Imagine the scent of warm sea air filling your lungs, views of stunning mountains and blue oceans, and the feeling of the refreshing wind whipping around your body as you cycle through the beautiful Cote d’Azur in the South of France. Imagine also staying in a luxurious boutique bed and breakfast apartment in Beaulieu sur Mer (which is mid-way between Nice and Monaco) with panoramic sea-to-sky views, waking up to the sunrise and winding down to glorious sunsets. What may sound like a fantasy cycling holiday to some is actually a reality with Azur Cycle Tours, who specialise in bespoke cycling trips for groups of up to eight in the French Riviera.

The founder of Azur Cycle Tours is a man named Justin who is a cycling enthusiast and leads the tours himself. However, the company also provides GPS and mapping systems if you fancy exploring without a guide. It’s Justin’s apartment that you’ll stay in where you’re presented with breakfast each morning and a post-ride ‘afternoon tea’ each day. Apartment services include a daily kit-wash, bike pump and use of a foam-roller (plus much more). Justin also gives little gems of advice such as the best places to stop for coffees and snacks whilst on your ride, which would probably be our most-used recommendation…

You can holiday for as long as you like, subject to availability but the most common length of stay is usually between three and seven days. You can bring your own bike, rent from the local bike shop, or use one of Justin’s four sparkling new bicycles. There is a maximum of eight guests per stay – five stay in the apartment and three in a nearby local hotel that the company has ties with.

Ride as you will; Azur Cycle Tours caters for all abilities from those training for Ironman triathlons to those wanting a leisurely holiday sampling the local Mediterranean lifestyle. Justin claims to know the roads inside-out and creates a bespoke cycling programme based on the group’s abilities and requirements so there’s no need to worry about whether you’ll struggle up the mountains where Team Sky train.

We are so excited about Azur Cycle Tours and would recommend getting fit in the warm sunshine to anyone. Time to brush up on our French; au revoir!


Hip & Healthy readers get 10% off so make sure that you quote “hip&healthy” at the time of booking. If you’d like to book in with Justin and Azur Cycle Tours, or just for more information, go to: www.azurcycletours.com