories.  Btw if you like Gardens, the Rotschilds House in Nice (cap ferrat) its open for visitors to go for a walk, you can enjoy that view in silence (overview of the bay with noise of running water).  Enjoy  Joaquin

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Dear Christine,

Dear Christine,
I am curtently in agde in my way Back from surroundng Iberia, i am from Freiburg. I would absolutely recommend Not to Care about the eurovelo But taking the Smalltalk roads in the Coast! I dont have an tent, Just a tarp and sleeping outside all the time, so i can't Help with that, But there are so much Camping Sites, IT should Not bei a Problem. Sometimes i Sneak in to have ä shower, every 2-3 weeks :)

You will Love that Tour!