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Cycling in Languedoc, south France


Avid cycler and cycling expert Helen Bevis has scoured the region to bring you the very best of Languedoc's cycling opportunities:


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The Languedoc is a cyclist’s paradise. From flat canal banks to undulating vineyards and steep mountain roads; whatever your style there is something here for you.


Hearty road cyclists can follow the tyre tracks of the Languedoc sections of the Tour de France. Mountain bikers can get off the beaten track and into trails through the vineyards, garrigue or mountains. Family cyclists can also enjoy the splendours of the area with well kept Voie Verte trails along quiet tracks or canal banks. The 240km path alongside the Canal du Midi is the most famous cycleway in the region, but that shouldn’t stop you exploring the endless possibilities elsewhere.


Biking along the Canal du Midi, LanguedocWith so many choices let us make things a little easier with our guide to the where, what and how of cycling in the Languedoc. Independent souls will just pick up a map and choose a route or may even be tempted to take a look at some of the companies that operate tours in the area and let them plan the routes and hotels. Don’t want to bring your bike along? Then you can use our guide to find a bike hire venue.


Happy Cycling!


Where to cycle in Languedoc


Languedoc's cycling Voies VertesThis is the best way to discover the Languedoc. You aren’t aiming to go fast or get muddy zooming downhill, you just want to explore the highways and byways; whether on or off the tarmac.


There are a number of classic rides in the Languedoc that are easy to follow and right at the top of the list is the magnificent Canal du Midi. This is the 240km trail that links Toulouse to the charming little port of Marseillan on the Mediterranean coast. You don’t have to cycle all of it, just choose the parts that you think you’d like to see. It’s a delightful way of seeing life in the slow lane; even on the bike you’ll be speedy compared to the gently chugging canal boats. Check out, written by the author of Le Canal du Midi a vélo (N.B the hire shop Velos-Midi Cycle are no longer operating).


If you want to look beyond canals and lockgates the Languedoc- Roussillion has 8 Voies Verte (a national green cyclepaths scheme). These are specially developed cycleways in beautiful parts of the region; for full route details have a look at


Voie Verte Name Starts Finishes KMs Bikes Countryside
1: de l'Agly Le Barcarès Claira 8 km All types Flat, coast
2: de la Vaunage Caveirac RD40 fin provisoire (Calvisson) 8 km All types Rolling
3: de Toulouges à Thuir Toulouges Thuir 12 km All types Rolling
4: du canal de la Robine Narbonne Port-la-Nouvelle 22 km VTC Flat
5: du canal du Midi Carcassonne-Trèbes Carcassonne Trèbes 14 km VTT, VTC Rolling
6: du canal du Midi de Béziers à Portiragnes-Plage Béziers (port) Portiragnes beach 15 km All types Flat, coast
7: du Jaur de Courniou à Olargues Courniou Mons-la-Trivalle 32 km VTT, VTC Mountains
8: du Martinet Hameau d'Alcéa (Beaucaire) Route de l'abbaye de Saint-Roman (Beaucaire) 4 km VTT, VTC Flat




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