Cycling in France

There are many reasons why France is the number 1 holiday destination in the world... picturesque towns, sprawling vineyards, magnificent rivers, impressive chateaus… the list goes on.

Combine this with the French passion for cycling, starting with the development in Paris of the first 'pedal' cycle in the early 1860s, and Le Tour de France capturing the imagination of cyclists around the world every year. How can a cyclist resist France?

In our view, exploring the country on two wheels provides the complete sensory experience, and one that the whole family can enjoy. You can set your own pace and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells that the land has to offer.

Unsurprisingly, France is well set up for viewing by bicycle, with dedicated cycle paths all over the country supplementing the vast network of quiet back roads.

Cycling in the Charente (16)

The Charente has something for all cyclists – whether you want to take a cycling tour through beautiful traditional French villages or simply cycle to the boulangerie for your daily baguette!

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Cycling in the Charente Maritime (17)

The Charente Maritime is one of Frances hidden gems… so popular with French people it is known as the real French Riviera.

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Cycling in the Deux-Sevres (79)

The Deux-Sevres region stretches from the gateway to the Loire in the North, to the 'Green Venice' in the South.

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Cycling in the Dordogne (24)

The Dordogne region, nestled between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees, is also known by its ancient name of ‘Perigord’.

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Cycling in the Gironde (33)

The Gironde department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-west France is famous for its Bordeaux wine growing regions, magnificent Atlantic beaches and expanses of pine forests.

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Cycling in the Haute-Vienne (87)

Nestled in the heart of France, the Haute-Vienne is one of the most rural and unspoilt regions of the country.

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Cycling in the Var (83)

The Var is part of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region in south eastern France, famous for its Mediterranean seaside resorts contrasting with its hilltop villages and vineyards.

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Cycling in the Vendee (85)

The Atlantic coastal region of the Vendee in the Pays de la Loire, is renowned for its stunning sandy beaches and fashionable resorts.

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Cycling in the Vienne (86)

Named after the majestic river that runs through it, the Vienne region of Poitou Charentes offers cyclists contrasting landscapes, and an abundance of cultural heritage.

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