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Vélocéan de Pénestin à St-Nazaire

  • 148 km

Linking the Vilaine Estuary and Côte d’Amour, the Vélocéan Nord cycle route forms part of Véloroute 45, also known as Voie n°5 in Brittany, a coastal route that, in time, will link Nantes to Roscoff. West of Nantes, within the département (French county) of Loire-Atlantique, Vélocéan Nord takes you via remarkable sights. Even if the route requires further work, you can already use it to discover numerous delights.

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Stages of « Vélocéan de Pénestin à St-Nazaire »

  • Route 5 & Vélocéan - Pénestin St-Molf

    Route 5 & Vélocéan - Pénestin St-Molf [23.4 km]

    This stage, heading south from the Vilaine Estuary, is classed as being for expert cyclists, with a lot of stretches going along the water’s edge. The Pointe du Bile Headland is a great spot at which to stop and appreciate the maritime atmosphere. As to the Bay of Pont-Mahé, with its gently sloping beach, you’ll see how it’s a favourite for learner windsurfers.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • Vélocéan - St-Molf Piriac Guérande

    Vélocéan - St-Molf Piriac Guérande [26.8 km]

    Between St-Molf and Quimiac, this stage goes via a series of little canals serving extensive salt marshes, sometimes giving you the impression that you’re riding on water! Not to be missed: the Pointe de Mesquer Headland and two detours, one to the Petite Cité de Caractère of Piriac-sur-Mer, the other to the port of La Turballe. Then you arrive at the splendid fortified medieval town of Guérande.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • Vélocéan - Guérande La Baule Pornichet

    Vélocéan - Guérande La Baule Pornichet [16.8 km]

    After enjoying the historic town of Guérande behind its ramparts, follow directions towards La Baule to join the greenway to reach that resort, which lies on one of Europe’s loveliest sandy bays. On the way, stop in Escoublac Forest, a great place to have a picnic and relax. Then it’s not too far before you reach La Baule’s beach, where you might well be tempted to go swimming in the sea.

    Difficulty: family View details
  • Vélocéan - La Baule Le Croisic

    Vélocéan - La Baule Le Croisic [30 km]

    At the level of the greenway to Beslon, it’s possible to head off west to the end of the Le Croisic Peninsula. This route passes through historic Batz-sur-Mer, designated a Petite Cité de Caractère, and then offers you a panoramic tour of the sensational peninsula. The superb Grande Côte cycle track leads you back via an unforgettable route passing through the port of Le Pouliguen before returning to La Baule.

    Difficulty: expert View details
  • Vélocéan - La Baule St-Nazaire

    Vélocéan - La Baule St-Nazaire [29 km]

    This stage offers a touch of old-fashioned charm. It also passes by Dissignac’s Neolithic mound before Le Bois Joalland Lake, appreciated by locals for its sports facilities. Before the lake, the way passes through woods and countryside; after it, it becomes more urban. Arriving at the port of St-Nazaire, wide boulevards follow the seafront, and the American First World War monument greets you with open arms.

    Difficulty: expert View details