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

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Les Sables d'Olonne > La Rochelle

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

In this fairytale setting are both Les Sables (world capital of yacht racing) and La Rochelle, (the ‘broken rebel’ capital of Aunis) centre stage. The Vendéenne coast brings the cycle routes back to the Poitevin Marshes. Once past the Sèvre Niortaise River, we find ourselves at Charente-Maritime and the Marans canal which leads straight to the Old Port.

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The 5 stages of the section « Les Sables d'Olonne > La Rochelle »

  • Les Sables d'Olonne / Jard-sur-Mer

    Les Sables d'Olonne / Jard-sur-Mer [25.5 km]

    A dream route for the first part of this stage in La Vélodyssée - close to the sea, beaches and rocky coves. A beautiful trail and a real pleasure to cycle along whilst breathing in the fresh sea air before turning back inland.

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  • Jard-sur-Mer / La Tranche-sur-Mer

    Jard-sur-Mer / La Tranche-sur-Mer [18.5 km]

    A little way after St-Vincent, La Vélodyssée winds its way into the large national forest of Longeville, drawing close to the sea on two occasions from where beautiful beaches can easily be accessed, such as Les Conches. A quick dip is a must on this stage!

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • La Tranche-sur-Mer / St-Michel-en-l'Herm

    La Tranche-sur-Mer / St-Michel-en-l'Herm [23.6 km]

    La Belle-Henriette Lagoon, separated from the sea by a narrow band of sand, and then your arrival into La Faute-sur-Mer which stretches endlessly towards the point of Arçay, mark this stage of La Vélodyssée. The route then heads into St-Michel-en-l’Herm through the dried marshes of Marais Poitevin.

    Difficulty: Family view the detail
  • St-Michel-en-l'Herm / Pont du Brault (Marans)

    St-Michel-en-l'Herm / Pont du Brault (Marans) [22.5 km]

    This stage takes you through the heart of the dried out marshes of Marais Poitevin, a great expanse of marshes and cultivated land dotted with farms and sheds. The crossing of the Pont du Brault takes us into Charente-Maritime in the ancient district of Aunis. Marans, the capital of the dried Marais marshes, was once a very important look-out point.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Pont du Brault (Marans) / La Rochelle

    Pont du Brault (Marans) / La Rochelle [25.5 km]

    Nature takes centre stage during this leg of the journey, as you cycle past the water that flows through the charming canals which join the Poitevin marshes. We pass Marans, the ancient watchtower on the estuary of the Niort Sèvre which looks out over the marshes, and follow the canal that leads us to La Rochelle and onto the ocean.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail