Where to sleep ?
Booking « Accueil Vélo » accommodation
On the website route maps, the Accueil Vélo accredited hotels, campsites, gîtes, B&Bs, youth hostels etc. are marked with a green pictogram.
Along the route, you’ll recognise them by the signs displaying the Accueil Vélo logo shown below.
So, what does « Accueil Vélo » mean? The accommodation must:
- be located less than 5 km away from La Vélodyssée,
- give cyclists a friendly welcome and provide useful information and advice on local trails, weather forecasts, bus and train times, contact details for bike rentals and repairs, ...
- provide cyclist-friendly services: luggage transfer, facilities for washing and drying clothes, rental of bikes and cycling accessories,...
- provide appropriate amenities: a secure cycle storage facility, repair kits, bicycle cleaning facilities etc.
Our advice :
To find accommodation, click on the corresponding pictograms on the section and stage maps (choose your preferred category).
- Consider booking accommodation in advance, particularly during peak tourism season (July – August and public holiday weekends)
- In towns, check with the accommodation where you are staying if there is anywhere to leave your bicycle. This service is guaranteed by Accueil Vélo service providers.
- Confirm the night before or on the morning of your arrival via e-mail or telephone.
- If you are not following a specific route, we strongly recommend that you buy a guide listing addresses.
- Think about the option of « Pre-Planned Stays » which will let you travel hassle-free and have your luggage transported from one stage to another !
The national logo ‘Accueil Vélo’ (‘Bikes Welcome’) is currently being employed under the aegis of ‘France Vélo Tourisme’ by local tourist bodies, with the aim of providing the best possible welcome to cyclists. The sign ‘Accueil Vélo’ covers accommodation together with tourist information centres, bicycle hire and repair as well as visitor centres. These services can be found wherever you see the Accueil Vélo logo.
Photos credits: © France Vélo Tourisme, © J. Damase