Where to stay: Languedoc-Roussillon

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Arles-sur-Tech - Villa Bonheur

Great base for cycling off the beaten track in the Vallespir valley

Chemin du Mas Pecans
66150 Arles-sur-Tech
Pyrénées-Orientales Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 64 86 06 76
Email: info@villabonheurvallespir.com

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Price from: €75 per night B&B, or available for large groups as a self-catered rental (please enquire).

Open: All year

Renilde and Wim are the owners of Villa Bonheur, a welcoming B&B in the eastern Pyrenees. The town, Arles-sur-Tech (not to be confused with Arles in Provence), offers the best of all worlds – the sea, mountains and nice village roads. The B&B is located at the foot of the Pyrenees in the Vallespir, a region known for its tranquillity and beautiful nature. The Spanish border is just 15km away and the Mediterranean Sea is 30km away – so a round trip is possible in a day. The house has been tastefully furnished and each of the five rooms has aircon. The villa can also be fully rented out to large groups wanting a fixed base (please ask for a price). Renilde and Wim can help arrange guided bike tours for those who need them. French, English, Dutch spoken. Nearby the property there are marked MTB tracks, road bike routes and the villa is also on the Pirinexus route – a 353km circular route that takes you from sea level to 2500m in just 70km through the eastern part of the French and Spanish Pyrenees. What's not to like?

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Aude - Maison Serres and La Petite Maison (Serres)

Versatile self-catering bases in a traditional south of France village

5 Grand Rue
11190 Serres
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 07 50 66 18 or +44 (0)207 867 3963
Email: info@frenchholidayletting.com

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Price from: €85 per night

Open: All year

Maison Serres is a 4 double bedroom house sleeping 8 people, while La Petite Maison is a cosy self-catering gite sleeping 6 people in one bedroom and on a mezzanine floor. Both properties are ideal for cyclists, with many great routes from the door and suitable for all abilities. The village of Serres is nestled in the foothills of the eastern Pyrenees, 45km south of Carcassonne and 70km from Perpignan. This is an excellent base for the annual Figure of Hate sportive, one of the most brutal and beautiful race routes and based in Axat just to the south. When you're not cycling, there are plenty of opportunities for other activities in the area, including horse-riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, and swimming. English, basic French, basic Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Aude - The Au Petit Verger Cycle Aude B&B

Cyclist-run B&B offering local knowledge and lots of bikey support

8 Route Départementale 117
11230 Puivert
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Phone: +33 (0)4 68 20 66 08 or +33 (0)7 86 70 43 15
Email: martyn.pickering@wanadoo.fr

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Price from: €50 per night or €350 per week

Open: All year

Local cyclist Martyn has five rooms at his tranquil B&B close to excellent road routes and equally special mountain bike circuits. From his door, the Tour de France cols of Plateau de Beille, Port de Pailhères and Col de Porte-Pa are all within reach, but so too are some gentler local rides suited to all abilities. (See here for some local circuits). Martyn has a garage for storage and a full bike workshop for maintenance and running repairs. He can also provide help with route planning, airport pickups and local bike hire. Free wifi. French, English and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Aude - The Little French Maison (Carcassonne)

Quaint self-catering village house 8km from Carcassonne

11600 Conques-sur-Orbiel, Carcassonne
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitainie)
Phone: +44 (0)7971 886 337
Email: thelittlefrenchmaison@gmail.com

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Price from: €100 per night or €600 per week

Open: All year

This wonderful village house in the centre of beautiful Conques-sur-Orbiel sleeps seven people in three double rooms. It's ideal for groups or families looking for a base within easy reach of the Canal du Midi and the old city of Carcassonne (just 8km to the south). Patti, the owner, is a leisure cyclist and she's keen to see more riders use the house. There's a ground floor storage room for bikes, plus a ladies' Pashley and a men's mountain bike available for guest use. There are bike routes for all abilities from the door – gentle backroads down to the Canal du Midi and the vineyard routes of the Aude, but also the Black Mountains or the Pic de Nore (1211m) for something more challenging. The village itself dates back to early medieval times and still has a ruined chateau at its heart. Here, you'll find 2 grocers shops with one of them, l’épicière des 4 Conques, only 2 minutes from house. There are also 3 restaurants , a bar/ bistro , a pizza restaurant / take away and a traditional French restaurant. All told, The Little French Maison is an base from which to experience local French culture while still being within easy reach of all the key tourist hotspots.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Béziers - L'Hôtel Particulier

