When the French segment of EuroVelo 3 called La Scandiberique is officially opened in the next year or two, it will be the longest cycling route in France. As if it’s not already challenging enough to choose a cycling itinerary in France, La Scandiberque will add another 1600km of signposted cycle paths, running from the Belgian to Spanish borders! This route will be amazing.
The route crosses 18 departments in France starting at the Belgian Border following the Sambre and Oise valleys, then into the Ile-de-France, Loire Valley and the Poitou, to Bordeaux and the Gascogne. The route continues into Spain, ultimately ending at Santiago de Compostela. Crossing through so many French departments, this route is certain to provide a wonderful sampling of French history, culture and cuisine.
The 5,122km EV 3 traces the famous route of pilgrims to Saint-Jacques de Compostela in Spain. The progress on the Pilgrims’ Route is well advanced in Denmark, Germany and Belgium, but is still largely under development in Norway, France, Sweden and Spain. A 2017 launch for the route in France is tentatively planned. La Scandiberique will share the Orleans to Tours route segment with two very popular existing itineraries, EV 6 and the Loire River route. I’ll be cycling this area next year, so it will be fun to see if the new itinerary’s signage will be up along that segment yet. I anticipate that the signage will also be evident in and around Bordeaux.
There is currently no detailed information available on the route in France, or services linked to the itinerary, but a dedicated website for La Scandiberique is planned for spring 2017. Stay tuned for more information on yet another great cycling itinerary in France!