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La Vélo Francette: Normandy / Atlantic by bike

Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
650 Km
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Ouistreham
La Rochelle
Guiding you from the Channel to the Atlantic, the cycle route La Vélo Francette® allows you to savour sweet, gentle, traditional corners of western France as you cross the regions of Normandy, Pays de la Loire and Poitou-Charentes. Discover unsuspected gems along the way and fall for the charms of French country towns and villages as you get to know them by bike!

Signposting and state of the itinerary

"La Vélo Francette" is entirely signposted from Normandy to Charente Maritime. The logo of the itinerary is accompanied with its national ID V43 on signs .

From Ouistreham to Angers, the route is mainly developped on securised lanes, most of the time on greenways or designated lanes. Then, from Angers down to La Rochelle, there are few more roads shared with cars.

Services and accomodations "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") on "La Vélo Francette"

Nearly 220 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 Vélo Francette

The main train stations of the itinerary :

  • Caen
  • Flers
  • Laval (TGV)
  • Angers (TGV)
  • Saumur (TGV)
  • Montreuil Bellay
  • Thouars, Niort (TGV)
  • La Rochelle (TGV)

Reach the itinerary by boat :

You can take a boat with Brittany Ferries between Portsmouth and Ouistreham. The crossing lasts approximatively 6 hours.

Long-time parkings on La Vélo Francette

The best cycling holiday breaks

to make the most of this
15,61 Km
Ouistreham / Caen
Seaside
I begin / Family

Ouistreham / Caen

28,02 Km
Caen / Thury-Harcourt
Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Caen / Thury-Harcourt

23,18 Km
Thury-Harcourt / Pont d'Ouilly
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Thury-Harcourt / Pont d'Ouilly

33,48 Km
Caen / Thury-Harcourt
Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Caen / Thury-Harcourt

31,32 Km
Pont d'Ouilly / La Roche d'Oëtre / Flers
Nature & small heritage, Panoramas
I cycle a lot

Pont d'Ouilly / La Roche d'Oëtre / Flers

22,74 Km
Flers / Domfront
Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Flers / Domfront

44,72 Km
Domfront / Mayenne
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage, Panoramas
I cycle often

Domfront / Mayenne

36,09 Km
Mayenne / Laval
Canals & intimate rivers, Castles & Monuments
I begin / Family

Mayenne / Laval

34,75 Km
Laval / Château-Gontier
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Laval / Château-Gontier

34,39 Km
Château-Gontier / Le Lion-d'Angers
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Château-Gontier / Le Lion-d'Angers

29,13 Km
Le Lion-d'Angers / Angers
In the vineyards, Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Le Lion-d'Angers / Angers

36,92 Km
Angers / Bouchemaine / St-Mathurin
Canals & intimate rivers, French rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Angers / Bouchemaine / St-Mathurin

30,83 Km
Angers / Trélazé /St-Mathurin
Canals & intimate rivers, French rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Angers / Trélazé /St-Mathurin

30,27 Km
St-Mathurin / Saumur
French rivers, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

St-Mathurin / Saumur

20,60 Km
Saumur / Montreuil-Bellay
In the vineyards, Castles & Monuments, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Saumur / Montreuil-Bellay

26,39 Km
Montreuil-Bellay / Thouars
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Montreuil-Bellay / Thouars

29,31 Km
Thouars / Airvault
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Thouars / Airvault

37,07 Km
La Vélo Francette from Airvault to Parthenay
Canals & intimate rivers, Castles & Monuments, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

La Vélo Francette from Airvault to Parthenay

28,61 Km
Parthenay / Champdeniers-St-Denis
Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Parthenay / Champdeniers-St-Denis

25,37 Km
Champdeniers-St-Denis / Niort
I cycle often

Champdeniers-St-Denis / Niort

18,85 Km
Niort / Coulon
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Niort / Coulon

18,06 Km
Coulon / Damvix / Bazoin
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Coulon / Damvix / Bazoin

27,89 Km
Damvix / Bazoin / Marans
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Damvix / Bazoin / Marans

25,54 Km
Marans / La Rochelle
Seaside, Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Marans / La Rochelle

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