France

As the home of the world’s most famous cycle race, France has long been a popular destination for cycle tourists hoping to follow in the footsteps of their heroes but perhaps at a more leisurely pace. When you consider that it also has to offer spectacular scenery, delicious food and a growing network of signed long-distance cycle routes, it is not surprising to hear that France has become the second biggest market for cycle tourism in Europe. However, with a country as large as France, there are still opportunities to find quiet rides for those who like to escape from the crowd. And with 10 different EuroVelo routes crossing France, the choice is all yours!

National Information

France Vélo Tourisme

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 1 / La Vélodyssée

La Vélodyssée is EuroVelo 1 in France. Whether you’re looking for a challenge or a leisurely cycle ride, La Velodyssée has something for everyone. Get on your bike and experience the wild beauty of a cycle route covering more than 1,200 kilometres from Roscoff, Brittany, down the Atlantic coast in Hendaye to the border with Spain. The sea is never very far away as you discover the best each region has to offer along France’s longest waymarked cycle trail.

EuroVelo 3 / La Scandibérique

The Scandibérique crosses France diagonally to offer you its most iconic landmarks: its terroirs and capital city. In France, the Scandibérique therefore invites you to discover its showcase and back kitchen. It is a trip through the heart of France, offering a discovery of the peacefulness of its valleys and glowing cities, tasting its best wines and succumb to the most beautiful jewels of its cultural and historical heritage.

EuroVelo 4 & 12 / The Vélomaritime

The "Tour de Manche" and "Petit Tour de Manche" include the English Channel Coast to double the fun. The route will take you on a discovery of the Morlaix Bay, the 'Pink Granite' coast and the Mont Saint Michel bay, have you taste some delicious britanny 'crêpes' and cider and take a few dives in the sea. This route has a variety of undulations along the way (without posing major difficulties), and gives the cyclist the chance to enjoy both sport… and contemplation.

EuroVelo 5 / Lorraine and Alsace

Coming from Saarbrücken in Germany, EuroVelo 5 returns to France into Sarreguemines. It then goes along the Sarre and Rhine-Marne canals through Sarre-Union and Saverne, around Strasbourg westward on the towpath of the Bruche canal up to Molsheim where the wine route begins all the way through Obernai, Barr, Sélestat, Ribeauville, Rouffach and Cernay. The route then turns east and finally reaches Saint-Louis, right next to Basel, Switzerland where it connects with EuroVelo 15.

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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 / Loire by Bike

The Loire à Vélo, from Saint-Nazaire to Nevers, along the Loire valley, is the most famous and prestigious cycle route in France. Two thirds of the itinerary cover a region listed as UNESCO World Heritage, and, due to its flat topography in the valley, is particularly cycling friendly, even with children.

EuroVelo 8 / France

This website, developed as part of the France Vélo Tourisme website, gives a lot of information about EuroVelo 8 - Mediterranean Route. You will find an interactive map, a division of the route in stages, a description of each section and even downloadable GPX tracks.

France on EuroVelo 17: ViaRhôna

Link between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, the ViaRhôna, the french part of the EuroVelo 17, enables the discovery of the Rhône river by bike. This 815 km long itinerary, with very little elevation, follows the shores of the Rhône and crosses 3 regions and 12 départements.

La Meuse à Vélo - EuroVelo 19

European cycle route, La Meuse à Vélo (Meuse by bike) crosses the French county (or département) of Ardennes using the greenway called the Trans-Ardennes. Running along the towpath beside the Meuse River from Remilly-Aillicourt to Givet, this cycle route was voted Véloroute de l'année (Cycle Route of the Year) in 2011. This website provides detailed information on the itinerary in France.

Maps & Guides

EuroVelo 1 / Bikeline Guide of La Vélodyssée [Verlagesterbauer]

Guide written in German and describing the 1290km of La Vélodyssée, from Brittany to the Basque Country. It includes 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 making it ideal for the handlebar bag.

EuroVelo 1: Brittany by bike - From Roscoff or Brest to Nantes [Chamina]

Guidebook written in French. From Roscoff to Nantes: 390 km of easy cycling routes along the Nantes-Brest Canal with its 238 locks, and an alternative 110-km route from Brest to Carhaix. The guide includes 96 pages packed with all the information you need to prepare and carry out your trip: 24 stages entirely signed for bikes, maps on a scale of 1:100 000, places to visit, accommodation, restaurants, bike repair shops, Accueil Vélo services and ‘Bike+Train’ information.

EuroVelo 1: Brittany by bike - The canal from Nantes to Brest and La Vélodyssée [Ouest-France]

Written in French, this cycle guide to the Nantes-Brest Canal offers you more than 500 km of safe and signed cycle routes, 36 detailed maps and all the practical advice and useful addresses you need to organise your trip. From Nantes to Landévennec via the Nantes-Brest Canal, the route follows in the footsteps of the Dukes of Brittany. From Rosporden to Carhaix and from Saint-Méen-le-Grand to Questembert it goes on former railway tracks.

