Publié le : 01/21/2022 18:35:10
Catégories : La Vélodyssée
Points of interest along the Vélodyssée, from Nantes to Bordeaux
La Vélodyssée takes you to towns of character to discover an exceptional heritage ! Follow us and we'll show you what there is to discover !
You can't miss a visit to the city of the Dukes ! A tip to not miss anything? Follow the green line set up by the Tourist Office! It passes by the main points of interest of the city. Discover the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral, the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, the medieval district of Bouffay, the Apothecaries' house, the Place du Change, the streets of Juiverie, Bâclerie, Sainte-Croix street and many others! Take a walk along the banks of the Loire and stop to taste one of the specialties of the region: the petit beurre, the curé nantais or the muscadet.
The Loire estuary
You will see it after several kilometers of cycling away from the bustle of Nantes. The intense maritime activity has given way to calm, wild and preserved places. Take advantage of this opportunity to discover a collection of contemporary works by artists from around the world on the banks of the Loire estuary!
The Marais Poitevin
From Niort, in the east, to the Bay of Aiguillon, in the west, discover an exceptional biodiversity spread over 110,000 hectares in three areas: the wet marsh, the dry marsh and the maritime marsh. This place with its many channels is home to nearly 250 species of birds, 40 species of fish, 60 species of dragonflies, 80 species of butterflies and 126 species of flowers!
Visit the terraces of its famous towers, remnants of the city's fortifications, from which you can admire the roofs of the old town, the port, as well as its boats and its channel. Stroll through the streets of the city, on the quays of the Gabut, the old fishermen's district with its colorful houses, and stroll on the Old Port while enjoying an ice cream! We also recommend you to discover the Palais de Justice, the Henri II house, and the cloisters of the Dames Blanches.
Home port of the Hermione, a former French warship, Rochefort is also home to the former royal rope factory and the arsenal. There is a lot to discover! Visit the National Navy Museum and the former Naval Medical School to learn more about this city. Finally, go and see the ferry bridge which allows to link the two banks without disturbing the maritime traffic on the Charente.
The islands of Noirmoutier, Ré and Oléron
The Vélodyssée itinerary is punctuated by numerous islands that you must discover!
- On the island of Noirmoutier you can discover its small medieval castle, which is one of the oldest in the Vendée, and the Saint-Philibert church. Stroll through the districts of Coques and Banzeau, with their lively fishermen's houses. Between ports and salt marshes, the island of mimosas has many surprises in store for you.
- The island of Ré allows you to discover a preserved nature and breathtaking landscapes from the salt marshes to the Baleines lighthouse.
- The richness of the heritage of the island of Oleron will fill your eyes! Pedal along its ports and salt marshes and go to Boyardville. It is from here that you can see and visit the famous Fort Boyard!
A city that testifies to the seaside style of the 19th century, stroll through its narrow streets, discover the museum of Royan that traces the history of the city twice destroyed and three times rebuilt. End your day with a walk by the sea, and why not a picnic with regional products?
A tourist destination renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage Site architecture, Bordeaux is a must-see! There are many things to discover: the Quinconces esplanade, the National Opera, the Place de la Bourse, the Fine Arts museum, the Saint-André cathedral, the Cité du Vin...End your day with a restaurant with good local specialties to discover the gastronomy of Aquitaine and especially its wine!
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