Stylish and intimate hotel offering a touch of luxury in Béziers

65B avenue du 22 août 1944
34500 Béziers
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €90-€140

Open: All year

L'Hôtel Particulier Beziers offers a touch of luxury near the Canal du Midi. Set in a lovely old, restored chateau in the town centre, there are 9 rooms, each individually decorated and furnished (complete with coffee machines). B&B only plus evening meals/room service also available. Outdoor pool. Free wifi. City and garden views from the bedrooms. Terrace. Onsite bar. Luggage store. The staff can help arrange local bike hire (there is secure parking inside the hotel). Italian, French, Spanish, English and German spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Béziers - Hôtel Confort

Local hotel used to welcoming cyclists near the Canal du Midi

3 rue Etienne Marcel
34500 Béziers
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €45-€72

Open: All year

Basic but bike-friendly hotel whose manager tells me she regularly welcomes cyclists stopping off on the Canal du Midi route. She says bikes can be safely stored in the hotel, either in reception or in the rooms (a popular option, she says, among guests with higher end bikes, though she says rooms are quite cosy). Parking can also be arranged via a local bike hire partner. Hôtel Confort is family-run and located in the centre of town, close to the station and the cobbled back streets of Allees Paul Riquet. Free wifi. French and English spoken. Breakfast served daily. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information

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Béziers – Hôtel des Poètes

Bike-friendly two-star hotel opposite garden oasis in Béziers centre

80 allées Paul Riquet
34500 Béziers
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €46-€90

Open: All year

Hotel des Poètes is located in the heart of Béziers and overlooks the beautiful Parc des Poètes, a little oasis with lakes, swans and statues. The hotel is a short 200m ride from the train station. A two-star hotel, the rooms are basic but comfortable, decorated in a contemporary style. Singles, doubles, triples and quads available – good for groups and families. Continental breakfast. Free bikes for guest use around town, plus the hotel works with a local bike rental firm for longer trips. Good base for the Canal du Midi. Secure bike garage. French, Spanish and English spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Béziers – Appart'City

Hotel with self-catering apartments (and breakfast) in town centre

9 rue D'alembert
34500 Béziers
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €39

Open: All year

Three-star studios and apartments sleeping between 2 and 6 people. Each apartment has a kitchenette (including a kettle or coffee machine), living space, and terrace or balcony. There is no dedicated bike storage but bikes can be stored in apartments, either inside or on the balcony, or they can be locked in the private garage for €3. Wifi available for a surcharge. Breakfast is an optional extra if you don't want to self-cater. French, Spanish and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Canal du Midi - Aux Quatre Vents Guest House (Marseillan)

Near Sète, this is a great stop on a Canal du Midi adventure

4 Rue Alphonse Daudet
34340 Marseillan
Hérault, Languedoc (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 75 66 08 83
Email: contact@aux-quatre-vents-france.fr

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Price from: €80 with a 10% discount for stays of seven nights or more

Open: All year

Steve and Phillip at Aux Quatre Vents Guest House offer friendly and affordable accommodation only 7 minutes from the Canal du Midi at Marseillan. They've been offering B&B in two double rooms here since 2016 – and they're keen to see more cyclists pull up at the door. They write: "It's the ideal place for bikers who need a place to relax, unwind and gather their strength. We have a large property so bike security is not a problem as it is a gated site." The guesthouse is near the banks of the Ètang de Thau, just past Agde near the end of the canal as the route comes into Sete – ideal as a last stop to unwind and reflect on your journey (or to plan it if you are just setting out!) Steve and Phillip have a real passion for this part of France and have a wealth of local knowledge to share. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Canal du Midi - La Calade (Montouliers)

An ideal stop on the Canal du Midi between Homps and Beziers

1 Route de Bize
34310 Montouliers
Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)7 6824 5554 or +33 (0)6 4555 8492
Email: info@lacalade.fr

