Self-guided: Along the Med

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Self-guided: Along the Med

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Self-guided cycling tour along the Mediterranean coastline of Languedoc. Pedal at your own pace along amazingly beautiful beaches, serene salt marshes and sand dunes. Stop each evening in vibrant seaside towns and enjoy the local cuisine made from freshly sourced seafood.


The Languedoc coast is well known for its expansive beaches as well as its world-class oyster and mussel cultivation. But Languedoc is also the largest wine growing region in the world. A distinctly dry and lemonly white wine, made from a single Piquepoul grape variety, is unique to the coastal region around the Bassin de Thau. It is the perfect accompaniment to the fresh seafood of the region.

Languedoc is also one of the most historically interesting regions in Europe. Of 43 “Grand sites de France” areas protected for their natural beauty or historical significance, 10 are located in Languedoc.


On this trip you will:

  • Enjoy the tranquility of leisurely pedalling along designated bike paths for most of the route
  • Discover Sete the so-called Venice of Languedoc with its traditional gondala type fishing boats and unique jousting competitions
  • Feel the salt wind in your hair while cycling amongst the sand dunes of the Mediterranean coast
  • Explore the vibrant city of Montpellier where the well-preserved historical centre bustles with modern life
  • Stop as often as you wish for a dip in the Med or for a snack at the numerous seaside cafes that dot the route
  • Meander the narrow cobbled streets of Aigues Mortes, the ancient Roman port nestled between the Med and the famous Calmargue salt marshes.

4 days

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Level: Leisurely, mostly flat, designed for recreational riders

Tour includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels or chambre d’hôtes
  • Transfer for you and your bike from Montpellier or Beziers airport
  • Luggage transfer to next destination
  • 3 days self-guided cycling. We will provide route directions and GPX files for a Garmin device or similar.
  • Breakfast each day
  • Optional bike hire

Accommodation

All our accommodation is bike-friendly, rated 3 stars (or equivalent) and includes breakfast each day.

Standard pricing is based on double occupancy, but single occupancy is available for a supplement.

Sample itinerary

Typical daily routes are approximately 30km in length and relatively flat. The intention is to allow sufficient time to stop, explore and enjoy the experience.

Arrival

We will pick you up at your arrival airport and transport you and your bike to Agde, the starting point of your tour. We will hold a welcome meeting to go over the daily routes and itineraries and answer any questions you may have. After this meeting, you are free to explore the town of Agde. There are really three Agdes:

  • Vieux Agde – the original roman settlement beside the Hérault River sometimes referred to as the black pearl due to its basalt stone buildings
  • Grau d’Agde – the traditional and still operational fishing port
  • and Cap d’Agde – a built-up summer playground including an naturalist beach
  • Beach at Grau d'Agde, Languedoc
No formal cycling today.
Agde to Sete

Your first day of cycling will start by meandering along quiet roads through the vines to reach the Etang de Thau at Marseillan. It is definitely worth stopping for a coffee or a cold drink at one of the many cafes in the old port of Marseillan. The view is stunning.

From here, you will follow the bike path next to the etang to Marseillan Plage where you will get your first glance of the Med. Stop for a leisurely lunch at one of the many seafood cafes along the waterfront. Continue on the bike path which follows the narrow spit between the etang and the Mediterannean sea all the way to Sete. Feel the salt wind in your hair and enjoy the views over the sand dunes to the sea.

Your route finishes in the port town of Sete, famous for its tall ship festival and jousting competitions on water. If you still have energy, walk up to the top of Mont St. Clair (really just a hill) and check out the views over the water or visit the Musee de la Mer. Sample one of the traditional seafood pasties called teilles and enjoy the fresh seafood served up at the outdoor patios along the quai.

  • Port of Marseillan, Languedoc
  • Bike Path on Med, Languedoc
  • Traditional Fishing Boats in Sete, Languedoc
Distance:30km, Climbing 250m
Sete to Montpellier

The route today continues along the water, alternating between pedalling alongside the naturalised “etang” (lagoon) areas and the more built-up seaside towns with their sandy beaches. Keep your eyes open for the pink flamingos!

Your destination is Palavas-les-Flots a traditional fishing village now part of the vibrant waterfront at the edge of Montpellier. You will be spoiled for choice for activities in Palavas-les-Flots: relax on the beach, walk along the waterfront, rent a kayak, check out the fresh fish market…there is even a casino. Or head into the centre of Montpellier to explore the historic centre and the Place de la Comedie.

  • Palavas les Flots, Languedoc
  • Place de la Comedie, Montpellier, Languedoc
image of Palavas les Flots by Jean Paul Corlin

Distance: 30km, Climbing 200m

Montpellier to Aigues Mortes

The beginning of your route today takes in the waterfront along the edge of the city of Montpellier. Built-up as an urban beachside playground with marinas, sandy beaches, seaside boutiques and patios, it is a bustling leisure destination for the residents of the nearby city. Despite the area’s popularity, you can still pedal tranquilly due to the designated cycle path and an abundance of greenspace.

The Grande Motte with its distinctive architecture by visionary architect Jean Balladur is particularly noteworthy. It is a good spot to stop for lunch. After Grande Motte, pause for a dip at Espiguette beach one of the most beautiful and natural beaches along this strip.

Your route finishes in Aigues Mortes. Founded by the romans, Aigues Mortes still boasts its well-preserved walled remparts and watch tower. Visit the dungeon and remparts museum or the nearby salt flats or simply explore the medieval town centre which is thriving in the summer months with a variety of artisan boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Your tour ends here; we will pick up your bikes and transport you on to your next local destination or the nearby airport/train station for your onward journey.

  • The Med at the Grande Motte, Languedoc
  • Cycling in Aigues Mortes, Languedoc
  • Tower in Aigues Mortes, Languedoc
Distance: 28km, Climbing 200m
Optional Rest Day: Explore Montpellier

As the fastest growing city in France, Montpellier offers a unique mix of contemporary and historic. Its location in the centre of a wine growing region as well as on the Mediterannean coast has also earned it a reputation as a gourmet destination for wine and food lovers. Montpellier is more than worthy of an extra day to explore. You will want to keep a camera handy.

You can easily pedal into the city centre on the many designated cycle paths or take a break from the bike take advantage of public transport. Montpellier has an extensive tram system.Check out the Place de la Comedie, the Promenade de Peyrou and the Musee Fabre. Consider taking a guided wine tour: the popular Pic St Loup wine region is nearby.

  • Point Peyrou, Montpellier
  • Porte de Peyrou: Montpellier, Languedoc

Optional Day: Stay on in Aigues Mortes
Aigues Mortes is a good base for a day trip into the Carmague. You may choose to stay on an extra night in order to explore this natural salt marsh reserve known for its pink flamigos, black bulls and white horses. Guided tours in 4×4 or traditional caleche are available.

  • Aigues Mortes, Languedoc: Taking a Break from Cycling
  • Camargue salt marshes

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