Bike in Brittany
Northwest France’s beaches, woods and vistas
Brittany is France’s northwestern most of France’s regions. It has a strong Celtic heritage, tangible in its people, landscape, language, food and traditions, making Brittany less French than many of France’s regions.
Our itinerary unfolds west to east along wild and rugged seaside cliffs, romantic lighthouses, glorious, unspoiled nature and character-packed towns. We start in Baule and head towards the Medieval town of Guerande, and stop to learn about megalithic monuments and Brittany’s ancient heritage. We bike onward along the rugged coast and through medieval streets to the quiet fisherman’s village of Saint Cado, ending the tour at the Pink Granite Coast, famed for its unusual, blush-hued rocks.
- Learn about megalithic monuments and Brittany’s strong Celtic heritage
- Breathtaking cycling along wild coasts dotted with small villages, capes, lighthouses and tiny harbors
- Ride through the Park of Bruyere, France’s third largest wetland
- Visit the Pink Granite Coast, one of Brittany’s most beautiful stretches of coastline
Day by Day
La Baule and St. Nazaire
We meet at the hotel at 1 pm for introductions, a light lunch, bike fitting and a quick spin in the area to St. Nazaire, a lively harbor on the mouth of Loire. During WWII it was the most important base for German U-boats on the Atlantic, and the massive concrete structure is still visible along the town’s harbor.
Guerande and Parc de Briere
Our ride reaches, after few miles, the town of Guerande, considered one of the prettiest medieval town in France. After the stop in Guerande we continue through the Park of Bruyere, France’s third largest wetland, home of many different species of birds and wild fauna.
Morblhan and Carnac
Today we head from west and north following the coastline towards the Golfe du Morbihan. The area is extremely rich in history, from the medieval Chateau de Suscinio, to the beautiful city of Vannes and its medieval streets, but the most unique sight of the area is the Neolithic monuments of Carnac and Locmariaquer. We’ll spend some time on a boat and learn more about the megalithic monuments “dolmen” and “menhir”, standing stones and roofed tombs made famous by the French comic strips of Asterix and his pal Obelix.
St. Cado and the Estuary of Etel
Today we head northwest, following the coast for about half of the distance. We’ll stop briefly at the quaint fishermen’s village of Saint Cado, built on a round island and connected to the mainland by a small dam. we’ll take a local ferry to view the city of Lorient, ancient seat of the Company of Indies. The last part of the ride is very close to the ocean, and on a clear day we can enjoy the view of the Ile de Groix (Groix Island) on our left.
Pont Aven Quimper and Concarneau
The area we’re crossing today is called “Pays Bigouden”. Our first stop is in Pont Aven, where, at the end of 1800’s Paul Gauguin and his friends started the “New Art” movement. Towards the end of the ride we reach Quimper, the largest town we cross. The city has a long tradition in ceramics and it’s surely one of the best spots for souvenir shopping. Not to be missed is the early Gothic cathedral of Saint Corentin.
Today we ride the most challenging route of the whole itinerary, crossing the tip of Brittany and heading to the North Coast. Along the way we’ll stop at the village of Chateaulin, an important historical trading point on the canal that links Nantes to Brest. The ride ends in Roscoff, a lively harbor town facing the Wild Atlantic.
The Pink Granite Coast
During our ride we first stop in St. Pol de Leon to enjoy the wonderful Gothic cathedral and its colorful stained glass windows, then we reach the city of Morlaix. Towards the end of the ride we follow on of Brittany’s most famous natural beauty: the Pink Granite Coast. Molded and shaped by wind and water, the granite turns into pink sand. The wild coast is doted with small villages, capes, lighthouses and tiny harbors.
This morning after breakfast, around 9 am, we shuttle you to Morlaix where you can catch trains to different destinations within France, including Paris. We also suggest visiting St. Malo, Mont Saint Michele, Bayeux and the D-Day beaches, which are all within a few hours driving distance from our final hotel.
- Carbon bike rental equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
- Informative tour leaders throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Group shuttle at end of tour
On The Tour
- Van support
- Cheese and cider tasting
- Transfers and ferries
- Castle and museum visits
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 5 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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The 4-star Lodge Kerisper is located just a 100 meters from the port of La Trinité-sur-Mer, at a short distance from the beaches of Carnac, the Gulf of Morbihan and Quiberon.
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Le Brittany & SPA
The 4-star Le Brittany & SPA offers elegant and stylish bedrooms or suites. The hotel is committed to environmental sustainability, visible in their design and low energy consumption.
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Castel Beau Site
Castel Beau Site is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of the Pink Granite Coast along one of the most beautiful beaches in Brittany.
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