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La Rochelle and coast

4 days along the Atlantic Coast from La Rochelle to Oléron Island

Your bike trip takes you along the Atlantic Coast from La Rochelle to Rochefort. From there, you ride over the last transporter bridge of France to reach the Oléron Island, savour the oysters of Marennes and discover its long fine sand beaches.

Reviews (3) :
4.67 / 5
Reference PC0401
  • Loop trip
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • From March to November
  • Minimum age 1 year
319€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • You leave the beautiful city of La Rochelle taking the bike path along the Atlantic Coast, the Vélodyssée. Through fishermen’s small harbours along fine sand beaches and dried up swamps, your bike ride leads you to Rochefort. Storks and herons fly away when you pass them.

    In Rochefort, a former royal shipyard, admire the Hermione, the three-master built with the methods of the 17th century. You take the last transporter bridge of France and continue to ride the Oléron Island.

    Savour a dish of Marennes’ oysters, your feet hanging in the water and enjoy your refreshing break. You discover the long fine sand beaches and fishermen’s villages of Oléron Island before taking the boat to return to La Rochelle.

    DAY 1

     
     
    Ride on the cycling path along the coastline through small seaside villages like Les Boucholeurs or Châtelaillon-Plage and through the marshes to Rochefort. Admire the variety of birds such as storks and herons.

    Rochefort, this "new city" desired by Louis XIV to build his dockyard, still exudes an atmosphere of the 17th century.
    You can visit the Corderie Royale, the rope factory where all the ropes for the military sailboats were made and the construction site of the Hermione, a three-masted ship rebuilt with the same techniques as in the 17th century.

    DAY 2

     
     
    Cross the Charente River on France’s last transporter bridge, now dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles.

    Meander along the bike paths of the marsh. Originally the marsh was covered by water so Brouage was built in the 16th century as a fortified port for the salt trade. The sea receded but Brouage with its over 2 kilometers long ramparts, its oyster port and its many buildings still tower over the marsh like a mirage.
    You will surely meet herons, ducks and shorebirds like the spotted redshank, but also white storks.

    Your cycle tour leads you through the marshes of the estuary to the island of Oleron.

    From the bridge, you will see Fort Boyard’s magnificent silhouette near the horizon. A splendid dish of Marennes’ oysters could close your day perfectly.

    DAY 3

     
     
    Take a day rest at the beach. Do not miss the huge and beautiful beach Gatseau hidden behind a pine forest. It is only accessible walking, biking or taking a small train.

    You can also leave for a day ride and discover the island Ile d’Oléron with its small villages, oyster ports and of course its beaches and pine forests.

    DAY 4

     
     
    A short bike ride will lead you to Boyardville through oyster farms where you will embark a boat to go back to La Rochelle.

    This small cruise lets you admire the coastside. On clear days, you can also admire the Fort Boyard.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with **/*** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in hotels with *** standards or bed & breakfasts selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary (bound A5 format) giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description


    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to La Rochelle.
    • By train: from Paris Montparnasse station, you can take a direct TGV (fast trains) to La Rochelle. The duration of the trip is about 3h15. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to La Rochelle, you can park your car in a secured car park located in the city center: parking Saint-Nicolas (rue de la Sardinerie) or parking Verdun (place Verdun). The weekly rate is about 45€.


    We advise you to park your car near the bike shop where you will pick your bikes. You can leave your car there for free.


    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located next to the train station and will be given in your travel documents.

     
  • Reviews
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    3 bike travelers reviews 4.67 / 5

    “ Vélo plaisir ”

    On the 2016-08-15 by Christophe
    Sport, détente, visites historiques, beaux paysages, gens accueillants, région adaptée aux vélos, en résumé, un très beau séjour.

    “ Magnifique circuit à vélo ! ”

    On the 2016-05-08 by Delphine
    Ces 4 jours à vélo entre La Rochelle et l'île d'Oléron nous ont bien dépaysés ! Un temps parfait pendant les ponts de mai, le parcours est bien équilibré dans ses étapes et passe par les endroits stratégiques à voir. Aucun souci, les bagages étaient transportés, on n'avait qu'à suivre les cartes, admirer les paysages et profiter ! Nous vous le recommandons !

    “ Balade oléronaise ”

    On the 2015-09-06 by Didier
    Superbe rando entre La Rochelle et l'Ïle d'Oléron accompagné d'un beau soleil de septembre. Très bonnes organisation et logistique, hébergement de qualité, de beaux paysages....que du bon.
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