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Price from: €60 single occupancy, €70 double

Open: All year

Rob, Natalie and mini-cyclist Theo at La Calade B&B are ready to welcome you on your next French cycling holiday. La Calade is located in the beautiful village of Montouliers, close to the vineyards and pine forests of the Herault/Aude border area in the south of France. It's the perfect stop on the Canal du Midi route, with the famous waterway passing through the neighbouring village of La Croisade. There are 4 en-suite bedrooms (1 double, 1 king-size and 1 twin, as well as 1 suite with king-size bed and double sofa bed in an adjoining room). In total, 10 people can enjoy the creature comforts here, making it an excellent base for solo riders, couples or groups. Rooms are offered on a B&B basis, but there is also a lounge/dining room with a fully equipped kitchen that is reserved for guest use. Have a BBQ in the garden or try one of the excellent local restaurants nearby (including some on banks of the Canal du Midi itself). Robert and Natalie have a combined 27 years' worth of experience in French hotels and ski chalets – they live on-site in separate accommodation and are on hand to help with local advice, restaurant reservations or bike hire. They can also help arrange vineyard visits. Aside from the Canal du Midi, you can also enjoy other local bike routes - both on- and off-road. There is a large and secure basement/garage with lockable bike racks, and Robert and Natalie speak English, French and Spanish.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Canal du Midi - Le Jardin d'Homps

Stay with locals between Carcassonne and Béziers on the Canal du Midi

21 Grand Rue
11200 Homps
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitane)

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Price from: €89 per room B&B, or €525 per week for the self-catered holiday cottage

Open: April 1- October 31

Located halfway between Carcassonne and Béziers and between Carcassonne and Narbonne, this is an ideal stopover on the Canal du Midi. It also provides an opportunity to stay an extra night and take a day to visit Minervé. Centrally located, it is a perfect base for exploring the Languedoc area in more detail. Le Jardin d'Homps offers versatile accommodation with five elegantly presented bedrooms with extra-long (2.10m) beds. It also has a self-catering cottage. Cool off in the pool after a day's riding, or relax in the privacy of the lovingly manicured gardens. Free wifi. Le Jardin d'Homps is within walking distance of several local restaurants. Bike parking in a lockable garage. French, English and Dutch spoken.
Hilde and Heather stayed here when they rode the Canal du Midi – you can read their review here. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information

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Capendu - Hotel Restaurant Le Top du Roulier

Hotel at Capendu, south of the Canal du Midi at Marseillette

8 Avenue du Languedoc
11700 Capendu
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €85

Open: All year

Le Top du Roulier has hosted Tour de France teams – Tom Dumoulin and Warren Barguil's Giant Alpecin team stayed here when the Tour passed through in 2016, so we humbly submit that if it's good enough for those guys, then it's probably good enough for the rest of us too. It has comforatble rooms, plus a well-regarded local restaurant with a variety of menus (including special menus for mini-cyclists). Filling breakfast with various pastries and breads on offer. Free wifi. Within easy reach of the Canal du Midi at Marseillette.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Capestang - Les Portes du Soleil

Canalside B&B

27 Avenue de la République
34310 Capestang
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €75

Open: All year

With a pool to relax in and a hearty breakfast to get you started, Les Portes Soleil is recommended for anyone cycling or boating along the Canal du Midi. They are used to warmly welcoming cyclists and also have bikes available for hire if needed. Free wifi. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Carcassonne - Hotel Le Donjon

Beautifully restored hotel in the heart of Carcassonne's Old Town

2 Rue du Comte Roger
La Cité
11000 Carcassonne
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €112

Open: All year

Hilde and Heather stayed here when they cycled the Canal du Midi – and they loved it. "What a fabulous start to our cycle ride down the Canal du Midi," Hilde wrote. "This hotel is an ancient building right in the middle of Carcassonne – its location could not be better." Helpful staff, secure bike store, comfortable (read: luxurious) rooms and hearty breakfasts. "Dark polished wood, beautiful fabrics, deep carpets, the odd suit of armour ... OK, OK, it's very touristy (remember this *is* one of France's most popular tourist towns), but it is very tastefully done. We loved it!" Free wifi, Onsite (cocktail) bar and restaurant. Peaceful gardens (all rooms look out over the gardens or the citadel). A hotel shuttle bus operates from the station or up from the old town gates. French, English anf Spanish spoken. You can read Hilde's full review here.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Carcassonne - Ibis Styles Carcassonne La Cité

