Cycling holidays in Normandy & the Loire Valley
The La Vélo Francette route comprises more than 600km of cycle paths stretching from Normandy to the Atlantic.
A 617km cycle route from Ouistreham to La Rochelle
This safe, waymarked cycle route from Ouistreham to La Rochelle extends for 617km, allowing cyclists to explore charming villages and pretty towns as they follow rivers and waterways through the peaceful French countryside.
Numerous attractions to explore as you cycle through the countryside
The La Vélo Francette boasts many fascinating sights and landscapes such as the D-Day Landing Beaches, the towpath along the Mayenne river, the Loire Valley between Angers and Saumur and its famous castles, beautiful walks through the Le Thouet valley, the Marais Poitevin and, finally, La Rochelle for a well-deserved swim in the Atlantic.
A concentrated taste of tranquil France offering an authentic “slow tourism” experience!
Getting to La Vélo Francette
British visitors will appreciate both the distinct French flavour and the easy accessibility of this cycle route which starts from the port of Ouistreham, the arrival point for cross-Channel ferries from the UK.
Whether you’re French, British, Belgian or Dutch, you can easily access the start and finish of the route from Paris:
- Paris - Caen by Intercity train (approximately 2hr)
- Paris - La Rochelle by high-speed TGV train (approximately 3hr30-4hr)
Useful tip: some trains accept non-folding bikes under certain conditions. For further information, log on to the SNCF website.
Accueil Vélo (Bikes are Welcome) service along the entire route
There’s a large choice of accommodation, rental outlets, tourist offices and visitor and leisure attractions near the cycle route. Many of these establishments have been awarded the Accueil Vélo label which guarantees excellent service for cyclists.