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La Vélodyssée: A 1200 km long cycle route along the Atlantic coast

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La Rochelle > Royan

[ Cycle routes La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route ]
  • 125 km

From the famous port at La Rochelle, La Vélodyssée makes its way to Châtelaillon-Plage and to the royal city of Rochefort, bathed by the waters of the Charente. Several charming detours later, the Seudre Marshes hove into view, followed by the oyster farm parks of Marennes. The cycle trails only resume in the pine forests of Royan.

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The 5 stages of the section « La Rochelle > Royan »

  • La Rochelle / Châtelaillon

    La Rochelle / Châtelaillon [14.3 km]

    As the famous towers which defend the port of La Rochelle hove into view, a cycle path section takes us to the Port of Minimes, then onto the Cove of Godechaud, right next to the sea. The delightful Bay of Châtelaillon now comes into sight and offers weary cyclists a very pleasant stopping point.

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  • Châtelaillon / Rochefort

    Châtelaillon / Rochefort [27.4 km]

    After the Bay of Châtelaillon comes a pretty seaside section before heading back inland towards the ‘royal city’ of Rochefort. While the middle section of this route might appear somewhat commonplace, the remarkable town of Rochefort is well worth exploring.

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  • Rochefort / Marennes

    Rochefort / Marennes [37.9 km]

    It’s with great regret that we leave behind Rochefort and its gardens on the banks of the Charente. We take the former steam-train tracks – now the greenway – and La Vélodyssée meets the marshes, criss-crossed with little channels, before heading onto the oyster centre of Marennes (some sections under construction).

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  • Marennes / La Palmyre

    Marennes / La Palmyre [30.4 km]

    The Marennes Country, home to the leading oyster farms in Europe, spreads over salt marshes and the Seudre estuary. Here cycle paths are numerous and a truly memorable part of the route takes you through the forest of Coubre as La Vélodyssée reaches La Palmyre.

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  • La Palmyre / Royan

    La Palmyre / Royan [15 km]

    This part of La Vélodyssée is fit for a king, with splendid sea views. Following cycle lanes throughout, it weaves through the coastal forest and array of pretty beaches, one of which is the charming St-Palais, along the coast road to reach the striking cliffs and sandy beaches either side of the beautiful streets of Royan. All you have to do is to catch the boat!

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