The bike in France is strongly developed in recent years. There are now many greenways developed for cyclists , cities are equipped with bike lanes and bicycle rental system.
We are going in this article to discover some of the most beautiful French destinations for cyclists !
Greenways in France
A stay in Côte d’Or
The greenways of the Côte d’Or, in the heart of Burgundy will allow you to walk along the Burgundy Canal through Tonnerre, Montbard, the historic site of Alesia.
A path suitable for bikes allows you to continue to Dijon where you can visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy and the archaeological museum in the former Abbey Saint-Benigne. You will also be able to embark on the path of vineyards , marked out from Beaune to Santenay.
The Lubéron by bike
There are also green ways in the Lubéron which allow to discover the regional natural park and its magnificent reliefs between solid and massive such as the massifs of Petit and Grand Luberon, the mountains of Vaucluse, the valley of the Durance and the quarries of Ocher of Roussillon . You can stop in the cities of Cavaillon, Mérindol, Apt, Forcalquier, Manosque to discover the architectural heritage and agricultural wealth of these territories.
The Landes and Tarn-et-Garonne
You can discover the beautiful Romanesque cloister in Moissac, along the Garonne . You will also be able to visit the city of Montauban and its Ingres museum, its superb national place and its old-medieval bridge.
A cycling trip in the Landes will be an opportunity to travel from Bayonne to Arcachon along the Atlantic coast . This exceptional trail will allow you to discover beautiful landscapes and enjoy your breaks in the water. Roads inland go through Roquefort, Dax and Mont-de-Marsan.
There are 800 km of cycle paths in the Vendée along the coast and forming an inland loop. You will be able to go from Sables d’Olonne to La Baule via Noirmoutier and Pornic. You can also stop at La Roche sur Yon or Nantes.
Cities equipped with bicycles for your city walks
If you do not necessarily travel by bike, but once you arrive in town, you appreciate the walks in the center and around, know that more and cities are equipped with bike rental systems such as those we know to Lyon and Paris. Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Toulouse also have a system of loan of bicycles whose modalities and rates vary according to each city. These cities are generally rich in cycle paths to facilitate your movements.
Traveling by train with your bike
If you want to travel with your bike without making the whole trip by pedaling, it is possible to take your bike on board some trains in France. Nevertheless all the trains are not equipped, it will be necessary to choose your departure time according to the trains equipped with special cabin for bicycles . It will also be necessary to reserve your place because there are only 4 bike places in general. In the Ter, this service is free, however in the TGV, it will cost ten euros . On the other hand, if your bike can fold and carry in a big bag, the transport by train will be free.
There is a new regulation of the European Union which states that in principle bicycles can travel on all European long-distance trains . For example, you can bring your bike into the Eurostar if you are going to London. In the European Union, German and Belgian trains are particularly well equipped. Each national transport network has different rates and booking conditions.
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