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La Loire à vélo



The ‘Loire à Vélo’ : a unique route through the Loire Valley…


The ‘Loire à Vélo’ is an exceptional cycle route for easy cycling holidays:

• 800 km of signposted routes

• The discovery of 2 regions (Centre and Pays de la Loire), 6 departments (Cher, Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique) and of 1 Regional Nature Park (Loire-Anjou-Touraine)

• Over 800,000 cyclists each year on the itinerary

The ‘Loire à Vélo’ trail is one of the best ways to discover the Loire Valley (included since November 2000 on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a living cultural landscape) at your own pace.


Click on the image for information on UNESCO Loire Valley : 


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The ‘Loire à Vélo’ on your smartphone!

Available in French and English ( iPhone and Android), download the official ‘Loire à Vélo’ app for free on App Store or Play Store, or flash the code below.

This app is an all-in-one tool !

• It uses your smartphone’s integrated GPS to pinpoint yourself along your itinerary

• It does not need an internet connection to work (except when the app is first started up to download the maps)

• With it your roadmap is always within reach offering the detailed mapping of your itinerary, as well as the “Accueil Vélo” accommodation and bike rental firms or sightseeing spots that you have selected beforehand.

• The app also throws down some entertaining challenges along the way. You can even

win virtual trophies!

• Share your experiences and memories by publishing your photos from the app onto the website.

Many other features with this app : weather forecast, route suggestions, attractions and leisure activities nearby…


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The ‘Pays de Chinon’, a stopping place on the ‘Loire à Vélo’ route


Located in the western part of the Touraine region, 59 km from the city of Tours, discover the ‘Pays de Chinon’ and the River Vienne banks. The loop out of the ‘Loire à Vélo’ route will take you through the towns of Huismes, Chinon, Savigny-en-Véron towards the small village of Candes-Saint-Martin, where the River Vienne and the River Loire meet (confluence).


Free detailed maps of the itinerary are available in English, German and Dutch at theTourist Office in Chinon.

Also, the official EuroVelo 6 Route map N°2 between Angers and Blois (4.00 €) and the guidebook (only in French) ‘La Loire à vélo de Nevers à l’Atlantique’ (14.50 €)


Click on the image for an overview of the 67 km trail between Tours and Candes Saint-Martin



Loire à vélo Tours-Candes-St-Martin



Accueil vélo (Cyclist welcome)

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accueil vélo office de tourisme du pays de chinon

Accueil Vélo is a national trademark guaranteeing a high quality of welcome and services for cyclists.


This quality mark is similar to that you’ll find in certain other countries (e.g. Bett & Bike in Germany or Welcome Cyclists around Quebec)


Accueil Vélo is awarded to providers of accommodation, bike rental and repair companies, tourist offices, sightseeing sites and leisure facilities.


All those awarded the quality mark are located no more than 5km from an official cycle route and have to respect certain conditions :


• Offering a warm welcome specially geared to cycling tourists via: a personalized welcome, information and advice (on cycling trails, weather, further Accueil Vélo services)


• Offering services such as: luggage transfers, clothes washing and drying, rental of bikes and accessories, bike-cleaning.


• Offering special facilities: a secure shelter for bikes and repair kits.



The Tourist Office of Chinon is an Accueil Vélo member. Feel free to stop there on your way.


This logo will help you recognize the participating members on your route across France.


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