Want to stretch your legs and enjoy a little fresh air? Pedal your way calm and collected with these green getaways.

For a few hours
La Coulée Verte, Paris’ elevated ‘green belt’ trail. Head to Paris’ 12th arrondissement for a ride along this repurposed railway line that links the city’s Bastille area and the Périphérique ring road. There, you’ll discover 4.5 kilometers of green tranquility in the heart of the city and real breath of fresh air.

For a half day 
Impressionists’ Island. This small island west of Paris owes its name to the impressionist painters Monet, Renoir, Sisley and Pissarro who headed to river Seine’s waterside to paint. With several famous reproductions dotting the 14 km bike route, there’s no better way to get your cultural fill as you go. Accessible from the Chatou-Croissy RER Station.

For the day
Les Bords de Marne, Marne riverside trail. Head out of the capital from Vincennes and follow the curve of the Marne river as it stretches from Saint-Maurice to Joinville-le-Pont. You’ll be greeted with peace and quiet, green countryside and a host of old-time outdoor ‘Guinguette’ cafés.