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Our best cycling ideas in La Rochelle

Une cycliste regardant le vieux Port de La Rochelle
Francis Giraudon

With more of 230 km bike lane in the area, La Rochelle is definitely a bike city lovers ! Are you ready to discover our best cycling ideas around La Rochelle ? Let's go 

1) Gentle bike ride in La Rochelle

And if we decide to visit La Rochelle differently ?Once all the tribe equipped with helmets and good bikes, go to discover the most beautiful sites of La Rochelle! If the three medieval towers of the Old Port deserve a stop and a few photos, then step into the cobbled streets to soak up the soul of La Rochelle ...

Kamel Lahmadi

The essential of the circuit: On Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, take a trip to Les Halles de La Rochelle. A real institution for Rochelais who come to stock up on fresh products: it will be perfect to prepare your picnic break!

2) Smell the sea spray on the littoral way with bike 

Escape the half-day of La Rochelle to discover the coastal path! Depart from the emblematic old port of La Rochelle and ride at your own pace on the 16 km of the greenway that will take you to Esnandes.

Walk along the wild coast of the coast to discover the typical landscapes of the Charente-Maritime ... direction the Bay of Aiguillon to take full eyes. From the Pointe Saint Clément to the cliffs of Pertuis, you will discover exceptional marine panoramas, it is also an opportunity to admire the famous traditional squares!

The inevitable of the circuit: See you at the beginning of autumn at the National Reserve of the bay of the sting. This is the best time to observe migratory birds!

3) Vélodyssée 

Running along the Atlantic coast for nearly 1200 km, the Vélodyssée is the French section of EuroVélo, Europe's largest cycle route! ! Are you ready to fight? Prepare yourself to travel the 275 km between Bordeaux and La Rochelle for a cycling adventure that you are ready to forget ... Bordeaux vineyards oysters of Marenne, you will enjoy throughout the course a breathtaking view of the sea. Atlantic Ocean…

Stop in the typical villages of the coast and meet local producers: enough to stock up on supplies before heading back on the road!

Last stop, La Rochelle, the time for you to put your bikes and make a good sea bath: the ideal to recover from your trip!

The "Accueil Vélo ©" brand:
On the Route des Véloroutes, tourist accommodation, bicycle rental companies, Tourist Offices and visitor and leisure sites are labeled "Accueil vélo ©". They meet criteria of reception, equipment, services and proximity adapted to your needs by bike.

Panneau Accueil vélo

The inevitable of the circuit:: Visit l’Aquarium de La Rochelle, one of the most biggest Aquarium in Europe
Aquarium La Rochelle
Quai Louis Prunier
17000 La Rochelle

4) Vélo Francette

Less known than its big sister Velodyssey, the Vélo Francette is a 600 km route that runs between Rouen and La Rochelle. For a trip to two, choose the section Marsans - La Rochelle for 26 km of road between countryside and marsh.
Ride your bike against a boat for a country walk in the marshes of Poitevin. A unique ride for nature lovers!

Direction then the Marans's Canal  which will take you on the appearance of the first railroads, before joining the Port of Minimes in La Rochelle.

The inevitable of the circuit: : take a meal to the Villa Blanche

La Villa Blanche
62 avenue du Lazaret, port des Minimes
17000, La Rochelle

5) Gourmet escape in bike at Châtelaillon-Plage 

Between La Rochelle and Châtelaillon, take one of the most pleasant stages of the Vélodyssée. Go on a bike ride and travel the 14 km that separate the two cities. The opportunity to discover the charming seaside resort of Chatelaillon-Plage and its villas Belle-Epoque style before heading to the village of Boucholeurs.



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The inevitable of the circuit: Eat oysters and meet Fanny and Fabrice at Saveurs Nacrées 

Saveurs Nacrées
34 rue du Port
17340 Yves

6)  Get oxygenated at Re Island by bike 

For a natural parenthesis, nothing better than getting on your bike to enjoy the 115 km of bike paths on Ré Island. Between swamps, vineyards and beaches of fine sand, pedal smoothly on roads accessible to all. Make a stop in Saint-Martin-de-Ré to enjoy a good ice cream with sea view or pedal to the ocean beach of the Conche des Baleines. A must for a bike ride when you come to La Rochelle!  

The inevitable of the circuit: : Take an Ice Crean In La Martinière.

La Martinière
17 Quai de la Poithevinière
17410 Saint-Martin-de-Ré

Practical information: 

Where rent a bike in la Rochelle ? 

Bike itinerary