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:
No formal cycling today.
- 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
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.