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Villeneuve-Loubet: la Villeneuvoise

Discover the greenest of the “blue towns”. 

This cycle tour starts from the sea and goes up to the old village of Villeneuve Loubet. It is accessible for all, and cyclists will discover the various facets of Villeneuve-Loubet.
Near the sea, you will ride along the banks of the Loup to arrive at the regional nature park and then enter the heart of the medieval village, where cultural and gastronomic discoveries and fine buildings await you on the corners of its ancient streets. Sea, nature and ancient buildings combine to offer you a moment to relax.
The itinerary follows the cycle path as far as the regional park, where a dirt path leads you to discover this natural area.
The itinerary leaves from the La Fighière car park in Boulevard Tabarly, on the sea-front next to the Marina Baie des Anges. 

ITINERARY

 

Stage 1: Bay of Angels Marina
The Bay of Angels Marina complex was built between 1969 and 1993.
This original and colossal architectural structure (70 m high, a marina featuring 530 moorings, a shopping centre and 4 gigantic pyramids featuring 1,500 residential units) was designed by architect André Minangoy and was awarded the 20th century heritage label. Its curved lines are
evocative of the Mediterranean waves or the hills and mountains of the inland region.
Stage 2: The Bouches du Loup
During the Belle Époque, Nice and Grasse locals loved nothing more than to canoe down the Loup or stroll along its banks. In 1958, Perrot established the "Île aux Fées" ('Fairy Island'), a little municipal zoological park that was home to a thousand birds and fish. Despite creeping urbanisation, the area still remains a haven of peace where visitors can sit back and listen to the trilling of the birds.
Stage 3: The Quartier des Plans
In the 19th century, Villeneuve-Loubet farmers mostly relied on growing wheat, tobacco and carrots. Thanks to the Loup, they were able to irrigate this area's various fields. The blackberry bushes that once lined the edges of the wheat fields allowed silkworm farming to develop, an agricultural activity that is depicted on the local coat of arms from 1696. The vestiges of this agricultural past are still visible today.
Stage 4: A village in Provence
This old Provençal market town is an authentic village made up of winding little flower-lined streets, and was rebuilt in the 16th century following the sweeping epidemics that provoked its decline.
Take a moment to explore the 13th century church before continuing on to the medieval fortress topped with a five-sided dungeon that once hosted Francis I in 1538.
Stage 5: The Loup
A small coastal river, the Loup's source lies north of the Audibergue mountain. It winds its way down from the high limestone plateaux to Villeneuve-Loubet, where it passes through wild, untamed gorges before reaching the Mediterranean.
Stage 6: The Parc Naturel Départemental des Rives du Loup
Hugged between plain and canyons, the Parc Naturel Départemental des Rives du Loup natural park stretches across 32 ha from Villeneuve-Loubet to La Colle-sur-Loup. Located at the lower part of the river, this is a haven of peaceful greenery where visitors can meander along 2 km of trails, discovering the unspoilt surroundings and wild flora and fauna along the way.

Departure point: Villeneuve-Loubet
Bike type:
All bikes
Age:
+7 years
Distance:
10 kilometres
Ascent/descent: + 84 metres
Time: 2 hours   

   
GETTING TO VILLENEUVE-LOUBET

 

From Nice, take either the RD 6098 along the coast or the RD 6007 (Ex. N7) towards Villeneuve-Loubet via Saint-Laurent-du-Var and Cagnes-sur-Mer.
At Villeneuve-Loubet, take the Route du Bord de Mer (RD 6098) followed by Boulevard Tabarly towards the La Fighière car park.
Via the A8, turn off at the Villeneuve-Loubet exit. Get back on the RD 6007 and turn left at the next roundabout on to the Avenue des Rives and Avenue de la Mer. Cross the Route du Bord de Mer (RD 6098) and take the Boulevard Tabarly towards the La Fighière car park. The journey takes approx. 10 minutes from Nice airport.
                                                  

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