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La Loire à Vélo - Loire Valley by bike

Castles & Monuments, French rivers
900 Km
10 PHOTOS
Cuffy
Saint-Brevin-les-Pins
La Loire à Vélo is a unique, 800km cycle route. It forms the western section of the EuroVelo 6 route (linking Black Sea to Atlantic). A large stretch of the Loire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; in parts it’s also known as France’s Valley of the Kings and as The Garden of France. All along La Loire à Vélo, you stick closely to France’s last great wild river, with its sandy banks and islands, its vine-covered slopes, its typical towns and villages, its fine food and its unique atmosphere. The route ends at the Loire’s Atlantic estuary.

Signposting and state of the itinerary

La Loire à vélo / EuroVelo 6 is entirely signposted. The logo of the itinerary accompanied with its ID EuroVelo 6 is indicated on signposts.

An itinerary mainly developped on securised lanes for non-motorized vehicles.

Services and accomodations "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") on the Tour de Manche

More than 400 accomodations (campings, hotels, lodges, guest houses) "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") are located at less than 5km away from the itinerary and they guarantee quality services for cyclists such as a closed garage for example. We strongly advise to book your accomodations in advance (including campings), especially in touristic areas.

Trains and public transports alongside La Loire à vélo

Long time parkings on the itinerary

The best cycling holiday breaks

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13,33 Km
Nevers / Cuffy
Canals & intimate rivers
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Nevers / Cuffy

Near the majestic Bec d’Allier (where the Allier River joins the Loire), Le Guétin’s canal-bridge makes quite an [...]

15,36 Km
Cuffy / Marseilles-lès-Aubigny
Canals & intimate rivers
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Cuffy / Marseilles-lès-Aubigny

This Loire à Vélo stage runs for some way right beside the Canal Latéral à la Loire, then moves onto a raised [...]

10,75 Km
Pouilly-sur-Loire / Couargues / Sancerre
In the vineyards, French rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Pouilly-sur-Loire / Couargues / Sancerre

This is a short, easy Loire à Vélo stage, encouraging you to enter Sancerre’s glorious hilly countryside and taste [...]

31,53 Km
Sancerre / Beaulieu-sur-Loire
In the vineyards, French rivers
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Sancerre / Beaulieu-sur-Loire

This Loire à Vélo stage, going along the eastern edge of the old French province of Berry, alternates between [...]

14,24 Km
Beaulieu-sur-Loire / Briare
French rivers
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Beaulieu-sur-Loire / Briare

Travel by waterway has pride of place along this beautiful stretch of the Loire à Vélo. The highlight is Mantelot [...]

12,44 Km
Briare / Gien
Canals & intimate rivers
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Briare / Gien

The Briare canal-bridge is the highlight on this Loire à Vélo stage. The route then continues via hilly little roads [...]

28,16 Km
Gien / Sully-sur-Loire
Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Gien / Sully-sur-Loire

This Loire à Vélo stage runs in part beside the Loire. Here, you reach the eastern end of the stretch of the Loire [...]

15,87 Km
Sully-sur-Loire / Germiny-des-Prés
Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Sully-sur-Loire / Germiny-des-Prés

Leaving the superb Château de Sully-sur-Loire behind, this Loire à Vélo stage follows the great meanders in the [...]

12,69 Km
Germiny-des-Prés / Jargeau
French rivers
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Germiny-des-Prés / Jargeau

This Loire à Vélo stage sticks close to a great Loire meander leading to Châteauneuf-sur-Loire, a town with a museum [...]

20,78 Km
Jargeau / Orléans
Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Jargeau / Orléans

The dramatic skyline of the city of Orléans can be seen from afar, shifting with the meanders in the Loire as you draw [...]

12,75 Km
Orléans / St-Hilaire-St-Mesmin
Canals & intimate rivers, French rivers
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Orléans / St-Hilaire-St-Mesmin

Gateway to the famed Loire Valley heartlands, once a capital in early medieval France, Orléans is now a lively modern [...]

17,60 Km
St-Hilaire-St-Mesmin / Beaugency
French rivers
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St-Hilaire-St-Mesmin / Beaugency

Once you’ve left Orléans’s suburbs behind, you reach the attractive confluence of the Loiret and Loire rivers. [...]

15,85 Km
Beaugency / Muides-sur-Loire
French rivers
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Beaugency / Muides-sur-Loire

The contrast between the picturesque old Loire-side villages and the electricity power station at St-Laurent-des-Eaux [...]

18,66 Km
Muides-sur-Loire / Blois
Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Muides-sur-Loire / Blois

On this easy Loire à Vélo stage from Muides-sur-Loire to Blois, you enter the fabulous Pays des Châteaux tourist [...]

20,42 Km
Blois / Chaumont-sur-Loire
Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Blois / Chaumont-sur-Loire

This Loire à Vélo stage takes you away from Blois along the Loire’s south bank, then a little further south to the [...]

