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Nice Côte d'Azur

Between sea and mountains, simply unique!

Côte d'Azur and Mercantour
Departement and Region: Alpes-Maritimes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Main passes : col d'Èze, col de Castillon, col de Turini, col de Vence
Etape sur Route des Grandes Alpes® : Sospel / Nice
Stage on Route des Grandes Alpes® Gravel : Coaraze / Nice
Stage on P'tites Routes du Soleil®: Les Ferres / Nice




Suggestions for cycling loops around Nice Côte d'Azur


Our major mountain passes

  • Col d’Éze, only 5 km from the seaside, 7.8 km long, summit at 461m, elevation gain 447m.
  • Col de Vence, 1020m, 9.8 kilometers and 640m ascent.
  • Col Saint-Martin or Col de La Colmiane, at 1493m, 16.5 km long.
  • Col de la Lombarde at 2347m, border pass with Italy, 20.5km on the French side (south side) and 21.3km on the Italian side (north side).
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Events around cycling

- Arrival of the Paris-Nice (March)
- Paris-Nice Challenge (March)
- Nice Gravel Ride road version (April 19 to 21, 2024)
- Ultra Bike France Alpes-Côte d'Azur (June)
- IronMan France and Ironman70.3 France (June 16, 2024)
- Tour de France finish (July 19-21, 2024)
- Vinfast Ironman Women's World Championships (September 22, 2024)
- Transvésubienne (September 29, 2024)
- UCI Gravel World Championships 2025

Coming back in winter

An ideal destination in any season, Nice Côte d'Azur attracts visitors from all over the world, drawn by its unique combination of heritage, culture, award-winning gastronomy, coastline, its green spaces, its festivals and Carnival, its extraordinary light and mild weather (even in winter), its 7 winter sports resorts (downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, ice climbing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, dog sledding...).).

Renowned since the 18th century for its winter tourism, Nice is now on UNESCO's World Heritage List as a "Riviera winter resort town".

365 days a year, Nice Côte d'Azur is therefore a prime destination offering unique experiences for couples, friends and families.


@Agence Médias OT NCDA


Other events

  • Carnaval de Nice (February)
  • Ultra-Trail Côte d'Azur Mercantour (June 21 to 23, 2024)
  • Festival des Nuits du Sud - Vence (July)
  • Olympic soccer events Paris 2024 (July 24 to 31, 2024)
  • Nice Côte d'Azur by UTMB (October 3 to 6, 2024)
  • Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes (November)
  • Meeting Hippique d'hiver (December to March)


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Tramway (3 lines)
Tourist information offices
Book your accommodation and activities on www.explorenicecotedazur.com


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Beautiful Nice ideal for a winter break great restaurants lovely people I'm looking forward to my next visit Maura Markey

Magnificent multifaceted region to admire and discover imperatively. Melie Rose

I love biking on the beaches @deepashri_krishnaswamy

Promise me we'll go back! y_marty

Life is sweeter in Nice @lesescapadesdagnes


David Nouy



  • Has Nice Côte d'Azur ever hosted the Tour de France?
    Nice Côte d'Azur has been a stage town for the Tour de France 36 times (since 1906) and a starting town twice (1981 and 2020). Nice will host the Tour de France Finish on July 21, 2024 (Monaco / Nice time trial - 34 km)
    + Nice - Col de la Couillole stage on July 19, 2024 (133 km)


  • What are the gastronomic specialties? 
    Classified as part of France's intangible cultural heritage, Cuisine Niçoise honors local produce. Look out for the "Cuisine Nissarde, le respect de la tradition" label to be sure you're tasting the best of Nice's recipes (socca, pan bagnat, petits farcis, raviolis daube, beignets de fleurs de zucchinis, pissaladière...).


  • How many people visit Nice every year? 
    5 million!
    - 300 days of sunshine a year
    - 10 kilometers of coastline, including 7,5 of which are beaches
    - 300 hectares of parks and gardens
    - 74 buildings protected as historic monuments


Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport (2 terminals)


  • SNCF and bus stations
    Fast and express trains, daily connections from major French cities and regular connections from abroad.
  • TGV connecting Paris to Nice in 5h30
  • Night train Paris Austerlitz - Nice
  • Chemins de Fer de Provence
  • 1 main station in Nice ( Nice Ville) and 4 district stations: Nice Saint-Augustin, Nice Riquier and Nice Saint Roch and Nice Pont Michel
  • Stations in several surrounding communes (Cap d'Ail, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Eze, Villefranche-sur-Mer...).
  • Bus stations Nice Vauban and Nice Saint Augustin

Road access

  • A8 La Provençale motorway
  • A bypass freeway with five exits provides easy access to the area of your choice.
  • Nationale 7



Office de Tourisme Métropolitain Nice Côte d'Azur

☎ 04 92 14 46 14 www.explorenicecotedazur.com 

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