A cycle tour from Atlantic to the Med.
The ride starts at the lighthouse La Coubre (Royan) at the mouth of the Garrone on the Atlantic. We take the ferry to Pointe de Grave and then cycle through the coast side of the Medoc to Arcachon.
The route then goes to Langon and then follows the Gironde and the Canal du Midi to Sete.
To give ample time for seeing the sights we are covering the 517 miles (817km) in 15 stages.
On the return we are taking 2 days to cycle the 82 miles (100km) from Bordeaux to St Palais sur Mer where we are leaving the car..
The route is more or less flat- it should be very easy riding with good food and wine to see us along the way!
We return from Sete to Bordeaux on the TGV ( seats and Bikes tickets booked throgh Rail Europe). The 16.20 from Sete is straight through so no manhandling of the bikes. Arrives at 20.30.
We have chosen to stay the night in Bordeaux and then to cycle through the Medoc region back to Royan.
We found the following Guide books useful even though they are a little out of date:
Guide No1: A velo, le long du canal du Midi.
Guide No2: Bordeaux-Toulouse- a velo, le long du canal de Garonne
Atlantic to the Med: Stage 13: Homps-Narbonne
A diversion down the Canal de la Robine to Narbonne
Atlantic to the Med: Stage 14: Narbonne to Beziers
Atlantic to the Med: Stage 1: St Palais sur Mer to La Courbre
La Coubre is a lighthouse on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Gironde.
Atlantic to the Med: Stage 12 (optional) : Homps - Minerve-Homps
A ride to the Cathar town of Minerve- reknown fp its setting
Atlantic to the Med: Stage 10: Toulouse to Castelnaudry
Follow the Velo Route along the Canal du Midi.
See notes for which side to follow according to the guide book.
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Atlantic to the Med: Stage 15: Beziers to Sete
The final day Beziers to Sete
Atlantic to the Med: Stage 4: Arcachon to Salles
A half day ride to enjoy the sights at Archachon and the Pyla Dune.
Atlantic to the Med: Return 1: Bordeaux-Paulliac
Return from bordeaux
Altlantic to the Med: Alternative Narbonne- Beziers
An alternative route to visit see the Med
Atlantic to the Med: Stage 12: Carcassone to Homps
A half day ride to Homps to give time to ride to the Cathar village of Minerve a 28km (17 mile) round trip