Welcome to the Tour de France
France is a place packed with possibilities for Harley-Davidson® riders, whether you are looking for stunning landscapes, challenging mountain roads or a trip into the past through ancient towns and villages
Paris, the Côte d’Azur, the beaches of the Normandy Landings – the list of must-visit places in France is endless, though some of the most interesting locations are perhaps less well-known. The south and east of
1. Haute Savoie and Savoie
The départment (French administrative region) of Haute Savoie, bordered by
Neighbouring Savoie offers legendary mountain passes including the
If you are planning to visit by Harley®, be warned: they are open only in summer.
Numerous glaciers, including Tignes and the Grand Pissaillas, enable snow lovers to ski 365 days a year – and if the white stuff is scarce, the local liquor will soon cheer everyone up!
Harley-Davidson® has a strong presence here. The Spirit of Eagle dealership in Seynod, Haute Savoie, is one of the biggest in Europe while the Alpes Spirit Chapter, based in
Bordered by the
Hit the road in Provence Verte, and you’ll be taking a journey through French history. Brignoles became the preferred summer residence for the Counts of Provence back in the 13th century and hosts a medieval festival each August celebrating its heritage; Nans-les-Pins, with its reputation for clean air and a healthy climate, has long been a popular summer resort; the village of Saint-Zacharie is famous for its 16 fountains, fed by water from the local hills.
Plot a route across the Argens valley to discover Châteauvert, with its fine 17th-century church, Barjols, which boasts 30 fountains and 12 washhouses, and Correns and Pontevès, each built around a castle. Carcès is a superbly restored medieval city while the only castle of the Knights Templar in the Var department stands guard over Montfort-sur-Argens.
A visit to la Provence Verte must include the Sainte-Baume mountain range and the town of
3. The Verdon Gorge
Straddling the departments of Var and Alpes de Haute
Mont Ventoux, the ‘Giant of Provence’, is the highest point of the
5. ‘The Eagle’s Nest’
Head inland from Nice, and there are as many attractions to be found as along the famous coastline. Take the steep, hinterland roads and you’ll discover charming hilltop villages, valleys, the
For amazing views, head for the medieval
6. The West Coast
The Atlantic coast is one of the less well-known or visited areas of
For example, the Three Islands Route will take you to the Ile de Ré, where you can climb 257 steps to the top of the Phare des Baleines lighthouse for great views and its ports of Ars, Saint Martin and La Flotte, and then further south to the tiny island of Ile d’Aix, with its links to Napoleon, and the Ile d’Oleron with its fabulous beaches.
Or head south to