A superb coastal cycling adventure full of salt air, sea views, fascinating coastal towns and natural beauty. Follow this popular section of the Vélodyssée cycle route from quirky, vibrant Nantes, through the natural beauty of the Vendée region to historic La Rochelle.
Enjoy easy, scenic cycling along a rugged coastline of sandy coves, jagged cliffs and picturesque towns and villages. The route leads you to Pornic, with it's fabulous harbour and seafood. Tide times allowing, you'll cross the 4km, Passage-du-Gois causeway to visit the protected island of Noirmoutier before spending a night in the beguiling port of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie.
Passage du Gois (high tide)
Salt marshes and the extensive Olonne pine forest provide differing backdrops to your ride to the 'Vendée-Globe' port of Les-Sables-d'Olonne, while oyster farms and a pleasant, canal-side cycle path sum up the route to historic La Rochelle.
Opt for the extended 8 night version to enjoy an extra day of cycling around the serenely beautiful Ile-de-Rey, close to La Rochelle.
You'll be cycling between 40 and 72 kilometres per day with very little climbing. E-bikes are an available option worth considering if you have any concerns about the daily distances.