Our favourite cycle routes in France (1)

If the fine weather is making your legs tingle and you want to get your head out of the handlebars, get in the saddle! In the land of the Tour de France, there is no shortage of beautiful escapes. 22,800 km of cycle routes and greenways, 5,500km of regional tourist routes, 3,000 road and mountain bike circuits invite you to enjoy gentle pedalling as a couple, with your family or with friends. In the countryside, along a canal, by the sea, in the vineyards or in the mountains, from Northern France to the Côte d'Azur, from Brittany to Alsace... here's a small selection of the most beautiful tours and detours for discovering France by bike.

From Paris to the Mont-Saint-Michel with the Véloscénie

Linking Notre-Dame de Paris, ground zero of the roads of France, to the marvellous perched abbey of the Mont-Saint-Michel by crossing the Chevreuse Valley, the hills of the Perche and Maine regions and then the Normandy hedgerows... This is what promises you a great show! Over 450km of signposted routes, you will come across the history of France and some of its most beautiful monuments, such as the Château de Versailles and the sublime cathedral of Chartres. Via pretty greenways and quiet roads, the Véloscénie is certainly one of the most beautiful bike rides starting from Paris. So take your time!

La Véloscénie (External link)

From the peaks of the Alps to the banks of the Rhône, in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

With Mont Blanc in their sights, the most athletic will tackle the legendary passes of the Alps like the riders of the Tour de France. Electric assistance is not forbidden but beware, the Grandes Alpes Route by bike is not something you can improvise! With a slightly gentler relief, the Auvergne and its old volcanoes are easy on the calves. Old railway lines that have been converted into greenways, such as the Via Fluvia between the Loire and the Rhône, and the Dolce Via, 90km through the heart of the wild landscapes of Ardèche, are a delight to stroll along. From Lyon, capital of the region and food capital of France, the banks of the Rhône can be enjoyed along the ViaRhôna. Don't miss the section between Vienne Condrieu and the Île du Beurre nature reserve. Roman remains, terraced vineyards of the famous AOC Côte-Rôtie and verdant orchards make the miles go by with ease.

The ViaRhôna (External link)
The Route des Grandes Alpes (External link)
The Via Fluvia (External link)
The Dolce Via (External link)
The Voie Bleue (External link)

Between vineyards and canals in Burgundy-Franche-Comté

There's no better way to explore Burgundy, its vineyards and its climats, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015, than on two wheels. Between vineyards and canals, gentle hills, art cities and villages with world-famous appellations, bucolic greenways and flat towpaths bring the Tour de Bourgogne within pedal range. One route among others? From Auxerre to Dijon, the Burgundy canal is a royal road, a blue thread running for 215km past chateaux, locks, cellars and remarkable sites, such as Alesia and the Pouilly vault, as well as the green valley of the Ouche.

Visit Burgundy by bike (External link)
The Tour de Bourgogne à Vélo (External link)

Refreshing pedalling in Brittany

Small ports, large lighthouses, capes, cliffs, dunes, beaches... Cycling along the Breton coastline offers a great breath of fresh air. From Roscoff, from the Abers region and the beautiful Finistère, you can cycle a section of the Vélomaritime to the Mont-Saint-Michel. Via the Pink Granite Coast and the spectacular Capes d'Erquy and Fréhel, Brittany has a lot to offer. But it also has some nice surprises inland, along its canals and former railway lines that have been converted into greenways. The Nantes-Brest Canal, with its flower-filled lock houses and peaceful stops around Lake Guerlédan, is a favourite. The Ille et Rance canal is also the best way to get to Saint-Malo and Dinard in complete peace and quiet.

The Vélomaritime (External link)
The canals by bike (External link)
The Nantes-Brest Canal (External link)

Find out more about routes or themes across several regions, in particular the Vélo & Fromages label:

France Vélo Tourisme (External link)
The Accueil Vélo label (External link)
Fédération française de cyclotourisme (External link)
The Vélo & Fromages label