Canal du Midi stop with views over the old city's rooftops

2 rue Darius Milhaud
11000 Carcassonne
Aude, Languedoc (Occitanie)

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Price from: €73

Open: All year

ibis Styles Carcassonne La Cité has been recommended to us by a cyclist who stayed here. He said it was close to the old fortress and city centre (600m), super clean and with friendly staff. There is a safe place to park bicycles, plus a pool and a great breakfast. The rooms and studios are all air-conditioned. This is a mid-range option and it has a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room and free private parking if you're arriving by car. Free wifi. Breakfast is in the dining room, which has views of the swimming pool and the city's rooftops. Tea and coffee are available all day in a communal area.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Carcassonne – Hotel de la Cité & Spa MGallery

A luxurious end to a day on the bike with a splash of class in Carcassonne

Place Auguste Pierre Pont
11000 Carcassonne
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €259

Open: All year

Add a little luxury to your visit to the spectacular city of Carcassonne with a stay at the impressive Hotel de la Cité in the heart of the medieval fortress. Built in the 19th century in neo-gothic style, this hotel is full of surprises, with secret doors and passages, and patio and gardens with trees over a hundred years old. Eat in the Michelin-starred restaurant, La Barbacane, take a dip in the pool, or have a massage. Bike storage available in the hotel.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Castelnaudary - Maison du Cassoulet

Hearty food served at this hotel on the Canal du Midi

24 Cours de la République
11400 Castelnaudary
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)

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Price from: €48

Open: All year

Maison du Cassoulet is in Castelnaudary, a regular stop on the popular Canal du Midi bike route. Just 300 metres from the canal, it's a handy stop that also has a restaurant serving regional cuisine. The star dish, as the name suggests, is the cassoulet – a dish unique to this part of the world. There is also a kids' menu. Maison du Cassoulet sees a lot of cyclists, thanks to its location, and there is a bike storage area as a result. Free wifi in the rooms. A Continental breakfast is offered in the restaurant each morning, plus there's a bar with terrace for post-ride drinks and pre-ride planning.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Causses-et-Veyran - Clos du Magnolia

Cyclist-run B&B and apartment ideal for Orb River routes

41 Avenue Jean Jaures
34490 Causses-et-Veyran
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)4 67 25 09 48
Email: closdumagnolia@gmail.com

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Price from: €65 per room per night for B&B, or €90 per night (min 3-night stay) for the apartment

Open: All year

Clos du Magnolia is a cyclist-run B&B that also has the option of a self-catered apartment. Run by Jane, this is a versatile base for solo riders as well as groups. There are three stylish B&B rooms plus the apartment, which sleeps 4 in two bedrooms. Routes here are varied, offering gentler day river rides for holiday riders as well as more challenging routes for experienced riders – the Canal du Midi, the Haut-Languedoc Natural Parc and the Cevennes can all be explored from here, while the foothills of the Pyrenees and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean beaches are also within reach. There's a pool for post-ride dips and free wifi throughout the house and in the garden – the perfect place to plan your next day's routes (you can pick Jane's brains for ideas). Large garage for secure bike storage.
We’ve stayed here, you can read our review here.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Coustaussa - Maison Palmeral

South of Carcassonne and ideal for exploring the Cathar region

Rue de la Mairie
11190 Coustaussa
Aude, Languedoc-Rousillon (Occitanie)

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Price from: €57

Open: All year

Nafisa and Luciano offer a friendly welcome to cyclists in the self-catered Maison Palmeral in the village of Coustaussa in the foothills of the Pyrenees, 43km south of Carcassonne (19km from Limoux). In the heart of the beautifully diverse Languedoc, Maison Palmeral has everything you need to enjoy a French cycling holiday. The house sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms (please enquire if you need to sleep extra guests). "Come and experience the real France of ancient villages, Cathar castles and rural life as it used to be," says Luciano. There is secure bike parking, including a lockable garage, plus a workshop with tools. We're told Luciano is a skilled handyman who can help with emergency repairs. There is also a spare bike available for guest use. French, English and some Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Hérault - Gite Florence

