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By Steve Kopandy - Bike Tourist and Cycle Cities Manager

The ‘Cote d’azur’ and French Riviera’ is a must visit.

It’s a vastly different experience to the busyness of Paris, France’s (and one of Europe’s) most visited city. The hub city, which I fly in and out of on most occasions is Nice. With a greater area population of about 1,000,000 it’s France’s 7th largest metropolis, making it not too big, but big enough to have everything that you need, and more.

The ‘more’ starts with the beach. There are several beaches in Central Nice and surburban, accessible by bus, and of course, bicycle. It’s not difficult to find a rocky outcrop, a sandy bay, a busy strip or a lively revellers paradise; whatever takes your French fancy.

Beyond the blue water, Nice hosts fine shopping, historical sights, superb outlooks, countless hotels and many day trip options. Try the world famous cities of Monte Carlo or Cannes, both just a short train ride away. For something a little quieter, head to the hills and the town of Grasse, the world’s capital of perfume.

Steve Kopandy spent his 20's taking short trips to Europe from his base in London, and has taken guided bike tours and cycle trips in, and to, many European cities. He works as the Business Manager for London Bicycle Tour Company and started Cycle Cities to give more profile to bike tours worldwide.