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All routes The "Loire à Vélo"

Carte vélo Montsoreau Saumur

Montsoreau - Fontevraud Anjou and its Heritage Wild Anjou

( 6 km - 45 min )

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Leave the ‘ligérien’ ambiance of the Loire behind you to visit Fontevraud and its prestigious Royal Abbey – the biggest monastic complex in France. Dolmens, windmills, and an old farm that is now home to one of France’s last surviving soap factories will surprise you as you wend your way along this bucolic rural route. 

Carte vélo Montsoreau Saumur

Montsoreau - Saumur Exploring the vineyards Val de Loire Anjou and its Heritage Unique Anjou

( 15 km - 1h50 )

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Between Anjou and Touraine, this route will take you through the prestigious setting of the Loire and its chateaux. Along the banks of this legendary river lies one of the most beautiful villages in France – made famous by the Alexandre Dumas’ lovers. Hugging the banks of the Loire, you’ll be able to meander through the very guts of the soft stone, travelling past the troglodyte dwellings dug into the slopes - where a plethora of stately homes are tucked away, built of ‘tuffeau’ stone, extracted from the huge local quarries. If you choose the Montsoreau-Saumur itinerary via the slopes, you’ll be able to meander through the vineyards, taking full advantage of a unique panoramic view over the Loire! 

Carte vélo Saumur St Rémy

Saumur – Saint-Rémy-la-Varenne Val de Loire Anjou and its Heritage Wild Anjou

( 31 km - 2Std 40Min )

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At the heart of the Loire Anjou Touraine Regional Nature Park, the little towns dotted along the Loire will form the stages of your route, connecting the elegant town of Saumur to Saint-Rémy-la-Varenne and its ancestral priory. As we can tell by the menhirs and other dolmens scattered throughout the region, this is an environment that was much-appreciated by our ancestors – a tradition that continued more recently, too, with an abundance of religious edifices built of ‘tuffeau’ stone. At the start or finish of your ride, lose yourself in the history and alleys of the pretty town of Saumur, the horse-riding capital! 

Carte vélo St Rémy la daguenière

Saint-Rémy-la-Varenne – La Daguenière Wild Anjou

( 13 km - 1Std 20Min )

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Between the embankments and the horticultural land, discover the spectacular dimension of the Loire at Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire. Throughout the length of this route, you’ll be able to admire unique landscapes shaped by the flooding of two rivers – the Loire and the Authion. From ancient ports to Angevin low-lying land, let the flourishing natural world be your guide as you travel through the true cradle of Angevin horticulture, whose reputation for excellence has made its way around the globe. 

Carte vélo la daguenière angers gare

La Daguenière - Angers station Unique Anjou

( 16 km - 1 hr 20 )

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Craters, pitheads, hillocks, and emerald lakes! No, you’re not on the moon, but at the heart of Anjou. 600 years of slate mining have left their mark on the land. This unique environment illustrates the brutality of an industrial, lunar-like landscape, reclaimed by natural forces. As you travel through this land of former slate quarries, you’ll discover highly-coloured flora. Another distinctive feature of this route: a chain ferry making its way across the Authion, a tributary of the Loire. 

Carte vélo la daguenière bouchemaine

La Daguenière – Bouchemaine Val de Loire

( 15 km - 1 hr 10 min )

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On this journey, you’ll travel alongside the Loire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking full advantage of the quiet La Levée de Belle Poule road as far as the gateway to the old port town of Ponts-de-Cé. Next, head for the Fleur de Loire - Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire - where you’ll discover its tourist facilities, and continue as far as the confluence at Bouchemaine. 

Carte vélo Angers Bouchemaine

Angers station - Bouchemaine Val de Loire

( 10 km - 50 min )

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Leaving behind Angers and its castle – a unique fortress in Val de Loire, and home to the world’s biggest collection of medieval tapestry, cycle along the banks of the Maine and snake around Lac de Maine, exploring the Basses Vallées Angevines wetlands at close quarters. These floodplains provide an ideal environment for birds, and are part of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. 

Carte vélo Bouchemaine Chalonnes

Bouchemaine - Chalonnes-sur-Loire Exploring the vineyards Val de Loire

( 22 km - 2 hrs15 min )

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This ride offers superb views and points of interest! The confluence of the Maine and Loire rivers is a veritable paradise for aquatic and migratory birds, with the charm of the Bouchemaine tourist facilities and its village at La Pointe. It also offers the lively quays of La Possonnière and Chalonnes-sur-Loire. And we almost forgot to mention the pleasure of contemplating the well-reputed Savennières vineyard, with its well-exposed slopes, prior to tasting its quintessence 

Carte vélo Chalonnes St Florent le vieil

Chalonnes-sur-Loire – Saint-Florent-Le-Vieil Val de Loire Unique Anjou

( 23 km - 2hrs )

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Quays, an island, atypical strolls sprinkled with artistic works and words… this itinerary is made for those who love History and stories. Here, you’ll breathe in all the loveliness of the great river which will lead you from a game of boule de sable to the heights of Mont Glonne, taking in monumental sculptures en route. Get ready to be surprised! 

Carte vélo St Florent le vieil Champtoceaux

Saint-Florent-le-Vieil – Oudon Val de Loire Anjou and its Heritage

( 26 km - 2 hrs 20 min )

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The majestic Loire, headlands withexceptional panoramas … the Saint-Florent-le-Viel/Oudon road offers a wealth of discoveries. 

Bearing the scars of history and the Vendée Wars, this route has been highly praised by both Joachim du Bellay and Julien Gracq. 

Comité Départemental du Tourisme de l'Anjou

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Conseil général de Maine-et-Loire