EuroVelo 1: From Nantes to Royan - Freewheeling the Atlantic [Ouest-France]

Guidebook written in French. 600 km of coastal tracks, all signed and traffic-free for safe cycling in the departments of Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and Charente-Maritime. The guide includes 25 detailed maps, 11 stages of between 30 and 50 km, 5 all-inclusive self-guided tours, practical advice, addresses of bike rental companies, 120 hotels, camp sites, self-catering gîtes and bed and breakfasts and the major sites to visit.

Handbook of EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route

From the source to the mouth: 1233 kilometres of cycling fun with a river view. You are looking for cyclist-friendly accommodation close to Andermatt? You are interested in seeing Düsseldorf’s sights? You fancy trying Alsatian “Flammkuchen” in Strasbourg or wine in Rhineland Palatinate or perhaps you would like to rent a bike on the Dutch coast? Step by step, or better put stage by stage, you will find all the transnational information as well as helpful tour tips and tricks.

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The Atlantic coast and the islands, from La Rochelle to Royan

EV1
@France

This beautiful cycle route starts off from the fortified port of La Rochelle, goes along the wonderful coast of the ocean. Along the way, you will pass oyster “farms”, do not hesitate to stop by to try a couple. You’ll pass by the islands of Ré, Oléron and Ile Madame. Breath-taking nature, tourist attractions, swimming spots, rich history and oyster-farming will be part of your amazing trip to Royan.

Through the Alsatian vineyards by EV5 in 5 stages

EV5
@France

We have designed you a circuit almost entirely on tracks and lanes, one Tour of Alsace which will make you discover the magnificent road wines and where you can ride in peace and security with your friends and family. Alsace has the widest bike lanes of France, we have a course where you can also discover much of the rich tourist and cultural heritage of the region such Eguisheim preferred village of France or even two pearls of the vineyards Kaysersberg and Obernai.

Pearls of the Alsace Wine Route (from Strasbourg to Basel)

EV5
@France @Switzerland

This is a particularly charming landscape for cyclists because the Alsace region has the largest length of cycle paths on offer in France. We offer you an interesting and varied, individual cycle tour through the Alsace. Allow yourself to be pampered by beautiful scenery and good food. Cycle along quiet roads and cycle paths to visit the cultural highlights. Enjoy your holiday, everything has been organised for you !

Enjoying Alsatian vineyard by the EV5 in 3 stages- Leisure

EV5
@France

We designed a course where you can discover rich tourist and cultural heritage of the region with all of its beautiful villages Obernai, Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and of course Eguisheim crowned as most beautiful village of France. The circuit ends in Colmar with its beautiful historic centre, its charming pedestrian streets and its many museums, such the Unterlinden Museum which has been beautifully restored.

Alsatian vineyard and Vosgian Piedmont on EV 5 in 3 stages – Leisure/sport

EV5
@France

You can discover rich tourist and cultural heritage of the region with all of its beautiful villages Obernai, Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and of course Eguisheim, and at the same time, you will get the opportunity to climb a few beautiful and famous mountains of the Vosgien Piedmont as the Mont Saint Odile or the "Haut-Koenigsbourg"! The beautiful journey ends in Colmar, Alsace wine capital with its beautiful historic centre.

Bike Tour Basel Speyer

EV15
@France @Germany @Switzerland

Most of the time the Rhine forms the natural border between France and Germany, between French savoir-vivre and German coziness. The past hasn't always been that peaceful, as you can see along the route, finding yourself often between former French and German fortifications. The region has nonetheless been enjoyable, passing through several historic sites - from the Swiss Basel via Freiburg to the European city of Strasbourg, by Karlsruhe to the picturesque city of Speyer and its cathedral.

Along the Meuse, from Maastricht to Sedan

EV19
@Belgium @France @Netherlands

The International Meuse Route is a bicycle route along the meandering River Meuse (or Maas as it is known in Dutch) between Maastricht in the Netherlands and the French town of Sedan which boasts Europe’s largest castle. The route is over 280 km long and incorporates the RAVeL in Belgium and the in France. It is a promise of four days of highly enjoyable cycling through the valley of the River Meuse, past castles, forts and pretty villages, surrounded by breath-taking natural beauty.

Cycle tour - Franche-Comté

EV6
@France

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

EV6
@France

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.

EuroVelo 1 from Nantes to La Rochelle on the Atlantic

EV1
@France

Your cycling holiday with Abicyclette Voyages on EuroVélo 1 - Vélodyssée. From Nantes, do not miss the "Machines de l'îles" and start riding by the Atlantic. You discover the beautiful Atlantic coast beaches, cross many small charming villages and try some great sea food restaurants. Your itinerary is made of easy cycling roads with 80% of secured cycling paths. Your final destination, La Rochelle, is perfect for celebrating this arrival with its restaurants, port and beaches.

EuroVelo 1 from Roscoff to Nantes through Brittany

EV1
@France

It is a 10-day bike trip in the calm of the French Brittany that we offer. A charming journey for all cycling lovers. Departing from Roscoff, the far north and the starting point of the EuroVelo 1 (Vélodyssée) route, you ride on easy cycle paths, canal routes and dedicated routes. On your trip, you will discover the Bon Repos abbey, Guerlédan Lake, Pontivy, Josselin castle, Redon and finally Nantes, a city with a rich cultural and industrial heritage.