Top 10 des circuits à vélo en France
You may not make a real Tour de France, but these bike lanes are the promise of beautiful walks. greenways, small hidden roads, haul roads or road wine … there are many ways to make your Grande Boucle to you!
1. Green Bike-path of the Two Seas Canal (Tarn-et-Garonne)
Lamagistère in Montech, the Tarn-et-Garonne is crossed by the greenway closed to motorized vehicles. Consisting of the Garonne Canal from Bordeaux to Toulouse , and the Canal du Midi, between the Rose City and the sea, it connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean. Set and secure , this trail is dotted with locks and shady plane trees . It also has the advantage to skirt many architectural splendors , including Moissac and its canal bridge which spans the Tarn, Abbey Belleperche or the Gascon country house Auvillar.
By sending your request to the site www.canal-et-voie-verte.comYou can receive free maps of the canal and the greenway.
2. Crossing Landes
It is good to go for a walk, in the morning, breathing in the smell of pine … hard to escape, the Landes , the flat landscapes are one of the regions of France that have the highest number of kilometers bike path . It is even possible to connect Tarnos in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, in the Pointe de Grave, on the northern tip of the Médoc on 380 km of tracks tarred. Often located in the forest at the back of the first row of dunes , trails along the ocean and serve most of the resorts in the sector.
The website for cycle routes and greenways in France (www.af3v.org) Identifies the main cycling routes of France.
3. Trail strong Strasbourg (Alsace)
Between 1871 and 1918 the Germans built around Strasbourg 19 strong — now 16 in France and 3 in Germany — as well as shelters and bunkers to replace defensive belts Specklin Vauban and they considered obsolete. A bike path already linked some of these works, but since 2011, the circle is complete: the bucolic » track strong «, with a length of 85 km, along the canals, crossed the Rhine, cools in forests and reserves Natural and winds through the hills and villages around the city.
For a few hours, the pocket plan (www.otstrasbourg.fr), Head of the Museum of Modern Art, along the Bruche canal towards Eckbolsheim, then follow the trail to Reichstett. Back along the Marne-Rhine Canal (about 35 km).
4. Route of the Loire Valley
Nevers to the Atlantic, the route » Loire by bike » follows the river on 800 km. Between bike paths and small quiet roads , it invites to discover castles and gardens, towns and villages, wines and gastronomy. The most beautiful part spans 280 km between Sully-sur-Loire (Loiret) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire). In this region of the Loire Valley registered in World Heritage of Unesco , the action of nature and of man consists of extraordinary landscapes : lush islands and sandbanks in summer, in winter flooded meadows, beautiful houses tufa , hillsides planted with vineyards or dug troglodyte settlement.
- For more details, visit www.loireavelo.fr. For the most enduring: the Loire by bike route is part of Eurovelo 6, the cycle route from the Atlantic to the Black Sea.
5. Greenways Brittany
The greenways are a wonderful mesh composed of towpaths of canals and rivers, abandoned railways and forest trails. Browse them by bicycle or why not by foot, on skates or riding as long as the coating tracks permits, and discover the Brittany center miles away from any form of modern agitation. In total, there are nearly 800 km of cycle routes and greenways , including 500 without any traffic. Eventually, the network will extend over 2000 km.
An interactive map is available online on the site velo.tourismebretagne.com
6. vineyards of Entre-Deux-Mers (Gironde)
The Entre-Deux-Mers , hills and valleys region between the Dordogne and Garonne , includes many marked trails open to mountain bikes or bikes. Some ask a day, others one week. Rich wine appellations, countries Creon, Cadillac and Saint-Macaire conceal treasures architecturau x and houses that are worth stopping there, including Cadillac, Monsegur, Sauveterre-de-Guyenne and Sainte-Foy-la- great. Beware of steep trails and clay soils, impassable after rain. And attention to the drop-in tastings if you want to keep a good pedal stroke!
The tourist office of the Entre-deux-Mers, based in Monsegur, offers a «Walk with Bacchus.» This two-day tour and a night starts at Cadillac and drove in several wine castles (€ 119 per person ; www.entredeuxmers.com).
7. slopes of Alpe d’Huez (Isère)
If there was a cycling capital, it would definitely be the Alpe d’Huez ! Besides the 21 bends leading to the Isère resort, traveled each year by many cyclists from exercising their calves on this mythical climb of the Tour de France , the resort also has a large area where mountain biking is king. Open to both beginners and experts, 37 marked trails are accessible via several cable cars. In total, the ATV space more than 260 km of trails and unpaved, which descends through forests, meadows and majestic mountains.
The track of the Mégavalanche among the longest in the world: 32 km of continuous descent from the snow of the glacier (www.alpedhuez.com).
8. Lakes Region (Jura)
If the Jura discovered very walkable, it is also a prime destination for mountain bike tours . Several marked routes of different levels punctuate the department. The circuit » 93 Red «, 24 km, takes you to the discovery of the Lakes Region . Since the Great Lake of Clairvaux, the route joins the lake Vouglans that runs along for a while, then goes back to the Petit Lac, north before ending its loop bypassing the Grand Lake by the other side. Points spectacular views guaranteed!
The guide to the Jura mountain bike is in all tourist offices of the department (www.juralacs.com).
9. Routes du Luberon (Vaucluse)
Seasoned or novice cyclists, alone or with family, lovers, sports and culture lovers: on 235 km of routes circling the Luberon, you will find your happiness. Cavaillon to Apt, through the mountains of Vaucluse and the Petit and Grand Luberon, Forcalquier up near the mountain of Lure, the course is set on quiet roads , parts in greenways . Perched villages, rugged cliffs, Colorado Provencal, hillside vineyards and lavender fields: in the park recognized biosphere reserve by Unesco , stopovers are as beautiful and varied.
Route signposted in both directions. Downloadable Mapwww.pnrpaca.org
10. Tour of Lake Annecy (Haute-Savoie)
Of 42 km, around the lake of Annecy on two wheels is a classic to discover the typical alpine mountains that surround its clear waters. Average level, the course is generally realized in the direction of clockwise, starting with the east bank to roll toward the water. You walk along and enjoy the lake and beautiful corners of swimming . Au Bout-du-Lac, you then reach the Green Lane , fitted west bank of an old railway line, which will take you gently to the heart of the old town.
The vertical drop of 500 meters also makes it more pragmatic route in the direction Annecy / Veyrier-du-Lac / Menthon Saint-Bernard / Talloires / Bout-du-Lac / Duingt / Saint-Jorioz / Sévrier / Annecy.
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