Cycling Holidays in Charente
A rolling landscape of rivers and lakes
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.
3 Matching Holidays
Ride in the valley of the River Dronne
Cycle from the Charente to the Dordogne
Easy cycling along river valleys, two nights in each location and longer routes available. Start at one of the ‘Plus beaux villages de France’ Aubeterre-sur-Dronne; famous for its subterranean monolithic church. This stunning route runs...
Moulin du Chemin
Explore the idyllic countryside of the Pays de Gâtine
A single-centre holiday based at le Moulin du Chemin, a wonderful little Maison d’Hôte hidden in a leafy valley in deepest rural France. Established by the present proprietors in 1993,the restored mill house dating from before 1650 is remote,...
Classic Cognac Cycling
Fine brandy and easy cycling
Follow the meandering River Charente and cycle through prestigious Cognac vineyards with opportunities to taste the finest brands, including a visit to the famous Hennessy Cognac house. Gentle hills provide scenic views, and there's an...