Loire Valley invites you to a vacation on two wheels. The region offers some of the most beautiful bike routes in France - 800 km cycling at your own pace.
When preparing your bike vacation in Loire Valley, remember to set aside time and pedal energy for the bike ride itself as well as for a ride past Amboise and its castles, the vineyards of Montlouis-sur-Loire, half-timbered houses in Tours, the gardens of Villandry, the castle of Azay-le-Rideau, the royal fortress of Chinon and other area attractions that can be easily reached on two wheels.
Loire à Vélo / Loire by bike, a unique route
In France, the Loire à Vélo was the first marked and safe bike route. The project was launched in 1995 by the regions Loire Valley and Atlantic Loire Valley (in French: Pays de la Loire) to form the western part of Eurovélo 6. This major route thus runs along three major rivers in Europe (Loire, Rhine and Danube) crossing France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.
Wine tasting and bike vacation
In addition to the castles, the Loire à Vélo bike route also takes you through several vineyards. It is obvious to add a taste of the bike vacation as well as possibly lectures and dinner in the tourist cellars Amboise, Montlouis, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon or Bourgueil!
An easy bike route, even with children!
With its flat, safe, well-marked route and many facilities, a bike vacation in the Loire caters for the whole family. From the age of 7-8, children can participate in stages of 20 to 30 kilometers a day. Of course, the little ones can also join the journey with the help of a cargo bike or bicycle trailer - and thus the opportunity to combine visits to the castles in the Loire Valley with a family bike ride. A very fun and active way to visit France and its wonderful heritage!
There are good parking facilities and train connections in the Loire Valley, so it is easy to be transported there and / or around the area by and without a bicycle. In summer, the Train Vélo Loire even allows you to take your bike on board for free: they have specially equipped carriages. For accommodation, there are campsites, hotels and guest houses along the Loire on a bike route. Many of them have the brand "Loire à Vélo / Loire by bike", which means that they have good offers for bike holiday guests, among others. transport of luggage etc.
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