The South of France is well known for its cycling, and the pretty Mediterranean city of Cannes is a splendid place to jump on your bike and explore in either direction along the coast, or up into the cool hills that rise above the Mediterranean.
All of these rides are best enjoyed in spring and autumn- light snow may well slow you down on the higher routes in winter, while the blazing heat and traffic snarls of July and August on the Riviera certainly will. If you’re riding in warm weather, take advantage of the cooler and quieter early hours, and the long summer twilights when the Mediterranean landscape turns soft pinks and hazy blues.
For the super-keen cyclist, you can ride the entire French Riviera on an epic cycling route (which we’ve written about here), but for the purposes of this short feature we’ll only touch on the legs that are close to Cannes. Four of the routes are road biking, but we’ve included one mountain biking route near Cannes for those who want to get off-road.