Of all the countries one could choose to travel to, France certainly isn’t the shabbiest. In the land of love, wine and cheese, ultimate holiday vibes are never far off. Yet with such a large array of possible places to go to, it can be hard to narrow down your options. Sea or mountains? City or countryside? Culture or nature? Honestly, the options are endless and we wouldn’t know where to send you first. Although, we’ve just found a cycling path which could help to solve at least part of your choosing problems.
The path we’re talking about is called La Véloscénie and connects the French capital Paris with another well-known site: the Mont Saint-Michel. Aka that monastery-island in Normandy which you can only reach during low tide and which seems to have sprouted right out of the sea.
If you’re a little acquainted with France’s geography, you’ll soon realize Paris and the Mont Saint-Michel aren’t exactly next to each other. And if you’re a total geography noob and didn’t realize this until this moment, you know so now. Anyway, there are in fact no less than 450 kilometers separating the two so one thing is for sure, you won’t cycle this in a day. Yet why would you, with so much to see en route?
La Véloscénie isn’t just great as a way to discover Paris and the Mont Saint-Michel, in fact, the real interest of this cycling path is what’s located on the way. Are you not yet familiar with places such as the Château de Versailles, the Château de Maintenon, the Cathédrale de Chartres, the Thermes de Bagnoles de l’Orne and the Dentelle d’Alençon? No worries, you’ll find out all about them during your trip. On top of that, you’ll cross three regional parks and five UNESCO monuments.
Above all though, you’ll get to discover France at a slower pace. While making your way through the many green roads, cycling paths and hidden backways, you’ll get to see the country’s hidden face. One which you rarely see when on a city trip in, let’s say, Paris. Of course, it’s up to you to decide how long you take to finish the 450 kilometer-route.
La Véloscénie proposes you a seven-day and a ten-day itinerary, but you can also go to their website to come up with your very own, personal route – depending on how much time you’ve got to spare and what your interests are.