As the summertime is cycle season we've decide to showcase some of the best cycling destinations across European cities :-) This week it's Paris!

The city of light has a lot to offer cyclists as they're forever expanding their cycle infrastructure. There are currently 440km of cycle lanes, a mix between cycle / bus lanes & dedicated lanes. Like Dublin (which we did last week) we've listed 5 destinations which you can cycle to in about an hour. Check out the map at the end of the post to see our route.

River Seine

Bridge over the River Seine in Paris Image Credit: Shed Expedition

This is a pretty famous stretch of river to cycle along. Aside from the arty cultural importance (Monet, Pissarro & Matisse to name a few) this river has seen its fair share of action - Bond, Bourne & Bryan (Liam Neeson's characters in Taken [lucky with B's there]) have all had extravagant chases along this river. There are also loads of famous places to visit scattered along its banks. See below.

Eiffel Tower

eiffle tower paris bike Image Credit: Rough Guides

It would be rude to write a list based on Paris and not include this. Just off the Seine this is one of the worlds most visited attractions, passing its 250 millionth visitors in 2010. It was, at one point, the tallest man-made structure in the world, but was surpassed when New York underwent its Art Deco phase in the 30's and the Chrysler Building became the tallest. If the visitor numbers are anything to go by, it's probably going to be packed so at least you'll have a quick exit strategy on the bike.

Champs Elysees & Arc de Triomphe

Roads leading up to the Arc de Triomphe Image Credit: Paris Digest

You'd have to be a nutter to want to cycle around the mega roundabout that is the Arc de Triomphe. It's notoriously dodgy for drivers so you'd want to have your wits about you cycling around this behemoth. Off one of its many, many exits lies the Champs Elysees is one of the most famous roads in the world! Recommendation: Find a cafe or bar and people watch (or creep - it's the same thing).

Jardins du Luxembourg

Jardins du Luxembourg Image Credit: My Bougeotte

This is a big park. It's got a load of statues and fountains which make it a great space to escape the bustling streets beyond the walls. The gardens are part of Palais du Luxembourg which was built for Marie de Médicis, the mother of Louis XIII of France. The palace itself currently houses the French Senate. If it's sunny buy an Ice Cream and enjoy!

Les Marais

cafer in Les Marais, Paris Image Credit: Francois Roux

This is like cultural quarter of Paris. Full to the brim of designer boutiques, artizan cafés and restaurants & little galleries, you can get lost along the narrow streets and avenues admiring the classic architecture. Many of the old hotels have been converted in to museums after the restoration after World War II, most notably the Hôtel Salé which now houses Musée Picassso. The winding roads and narrow streets make it perfect for a lazy cycle!

Check out our route below!

If you feel we've left anywhere out or you want to share your secret spots in Paris let us know in the comments.

And as always - Stay Funky! :cool:

Paris at night time Image Credit: Tyler Close