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La Palmyre / Royan

[ Cycle route La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route ] [ La Rochelle > Royan , La Vélodyssée entre la Palmyre et Royan ]
  • 15 km
  • famille Level family

This part of La Vélodyssée is fit for a king, with splendid sea views. Following cycle lanes throughout, it weaves through the coastal forest and array of pretty beaches, one of which is the charming St-Palais, along the coast road to reach the striking cliffs and sandy beaches either side of the beautiful streets of Royan. All you have to do is to catch the boat!

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Family orientated stage, mainly on designated lanes with several small coves.  Upon leaving the Palmyre, the route crosses the pine forest to very quickly rejoin the coast: the greenways stretching along the coastline can in places be covered by sand.  Take care when crossing Saint-Palais-sur-Mer and Royan, with cycle lanes often on busy pavements.  Be prepared to have to move onto the road, particularly when traffic is heavy.  At Royan there is a SNCF train station connection : be careful as some intersections can be tricky, notably Boulevard de la République, Cours de l'Europe and La Place du Docteur Gantier.

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  • Half nice - Jon Murray

    Excellent once it got out of towns and off shared roads (heading S to N) but until then the usual hassles of poor signage and constant stops to check the map.

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