Cycle friendly self-catering gite near to the stunning Languedoc Nature Park

5 Avenue des Prades
34360 Pierrerue
Hérault, Languedoc-Rousillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +44 (0)7861 32998
Email: giteflorence@gmail.com

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Price from: €80 per night

Open: March to December

Gite Florence is a 2-person self-catered gite with its own parking and steps down to a garden. It's in a wonderful location on the banks of the river Vernazobre. Just 5 minutes from St Chinian, it borders the Languedoc Nature Park, the mountains and the Mediterranean beaches. It's just 16km to the Canal du Midi at Capestang and 27km to Beziers. The whole area is very popular for cycling and was visited by the Tour de France in 2011 and again in 2016. The Tour of Occitanie, which attracts TDF teams, passed through prior to the 2020 Tour de France. 2021 will see the Tour de France return to the area for Stage 13 Nimes to Carcassonne (Friday, July 9). Lots of bells and whistles, including late arrival evening meals if you call ahead. English, French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Herault – B&B Villa Fontilha

Bike-friendly village B&B midway between Beziers and Montpellier

6 Plan de la Ville
34230 Usclas d'Hérault
Hérault, Languedoc-Rousillon

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Price from: €52 per night or from €350 per week

Open: All year

Yulia is keen to welcome more cyclists to Villa Fontilha, a character-filled B&B set in a large medieval stone village house. There are 3 double bedrooms and 1 twin, together with an exotic Moroccan-style bathroom. There is also a tranquil, landscaped terrace for breakfasts. 

Villa Fontilha is located in the heart of a typical southern French village on the banks of the Hérault River in Languedoc. Some of the south of France's most picturesque cycling can be found from the doorstep. 

The B&B is just 20km from the Mediterranean, while the Canal du Midi at Beziers is also within reach. Day bike rides from here take in history and beautiful vistas, ancient French stone villages, castles and abbeys, water mills and churches. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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La Palme - Camping Domaine de La Palme

Quiet campsite near the end of the Narbonne branch of the Canal du Midi

79 Chemin du Stade
11480 La Palme
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)

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Price from: €11 for a basic 'trekking' package for 1 cyclist with bike; prices vary for self-catered cabins and fixed tents

Open: March 27 to November 8

The 3-star Camping Domaine de La Palme at La Palme is just 5km from the Mediterranean coast near the end of the Narbonne stretch diversion of the Canal du Midi bike route. It around a 8km coastal ride from Port-la-Nouvelle. Tent pitches, as well as self-catered rentals including tents on stilts, canvas bungalows and chalets. This quiet, family campsite sits near a large saltwater lake on the edge of the Mediterranean, providing plenty of opportunities for swimming and water sports. Further afield, explore vineyards or watch the flamingos on the salt pans. Pool. Free wifi. Bar/restaurant with pizzeria.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Lézignan-Corbières - Camping la Pinède

Campsite 7km south of the Canal du Midi near Homps

Rue des Rousillous
11200 Lézignan-Corbières
Aude, Languedoc (Occitanie)

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Price from: €7.50 a night for tent pitch it bike or car, fixed base tents from €25 a night, rates vary for the self-catered cabins

Open: April 1 to October 31

Camping la Pinède at Lézignan-Corbières is a friendly campsite just south of the Canal du Midi near Homps, between Carcassonne and Narbonne. It's a lush, green site, spread out over 3.5 hectares and shaded by pine and almond trees. Tent pitces or mobile homes to rent. Restaurant. Children's play area. Local MTB and bike routes from te gate. 
 

