Nouvelle-Aquitaine: a great diversity of landscapes, atmospheres and possibilities for cyclists of all levels. Explore Périgord Vert's forests, the Atlantic coast, the Garonne canal, the Pyrenees passes, and vineyards of Cognac and Bordeaux!
The possibilities are endless!
Among Europe’s great cycling routes or « EuroVelo routes » : Velodyssee goes all the way from Scotland to Portugal, via the Nouvelle-Aquitaine coastline.
From Verdon-sur-Mer, on the Gironde estuary, to Hendaye « the Basque », on the Spanish border, this marked, Exclusive Right of Way path is a terrific way to discover the area, whether it is for a fun family outing or a multiple day trip.
Attractions along the way have a label, as do accommodations. They have special facilities and services for cyclists. Simply choose an itinerary between Lacanau and Hendaye : www.lavelodyssee.com
The Garonne canal was built in the 19th century. It is an extension of the canal du Midi from Toulouse to Castets-en-Dorthe, enabling boats to connect the Mediterranean sea to the Atlantic, and to avoid the turbulent and dangerous flow of the river Garonne.
The Garonne canal runs along the river for 193 kms. It has 53 locks and several canal bridges, including the famous “pont-canal d’Agen , France’s second longest canal bridge, made exclusively with carved stones. The towpath has become a green way, along almost the entire 800 kms of the canal : an ideal backdrop for family strolls or even a complete excursion across south west France ! Along the way, visitors will enjoy “villages de charmes”*, a Gallo-Roman site**, « saveurs locales » (local produce)***…
Everything you need for a unique holiday experience !
* Le Mas d’Agenais, Damazan, Buzet-sur-Baïse…
** Villascopia in Castelculier.*** Marmande tomatoes, Agen prunes…
You will love Nouvelle-Aquitaine for the vastness of its protected nature sites, along the coastline as well as inland: reserves, protected areas, a National Nature Park in the Pyrenees and Regional Nature parks such as :
The Périgord Limousin Regional Nature Park, where a 19th century railway track was transformed into a 17 km marked path for cycling, roller-blading and hiking, between Thiviers, the foie gras capital in Péerigord Vert and Saint-Pardoux-la-Riviere ,in the park.
The Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park offers many cycling loops with various levels and distances, for mountain-biking or cycling. Be sure to check out the park’s many events in summer and during « Le Parc à vélo » days.
Flow Vélo is a 290 kilometre cycling route that connects the Atlantic Ocean to Périgord, from Ile d'Aix to Thiviers. Half of the route runs along waterways, namely the slow and peaceful river Charente. Something quite unique about this cycling trail : it departs (or arrives, depending on the direction you take) on Ile d'Aix, with a 360° water panorama.
Flow Vélo is a prestigious route which stops over in the Cognac area, famous for its delightful brandy. Other incredible spots along the trail include : Rochefort and its famous Arsenal, Hermione frigate and the majestic Corderie Royale; Angoulême, a reference as far as the film industry and creativity are concerned, not to mention Périgord and its natural charm and outstanding cuisine!
Traveling along the Vélo Flow means exploring exceptional spots and Nouvelle-Aquitaine's chic countryside. Get ready for an amazing, instructive and moving journey in South-West France!
Further information about cycling
Besides the famous Vélodyssée and Canal des deux-mers, between Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes, we also have the following great itineraries :
Scandibérique, EuroVélo 3
VéloFrancette, with portions between Saumur and Niort, and Niort la Rochelle (connected to Vélodyssée) Vélo Francette has over 600 kms of cycling paths from Normandie to the Atlantic Ocean ! It runs along rivers, through charming cities, and villages in the lovely French countryside.
Coming soon : Véloroute V92, connecting Charente-Maritime to Dordogne from Cabariot to Exideuil, via Saintes, Cognac, Angoulême and Marthon.
Other itineraries, such as « la Charente à Vélo », and local loops, particularly in Cognac country, as well as Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron, specially marked for cycling, with hundreds of kilometres of safe, marked paths that are flat and ideal for families!