Publié le : 06/29/2022 18:47:08
Catégories : La Vélodyssée
Thanks to our bike rental service, take the Nantes-Bordeaux section of the famous Vélodyssée by bike! Between pine forests, small fishing villages, salt marshes and the ocean, these more than 700 kilometers of cycling will never cease to amaze you.
And to make sure you don't miss a thing, Paulette gives you a few tourist gems not to be missed along your descent on the Atlantic Coast.
If you want to know more about this route and not miss anything on your cycling adventure along the Velodyssey, go here !
1. The Loire Estuary
As you cycle away from the hustle and bustle of Nantes city centre, you head towards Saint-Nazaire on this estuary which will soon take your mind off the daily grind; nature, peace and tranquillity will reign as you cycle along the river.
Located on the Côte de Jade, Pornic is a little jewel with an air of Brittany; stroll along the Old Port, visit its castle, find a small cove for a lunch break, then go for a digestive walk along the coastal path!
3. Mimosa Island or Noirmoutier Island
You are in the Vendée! The must-see of this stage is the island of Noirmoutier, with its salt marshes, its oyster ports and its blue and white houses. You can get there thanks to the Gois passage, a long walk of 4.2 kilometres accessible at low tide. Join the island by bike and discover its authentic landscapes as you pedal. Take a break to visit the salt marshes and the Port Ostréicole du Bonhomme.
4. Les Sables d'Olonnes
Enjoy this stage as you cycle through the idyllic landscapes of the Côte de Lumière; forests, beaches, marshes, and all with an incredible view of the sea.
Take time to drop off your bikes and stroll through Le Remblai, then head into the pretty streets of the Vendée Globe village.
5. The Payré Estuary
Along the stage from Les Sables d'Olonnes to La Tranche Sur Mer, discover an island landscape full of biodiversity. Prepare your picnic beforehand and enjoy a lunch break on the beach of Le Veillon to observe all the fauna and flora that this natural jewel offers.
6. The Ile de Ré loop
This is an unmissable stage; with over 130 kilometres of flat cycle paths, the island of Ré is a heavenly place to stop off on your cycling adventure. Without forcing yourself, visit this sumptuous piece of land with its green and white colours.
Discover a condensed version of the Charente-Maritime by stopping off at Royan. Take a break on one of its marvellous fine sandy beaches, taste the famous oysters of the Marennes-Oleron basin directly in one of the oyster huts, try a new water sport...
8. Arcachon bay
Discover the ocean in a new way by visiting the Arcachon bay. Pedal quietly under the shade of the pines and take the time to discover its landscaped beaches, its charming little villages, its "cabanes tchanquées" and its oyster ports.
9. The Dune of Pilat
You will have admired it from afar during your stay in the Arcachon basin, but you can also reach it by bike! Don't venture out on your bike, but take the time to climb to the top to admire the panorama it offers over the entire basin.
10. "Château Margaux"
Combine cycling and wine tourism in the best possible way by stopping at the famous Chateau Margaux. Visit the vineyards of the first classified Grand Cru and discover the history and specificities of the appellation.