Official cycle routes throughout Charente total in excess of 1,000km, with a mixture of trails taking riders along quiet country roads, past quaint ports and fishing villages, and alongside the meandering waterways of the River Charente. A diversity of attractions offers plenty to see, with gentle ascents, picture-perfect panoramas and the Atlantic coastline providing an enticing experience for cyclists of all abilities.
Vineyards and Cognac
As one of the major tourist attractions for visitors to Charente, Cognac country offers a journey through fields of rich flora and rolling vineyards, where small towns and villages produce the region’s eponymous brandy. Routes are gentle and tailored for discovery at a sedate pace, while a tasting at a wine or Cognac house proves tempting after a day on the road. With the River Charente the perfect guide for navigating the route to Cognac, a journey through this charming wine country is rewarding and unforgettable.
With the Atlantic coast and the River Charente coursing its way inland, there are countless ports, fishing towns, and villages to be discover throughout the province, most famous of which is La Rochelle. Featuring two medieval towers standing guard over the entrance to the port, as well as a long promenade of restaurants, bars, shops and arcades, it’s the perfect interlude on a leisurely Charente cycling holiday. More than 160km of cycle routes can be found throughout La Rochelle alone, providing plenty of choice for all riders.