Great spots for a cycling holiday in France

Whatever terrain you prefer, cyclists are spoilt for choice with Canvas. That’s one of the best things about a camping holiday, you can stay in lovely rural spots where there are plenty of cycle paths just a stones throw away. Our Côte d’Azur sites are ideal for mountain bikers, or if you prefer more leisurely adventures, our sites in the Loire Valley offer gentle cycling on a wonderful network of marked cycle routes.

Loire Valley

Chateau Chambor

See the famous Châteaux of the Loire

When people think of cycling in France their minds turn almost automatically to the Loire Valley. Discover a lush green land of gently undulating countryside with rich vineyards, interspersed with charming towns and magnificent fairy-tale châteaux. The region is ideally suited for cycling, offering a wonderful variety of history and culture which is easily toured by bike on cycle paths, tracks and quiet roads.

An impressive network of 800km of cycle tracks knows as the Loire à Vélo run for the most part alongside the Loire River, stretching out westwards to the Atlantic Coast. The signed trails are designed for cyclists of all levels and are made up of quiet country roads and purpose built tracks.

The Dordogne

Roque Gageac Village

Roque Gageac, Dordogne

Imagine a region of cliff-lined rivers cutting through fields of sunflowers, oak and walnut woods, and peaceful roads winding through tiny medieval villages. Combine this with a rich prehistoric heritage and superb cuisine – the Dordogne really does have it all.

The area is extremely popular with cyclists, who make use of the quiet, unexplored back roads and tracks as well as the car-free ‘Piste Cyclable’ which runs south-east from Sarlat to the river Dordogne. The several off-shoots of the path allow you to tailor your journey’s length. The region offers pleasant, relaxed cycling with long views of rolling hills, fortified towns and cliff-top castles. There are plenty of companies in the area that hire out bicycles, mountain-bikes, children’s bicycles, children’s seats and even tandems.

Brittany

Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel by day

Located in the north western corner of France, Brittany has a diverse landscape, with a rugged northern coastline, sophisticated beach resorts in the south and beautiful islands to explore.

The region is one of the most distinctive and beautiful in France, with a unique character and an intriguing history. Bordered by the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, it is gently warmed by the Gulf Stream, giving it a very mild climate – perfect for cyclists. Whether you are a touring cyclist or a mountain biker there is something here for you.

There are several cycling paths and mountain bike routes crossing forests, woods and along lakesides. Away from the main roads, there is a cycle network consisting of velo-routes that link various towns and departments in the region – allowing easy exploration of the rich flora, fauna and historic heritage. Cyclists can also make use of traffic-free lanes known as voies vertes, which follow the routes of canal towpaths, river valleys and disused railway lines.

Côte d’Azur

Nice from Colline du Chateau

Views over Nice

The Côte d’Azur is the Mediterranean coastline of the south eastern corner of France. Known as the Riviera, this is a diverse region of uninterrupted stretches of golden beaches and sheltered coves, interspersed with traditional fishing villages and cosmopolitan resorts as well as tranquil hilltop villages.

Cycling in the Côte d’Azur awards you the chance to ride some of the most scenic, challenging and cycle friendly mountain roads in the world. Avid cyclists will love the challenging cycling which lies behind the Riviera with varied terrain including impressive mountain climbs, gorges, plateaus and spectacular waterfalls. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, the coastal roads through pretty resorts give you the chance to admire the stunning azure blue waters and soak up the Mediterranean sunshine.

 

 

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