Do you know "La Loire à Vélo" trail ?

Do you want to get out and about on your bike to enjoy the very best of unspoilt nature and cultural highlights? Then “La Loire à Vélo” is for you!

Loire à Vélo is an immense 800-kilometre cycle tourism route, a véloroute like no other in France. It runs from Cuffy (near Nevers) to Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (opposite Saint-Nazaire), or vice versa. It crosses the Centre and Pays de la Loire regions along the banks of France’s longest river, the Loire, through a valley dotted with countless treasures.

The Loire à Vélo forms the western end of Eurovelo 6, the great trans-European route. Each year, it is joined by new side routes: the routes of the Vélocéan network and the Vendée Atlantic coast, those of “Châteaux à Vélo” around Blois and Chambord and “Indre à Vélo”… Loire à Vélo is certain to make you want to discover Europe by bike and to make the most of a green, eco-responsible, cultural form of tourism.

En vélo à Tours sur la Place Plumereau En vélo à Tours sur la Place Plumereau © J. Damase

For couples, children or on your own

The itinerary has been developed since 1995 by some fifteen partners, for the greater pleasure of young and old, families or couples, groups of friends or solitary cyclists who all have one thing in common: that desire to get away from it all.

Most of the stages are no more than 40km long, a distance accessible to all and representing a maximum of 4 hours of cycling a day, which can be broken down as you wish.

Whether you choose to “descend” the cycle route, following the flow of the Loire, or to work your way upstream towards the source, the route is within easy reach of everyone with almost nothing in the way of climbs: the difference in altitude is just 190m over more than 700km.

It is without difficulty, fully signposted and free of dangers.

The route offers something for everyone and is waiting for you!

An exceptional cycle route through unspoilt nature in France's Valley of the Kings
En vélo à Saint-Satur En vélo à Saint-Satur © J. Damase

“Loire à Vélo” plunges you into an exceptional natural and cultural environment featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a “living cultural landscape”.

“Loire à Vélo” runs along Europe’s last untamed river to discover the astonishing natural riches of the region: long deserted beaches, immense sand banks and oxbows abandoned by low water levels in summer. It is also home to rich wildlife with terns, grebes, osprey and grey herons, beavers and fish… Animal and plant life is exceptional here.
“Loire à Vélo” passes through charming villages and along the famous Valley of the kings (Blois, Chaumont, Amboise…). Just hop off your bike to visit the châteaux of your choice.