The label Accueil Vélo – “welcome cycles” – is the French symbol of a facility or service that is particularly helpful to cyclists. Here we offer a rundown of what it offers.

What cyclists need

Cyclists are usually undemanding guests and cheerful visitors. After a successful and stressless ride in the sun, they are in a good mood, hungry and thirsty and just want to eat, drink and sleep well afterwards. From their hotel, guesthouse, campsite or restaurant they expect to be able to store their bikes easily and securely. Pedelec (electric bike) riders will want a socket to charge their batteries. Offering cyclists a warm welcome can also mean providing a good quality air pump and a set of tools for those minor adjustments. Hotels and restaurants should definitely provide these.

Bett + Bike

In Germany, there is the “Bed+Bike” (Bett und Bike) label, which regulates exactly what a bicycle-friendly hotel, guesthouse, campsite, holiday flat or even restaurant should provide. A distinction is made between bed and bike accommodation: hotels, guesthouses, inns, guesthouses or hostels with cycle-friendly service, bed and bike camping, bed and bike holiday flats and bed and bike sports. 

Nine countries (Germany, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria) are affiliated to Bett und Bike. Unfortunately, France is missing from this list. 

Accueil Vélo

In France, the label is called “Accueil Vélo” and it includes not just accomodation options but also Tourist Offices, Museums, Vineyards and others. You find he official site for “Accueil Vélo” here.

Deep down in their menu we found a link that we strongly recommend to use. It brings you immediately on the map you need for our area. 

To be listed in “Accueil Vélo” suppliers have to guarantee these special conditions

  • Being within 5km of a cycle route
  • Having adapted equipment for cyclists: secured bicycle shelter, repair kit
  • Benefitting from a warm welcome (useful information and advice (routes, weather, etc…)
  • Having services adapted to cyclists: luggage transfers, washing and drying of linen, bicycle rental, bicycles washing…

We have compiled a list of “Acceuil Vélo” providers. Unfortunately, we found that there are a number of businesses that either do not meet these five requirements or do not bother to list them on their website. Over time we are going to check out some of them to find out what is actually the case. Until then you will hopefully find what you need with what we can provide you here. 

You can also look at:

La Méditerranée à Vélo and read the explanation we got from them: “on the map, tick off the desired service providers (accommodation, hire company, repair shop, restaurant, places to visit, tourist offices, leisure facilities, etc.)” 

and also Visit Var can help you. 

Accueil Vélo registered businesses between Meyrargues and Les Arcs

Dom. de la Mongestine

Artigues

This wine estate has a privileged location at the foot of the “Mediterranean by bike / EV8” and “West Haut Var castles” routes. Its immediate access will offer you a break without diversions or an ideal starting point, with all the necessary facilities: bicycle parking for 6 bikes, 3 picnic tables, electric sockets to recharge your batteries and a repair kit for minor damage.

Domaine de la Blaque

Varages

Splendid 18th century Bastide restored with passion and authenticity in the heart of la Provence verte. Take advantage of a secure bicycle shelter with adapted equipment: repair kit, cleaning area, sockets for recharging batteries for electric bikes, useful information and advice for the various hikes and activities in Provence Verte Verdon.

Au Bois du Lune

Varages

Coming soon: Manon des Trêmes – Au Bois de Lune

Gîte 200m from the EV 8: We know Manon des Trêmes – Au Bois de Lune very well and can recommend it. Situated just 200 metres from the EV8, and 3 kilometres east of the village of Varages, Claudia Girard is a passionate host who will welcome you with warmth and a big smile. Cycling is in the family. Both Claudia and her partner Gerard have bikes, and their son Jason runs a mountain bike instruction and guide business in nearby Gréoux-les-Bains. Here is an interview we carried out with Claudia in 2016.

Point Info Tourisme

Point Info Tourisme

Sillans-la-Cascade

Information and cycle parking

Terra Rossa Museum

Salernes

The Terra Rossa House of Architectural Ceramics was created in a former tile factory. Jean Michel Wilmotte, architect and designer, designed this extraordinary space. Special welcome for tourists on bicycles.  Secure parking for bicycles, water point, electrical outlet for recharging, repair kit available in case of minor damage. Close to the BioCoop, an organic shop.

Point Info Tourisme

Point Info Tourisme

Salernes

Cycle parking outside

Natur Evasion

Natur Evasion

St Antonin du Var

Natur Evasion offer a range of cycles and accessories for hire

Le Petit Paradis

Le Petit Paradis

Lorgues

Gîtes and chambre d’hôtes with the Accueil Vélo label

Au 2 Fontaines

Au 2 Fontaines

Lorgues

Restaurant with charging point for e-Bikes, repair kit, maps

La Vieille Bastide

La Vieille Bastide

Flayosc

Chambre d’hôte offering covered and secure bicycle parking

Villa Lei Rigaü - Kazuk Danielle

Villa Lei Rigaü - Kazuk Danielle

Salernes

Chambres d’hôtes

Château Mentone

St Antonin du Var

La Caravanserai

La Caravanserai

St Antonin du Var

Just 50m from the EV8

Hotel Col de l'Ange

Hotel Col de l'Ange

Draguignan

Hotel and restaurant on our EV8 route with Accueil Vélo label

Dragui Cycles

Dragui Cycles

Draguignan

Cycle repair, sale and hire, 300 m from the EV8

Les 1000 Colonnes

Les 1000 Colonnes

Draguignan

The third-oldest café in France, now a brasserie, with matching furniture and furnishings.

Museum of Popular Art and Tradition

Museum of Popular Art and Tradition

Draguignan

Secure parking for bicycles, water point, electrical outlet for recharging, repair kit available in case of minor damage

Point Info Tourisme

Point Info Tourisme

Lorgues

In the centre of Lorgues, offering bicyle parking

Point Info Tourisme

Point Info Tourisme

Flayosc

Northwest of Flayosc. Low quality bicycle parking outside.

Point Info Tourisme

Point Info Tourisme

Draguignan

Air pump, battery charging and work station with tools outside.

Point Info Tourisme Les Arcs

Point Info Tourisme Les Arcs

Les Arcs

Good cycle parking outside.

Decathlon

Decathlon

Trans-en-Provence

Bicycle shop and repair workshop with Accueil Vélo label

Château Sainte Roseline

Château Sainte Roseline

Les Arcs

Wine cellar, tasting, with Accueil Vélo label

Café de la Tour

Café de la Tour

Les Arcs

Water bottle filling, battery charging, bike parking outside.

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