New stretches and works in progress
To find out all about the state of signposting and the state of the surfaces along the route, plus advice on avoiding difficult stretches, please read this section.
The Méditerranée à vélo cycle route is composed of greenways, cycle paths and, in parts, stretches on small, quiet roads.
On the maps dedicated to the various stages, you can find detailed information on the route and those stretches that are separate from roads (i.e. reserved for bikes) as well as those that are on roads.
The stage descriptions supplement the information given here on the laying out of new stretches and new signposting, as well as indicating if there are specific difficulties to take into consideration.
Finally, the different stages are categorized according to their level of difficulty: I’m starting out / With the family ; I’m used to cycling; and It’s steep / I’m used to climbing (on the sections of the hinterland in Provence and the Var, and along the Middle Corniche between Nice and Menton)
State of the Méditerranée à Vélo cycle route département by département (French county by county), including signposting and ongoing works on the route:
Last updated 15/06/2021
Pyrénées-Orientales: the cycle route is signposted. There are a few breaks in signposting crossing certain urban areas. A new stretch of greenway has been laid out over 8km between Argelès and Sorède. Works on the route up to St Génis des Fontaines were continuing through spring 2021. Works on the route up to Le Boulou will continue to spring 2022, but a provisional signposted alternative leads cyclists round via St Génis des Fontaines. A stretch of greenway called “Es têt” is being laid out beside the Têt River; an 8km section should be completed by 2002 from Canet-en-Roussillon to Bompas, linking the Méditerranée à Vélo cycle route to Perpignan – at present, continuity is ensured for cyclists by using the cycle path between Sainte Marie la Mer and Bompas.
Aude: the cycle route is not signposted at time of writing. Follow the Canal de la Robine between Port-la-Nouvelle and Narbonne, and the Canal du Midi between Argeliers and Béziers. Take care at the level of Leucate, the stretch alongside the railway track really only being appropriate for gravel bikes, that’s to say, for cyclists used to all-terrain tracks or adventure cycling; it’s sensible and quite easy to take the train for the few kilometres from Leucate to Port-La-Nouvelle. Between Cuxac d’Aude and Sallèles d’Aude, work was taking place in July 2021 for cyclists to be able to avoid the trunk road; in due course, it will be possible to cycle along the Aude River’s protective dykes here. On the section Raonel / Cuxac, the city of Narbonne is in the process of organizing the compulsory purchase of necessary land, but when this process might be completed is not yet known. In the area of Leucate, completion of planning for and production of EV8 signposting is ongoing; panels should be in place here by autumn 2021.
Along the Canal du Midi, between Argeliers and the Canal de Jonction, works have begun on the shoring up and repair of the banks between the Hérault’s border and the RD5 road at Argeliers. In due course, replanting is planned, along with works on infrastructure (providing the final surface). Between the bridge on the RD5 road and the intersection with the Canal de Jonction, it is planned to redo the towpath and footbridge. These works should be completed by summer 2022. Diversions will be in place during the works.
Hérault: the route is signposted. Signage panels between Palavas and La Grande-Motte were renewed during spring 2021.
Gard: the route is signposted. There are just a few breaks in the signposting on the provisional route between Gallician and Beaucaire.
Bouches-du-Rhône: the route is signposted. There are provisional stretches between Tarascon and Saint-Etienne du Grès and between St Rémy de Provence and Cavaillon. Out east, Meyrargues train station has been renovated to provide cyclists with comfortable facilities.
Vaucluse: the route is signposted. A 4.8km stretch of greenway between Robion and the D973 at Cavaillon and the provision of a passageway under the RD2 road were set for completion in spring 2021.
Alpes de Haute-Provence: the route is signposted. A new stretch of cycle path reserved for non-motorized modes of transport has recently been laid out between Manosque town centre and the 4 Chemins round-about, leading to the old bridge. Be aware that beyond this round-about, the route stops. To continue on your cycling adventure towards the Var, we strongly recommend that you take the train between Manosque and Meyrargues.
Var: the route is signposted. A new stretch of 6km of cycle track between Pontevès and Sillans-la-Cascade has been laid out. Between Draguignan and Le Tignet, there’s a provisionally signposted section in place. A 3.5km stretch of cycle track will be laid out between Callian and Montauroux by the end of 2021.
Alpes-Maritimes: the route is signposted. There’s a provisional signposted stretch between Nice and Menton.