Bike Ride Around Presqu’ile de Giens

It was still quite windy and the weather is for a calmer day tomorrow so we went for a bike ride around the Presqu’ile de Giens and saved the boat trip to Ile de Porquerolles until the wind has died down.

The peninsula is perfect for cycling around as it is mostly flat with just a few hilly bits up to Giens and back to the campsite. On the east side of the peninsula are some lovely beaches with easy access, is more built up with restaurants and shops and at the end is the small port from where you can catch a boat to Ile de Levant and and ile de Port-Cros.

Through the centre of the peninsular are the the Salins des Presquiers, salt pans and a lake adding plenty of opportunities to spot plenty of birdlife including pink flamingos, herons and egrets.

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On the western side of the peninsula is the previously mentioned sand bar road, rte du sel with an area set aside specifically for kite and windsurfing.

After circumnavigating the long strip of the peninsula we cycled towards the western point passing through the small hamlet of La Madrague. Just after here the road ends and you can take a coastal walking path out to the headland that continues all along the south of the peninsula and back to La Tour Fondue.

La Madrague, Presqu’ile de Giens
La Madrague, Presqu’ile de Giens

 

We headed on our bikes up to the village of Giens before venturing back to one of the beaches on the eastern side at La Bergerie for a swim and a sunbathe and prepared for the slightly hilly climb back to the campsite at La Tour Fondue.

View from Giens towards the western side and the Salins des Presquiers
View from Giens towards the western side and the Salins des Presquiers

Useful Info

Camping La Tour Fondue is an ACSI site and a very good campsite. Very helpful and friendly staff on Reception, very clean and good working toilets and showers and a perfect location to walk to catch the boat over to Ile de Porquerolles (you can purchase boat tickets from the campsite Reception at a reduced cost of €2 per ticket). There is also a well stocked on site shop with plenty of fresh bread and a small restaurant (which we didn’t use for no other reason than we didn’t need to!)

There is only a partially designated cycle path around the salt pans and at the time of our cycle ride, the roads were quiet and there is enough room for cyclists and cars.

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3 thoughts on “Bike Ride Around Presqu’ile de Giens

  1. Peter and Nia September 26, 2015 / 6:21 am

    We had a good meal in the restaurant on the harbour, next to the fruit and veg shop.
    It was pretty windy when we were there as well.
    P and N
    xx

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  2. pennyreynolds48 September 27, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    Love the useful info boxes at the end of your posts. Lots for me to note for another time. How long in total is your trip this time?

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    • Rosie Pike September 27, 2015 / 7:54 pm

      Hi Penny, thank you, yes decided the useful info might be useful to other readers. We are away for a month, halfway through now and back home on 11th October.

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