Discover Amazing Cycling Routes While Enjoying the Beauty of France
Family cycling holidays are a great way of spending some quality time together away from the hustle and bustle of life at home. By choosing France, you can benefit from scenic and relaxed routes that the whole family will enjoy. Indeed, there are many destinations in France that are ideal for this kind of break – but read on to discover three of the best.
Traffic-free routes, stunning scenery and plenty of rest stops characterise relaxed activity holidays in this country, so wherever you choose you can be sure that you – and your children – will have a great time.
Within easy driving distance from England, Alsace is a wonderful place to go on cycling holidays. You’ll be able to travel a little off the beaten track and enjoy some fantastic sights along the way, while biking along virtually traffic-free paths.
Of course, the lack of motor vehicles makes this kind of route ideal for families with young children, but you’ll find that this is not the only benefit of travelling to Alsace. Your route will be dotted with impressive fortifications sure to capture the imagination of your little ones.
One such place is the star-shaped Neuf Brisach, which was built under orders from Louis XIV to guard the border back in the 17th century. Make sure you venture inside to peruse the fascinating exhibits, as the site is now an excellent museum.
Meanwhile, you’ll also get to cycle through beautiful vineyards and even try a glass or two of the wine made here, so Mum and Dad will be just as well catered for on this kind of break as their little ones.
Also boasting traffic-free trails is the spectacular Emerald Coast in Brittany, which is surely one of the country’s most picturesque locations. As well as lacking motor vehicles, the routes here are mostly flat, making this destination ideal for families with particularly young children or those unused to riding.
While you explore, make sure you visit Pleneuf-Val-Andre, which is home to a stunning white sand beach perfect for a quick dip in the sea. And as there is some excellent seafood to be had in this region, so don’t forget to visit a restaurant to try some of the local cuisine.
Another great place to visit is Fort de la Latte in Sables d’Or-Les-Pins, which offers incredible views of the surrounding area from the top – something both you and your children are certain to be impressed with. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the amazing sights!
You’ll also have the chance to cycle through historic walled towns, such as Dinan, which is home to a 13th century castle.
Enthusiastic foodies, however, are sure to love a trip to the fantastic Dordogne region. Not only will you be able to enjoy cycling in gorgeous surroundings, but you’ll find yourselves able to try excellent dishes and world-famous wines.
And these aren’t the destination’s only attractions. The area is also steeped in history and when you reach Les Eyzies, you’ll be able to see caves once lived in by prehistoric man.
There are also plenty of other activities to take part in when you’re not cycling, such as canoeing in the Vezere River – perfect if you’re travelling with intrepid teenagers keen to try something new and exciting!
Wherever you decide to go for your cycling holidays, the whole family is sure to have a great time when you choose breaks in France.