Cycling trip between La Rochelle and Royan, on the Atlantic coast
Here you are on the famous cycle paths of the Vélodyssée ! Fully signposted route between La Rochelle and Royan. This circuit allows you to enjoy the islands and local curiosities and especially the benefits of the seaside on the Atlantic coast !
Main areas of interest during the stay :
- La Rochelle
- Ile de Ré and Ile d'Aix
- The beach
Day 1 - arrival in La Rochelle
Installation at your hotel and pick up of the bike that will accompany you throughout the stay.
The sea is not far away, you can hear the sound of the masts of the boats and enjoy this moment.
Night in La Rochelle.
Day 2 - Ile de Ré loop - 45 or 90 km
Today, you are heading for the Ile de Ré, also called Ré la blanche. Bike paths crisscross the entire island, a paradise for the little queen! You take the velodyssey to the bridge, free crossing. On the Ile de Ré, enjoy the beaches, the summer atmosphere, and visit the villages of La Flotte or Saint Martin. To Saint Martin, the distance is 45 km.
The more sporty can continue to La Couarde or even to the Whale Lighthouse at the tip of the island. The terrain is flat, the only difficulty of the stage remains the climb of the access bridge to the island.
Return and overnight in La Rochelle.
Day 3 - La Rochelle to Rochefort - 28 to 53 km
The Vélodyssée guides you to Châtelaillon-Plage and Pointe des Boucholeurs. Discover its 1900 summer houses, its casino and its beach. Take the cycle path to follow the coast. You will be able to see the squares and their large legs planted in the sand.
The cycle route continues until Fouras and its point of smoke, this is the place of embarkation for the island of Aix. Remember to plan your day according to the tide times.
The arrival in Rochefort is on a shared road, drive quietly and find the cycle path just behind the roundabout.
Night in Rochefort.
Day 4 - Rochefort Marennes 39 to 45 km
Take the Vélodyssée in Tonnay Charente. You can take a ferry boat but it is also subject to the tides and seasons. Then follow the canals to the Brouage marshes and its fortified village.
End of the stage and night in Marennes.
Day 5 - Ile d'Oléron discovery tour / 50 km
The intoxicating smell of the pines, their refreshing shadows make you live a unique experience on the coast as far as the island of Oléron by taking the bicycle bridge or the ferry boat (optional).
The island of Oléron and the basin of Marennes is a territory of great diversity with its many beaches, its wild nature and its tasty gastronomy.
End of the stage, return and overnight in Marennes.
Day 6 - Marennes to Royan - 45 km
Take the Vélodyssée for a final stage.
Discover the steep coast of Saint Palais, the cycle paths along the azure blue ocean and the boats offer a "postcard" cliché. You are on one of the most beautiful coasts in France. Arrival in Royan, a short walk to the beach and go to the SNCF station for the return to La Rochelle.
Night in La Rochelle. (Return is included - see technical sheet).
Day 7 - End of the tour after breakfast
Possibility of return by minibus or train to La Rochelle.