Elevation of the route
Waytypes of the cycle route
Surface of the cycle route
The Vendée Vélo Tour, a major cycling circuit combining coast and countryside
Signposting along the cycle route
The Vendée Vélo Tour is signposted along the entire way, but signage varies by area:
- From Bouin to the Pont du Brault (a bridge on this section), you need to follow the signposting for La Vélodyssée – also indicated on signposts as EuroVelo 1 – leading you along beside the Atlantic.
- From the Pont du Brault bridge to Bouin, you need to follow signposting for the Vendée à Vélo cycling network, following the directions given.
The best conditions for enjoying this cycle route are to be had between spring and autumn. Riding beside the ocean, while prevailing winds are generally westerly to north-westerly, it’s perhaps more natural to tackle that Atlantic-side stretch riding north-south.
Trains and transport along the Vendée Vélo Tour
To reach the start point (Les Sables-d'Olonne):
Main train lines and stations along the cycle route
Along the Atlantic stretch, this cycle route is well served by trains, but the more easterly, inland part is not so well connected. Also, take note that at busy times, transporting your bike(s) on TER regional trains can be complicated.
Main train stations:
- Les Sables-d'Olonne
- Fromentine / Île de Noirmoutier : Bus Nantes <> Noirmoutier with bike-rack (you need to reserve space(s) for your bike(s) in advance, via the website)
- Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie : regional train line Nantes <> St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
- Cugand / Clisson : regional train line Nantes <> Cholet
- Pouzauges : regional train line Tours <> La Roche-sur-Yon
Consult our tips and advice for transporting your bike by train.
Reaching the cycle route from Nantes or La Rochelle
The cycle route isn’t far from these two cities, with cycle paths from them allowing you to link up easily with the Vendée Vélo Tour:
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