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Marseillan - Entre 2 Eaux (Canal du Midi)

Nice base near the start/end of the Canal du Midi bike route

1431 Avenue de Maldormir
34340 Marseillan
Hérault, Languedoc-Rousillon (Occitanie)

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Price from: €90

Open: All year

Entre 2 Eaux in  Marseillan was recommended to us by a cyclist who stayed here. He said the hosts were lovely and that the onsite restaurant was really convenient after a day's cycling. Entre 2 Eaux has a pool, free wifi and garden areas. Rooms have air-conditioning. A bicycle rental service is also available (and includes ebikes). Depending which way you are riding, this sounds like a nice base to start or end your Canal du Midi ride. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Wifi

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Marseillan Plage - Camping Robinson

22 Quai de la Plaisance
34340 Marseillan
Hérault, Languedoc (Occitanie)

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Price from: €13 for basic 'trekking' pitch for a cyclist with tent, prices vary for wooden camping huts and cabins

Open: April 19 to September 20

Camping Robinson at Marseillan Plage is ideal for the start/end of Canal du Midi bike rides, being 7km from Agde and a 16km ride along the Mediterranean coast to/from Sete. The campsite – which has been a fixture on the south coast for more than 30 years – offers direct access to the beach at Marseillan Plage, but there's also a onsite swimming pool and waterpark. Set across 2.5 hectares, it's a peaceful and green site. Tent pitches plus mobile homes and cabins for rent. Some cabins face straight onto the beach and would be wonderful for a fixed base stay for a few days. There are also 'modulo'camp' pitches or wooden huts for cyclists. You pitch your tent near these and get added benefits of a fridge, coffee machine, picnic table and electricity.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Mende - Hotel de France

Cosy accommodation near the Cevennes National Park

9 Boulevard Lucien Arnault
48000 Mende
Lozère, Languedoc-Rousillion

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Price from: €95

Open: All year

Mende is a great base for cycling. It's something of an off-the-beaten track destination, slightly less so recently thanks to a few appearances on the Tour de France route. It makes a great destination for cycling due to is its proximity on the edge of the wonderful Cévennes National Park. There are lots of MTB routes here, along with quiet road routes through beautiful gorges. Hotel de France is based in the centre of town and has a lovely terrace for dining.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Montpellier – Holiday Inn Express Montpellier Odysseum

New hotel east of the Montpellier city centre with bike store facilities

60 Avenue Nina Simone
34000 Montpellier
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €90

Open: All year

The Holiday Inn Express Montpellier Odysseum is a new hotel east of the city centre. There are 90 rooms providing flexible accommodation, with family rooms plus some self-catering rooms with kitchenettes. Free buffet. Close to bars and restaurants, plus a cinema, aquarium and shopping centre for supplies. The hotel manager emailed to tell me that bikes can be kept in the luggage store or locked in a meeting room if more space is needed. Free wifi. French, English, German, Arabic and Italian spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Montpellier – Hotel du Palais

Basic but friendly two-star bike-friendly hotel in the city centre

3 Rue du Palais des Guilhem
34000 Montpellier
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €75

Open: All year

Friendly city centre hotel near the Peyrou Gardens and Place de la Canourgue, and a short ride from the train station. Basic but clean two-star hotel in an old, character-filled 200-year-old building. There are 26 air-conditioned rooms, all with their own bathrooms. Locked storage room for bikes. International TV. Left luggage area. Terrace. Free wifi. English, French and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Montpellier/Sete - Camping Altéa

Near the coast halfway between Sete and Montpellier (15km each way)

1 Route des Aresquiers
34110 Vic-la-Gardiole, Montpellier
Hérault, Languedoc (Occitanie)

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Price from: €16 for 'nature' tent pitch for cyclists, prices vary for fixed base bungalow tents and cabins

Open: Open all year

The 3-star Camping Altéa is perfectly located for the end (or the start!) of a Canal du Midi bike ride, being just 15km from Sete. It's also just 15km from Montpellier, making it an ideal base if you are heading that way or arriving from the train station. Tent pitches, plus self-contained fixed base bungalow tents (pictured) as well as self-catered cabins. The campsite is 5km from the beach, and has a pool, bar plus snack bar for takeaway pizzas and other food, plus a mini-supermarket. Part of a network of independently owned French campsites.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Narbonne - Chambre d'Hôtes Villa Ambrosia

