A summer of exploring Paris by bicycle

A summer of exploring Paris by bicycle

It's summer and Paris is in tune with the season. This most beautiful of cities slows its rhythm down a little, the better to charm its visitors and encourage them to take their time. Be tempted by this invitation and try discovering the monuments of the capital by bicycle. Rest assured you won’t be the only one pedalling through Paris; all the Tour de France competitors will join you as the famous race reaches its grand climax on the Champs-Elysées.

The Tour de France, a prestigious race climaxing in the heart of Paris


Every year, the Tour de France draws the avid attention of dedicated cycling fans and casual onlookers alike. The last stage of a prestigious race that began on July 1st this year takes place in the centre of Paris. This offers you the opportunity to cheer on your favourite rider or simply to be on the spot as one of the most popular sporting events in the world comes to an action-packed conclusion. The traditional finish on the Champs-Elysées is an impressive event for both spectators and competitors as nearly 200 cyclists strive at full speed on the most beautiful avenue in the world with one goal in mind; to cross the finish line in triumph. On Sunday July 23rd, the riders covering the 103 kilometres of stage 21 from Montgeron will enter Paris by the Porte d'Orléans. Place yourself on the route to cheer the wearer of the yellow jersey or wait for the peloton on the Champs-Elysees. The route will include the Boulevard des Maréchaux, the Porte de Versailles, the bridge and the esplanade of the Invalides, the Pont Alexandre III and the Grand Palais. All you have to do is choose your vantage point.

Cycling in Paris


If the excitement of the Tour de France gives you the urge to leap into the saddle and pedal, then you’re in luck. Professional cyclists are not the only ones able to appreciate the Parisian monuments from the perspective of two wheels! There are over 700 kilometres of cycle paths in the capital. You can, for example, ride through the Jardin des Tuileries, head to the Eiffel Tower, the Opera Garnier or the Sacré Coeur Basilica or even pedal along the most beautiful avenue in the world. Equipped with a map of these routes, published by the city of Paris, you can plan your own itineraries, taking into account your particular interests and physical capabilities. But don’t forget you’re on vacation! Take your time and go at your own pace. Relish the experience. If you haven’t brought your bike to Paris, it’s not a problem. You can rent one from a service provider or borrow a Velib', courtesy of the capital’s public bicycle sharing system.We at the Hotel Pavillon Bastille will be able to advise you regarding the available options. Similarly, if you want to take a guided bike tour, there are several tour companies that will be happy to oblige.


Le Pavillon Bastille,a charming hotel in the heart of Paris Bastille