A lot of ups and downs in a short ride here, with the reward of great views over the Var valley, the Alpes Maritimes and the sea.


This shows you some of the best roads in the hills closest to Nice, with two chunky climbs and a long descent after Levens, where you can stop in the village boulangerie for coffee and tarts –

just turn left instead of right and it's 250m down on the left.


These roads are pretty shady, so are a good choice for a summer's day, and the route takes you out along the Boulevard de la Madeleine and back down the Col de Bast - two of the best ways to climb out of town.