Unique B&B that's a handy stop on the Canal de la Robine

12 Quai de Lorraine
3 Allée Ambrosia
11100 Narbonne
Aude, Languedoc (Occitanie)

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Price from: €105

Open: All year

Villa Ambrosia is a quirky 'designer' B&B with a fabulous indoor pool, fitness centre and hot tub (great for tired muscles). Near the Narbonne centre, the B&B is an ideal stop for anyone riding the Canal de la Robine spur that comes off the eastern end of the Canal du Midi bike route. Continental breakfast with homemade jams and pastries. Free wifi. French, English and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Narbonne - Hotel la Residence

Look no further for a hotel in Narbonne - we've tested this one for you

6 Rue du 1er Mai
11100 Narbonne
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €95

Open: All year

This is a super, super place to stay. Hilde and Heather stayed here when they rode the Canal du Midi. This hotel is in the heart of Narbonne, which is on the Canal de la Robine, an offshoot of the Midi. And the girls could not rave more about it. The staff were lovely, there was a great cyclists' breakfast, and the hotel itself is well-located and within walking distance of Narbonne's key attractions. The hotel has retained the charm of a grand family home, and despite its modern touches, its pictures, lamps, and furniture are all in keeping with the original 19th century character of the building. Luggage store. Free wifi. French, English and Spanish spoken.
You can read our full review here.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Nîmes – Hotel Adagio Access

Apart-hotel with self-catering studios and apartments for up to 4 people

5 allée Boissy d'Anglas
Triangle de la Gare
30000 Nîmes
Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €57

Open: All year

Located in central Nîmes, Hotel Adagio has 117 modern studios and apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes. It is ideal for groups anf families. Studios accommodate 2 people, while apartments can sleep 4. Free wifi. Management tells us that bikes can be securely locked in a room in the hotel – reception can help arrange this.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Perpignan - Ibis Perpignan Centre Hotel

Centrally located Perpgnan hotel with good bike storage

16 Cours Lazare Escarguel
66000 Perpignan
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €67

Open: Year-round

A site user recommended the Ibis Perpignan Centre Hotel to us, saying it was well-located and close to all the main sights. He was particularly impressed with the friendly welcome he got when he arrived by bike. When we contacted them, the hotel confirmed that there is a baggage room, plus they can make available another lockable room for bikes if one is available You also have the option of storing your bike in your own room. The hotel has multilingual staff. There's a restaurant, and bar/lounge area, plus free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Perpignan – Adagio Access Apart'hotel

Affordable 2-star hotel with self-catering studio apartments

2 Espace Méditérranée
66000 Perpignan ‎
Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €55

Open: All year

Two-star city hotel with affordable self-catering studio apartments that include kichenettes, fridges and microwaves. Close to restaurants and bars, and near the river Têt. Management advises that bikes can be stored in rooms. 100 rooms available, so good for groups on a budget. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Port Argelès - Pierre & Vacances Maeva

Apartments near Perpignan and the Spanish border

Rue Eric Tabarly
Quai Vasco de Gama
66700 Argelès-sur-Mer
Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €65

Open: Year round

Studios and apartments sleeping up to 6 people and offering basic but affordable accommodation. Fully furnished with kitchenettes. Choose between harbour and mountain views. 300 metres from the beach and handy to Perpignan, and the road south to the Spanish border. The apartments are run by Pierre & Vacances, which allows guests to lock bikes safely in their rooms overnight. Wifi available at a surcharge. Also onsite: games room and table tennis, children's playground, massage, outdoor pool.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Portiragnes - Les Sablons

Campsite with self-catering cabins perfectly placed for the Canal du Midi

Avenue des Mûriers
34420 Portiragnes
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: £30 per cabin per night

Open: March 28 - September 28

Les Sablons is good base from which to access the cycle routes along the Canal du Midi, which crosses the River River Orb at Béziers, 14km away. The campsite also has direct access to the beach Portiragnes for a relaxing swim after a day's riding. Cycling tours of the local area can be arranged on-site. Click below to find out more about the fixed tents and cabins sleeping up to 8 people, or click here if you have your own tent or campervan.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Quillan - Hotel La Chaumière

Recently renovated rooms with mountain views in Cathar country

25, Boulevard Charles De Gaulle
11500 Quillan
Aude, Languedoc-Rousillon (Occitanie)

