EuroVelo 6, from Saint-Brevin-les-Pins to Mulhouse, following the Loire, the Saône and the Doubs, is the most famous and prestigious cycle route in France. It is divided into two sections : La Loire à Vélo and the EuroVelo 6 from Nevers to Basel. The route goes through numerous cities and villages full of a rich historical heritage, some listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

With almost 1.300 km of completely developed roads, EuroVelo 6 is one of the easiest and most pleasant in France. It connects the Atlantic to the Alsace, follows the Loire ‘à Vélo’ from the river mouth in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins passing by canals in Burgundy, the Saône and Doubs valleys, to the Rhône-Rhine Canal.

Download the full GPS tracks of EuroVelo 6 - Atlantic-Black Sea in France here for the Loire à Vélo part and here for the Nevers-Basel section, and start planning your next cycling holidays!

Public Transport and Bicycles in France

The Train Loire à Vélo offers cyclists free bike transportation between Orléans, Tours, Nantes and Le Croisic. Train to get to the Cycle Route - Loire by Bike.

National & Regional Information

France Vélo Tourisme

National EuroVelo Coordination Centre

France Vélo Tourisme is the French national website for promoting long distance cycle routes. The website has specific pages for all the 'ready-to-cycle' EuroVelo routes with maps, points of interest and other useful information.

EuroVelo 6 / France

From Nevers to Saint-Louis, the EuroVelo 6 follows the wildest part of the Loire valley, which has been listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the canals of Burgundy, the Saône Valley, and the Canal from the Rhine to the Rhône. As the route follows the course of rivers, it is generally quite flat making it ideal cycling territory for those with children.

EuroVelo 6 / The Loire by Bike

The Loire by Bike, from Saint-Brevin-les-Pins to Nevers, along the Loire valley, is the most famous and prestigious cycle route in France with 280 km listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed as an easy, family-friendly ride, the cycle route takes you through the Loire landscapes, passing through the river’s natural banks, vineyards, Loire castles, troglodyte sites, via the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park.

EuroVelo 6 / Alsace

The Alsatian section of EuroVelo 6 runs along the Rhone-Rhine canal in a resolutely boating atmosphere with its many locks and river stops, crossing Mulhouse and reaching the Trois Pays bridge and Germany.

Maps & Guides

bikeline Eurovelo 6: France East [Esterbauer Verlag]

Guide written in German and describing the 796 km along the Loire, Canal du Centre, Burgundy, Sâone, Doubs and Rhine-Rhône Canal. It includes 59 precise maps and detailed route descriptions on a scale of 1:75.000, numerous references to the cultural and tourist attractions and an extensive accommodation and services directory. A characteristic of the bikeline cycling guides is their landscape format combined with the patented spiral binding system, weatherproof and ideal for the handlebar bag.

Chamina Guide: EuroVelo 6 de Bâle à Nevers

600 km from the Rhine to the Loire, through Haute-Alsace, Franche-Comté, Burgundy... The guide : - Pages with spiral binding, easy to handle on a bicycle - Format 11.5 x 21 cm, suitable for a handlebar map holder - Clear and precise maps - Descriptions of the routes covered by the guidebook, entirely undertaken by bicycle - Maps of the main towns crossed - Good addresses for accommodation, rental companies and services - Train + bike information 2019 Edition (in French)

Chamina Guide: La Loire à Vélo de Nevers à l'Atlantique - Grands Itinéraires

The Loire Valley has inspired writers with its natural beauty, and has attracted sovereigns who have endowed it with a remarkable architectural heritage. Its mild climate and soil have produced the famous Loire wines. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 840 km of easy cycling from Nevers to Saint-Brévin-les-Pins (on the Atlantic coast). 39 fully signposted cycling stages. Good addresses, accommodation, services, "train + bike" information. (in French)

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Cycle tour - Franche-Comté


The region Franche-Comté in the eastern part of France is rich of cultural and natural heritage. Besançon with its famous bastille, is even on the World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Many small towns in the Comté region have a very rich heritage of historic treasures. But the actual reason to go on this trip is definitely the beautiful nature and the marvellous river landscapes. The peaceful cycle path EuroVelo 6 is part of this cycling trip. This holiday is also a highlight for every foodie.

Loire Valley cycling Orleans to Tours


Explore on this cycling trip the most beautiful chateaux of the Loire valley by bike: Chambord, Blois, Chaumont sur Loire, Amboise, Chenonceaux. This trip will also introduce you to Orléans and Tours (both city easy to reach from Paris), the two largest cities in the Loire Valley! The bike route is calm and flat but full of discoveries : Discover the famous loire valley vineyards such as Montlouis or Amboise and take the time to marvel at the famous gardens of Chaumont sur Loire or Chenonceaux.