Let’s go for a cycling ride in New Aquitaine

La Route des vins en Entre-deux-Mers ©Philippe Labeguerie

We propose you to discover several itineraries that crisscross the New Aquitaine region.

The Vélodyssée, pedal along the Atlantic
Who would have thought that undertaking a real odyssey by bike were possible? Yet this is the case with this cycle path over 1200km, linking Brittany to the Basque coast, along the Atlantic ocean. It is the longest véloroute in France, well marked and with 70% of the route on its own paths.  Taking the Vélodyssée allows you to get around safely, including crossing the cities of New Aquitaine like La Rochelle, known for its port and the “Les Francofolies” festival, Lacanau, one of the surfing spots of the coast, the Arcachon Basin, known for its oysters and the dune of Pilat, as well as Bayonne, capital of the Basque Country.

During your trek, why not stop and vary the pleasures as you discover the territory? For example, by taking a surfing lesson, a sporting activity born in 1956 in Biarritz. The surf spots are spread across the coastline, whether it is in Médoc, Landes or the Basque coast, just like the surf schools and accommodation adapted to this clientele. Internationally renowned surfing competitions are spread throughout the season every year.

Get off the beaten track and have an adventure in the Basque valleys, among the charming villages where traditional Basque culture is alive and well. In addition to the green or red half-timbered houses, certain villages have their speciality: Espelette and its pepper, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the St. James’ Way routes, The Bastide Clairence and its craftspeople. You will therefore enjoy a rich gastronomy with Spanish notes: Bayonne ham, piperade, gâteau basque, axoa (Espelette pepper-based veal stew)… From the summit of la Rhune, admire a wonderful 360° view of the bay of Saint Jean de Luz and the Pyrenees.

If you liked discovering the Basque country, you can continue by bike via the V81 along the Pyrenees Piedmont plain. Easy to access, it offers a breathtaking view of the Pyrenees mountain chain.

www.lavelodyssee.com

Canal des deux mers - Ecluse Lagruère

Canal des deux mers – Écluse Lagruère ©J.Damase

The Canal des 2 Mers, 100% slow tourism
Thanks to the cycling path of the “Canal des 2 Mers” which takes the towpaths, you can pedal from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.  In New Aquitaine, this route will lead you from Royan, seaside resort between the ocean and the estuary, to Lot et Garonne in Agen, the prune town adorned with a remarkable canal bridge, passing through Bordeaux, regional capital legendary for its wine. The proximity to the rivers allows for river tourism, another touristic appeal of the region, by renting a house boat for a few days. This 100% slow tourism combination of bike and boat is perfect for making the most of south west France.

www.canaldes2mersavelo.com

Vélo Francette à Niort

Vélo Francette, Niort ©J.Damase

The Vélo Francette, on the outskirts of the Marais Poitevin
The Vélo Francette extends over 630km between Normandy and the Atlantic, crossing 7 départements and 3 natural parks, including the Marais Poitevin, listed as a “grand site de France” and a haven of peace for flora and fauna, as well as visitors. Do not hesitate to stop at the Aquarium of La Rochelle, the most emblematic of aquariums in France. This visit, suitable for children and adults, is a great way to understand the richness of the marine biodiversity.

www.lavelofrancette.com

Ile d'Aix

Ile d’Aix ©Christine Lacaud

The Flow Vélo, along the water
It is the new-comer! This 250km route joins the island of Aix to Thiviers, snaking along the length of the Charente via Angoulême, capital of comic books, to arrive in Dordogne. This route offers numerous tourist attractions: the fine sandy beaches of the Atlantic, the remarkable naval shipyard of Rochefort, the renowned spirit Cognac, and the history and gastronomy of Dordogne, with the foie gras museum in Thiviers.

Incoming agencies
They provide you with their detailed knowledge of the territory of New Aquitaine and their networks of service providers to help you create your route, according to the expectations of your customers. By clicking on the link, you will have access to the details and information on the services offered by these agencies. You are sure to find one which will meet your needs!

Host agencies specialising in cycle tourism

The Accueil Vélo certification
This certification guarantees you work with service providers (accommodation, bike rental companies, etc.) meeting the strict specifications ensuring your cycling customers reception under the best conditions. For example, the accommodation must be located at least 5km from cycle paths, offer services and equipment suitable for cyclists (bike shelters, repair kits, etc.).

https://www.francevelotourisme.com

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