Canals & intimate rivers

Le Marais Poitevin, the marsh of Poitou by bike

Short trip
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90 km from Niort to La Rochelle on La Vélo Francette

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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