5 French Regions To Consider Cycling In 2017

I love getting late Christmas gifts, so I hope you’ll enjoy my late Christmas gift to you: 5 posts on areas to to consider bicycling in 2017. Whether you’ve already started thinking about possible destinations or you’re looking to be inspired, I’m confident these posts will help you make the right selection! They’ll also contain helpful information that will simplify your trip planning process and support your efforts to plan an independent cycling trip in France!

Whether you have a month, a week, or a long weekend, you’ll find an option perfect for you.  Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a beginner, whether you’re traveling alone or with kids, each region has plenty of options. In each post, you’ll learn what the cycling in the area is like and you’ll get links to trip planning resources that will help save you time.  If you’ve never thought about cycling in France before, perhaps these posts will inspire you to think about adding a weekend of cycling to an upcoming trip!

There is so much to see and do in each featured cycling area that you’ll probably be challenged to narrow down your selection to just one area! Here are just a few of the sites along my featured cycling paths in France:

Over the next 5 weeks, I’ll feature my 5 favorite French cycling areas for 2017:

  • The Burgundy Canal and the Cote du Beaune
  • Strasbourg and the Alsace Region
  • Provence including the wine regions around Avignon and L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
  • Aquitaine, including Saint Emilion, the Bay of Arcachon and the Dordogne Valley
  • The Loire Valley

These cycling itineraries/regions all meet the following criteria:

  • The area’s easily accessible by train and preferably has good train service along cycle routes
  • There’s access to good support services along cycle routes in the featured area including quality bike rentals
  • Cycle routes in the featured area are signposted and local tourism offices are knowledgeable about local cycling itineraries
  • There’s a lot to see and do along the way: historical and cultural attractions, castles, abbeys, Roman ruins, museums, vineyards with wine tasting and local festivals, just to name a few
  • There’s a wide variety of places to stay along/near the route:  historic inns, small gites, B&B’s, small family-owned hotels, Airbnb’s, Warm Showers homes, 5* and no * campgrounds and other unique places to stay
  • There are towns with local markets and lots of small local restaurants and bistros along/near the route

The favorable exchange rate makes 2017 the perfect year to take a cycling trip in France.  I hope this upcoming series will provide some inspiration for you to plan a cycling trip, or to add a weekend of cycling to a trip you already have planned!  If you’re looking for an experience, and not just a vacation, I can’t think of a better way than to Experience France By Bike!!!

Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow way....by bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.