Situated between the Mediterranean and the Alps, the south of France is a holiday destination all year round. Summer lights up the vivid colors of lavender fields scented in Provence, while the fascinating Cote Azur lets you stroll along walks bordered by palm trees and beautiful beaches under an endless blue sky.
But this is not all – thanks to an excellent road infrastructure, the south of France is blessed with some of the best motorcycle routes in the world. There is a wide variety of mountain roads, coastal and inland. As for mountain roads, you have the famous Route Napoleon between Grasse and Grenoble. This section of the historic road is blessed with a perfect road surface and works. The fact that Allia, BMW and Ducati chose Route Napoleon for several motorcycle launches speaks a lot about this road. Outside the 2nd and 3rd speed bends, you have altitude changes that offer spectacular views. On your motorcycle tour, you will cross the Gorges de Verdon, which is the Grand Canyon of France. This with the turquoise lake of St. Croix is a sight of nature not to be missed.
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Two other mountain roads not to be missed are the Col de Turini and the Col de la Bonette. The Col de Turini is part of the Monte Carlo special rally. If you are after the hairpins, this is the way to go. Once you get up on the Col de Turini, you can stop your motorcycle trip in a cafe and enjoy the views of the mountains and the rivers that cross the valleys. But be sure to feed your bike on the way, as gasoline shutdowns should be planned carefully on this route.
The Col de la Bonette is the highest road in Europe. At 2715m, you will enjoy spectacular views of the south of France and Italy. Do not forget to bring a warm motorcycle jacket, as the temperatures tend to fall when you reach the top. On the other side of the Col de la Bonette, you have a village called Barcelonette. A good place to stop and rest after having traveled these high mountain roads.
The coastal roads between Monaco and Saint Tropez can be compared to the Pacific Highway Number One in California. Just outside of Cannes, you have the bright red Esterel rocks that oppose the deep Mediterranean Sea. Continuing to Saint Tropez, you cross the villages of Brother and Saint Raphael. Going up and out of Saint Tropez on a motorbike is pure happiness. Since there is only one road inside and outside Saint Tropez, you can filter traffic in no time. Beats being stuck in a car. On the other side of Cannes, you have three different roads that cross the coast. The lower Corniche (the lowest and the closest to the water), Moyenne Corniche (in the middle of both routes) and the Haute Corniche (the highest coastal road). All cornices offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. Something not to be missed is Sainte Agnes – the tallest coastal village of France at 750m. A word of caution is to avoid these roads during the August holiday month. Due to school holidays, traffic on these roads can be heavy. The best hours are between March and May and September until the end of October.
Provence is the dream of a motorist. Anyway, which route you choose your journey through past lavender, sunflower fields and different vineyards is something to write. And if you want to take a break, stop in the next picturesque village and enjoy a Provençal dish. Our favorite villages are Lourmarin, Menerbes and Roussillion. If you win in Provence, you must not miss the Mont Ventoux also known as windy mountain. ThisEmber is part of the Tour de France. The lunar rocks at the top give way to magnificent views of Provence. You should also explore the Alpilles, the Eygues Gorge and the Col de Cabre. You will not be disappointed.
Finally, the south of France offers a sunny weather throughout the year. According to several meteorological sites, the south of France benefits from more than 300 days of sunshine a year. As a result, the driving season was extended from early March to late October. So, no matter where and when you drive, smiles per kilometer are guaranteed.
This implies the question of how to get to the south of France? The airport of Nice is the second airport of passengers in France. Most international airlines serve this airport with several flights a day. Alternatively, you can also go to the Marseille airport. This airport is to the west and offers the advantage of allowing you to explore the Pyrenees and Spain.
If you come from far, it will be difficult to bring your own motorcycle. In Cannes, you have a great selection of rental bikes in the south of France, including BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson and others. But only one of these motorcycle rental companies offers you one-way rentals, motorcycle delivery and pickup at the airport and can provide TomTom navigation systems to make sure you Are on the right track. Have the best part of your motorcycle trip.
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