1 - The Vendée, the largest network of cycle tracks in France
The Vendée General Council initiated the departmental cycling network in 1995, which now stretches over 1,100 km, to make it the largest network in France. Explore the department in complete safety with family and friends using the various tracks crossing the Vendée landscape from the coastline of the Marais Poitevin to the Bocage. Since 2013 you can cycle round the Vendée at your own pace.
The Vendée now has a tourist-friendly cycling network with outstanding variety:
- variety of landscapes: marsh, forest, dunes, bocage;
- variety of surfaces: dedicated asphalted paths or paths with sanded surfacing along the coast, small country roads in the Bocage, the former rail track between La Roche sur Yon and Coëx, tow paths along the Canal de Luçon and in the Marais Poitevin;
- variety of difficult levels: from very flat routes on the coast and in Marais Poitevin to deep valleys in Haut Bocage.
Specific signage will guide you throughout your route along the cycling tracks in the Vendée
Everything has been set up to ensure maximum safety: cycle paths have dedicated tracks or are on little-used roads, with signage for cyclists, etc. However do remain vigilant, especially on roads used by vehicles at some intersections. There are picnic areas for taking a short break before setting off again along the route.
For more information : vendeevelo.vendee-tourisme.com
Download a map of the 30 finest cycling circuits in the Vendée below.