What could be better than getting on a bike to discover the diversity of Normandy’s landscapes? With 1,600 km of cycle routes in Normandy, over 700 km of which are greenways, various experiences await cyclists, young and old. Unspoiled natural landscapes, countryside and sea, heritage, villages and gastronomy, the region offers a multitude of itineraries, to be favored according to its centers of interest and desires. The bike in Normandy , these are course to be with family or friends for a day, a weekend or more!
The great routes of Normandy by bike
Voted best cycle route in Europe in 2017, the Vélo Francette departs from the Landing Beaches and then crosses the grove along the Orne valley in Suisse Normande. Stretches of sand, Norman towns and mountains, the itinerary is perfect for varying the pleasures and panoramas. Note that this continues in Pays de la Loire and as far as Poitou-Charentes.
For lovers of seaside atmospheres, the Vélomaritime reveals on its Normandy part the most beautiful views of the region’s coastline. Cliffs of the Alabaster Coast, charming seaside resorts of the Côte Fleurie, steep coasts of the Cotentin, we then reach the interior of the land to finish in front of a jewel of French heritage: Mont-Saint-Michel.
During a route that takes cyclists through the heart of the Perche and Normandy-Maine regional natural parks to the Perche hills, passing through the town of Alençon, the Château de Carrouges or even the thermal baths of Bagnoles-de -l’Orne, the Véloscénie connects Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel. We take here a route of all the pleasures.
Fans of the sea and history, the D-Day Landing Beaches cycle route at Mont-Saint-Michel is an opportunity to cross beautiful natural landscapes, stop at sites of cultural interest and join the places lighthouses of a moment in history forever anchored in memories. Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Bayeux and its famous tapestry, we also cross the Norman grove and the Regional Natural Park of the Cotentin and Bessin marshes.
Linking Paris to London by bike? It is possible with the Avenue Verte London-Paris. In Normandy, we start in the Eure to cross the Norman Vexin and stop to see the gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny. Then arrive the Pays de Bray and its regional specialties: cheeses and other ciders. Last bulwark before England, the Alabaster Coast finally reveals its vertiginous cliffs, before why not cross the Channel.
From Paris to Le Havre or Honfleur, La Seine à Vélo leads for its part to the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Loops of the Seine Normande, at the foot of sumptuous monuments such as the Château Gaillard des Andelys, as well as in historic towns full of character, Rouen, La Bouille and then of course Le Havre. Another cycling route rich in experiences.
On the way to a gourmet itinerary
Fancy an original cycle ride? So, go to Bayeux for a gourmet walk with a local guide. The walk leads to the flagship D-Day sites, to Asnelles then to Arromanches.
While the guide does not fail to make reference to history, he takes the opportunity to make cyclists pedal to places highlighting the local gastronomy. Shortbread, oysters accompanied by white wine or even snails and cider, these 35 km of stroll are at the same time rich in historical elements, in landscapes and in gourmet pleasures.