You have a day to rent a bike in one of our agencies and go for a ride. So you are looking for a trip that is not too long, but still a nice, quiet place to pedal. If you want to discover places that are close to nature and away from the hustle and bustle, whether in the mountains, by the sea, in the vineyards, or if you are looking for a change of scenery for a day, this article is for you! For most of the proposed destinations, find the itinerary that corresponds to them and access the GPX route and the detailed route.
Pech David.Go to the south of Toulouse to get some height and escape the hustle and bustle of the Toulouse agglomeration. A route of about thirty kilometres with a few changes in altitude but which will allow you to discover a panorama of the whole, or at least a good part of the pink city. You will also have a beautiful view of the river, and, if the weather allows it, you will be able to see a large part of the Pyrenees chain.
The Canal du Midi.Of course you have the Canal du Midi, but in one day it can be difficult to see a lot of different landscapes. Getting out of Toulouse can be time consuming and you may initially come across many people running, walking, cycling to work, or like you, walking along the canal. Therefore, it can be less pleasant, unless you decide to cycle there and back by train. In that case, you can venture further than Montgiscard, where day-trippers usually go and then retrace their steps. The Canal du Midi, unlike Pech David, is however easier to access for children.
The Béziers vineyards. From Béziers, reach the farmlands of Languedoc's Tuscany and pedal between fig trees, almond trees, pine trees and the typical vineyards of the region. There are some steep hills on the vineyard cycle paths, but the exceptional views of the Béziers hinterland are well worth the effort! Find the route here.
The Massif de la Clape. Venture into the Narbonnaise en Méditerranée Regional Nature Park. Within it, the Massif de la Clape is ideal for walks and has an important network of mountain bike circuits which will allow you to discover the Aude coastline from its summit thanks to different panoramas. Between vineyards, wooded valleys, garrigues, gorges and cliffs, take advantage of an exceptional preserved natural setting. Various signposted circuits are waiting for you, which, depending on the number of kilometres and the different levels of gradient, are suitable for both amateur and experienced cyclists. You can use all the routes free of charge. http://maclape.com/articles/inferets/inferets.html . If you don't want to go up in the air, you can do the tour of the lake of Gruissan, a thirty kilometre long route along the water. Itinerary here.
The Banyuls pass. From our office in Argelès-sur-Mer (open during the summer season) set off on a 20 km bike ride to admire the view from the Col de Banyuls. You will ride along small mountain paths to reach the pass at an altitude of 357 metres. The climb over the last two kilometres (the climb is 10km long) is the most difficult, where the gradient, at 17%, is at its highest. But the reward of the view at the end of the climb will be all the more beautiful! You can then descend to Banyuls-sur-Mer to follow the Vermeille coast and enjoy the scenery before returning to Argelès-sur-Mer.
The Thau lagoon. One of Sète's must-do bike rides is around the Thau lagoon. However, if it is close to nature and far from the hustle and bustle of the cities, you will still come across small villages. Once you have rented your bike, you will leave Sète via the Pointe Courte: the fishermen's district, and then you will pedal quietly along the Thau lagoon to go around it. On your way you will discover small villages typical of the Languedoc region, a varied landscape between land and sea around this "piece of sea trapped in the hills". Small harbours, oyster beds, rich preserved nature, open your eyes and enjoy. The detailed itinerary with the GPX route is available here.
The vineyards of Nantes.From Nantes, pedal towards Clisson to get away from the hustle and bustle of Nantes. Follow the Sèvre river and pedal through the vineyards, take a deep breath and enjoy the landscape. Discover our route here. Note that you can also set off on the canal linking Nantes to Brest or along the Vélodyssée and turn back in the middle of the day , or take the train back, which allows you to go further. In this case, you can for example go as far as Blain or Saint-Brévin-les-Pins.