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