The Vélodyssée is a cycle route that starts from Roscoff, in Brittany, to reach Hendaye on the Basque coast, along the Atlantic. This is the largest car-free marked cycle route in France, which will allow you to cross Brittany and Vendée before reaching La Rochelle and continuing towards the Basque Country. Much of the route gives you traffic in car-free lanes. The route will take you to the town of La Rochelle, along the Marans-La Rochelle canal.
From La Tranche-sur-Mer to Marans
Between Vendée and Charente-Maritime, this 46 km stage of the cycle route lets you discover the so-called “dried out” part of the Marais Poitevin. Pedal through the heart of large expanses of marshes and crops, punctuated by farms and cabins, until you reach Marans, a pleasant river town bordered by the Sèvre Niortaise. In Marans you will find everything you need for a pleasant stopover before continuing your journey towards La Rochelle.
Discover the route
From Marans to La Rochelle
25km section, you follow the canal from Marans to La Rochelle, initially built to connect the 2 port cities of the 18th century, and find the ocean again. This greenway exclusively reserved for pedestrians and bicycles, except for a small passage on shared lanes at Dompierre-sur-Mer, is dotted with locks and small stone bridges. The arrival of the stage is via the Canal de Rompsay, in the shade of the trees, before discovering the famous Towers of La Rochelle.