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From the Occitan coast to Italy — exploring the Mediterranean by bike

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From the Occitan coast to Italy — exploring the Mediterranean by bike

Bike Touring Collection by Vincent Reboul

7-16

days

3-7 h

/ day

468 mi

18,375 ft

18,325 ft

The EuroVelo 8 follows the Mediterranean Sea from Spain to Cyprus for 7,500 kilometres (4,660 mi) and is a superb route that crosses 10 countries.

This Collection follows one of the French sections, the Mediterranean Bike Route. Starting in Argelès in Occitania near the Spanish border, after nine stages the route ends 750 kilometres (466 mi) further in Menton, on the border with Italy. You’ll explore much of France’s Mediterranean coastline and discover how diverse Provençe is.

This itinerary is a slightly alternative route as I’ve added in several deviations from the official EuroVelo 8 so you can discover even more beautiful landscapes and places of interest. If you want to follow the official route in its entirety, head to the following link: komoot.com/tour/572841361

The origin of the word ‘Provençe’ goes back to the Roman conquest around 300 BC, when the Roman legions invaded and named this new territory the ‘Province of Rome’. Narbonne, Arles, Orange, Nîmes, Vaison, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and so many others: practically all the cities of Provence have a Roman or Greek origin.

You’ll find very good wines as well as an olive culture here, predominantly in the Alpilles and the Lubéron. The region has a wonderful balance between beautiful landscapes and exciting cities. I recommend that you linger particularly in Narbonne, Sète and Menton.

This itinerary is balanced, with very little difference in altitude during the first stages. It is not until stage 6 and the departments of Haute-Provence, Var and Alpes-Maritimes that you start to face serious climbs. This gradual progress allows you to get into the swing of things. On rare occasions you may have to walk beside your bike although gravel riders won’t have to worry about this. This Collection can be used by both hikers and gravel or touring cyclists.

There’s a good chance that wind will feature highly in some stages, particularly in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, where the Mistral wind can blow strongly. This Collection is suitable for any cyclist of reasonable fitness. Most days are not very challenging and you can easily split the stages further.

This is a popular region for visitors, so you’ll have no trouble finding accommodation and food. It’s important to book your accommodation well in advance if you travel during the summer months.

To get to the beginning of the route, I recommend travelling by train. Argelès has many daily connections to Perpignan and Menton is also well served by rail. Taking a sleeper train is a great way to arrive too. You’ll find all the necessary information on the SNCF website: sncf.com/en

A final tip: if you have the time, the beautiful Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseille is worth a visit. It’s the first large national museum dedicated to the Mediterranean. For more information, head to: mucem.org/en

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15,650 ft

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Last updated: November 24, 2021

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  • Difficult
    06:07
    56.8 mi
    9.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This first beautiful stage of your EuroVelo 8 journey linking Spain to Italy, passing entirely through the Mediterranean regions of France, leaves from the Argelès SNCF station, near Perpignan.

    

    The Pyrenean mountains are still clearly visible and you will distinguish Mont Canigou on your route several

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  • Difficult
    06:16
    52.3 mi
    8.3 mph
    775 ft
    750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This second day, which presents no difficulty, will take you along the Canal du Midi, which has linked Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea since the 17th century. First named "Royal Canal of Languedoc", the revolutionaries renamed it "Canal du Midi" in 1789. Since the Revolution, the name has stuck. Very

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  • Intermediate
    04:28
    46.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    700 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It is a slightly shorter day in terms of kilometers that I am offering you today but nevertheless rich in discoveries.

    

    Sète is the homeland of Georges Brassens. The great poet and singer is a native of this city. His last home is in the cemetery next to the museum which is entirely dedicated to him. 2021

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    49.8 mi
    10.8 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This day, which has almost no elevation, can however be difficult if the mistral starts to blow.

    

    You will spend a good part of the day on the edge of the Camargue Regional Natural Park and with a little luck, you will be able to see the emblematic animals of this large park in the Rhône estuary: the white

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    48.3 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,225 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This magnificent day will make you discover the Alpilles and will take you into the heart of the Lubéron massif. Your final destination tonight is Apt, the main town in this region of Provence.

    

    The town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, located at the very beginning of the route, has many assets. Its market

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  • Difficult
    05:27
    52.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    3,350 ft
    2,825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, you are getting closer to the Alps and the Pre-Alps, so naturally the height difference becomes more substantial. You will leave the pretty town of Apt this morning to arrive in that of Forcalquier halfway through.

    

    Many aromatic plants like verbena, fine lavender, or daffodils grow in the area

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  • Difficult
    06:34
    63.5 mi
    9.7 mph
    4,075 ft
    4,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This beautiful day will make you travel in more ways than one. Geographically speaking, you will radically change the scenery when crossing the Durance.

    

    The discovery of the region around the Gorges du Verdon is a delight. You will gradually head towards the Var hinterland and reach its main town, and

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  • Difficult
    06:06
    55.7 mi
    9.1 mph
    4,575 ft
    5,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Tonight you will arrive in the famous city of Cannes.

    

    Do not hesitate to cut this day in two stages, because the difference in altitude is important and fatigue can start to be felt after a week of efforts on your bike. In this case, a stop for the night in the village of Fayence located on this route

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  • Difficult
    04:33
    42.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For this last stage of your Mediterranean Bike adventure, you will follow the seaside almost all morning, which will give you the opportunity to take very beautiful walks along the Riviera, like that of Cagnes-sur -Sea and of course the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

    

    Since Nice is located at the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    468 mi
  • Duration
    48:57 h
  • Elevation
    18,375 ft18,325 ft

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