Mountain biking

France is an excellent choice for a mountain biking holiday whether you're planning a few family day trips or a full on cycling holiday experience. Those who like a challenge can try out some of the mountain stages of the gruelling Tour de France. In summer you can use the ski lifts to reach the upper slopes of the Alps for an easier way to enjoy the dazzling scenery and views over Mont Blanc.

Mountain biking is a great way to enjoy all French scenery, not just the mountain ranges of the Alps and the Pyrenees. A route tracing the Loire Valley from chateau to chateau is a fabulous holiday for a group of friends or a family. The Brittany coastline is also a great choice with dramatic cliff top views over the Atlantic. Why not choose to go cross country through the Dordogne, Auvergne or Provence soaking up the scenery and stopping to enjoy the famously delicious French food and wine.

You'll find so many opportunities to explore France from the saddle, wherever you are staying there will be bike routes and paths perfect for day trips. Ask your holiday property owner for their recommended circuits, if you're lucky it will include a restaurant stop for lunch but if not you could always pack a picnic!

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