Distance Nice - Agay/return: 125 km or Nice - Saint-Raphaël/return: 145 km
Climb: 730 m+
Main routes: M6098 and D6098 - coast road through Antibes and Cannes
Close to: Tanneron, Sainte-Maxime, Lac de Saint-Cassien
Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Season: Best in the Fall, Winter or Spring (October-May)
Stunning landscapes are ahead of you when you set off for a ride to the preserved coast road in the Esterel massif. You enter volcanic soils with its distinct red-brown colours and dramatic rock formations.
As you cycle from Nice by the cycling paths towards Antibes, you are already on a seafront adventure of the French Riviera. You follow the paths all along the coast - and please pay attention to the traffic that cross the path at intersections. It is a lively route, so to say.
On your way, you will pass seaside restaurants in Cagnes-sur-Mer, the grand Marina in Villeneuve-Loubet and wide beaches before you see the old Vauban citadel of Antibes welcoming you to one of Europe's biggest marinas with yachts of all sizes.
You pass through Cap d'Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Golfe-Juan and before you know of it you are in Cannes. Keep going on the flat coast route and pass through Mandelieu-de-Napoule. From here you enter the country of red rocks and blue sea of the Estérel.
There are not enough Wauws and Wows in the world to cover the impressions you get in this place. You continue by the winding road, which takes you a bit up, then a bit down, while showing you a new magnificent landscape around the next bend.
You can continue all the way to Saint-Tropez by this road, the massif itself however ends around Agay.
Once you have cycled here there is not many places in the world that will beat this!
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Tina Baltzer, owner of Lifesparkz Bike Tours.