Enjoy a nice 3-day bike tour along the Atlantic coast from La Rochelle to Royan. You start your route in La Rochelle, an ancient fortified harbor, then cycle along the beaches to Rochefort. Take the time to visit the "Corderie Royale" and the Hermione, an impressive replica of the French warship of 1779. Then, you cross the Charente river using the last French transporter bridge to reach the charming citadel of Brouage.Your path continues through the marshes of Marennes and oyster farms to La Tremblade where you spend the night. For your last day, you cycle along the beautiful bay "Baie des Anses" to the seaside resort of La Palmyre. Finally, you arrive at Royan and the Gironde Estuary.
La Rochelle – Rochefort-sur-mer
Begin by riding on the seaside cycling path through small villages such as Les Boucholeurs or Chatelaillon-Plage. As you pedal along the marshes, try and spy the birds, herons and storks in the area.
When you reach Rochefort, notice the distinct naval architecture. The city was an active naval base from the time of Louis XIV until 1926. You might want to tour the Corderie Royal, an interesting rope factory where all the ropes for military sailboats were made. Enjoy flowers? The Conservatoire du Begonia houses the world’s largest collection of begonias!
Admire France’s last transporter bridge, classified as Historic Monument and dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles. It is currently under construction, so you will take a ferry boat to cross.
Continue biking along the canals then through the marshes populated by storks. Discover Brouage citadel built by the French engineer Vauban and bike along the oyster farms until the coast of Marennes beaches.
You cross over the Seudre River and end your day in La Tremblade.
You bike through La Tremblade forest till the lighthouse "Phare de la Coubre". You ride on along the superb bay "Baie des Anses" and reach La Palmyre. You keep along the seaside which gradually becomes rockier and offers beautiful little coves before getting to Royan and the Gironde Estuary.
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
are also available for adults (+1m55).
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")
Our word of advice :
- 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)
as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
Le Vélo Voyageur App
Like a sat nav, the route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. Discover and enjoy every moment of your trip by following
the directions and listening to the descriptions of the point of interest on your way.
Following the itineray becomes easy as a child's play and you can enjoy the trip instead of concentrating on the maps.
Your cycling holiday also includes practical information from our partners and all the latest news.
-> You need to have a smartphone and download the Le Vélo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. During the trip, once the app dowmnloaded, your phone
can be off-line
For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.
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 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