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cycling route in Poitou-Charentes :

  • Les Sables d'Olonne > La Rochelle

    Les Sables d'Olonne > La Rochelle [115.7 km]

    Les Sables d'Olonne > Jard-sur-Mer > La Tranche-sur-Mer > St-Michel-en-l'Herm > Marans > La Rochelle
    • Family from Les Sables d'Olonne to Jard-sur-Mer and from La Tranche-sur-Mer to St-Michel-en-l'Herm
    • Intermediate from Jard-sur-Mer to La Tranche-sur-Mer and from St-Michel-en-l'Herm to Marans and from Marans to La Rochelle

    In this fairytale setting are both Les Sables (world capital of yacht racing) and La Rochelle, (the ‘broken rebel’ capital of Aunis) centre stage. The Vendéenne coast brings the cycle routes back to the Poitevin Marshes. Once past the Sèvre Niortaise River, we find ourselves at Charente-Maritime and the Marans canal which leads straight to the Old Port.

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  • La Rochelle > Royan

    La Rochelle > Royan [125 km]

    La Rochelle > Châtelaillon > Rochefort > Marennes > La Palmyre > Royan
    • Family from La Rochelle to Châtelaillon and from Rochefort to Marennes and from Marennes to La Palmyre and from La Palmyre to Royan
    • Intermediate from Châtelaillon to Rochefort

    From the famous port at La Rochelle, La Vélodyssée makes its way to Châtelaillon-Plage and to the royal city of Rochefort, bathed by the waters of the Charente. Several charming detours later, the Seudre Marshes hove into view, followed by the oyster farm parks of Marennes. The cycle trails only resume in the pine forests of Royan.

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  • Royan > Lacanau-Océan

    Royan > Lacanau-Océan [81.8 km]

    Royan > Soulac-sur-Mer > Montalivet-les-Bains > Naujac-sur-Mer > Hourtin-Plage > Lacanau-Océan
    • Family from Royan to Soulac-sur-Mer and from Soulac-sur-Mer to Montalivet-les-Bains and from Montalivet-les-Bains to Naujac-sur-Mer and from Naujac-sur-Mer to Hourtin-Plage
    • Expert from Hourtin-Plage to Lacanau-Océan

    La Vélodyssée reaches the Médoc after a cruise along the Gironde Estuary, famous for the historic Cordouan lighthouse. The Aquitaine country, bordered by long beaches and covered with pine forests, boasts the seaside resorts of Soulac-sur-Mer, Montalivet-les-Bains, Hourtin, Carcans – all welcoming stages connected by cycle trails.

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  • The Gironde Estuary by bike

    The Gironde Estuary by bike [153 km]

    Royan > Mortagne-sur-Gironde > Vitrezay > Blaye > Bordeaux
    • Intermediate from Royan to Mortagne-sur-Gironde and from Mortagne-sur-Gironde to Vitrezay and from Vitrezay to Blaye and from Blaye to Bordeaux

    This enticing section of the Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route transports you from the seaside atmosphere of the postwar resort of Royan to the splendid Ancien Régime quays of Bordeaux. The route running beside the Gironde Estuary is not completely laid out at time of writing, so you have to deal with a few stretches of small, rough, steep tracks for the moment. Or opt for the easier provisional link leading south of the Gironde Estuary via Lacanau, on to Bordeaux.

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  • La Vélo Francette, the Thouet river by bike from Saumur to Niort

    La Vélo Francette, the Thouet river by bike from Saumur to Niort [166 km]

    Saumur > Montreuil-Bellay > Thouars > Airvault > Parthenay > Champdeniers-St-Denis > Niort
    • Intermediate from Saumur to Montreuil-Bellay and from Montreuil-Bellay to Thouars and from Thouars to Airvault and from Airvault to Parthenay and from Parthenay to Champdeniers-St-Denis and from Champdeniers-St-Denis to Niort

    At Saumur, the route heads south once again, following the Le Thouet à Vélo cycle route. The Thouet River serves as your guide up to the town of Parthenay. Along the way, discover another river-trading valley dotted with fortified settlements. The rich Thouet heritage includes old castles, churches, bridges and mills, as well as an underground fountain… plus the climate is more clement as you head south and the pace of life becomes gentler. COMPLETED SOON...

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  • La Vélo Francette from Niort to La Rochelle

    La Vélo Francette from Niort to La Rochelle [90 km]

    Niort > Coulon > Damvix > Marans > La Rochelle
    • Family from Niort to Coulon and from Coulon to Damvix and from Damvix to Marans and from Marans to La Rochelle

    On this section, thread your way through a magnificent network of green and blue canals to reach the Atlantic. First come the wonderfully shaded canals that crisscross the stunning wetlands of the Marais Poitevin, nicknamed ‘la Venise Verte’ (‘Green Venice’) in France. Then comes ‘la Belle d’Aunis’, where you cycle beside broader, more exposed canals. This section to La Rochelle and the ocean provides a fittingly sparkling end to the véloroute.

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Bicyclette Verte des séjours vélos dans le marais poitevin