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La Vélo Francette - From Longuenée-en-Anjou to Loire Authion

Touring cyclist in Longuenée-en-Anjou
56.4 km
Touring cyclist
4h
Easy
  • Discover the cycle route La Vélo Francette with more than 600 kilometres from Normandy to the Atlantic coast. This route, awarded best cycle route in Europe in 2017, links Caen/Ouistreham to La Rochelle.

    In the Angers’ urban community, la Vélo Francette takes the Mayenne river’s towpath between Longuenée-en-Anjou and Angers and continues in parallel with the La Loire à Vélo route between Angers and Loire-Authion.
    The bicycle tourists will pass the low valleys of Angers, one of the most...

    Discover the cycle route La Vélo Francette with more than 600 kilometres from Normandy to the Atlantic coast. This route, awarded best cycle route in Europe in 2017, links Caen/Ouistreham to La Rochelle.

    In the Angers’ urban community, la Vélo Francette takes the Mayenne river’s towpath between Longuenée-en-Anjou and Angers and continues in parallel with the La Loire à Vélo route between Angers and Loire-Authion.
    The bicycle tourists will pass the low valleys of Angers, one of the most beautiful and exceptional damp meadows in Europe, before going along the smallest river in Anjou : the Maine (7 kilometres), in the heart of Angers. Then, they will go along the royal river from Bouchemaine towards Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire, Les Ponts-de-Cé and Loire-Authion.

    Here are good deals in the Angers’ urban community between Longuenée-en-Anjou and Loire-Authion:  

    • Take a break to eat in one of the numerous open-air cafes  along the route: La Guinguette de Pruillé, La Rainette de Montreuil-Juigné and La Cabane du Chat qui pèche in Cantenay-Épinard. 
    • Help the ferryman to pull the ferry crossing the Mayenne river to access to the island of Saint-Aubin forbidden to cars. 
    • In Angers, take some time to stroll in the ancient streets of La Doutre, visit the château d’Angers and its treasure: the Apocalypse, not forgetting to enjoy the view on the Maine river from the Promenade du Bout du Monde. 
    • Take a selfie or post on Instagram the wonderful view from the Piverdière rocky promontory in Bouchemaine or from the Mediterranean garden in Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire. 
    • Visit the favourite residence of King René in Les Ponts-de-Cé, now home to the Musée des Coiffes et des Traditions, or in port des Noues, the Rive d'Arts creative pillar
    • Immerse yourself in the heart of the Loire thanks to the Loire-Odyssée interpretation centre in the new Loire-Authion town. 
    Download the map of great cycling routes and loops in and around Angers.

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    February 2022 / change of route: the Balzac bridge is currently closed for an indefinite period. From the Balzac park, please follow the Yolande d'Aragon promenade. 
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