France’s must-see cycling routes for a breathtaking journey

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Discover France’s not-to-be-missed cycling itineraries for a breathtaking journey.

If you don’t know where to go for your next vacation, think of our beautiful country. France has a rich and varied heritage that’s well worth a visit. And what better way to discover Navarre off the beaten track than by bike? Local tourism and mobility are the perfect combo for eco-responsible travel. Accompanied by your MyNomade virtual guide and your two-wheeled mount, you’ll be ready to hit the roads of France’s beautiful regions.

And you can pedal with peace of mind, because your responsible tour operator, Nomade Aventure, has thought of all the logistics: booking charming hotels, luggage transfers, and providing bikes with everything you need. Are you convinced? Then follow the guide and discover France’s must-see cycling itineraries for a breathtaking trip.

Good to know: these trips can be customized. You can entrust your desires to Nomade Aventure with your eyes closed, and we’ll design a tailor-made trip for you.

A cycling adventure from Brittany to Normandy

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  • Duration: 6 days
  • 🚲 Distance to cover: approx. 191 km
  • Level of difficulty: easy
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  • 💙 We love: the scent of sea spray and iodized air during the cycling stages: a total change of scenery.

Our first cycling itinerary in France will take you along the Vélomaritime, from Saint-Malo to Mont-Saint-Michel. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be immersed in the Bigouden atmosphere as you discover the corsair town of Saint-Malo. Climb the ramparts and smell the sea spray.

Then get on your bikes and explore the medieval city of Dinan, the Chateaubriand mansion at Combourg or the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey, the highlight of the show. It’s a plunge into French history that awaits you!

Nature lovers will not be outdone. From the beauty of Brittany’s hedged farmlands to the majesty of Normandy’s bay, they’ll be in for a real treat. Each stage of this cycling adventure is no longer than 60 km. So you’ll have plenty of time to appreciate the rich ornithological heritage of the Couesnon valley. A change of scenery guaranteed!

Cycling and camping in the Loire Valley

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  • Duration: 8 days
  • 🚲 Distance to cover: approx. 285 km
  • Level of difficulty: easy
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  • 💙 We love: being able to experience a real fairytale as you wander through the maze of the Loire castles.

From Blois to Saumur, this cycling itinerary in France will take you through a real fairytale. Armed with your Pass Royal, you’ll ride through the corridors and gardens of the Loire Valley’s most famous châteaux: Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceau, Amboise, Villandry and more. You’ll walk in the footsteps of the greatest kings of France, Leonardo da Vinci and… Tintin.

France’s last wild river, the Loire offers a wealth of scenery along its greenways: unspoilt islets, vineyards, wildlife – everything you need for a complete change of scenery. After all that pedaling, take a break in one of the guinguettes on the banks of the Loire.

For a royal stay, royal accommodations. For your utmost comfort, Nomade Aventure has selected campsites with the « accueil vélo » label. They offer all the facilities and services required by cyclists.

When it comes to organization, your tour operator has thought of everything, including the « Nomade camping kit ». You’ll have at your disposal all the equipment you need for your well-being as a camper: sleeping bag, ultra-light tent, mattress, stove, etc.

From the Pink City to the Mediterranean on two wheels

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  • Duration: 7 days
  • 🚲 Distance to cover: about 250 km
  • Level of difficulty: easy
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  • 💙 We like: being able to follow the Canal du Midi from end to end

This cycling itinerary in France smells of the South! We’ll meet you in Toulouse to hand over your bike and travel log. But don’t leave too soon – the Pink City is well worth a visit. You won’t want to miss out on such must-sees as the Place du Capitole and the church of Saint-Sernin.

Get on your bikes and discover the treasures of the Canal du Midi. The impressive walled city of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is well worth a visit. The same goes for Béziers and Sète, home of Georges Brassens. End your adventure with a Mediterranean dip in the sea. And don’t forget to make a stopover in Castelnaudary, where the cassoulet is absolutely delicious!

