France is a country that is extremely enthusiastic about cycling
and they have made it ever so easy to explore the countryside, old and pretty villages
plus cities on two wheels, with dedicated cycle paths and routes.
The rich heritage, extraordinary landscapes and the gastronomic delights can all be
appreciated more whilst cycling, especially because of the extensive national network of
veloroutes, as they are known.
These will take you along canal towpaths, quiet country lanes and converted railway lines
as well as getting you into the heart of the countryside by using voies vertes, also known
as green ways, which are specially designated tracks that are completely shut to motorised
The Brittany area is ideal for a family cycling holiday, as the coastal routes along the
bays are reasonably flat, making the trip easier, whereas the Loire is more undulating,
yet fabulous chateaux and riverside towns will enthral you on your travels.
The Poitou-Charentes area is an excellent choice for
those who love wildlife and bird watching, as the area is still extremely rural, even
compared to some of the other areas in France.
Burgundy is a great place to cycle along the many canal paths,
yet the Dordogne is extremely picturesque and from the river and gorges through to forests
and vineyards, this area provides such a diversity you will enjoy the whole experience
from the start to finish of your holiday.
You can even hire your cycle en route from one of many locations-velos that line the major
Or if you prefer to have your trip organised then why not let the hoteliers transport your
luggage by finding establishments that offer an "accueil velo" which are hotels and bed and breakfasts that cater specifically for
cycling holidays throughout France.
There are also companies who will organise a cycling holiday specifically to your needs,
such as combining wine tasting and gourmet meals or lazing on a beach and other family
orientated activities, through to visiting medieval towns and museums. For the more
adventurous adding in kayaking and horse riding amongst other activities can also be added
in between the cycling.
And with a cycling holiday organised for you, there is no need to worry about where you
will stop for a break or lunch or where you will be staying, which means you do not have
to have your panniers full to the brim. All your belongings are transported on for
you, ready and waiting for when you arrive at your next stop. Plus if you decide to
add in other activities as well, then your bikes will be transported to your next stop and
you will be picked up at a specified location, ready for an evening of relaxation whilst
experiencing the traditional French food and wine.
There are such a variety of things to see and places to explore on a cycling holiday in
France, and at least you can work off all that over indulging from the fine French food!