This spring, two very beautiful and scenic bikes routes that cross Normandy will be available to cycling enthusiasts. They've been fully completed and are ready to experience just in time for the return of American visitors. The first is along the Brittany, Normandy & Northern France’s Atlantic shores, the second along the Seine River from Paris to Normandy.
La Vélo Maritime
The new Vélo Maritime extends for 870 miles along the coast from Roscoff in Brittany, through Normandy, to Dunkirk France – and, as of this spring, the route will be fully signposted. It is the route for cyclists who want to experience the breathtaking views, enjoy historic sites, culture and good food.
This scenic route passes many landmarks and charming seaside ports and towns. In Brittany the route starts in Roscoff along the rugged coastline of the western-most part of Brittany and then on through the historic town of Morlaix and iconic Cancale and Saint-Malo, to just mention a few.
The route then wends its way through Normandy, including such historic sites as the Mont- St-Michel, the D-Day Landing Beaches, the chic seaside resorts of Deauville and Cabourg. It meanders through the iconic towns of Honfleur, Etretat and Fécamp, home to the Palais Bénédictine—home of former Bénédictine monks—which continues to produce the famed Bénédictine liqueur.
Then on to France's most Northern coastline, with legs on the Alabaster Coast, passing through Berck—known for its festive kite fest and Le Touquet (a stylish resort known for its horseback riding) through historic Dunkirk and Boulogne-sur-Mer
Discover the full route here .
La Seine à Vélo
France is the world’s second most popular, cycling destination (after Germany), and aspires to be the first within five years. This brand new route should help.
La Seine à Vélo will fully open this spring 2021. The 250-mile cycling path will allow cyclists to follow the legendary Seine River from Paris to Deauville and Le Havre in Normandy. It will pass through Saint-Denis near Paris, known for its basilica—the final resting place of most of the kings & queens of France, then onto Port-Marly to visit an architectural gem—Alexander Dumas’ Renaissance-style chateau and park and La Roche Guyon, one of the most charming villages of the Seine Valley.
The cycle route continues through Normandy passing through Monet’s Giverny, Les Andelys—built by Richard the Lionheart in the 12th century and also known for its impressive fortress of Château-Gaillard, Then on to Rouen—the beautiful capital of Normandy with its notable medieval quarter, Jumièges with the spectacular ruins of its abbey and Honfleur—a jewel of a seaside village.
The Seine à Vélo is bking-friendly for cyclists of all ages & levels.