Throughout your trip, you’ll stay in charming hotels that are used to welcoming cyclists. Don’t hesitate to ask your hosts about activities in the area, and they’ll be happy to help.

La vélodyssée and the Canal des Deux Mers on pedals

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  • Duration: 8 days
  • 🚲 Distance to cover: approx. 280 km
  • Level of difficulty: easy
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  • 💙 We love: exploring unusual places like the Fouras peninsula

The main stages of this cycling itinerary in France will take you to Rochefort, Royan and its Belle-Époque villas, Blaye and its Vauban citadel, and Bordeaux and its Cité du Vin.

But to start your adventure, head for La Rochelle. And why not think about taking the train to the departure towns for these itineraries? The stations are very well served. This makes it possible to travel with a low carbon footprint right from the start.

Your journey along the Vélodyssée and the Canal des Deux Mers will be littered with little places that are a must-see. Take the time to stop off at the Fouras peninsula or Talmont sur Gironde, voted « Most Beautiful Village in France ». And don’t forget the gastronomic stops where you can sample Marennes oysters or a glass of fine Médoc wine.

You’ll easily find these unusual places thanks to your MyNomade guide. It will be at your side to guide you throughout your journey. This GPS-equipped application lists all the useful addresses for you. It will be your best ally for discovering regional treasures.

A colorful itinerary along the Basque coast

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  • Duration: 9 days
  • 🚲 Distance to cover: approx. 360 km
  • Level of difficulty: easy
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  • 💙 We love: cycling holidays close to nature

Between the Landes forest, wooded dunes and wild beaches such as Le Porge Océan, your cycling odyssey between Bordeaux and the Basque coast will be filled with nature. Don’t forget to climb the Dune du Pilat, where an exceptional panorama of the Banc d’Arguin and the Bassin d’Arcachon awaits you.

But this cycling itinerary in France will also be marked by the discovery of the terroir. You won’t want to miss a tasting at Château Margaux, one of France’s most renowned vineyards. Gourmets will be tempted by Basque cake or Bayonne chocolate. Don’t forget to pack some Espelette chilli pepper in your bags!

After discovering the chic resorts of Cap-Ferret, Biscarosse and Vieux-Boucau, your adventure ends in Biarritz, the surfing capital of France. The perfect opportunity to swap your bike for a surfboard.

This itinerary is accessible to all levels. However, as with all the tours proposed in this article, Nomade Aventure offers you the possibility of experiencing them on an electrically-assisted bike if you wish.

Discover Burgundy on the greenways

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  • Duration: 5 days
  • 🚲 Distance to cover: approx. 225 km
  • Level of difficulty: easy
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  • 💙 We love: discovering Burgundy’s architectural and gastronomic wealth

Burgundy, a multi-faceted region, will surprise and amaze you with its rich heritage. Let’s start with gastronomy. Nuits Saint George, Hautes Côtes de Beaune and Côte de Nuits are all appellations that are bound to speak to you. Burgundy is, in fact, a land of renowned vineyards. These grape varieties are the perfect accompaniment to a good beef bourguignon.

But this region also abounds in natural and cultural sites, each more beautiful than the last. Your journey will take you to the Morvan regional nature park, with its lush green landscapes, the medieval town ofArnay le Duc and Autun. This city of art and history was founded by the emperor Augustus and has preserved some impressive Roman remains.

Thanks to your Nomade Pass, you’ll have access to some of the most emblematic tours of the Burgundy region. Discover the Hospices de Beaune with its distinctive roofs, and visit the châteaux of Clos de Vougeot and Châteauneuf-en-Auxois. But your precious pass also includes a tasting in the 14th-century cellars of the Chassagne-Montrachet estate.

As you can see, Nomade Aventure’s made-to-measure bike tours are designed to meet all your needs, whether you’re a sportsman, a cultural heritage enthusiast, a gourmet or all three. So, which one do you want to start with? Tell us in comments