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Cycling on the French Atlantic Coast


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The Charente-Maritime coast,
Bikes For Everyone Here!

For some years cycling has been one of the most popular activities in the region. Bicycles of every description are used to go to the beach, to go shopping, for keeping fit, or for family bike rides. Along the coast it is fairly flat, making cycling very easy.

This activity is an ideal combination of sport and exploring the countryside and many improvements have been made to ensure the safety of cyclists of all ages and reduce the risk of accidents. Bicycle paths are numerous on the island of Oléron, the island of Ré and around Royan, …

From the Centre of Saint-Palais-sur-Mer to the port of La Palmyre, about one hour there and back

The cycle track from Saint-Palais to La Palmyre, which alternates between views of the sea and forest landscapes, is an example of a particularly successful track layout. In Saint-Palais, going in the direction of La Grande Côte, the cycle track begins on the left, level with the traffic lights at the crossroads which lead on the right-hand side to the market and on the left towards the Pont-du-Diable. After about a hundred metres, you reach the sea at the far end of Platin beach. After a short break, move up to the Chapel of the Air Pilots and see the lighthouse of Terre-Nègre. Then, go along the cliff top, up to the headland of La Grande Côte. The views over the estuary, Cordouan's lighthouse, out to sea, are different every time, depending upon the season, the time, the state of the sky, the tide, and your mood of the moment!

From the point of La Grande Côte, you leave the seaside to go into the maritime pine forest. At first, the track follows the dunes and then the route goes up and down over a series of small hills which continue until you reach a long, straight, flat track which goes to the far western end of the long beach of La Grande Côte.

The track then returns towards the sea and continues along the promenade which leads to the beach and to the port of La Palmyre.

For the more courageous, the lighthouse of La Coubre and the Côte Sauvage are only a little further away from La Palmyre.

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