The Normandy coastline with your hands on the handlebars

Along the Vélomaritime, Normandy reveals the treasures of its coastline. From your saddle, between land and sea, you'll discover unforgettable views, from the most familiar to the most unusual.

Dimension stones

It's no coincidence that Mont-Saint-Michel has been nicknamed the "Wonder of the West". To find out why it and the surrounding bay are World Heritage sites, get on your bike from Ducey (External link) . A 30km route takes you straight to the famous Benedictine Abbey. All the more reason to take to the roads on this route, which alternates between landscapes of hedged farmland and salt marshes. It's a chance to rediscover the area from a different angle, with your hands on the handlebars and your nose in the wind.

This is particularly the case at Pointe de Roche-Torin, where you can set foot on land and enjoy a beautiful, unobstructed view of Mont-Saint-Michel. It's the perfect place to take your picnic basket and fill it with some of the sweets you bought at the"Ô fil des saisons" food shop in Ducey before you set off. The shop focuses on local produce, including jams, biscuits and, of course, the inevitable Camembert cheese.

Natural history

In Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer, Seine-Maritime, an astonishing German bunker from the Second World War has fallen over backwards onto the beach, stealing the show from the sea and the cliffs. A historical curiosity, immortalised in "Visages, villages", a film directed by Agnès Varda in 2017. To mark the occasion, JR - the photographer who specialises in monumental photographic collages - affixed a portrait of the director to this large concrete block.

To go from screen to reality and discover this unique view, you'll need to take the three-hour itinerary from Dieppe to Saint-Valery-en-Caux (External link) . A little further south, still in the commune of Sainte-Marguerite, take your horse to the valleuses de Vasterival (External link) to discover another natural curiosity. These narrow valleys, which cut into the cliffs and plunge into the sea, are typical of the region. At low tide, they reveal an unusual sight. Or rather a life-size exhibition of drawings traced in the sand or on the seaweed on the rocks, bearing witness to the passage of land art enthusiasts.

Twilight of the idols

For almost two centuries, the sunsets along the Normandy coast have fascinated artists, from Impressionist painters to Instagram fans, who love to capture the golden hours at the end of the day.

The 41.6km route from Saint-Valery-en-Caux to Fécamp (External link) offers viewpoint after viewpoint, with plenty of opportunities to immortalise the famous "green ray" described by Jules Verne.

A 45-minute pedal from the Petites and Grandes Dalles - two valleys where the Empress Sissi loved to bathe - and an imperial sunset from the Sémaphore de Senneville-sur-Fécamp await you.

Another town, another era, with the Cabourg to Ouistreham Route (External link) , which takes you on a 1? hour journey across the Orne Bay to the famous town where writer Georges Simenon set the plot of his novel Le Port des brumes.

At the top of the Ouistreham lighthouse, 38 metres above the ground, it's not the fog that awaits you, but the sublime view of the Pointe du Siège nature reserve, lit up at dusk. A well-deserved reward for those who have climbed the 171 steps to the top of the lighthouse.

Getting in Normandy