18,68 Km
Chaumont-sur-Loire / Amboise
Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Chaumont-sur-Loire / Amboise

On this Loire à Vélo stage, enjoy exploring fine wine-making lands as well as the regal river. You’re now in the [...]

15,33 Km
Amboise / Montlouis-sur-Loire
In the vineyards, Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Amboise / Montlouis-sur-Loire

On this Loire à Vélo stage, the soaring Chinese-style Pagoda of Chanteloup near Amboise offers a Zen experience. [...]

15,60 Km
Montlouis-sur-Loire / Tours
Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Montlouis-sur-Loire / Tours

This Loire à Vélo stage proves as delightful as it is easy, leading to the gentle capital of the county of Touraine, [...]

21,81 Km
Tours / Villandry
Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Tours / Villandry

Touraine is known as ‘le Jardin de la France’ (The Garden of France) and Tours is a perfect central gateway for [...]

20,52 Km
Villandry / Rigny-Ussé
Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Villandry / Rigny-Ussé

This is a star-studded Loire à Vélo stage, taking you from the glorious Château de Villandry, with its stunning [...]

23,98 Km
Rigny-Ussé / Candes-St-Martin
French rivers
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Rigny-Ussé / Candes-St-Martin

This Loire à Vélo stage is marked by atmospheric islands in the Loire colonized by birds. At the Indre River’s [...]

18,21 Km
Candes-St-Martin / Saumur
Castles & Monuments, French rivers
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Candes-St-Martin / Saumur

This Loire à Vélo stage from Candes-St-Martin to Saumur takes you from Touraine into the famous neighbouring county [...]

29,97 Km
Saumur / St-Rémy-la-Varenne
Castles & Monuments, French rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Saumur / St-Rémy-la-Varenne

On this Loire à Vélo stage, enjoy some of the most spectacular, luminous stretches along the Loire. The route hugs [...]

12,91 Km
St-Rémy-la-Varenne / la Daguenière
French rivers
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St-Rémy-la-Varenne / la Daguenière

For this Loire à Vélo stage, cross to the Loire’s north bank through Anjou, cycling through former marshes turned [...]

15,68 Km
La Daguenière / Angers
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
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La Daguenière / Angers

This Loire à Vélo stage to Anjou’s capital takes you through the startling landscapes of the former slate mines of [...]

14,79 Km
La Daguenière / Bouchemaine
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
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La Daguenière / Bouchemaine

This Loire à Vélo stage in Anjou takes you to the magnificent, broad confluence of the Loire and Maine rivers. This [...]

9,63 Km
Angers / Bouchemaine
In the vineyards, Canals & intimate rivers
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Angers / Bouchemaine

In the heart of Anjou, this Loire à Vélo stage goes from opposite Angers’s central castle out via the green setting [...]

19,78 Km
Bouchemaine / Chalonnes-sur-Loire
In the vineyards, French rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Bouchemaine / Chalonnes-sur-Loire

Start at La Pointe, in a tremendous setting in the heart of Anjou, where the Maine River joins the Loire. A bit west, [...]

24,56 Km
Chalonnes-sur-Loire / St-Florent-le-Vieil
In the vineyards, French rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Chalonnes-sur-Loire / St-Florent-le-Vieil

This Loire à Vélo stage in Anjou crosses the startling island of Chalonnes, one of the largest on the Loire. Nearby, [...]

23,82 Km
St-Florent-le-Vieil / Champtoceaux
French rivers, Panorama

St-Florent-le-Vieil / Champtoceaux

From Mont Glonne, at the top of St-Florent-le-Vieil, with its great views of the Loire Valley, this Loire à Vélo [...]

12,32 Km
Champtoceaux / Mauves-sur-Loire
In the vineyards, French rivers
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Champtoceaux / Mauves-sur-Loire

Welcome to the Basse-Loire, or Lower Loire and the county of Loire Atlantique. The importance of the Atlantic begins to [...]

17,94 Km
Mauves-sur-Loire / Nantes
French rivers
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Mauves-sur-Loire / Nantes

Designated European Green Capital in 2013, the city of Nantes comes into view, a shaded towpath offering a gentle way [...]

25,13 Km
Nantes / Le Pellerin
French rivers
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Nantes / Le Pellerin

Contemporary art features large along the Loire’s long estuary and this stage shared by the Loire à Vélo and [...]

25,54 Km
Le Pellerin / Paimboeuf
Canals & intimate rivers, French rivers
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Le Pellerin / Paimboeuf

The calm Canal de la Martinière acts as your guide on this stage shared by EuroVelo 6 and the Loire à Vélo cycle [...]

11,84 Km
Paimboeuf / St-Brevin-les-Pins
Seaside, French rivers
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Paimboeuf / St-Brevin-les-Pins

This is the last stage on the Loire à Vélo cycle route, but it also offers you the opportunity of joining the [...]

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