With great weather year-round and lovely scenery, Monaco is the perfect venue for cyclists, whether for pleasure or a challenging charity ride. Monaco cycling in and around the principality on the French Riviera, or cycling from Nice to Monaco, are road trips worth taking.
With more than 75 routes to explore, Monaco cycling offers options for every rider. Whether you prefer flat roads, uphill routes, short or long rides, Monaco features them all. Here’s a look at some of the options for cycling enthusiasts of all levels.
Monaco cycling and beyond
Cycle Nice to Monaco
A mountain bike is probably the best option for this 30 km Nice to Monaco cycling route. Start early on the Promenade des Anglais to avoid the crowds, and cruise along at a pace that allows you to enjoy the Mediterranean views. From there, check out the cycling maps available online to determine whether you want to follow a coastal route or tackle Mount Boron. While there are many climbs and descents on the coastal route with cliffs on one side, take advantage of stopping-off points in the quaint towns that line the route.
Monaco cycling route options
If your starting point is in the principality, choose a bike map that suits your ability level and the time you wish to allot for Monaco cycling. A 5 km ride starting from Fontvieille to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin features breathtaking coastal views with a 3-metre descent. If you’re up for something more challenging, check out online cycling maps for the 51 km loop that heads to Beausoliel, then due north past Mont Agel before turning south. For a real adventure, try cycling the Alps, follow a Tour de France route, or relax along the 21 km coastal route from Monte-Carlo to Ventimiglia, Italy.
Cycle for charity
The Champagne & Oyster Cycling Club of Monaco organises an annual charity ride from St. Tropez to Monaco to raise money for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, among other charity rides of various distances throughout the year. For Monaco cycling enthusiasts, this charity offers the ideal way to enjoy the sport while raising funds for a good cause.
Casual rides to the beach
For a leisurely Monaco cycle ride that takes in some of the best local sights, cycling from Port Hercules to the famous Larvotto Beach is a must. You’ll see the most amazing superyachts in the harbour, and before long, you’ll come across delightful port-side bars. Whether you are on an e-bike, a hybrid, or a beach cruiser, head east to the lovely beach area and take time to swim in the ocean and sample fresh cuisine at speciality restaurants. This area, while popular with tourists, is also one of the most desirable residential areas. Larvotto property in Monaco offers luxury living within a short walking distance of the beach and exquisite sea views. Who knows? Your cycling trip to the beach could lead to an exciting new residence!