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What is La Loire à vélo?

Description: La Loire à Vélo is a vast 800km long cycle route from Cuffy (nearby Nevers) to Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (opposite Saint-Nazaire). It makes up the western section of Eurovelo 6, the major trans-European cycle route (from Saint Brévin-les-Pins, France to Basel, Switzerland).

The route was developed in 1995 by some fifteen partners.

Whether you choose to "descend" the cycle route following the direction of the Loire, or work back upstream to its source, the largely flat route is easily accessible to all, with no more than 190 meters of elevation across 700km.

This notably safe route is fully signposted, and with the minimum of difficulty.

This cycle route carries you along an exceptional natural and cultural environment, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features as a "living cultural landscape".

You will pass through many regions with beautiful landscapes. Cross the Loire Valley and take the opportunity to discover the world famous châteaux of the Loire. In Anjou and Pays de la Loire, admire the flora and fauna of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park and the Atlantic coast.

La Loire à Vélo is an invitation to discover nature, architectural heritage, traditions as well as outstanding gastronomy and wine. She's waiting for you!

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Accueil Vélo

Accueil Vélo (Cyclists Welcome) is a national mark guaranteeing a high quality of welcome and services for cyclists wherever you see the sign across France. It was created by France Vélo Tourisme and local tourist organisations in order to preserve the best reception for cyclists everywhere in France.

The Accueil Vélo seal of approval guarantees:

  • Accessibility within 5km from an official cycle route.
  • Facilities: a secure shelter for bikes and repair kits.
  • A warm welcome: useful information and advice (tours, weather, ...)
  • Services geared towards cyclists, such as: luggage transfers, clothes / linen washing and drying, rental of bikes and accessories, bike-cleaning, etc.

What types of providers have this label? Accommodation, Places to visit, Bike rental shops and tourist offices.

How can I find participating partners of Accueil Vélo?

  • Via the website
    By following the website on-screen instructions, your stage route map is displayed and identifies partners as green symbols, according to you search criteria.
  • On the ground
  • Partners can be identified by displaying the Accueil Vélo logo.