Cycling adventure Ride the greatest routes in the South of France

Le Canal des Deux Mers à vélo

Grands itinéraires vélo, Canal des Deux Mers, CRT Occitanie / D.Viet

La Via Rhôna

Via Rhôna, ADT 34 / G.Delerue

La Grande Traversée du Massif Central

La Grande Traversée du Massif Central

La Méditerranée à vélo

La Méditerranée à vélo, ADT 34 / C.Gauthier

Let the signposting be your guide and set off to discover Occitanie, France and even Europe, by bike!  

Discover the region's Eurovelo and cycle routes*, for a cycling trip close to nature. 

*A cycle route may take the form of greenways, low-traffic roads and/or cycle paths, but it is a continuous line, signposted and adapted to allow you to cycle in good conditions.

Vélo, grands itinéraires vélo carto

Vélo, grands itinéraires vélo carto

Europe by bike!

In Occitanie, you can cycle to Spain or Cyprus, via Greece or up the Rhône Valley to Switzerland.

The Mediterranean by bike - EuroVélo 8  

From Spain (Cadiz) to Cyprus, via France (in Occitania), Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, and Turkey. From the Perthus to Beaucaire, the Med à vélo (for those who know it well) links the Catalan Pyrenees to the Camargue.  
Your stops in Occitanie : Le Perthus, Argelès-sur-Mer (Pyrénées-Orientales), Leucate, Narbonne (Aude), Béziers, Agde, Sète (Hérault), Le Grau du Roi, Beaucaire-Tarascon (Gard).

The ViaRhôna - Eurovélo 17

From Lake Leman to the Mediterranean Sea, 815 km of cycling await you. This 815 km cycle route takes you along the Rhône for an adventure rich in history, from the Gallo-Romans to the present day. The epic story of a river that has shaped its valley over the centuries. From Beaucaire to Sète, the passage through Occitanie will allow you to discover the Camargue Gardoise before arriving on the sandy beaches of Hérault.
Your stops in Occitanie : Beaucaire, Saint-Gilles, Aigues-Mortes (Gard), le Grau du Roi, La Grande Motte, Palavas-les-Flots, Sète (Hérault) 

At Sète, the Via Rhona (EV17) connects with the Mediterranean by bike (EV8), which in turn allows you to cycle to Béziers and join the Canal des Deux Mers (V80) or continue to Roussillon and the Catalan countryside.

Canet en Roussillon © LMV - O.Octobre

Canet en Roussillon © LMV - O.Octobre

Exploring France and the Occitanie region by bike

The Canal des 2 Mers by bike (V80)

The best-known and busiest canal, it crosses the Occitanie region from Moissac to the Mediterranean Sea at Sète.  
From Royan on the ocean shore to Sète on the Mediterranean, the V80 or Greenway of the Canal des Deux Mers stretches for almost 800km, 520km of which is in the Occitanie region. It follows the towpath of the Canal de Garonne and then the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  

Who's it for? Experienced cyclists and novices alike will appreciate the fact that the route is virtually flat, shaded and offers a wide variety of landscapes and scenery.

Small villages, pretty towns, vineyards, engineering structures, locks and flower-filled marinas: the majority of the route is a gentle ride along a landscaped greenway. South of Toulouse, after the Seuil de Naurouze, the route becomes a little rockier as it undergoes renovation. 

Le Canal des Deux Mers

Moissac, Mouillet

More ideas?

  • The Vallée de la Baise (V82) - cycling through Gascony, from the Pyrenees to the Garonne (or vice versa). This route links up with the Scandibérique-EuroVélo 3, then the Canal des Deux Mers to the north and the Véloroute du Piémont Pyrénéen to the south.
  • The Véloccitanie (V84) - From the Naurouze threshold to Béziers, through the farmlands of the Lauragais, the landscapes of the Haut-Languedoc nature park (vineyards, cliffs, forests, rivers, meadows...) and the wine-growing plains of the Hérault with their famous Languedoc appellations, 237 km of countryside to discover in Occitanie. Divided into 3 stages: Seuil de Naurouze-Mazamet, Voie verte ‘Passa Païs’, Bédarieux-Béziers.
  • The Vallée du Lot à vélo (V86) - A 430km route accessible to all, from the landscapes of the high Aubrac to the Garonne via the Causses du Quercy. Mainly on shared roads, there are also stretches of greenways and forest tracks. Ideal for nature-lovers, it's a great way to discover the meandering river Lot.
  • The Vagabonde (V87), From Rocamadour to the Montech lake, via Cahors, 64km of discovery of Quercy Blanc on a shared route to Montauban and the Montech lake. This section is part of an adventure route that stretches over 500 km from Montluçon to Creuse and Corrèze, before joining the Occitanie region in the Lot and Tarn-et-Garonne.
  • Aveyron Valley and Gorges - This 85km cycle route between Montauban and Laguépie is a great way to spend a weekend exploring the medieval villages of Montricoux, Bruniquel, Penne and St-Antonin Noble Val, all located in the Aveyron Gorges. 
Port de Montauban

Port Canal de Montauban, Joël Damase / ADT 82

Useful information

In France, there is the 'Accueil vélo' label  
This label guarantees you secure bike parking, flexible breakfast times, the possibility of recharging your electric bike, re-inflating your tyre or having your luggage transported. Services tailored to cyclists, so that your cycling escapades go off without a hitch!  
It's not just accommodation that can be labelled and equipped: restaurants, visitor sites and tourist offices can also help you make a stopover in good conditions.
More Informations

How to get there?

  • By car: Occitania has a large number of motorways (A9, A20, A61, A75, etc.).
  • By plane: the region has several airports, including the international airports of Toulouse, Montpellier and Lourdes.
  • By train: the region is accessible from all the major cities of France and the European capitals.