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Price from: €90

Open: All year

Air-conditioned rooms that are light, airy and well-equipped this hotel is ideal for lovers of Cathar architecture. Peaceful surroundings with lots to do in the surrounding gorges and forests. There are great road and mountain bike routes in this relatively quiet and unspoilt area of the Pyrenees. The Hotel La Chaumiere has an onsite restaurant serving regional cuisine. Double, triple and family rooms available, making it versatile accommodation for groups. Some rooms have views of the Pyrenees. The annual Figure of Hate sportive is held in nearby Axat, making this an ideal base.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Sète - Le Grand Hotel

Quirky decor at the end of the Canal du Midi

17 Quai de Tassigny
34200 Sète
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €120

Open: All year

Le Grand Hotel sits in an old stone building in a great central location, close to lots of restaurants and with a view over the canals. Famed for its funky decor, the hotel is used to welcoming cyclists, which makes it a really good option as a stop while exploring the Canal du Midi. Free wifi. French, English and Spanish spoken. The hotel can store two bikes in the hotel, plus they have a private, locked parking area 50m from the hotel that's reserved for guests.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Sommières - Domaine de Massereau

Holiday lodges on a working vineyard between Montpellier and Nîmes

1990 Route d'Aubais
30250 Sommières
Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)

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Price from: £50 per night per cabin

Open: April to September

Fancy staying on a working vineyard? Look no further! Domaine de Massereau is located between Montpellier and Nimes, and also within reach of the Camargue. Its owners have created something really special based around their wine-producing château. The property is part of the Eurocamp network that offers self-catering cabins on campsites in France. The property is bike-friendly – cycle through the trees to your cabin hidden among oak trees. Facilities on site include swimming pools (with waterslides), a gourmet-standard restaurant, indoor spa, Jacuzzi and sauna. Adults spending more than three nights in May, June and September also get a free 45-minute spa session or a free pass to the local adventure parc, Roc de Massereau. You can also try canoeing, tennis or other outdoor activities. This is a good option for families or groups wanting an affordable fixed base for a few days (or more) in the south of France.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Uzès - Hostellerie Provençale

Well-regarded hotel-restaurant that's used to welcoming cyclists

1-3 Grande Bourgade
30700 Uzès
Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €95

Open: All year

In the heart of Uzès is this well-known local hotel-restaurant that regularly welcomes groups of cyclists. Recognised as a 'historic hotel of France', the Hostellerie Provençale is a 300-year-old house that has been tastefully renovated to bring it into the 21st century. There are only nine rooms here, each with wifi and super showers (according to one cyclist who stayed there). Hostellerie Provençale is also a popular local eatery, with Eric and François' restaurant, La Parenthèse, specialising in quality Mediterranean cuisine. Take breakfast in the restaurant or on the terrace overlooking Uzès and the surrounding countryside. Dedicated bike storage. Massages available on request.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally

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Valras-Plage - Hotel Albizzia

Bike-friendly hotel close to the beach

12 Boulevard Chemin Creux
34350 Valras-Plage
Hérault, Languedoc (Occitanie)

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Price from: €67

Open: All year

Popular stop for cyclists taking the coastal route at the tail end of the Canal du Midi bike route. Friendly hotel that's handy for the beach. Offering good value for money, it has an outdoor pool plus terrace and snack bar. Doubles and triples available. Safe bike parking plus on-site rental. Free wifi. French, English, Spanish, German spoken.  

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Vias Plage - Club Farret

Upmarket holiday village with self-catered cabins and direct beach access

Farinette Plage
34450 Vias Plage
Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: From £30 for a cabin or bungalow

Open: April 20 to September 28

A family-run Yelloh! Village campsite with self-catered cabins and bungalows offering direct access to the beach, as well as to local ride routes (the Canal du Midi is less than 20km away in Beziers). Local cycling tours and bike hire can be aranged on-site. Click here for full details of the self-catering cabins and bungalows, or click here for prices if you have your own tent.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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All accommodation has been checked to ensure it meets our cycle-friendly criteria. We also deal with tour operators personally before adding them to the site. To recommend a great French cycling holiday or a nice bike-friendly place to stay, please email lyn@freewheelingfrance.com

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