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Stay : Tour de Bretagne by bike
Here is an idea for a complete itinerary, for a two-week tour of Brittany by bike, at a rate of 40 to 60 km per day, depending on the difficulty. This also leaves time for a few stops and visits. A circuit marked out by several stations (in Dinan, Saint-Malo, Saint-Brieuc, Paimpol, Lannion, Morlaix, Carhaix, Hennebont), which will allow you to draw a shorter route.
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Detail of the stay : Tour de Bretagne by bike - 14 days
- Saint Malo
- Bon Repos Sur Blavet
- Bon Repos Sur Blavet
From the station, head north along the banks of the Ille on the regional cycle route no. 2 (V2). Perfect for getting your legs into gear: the flat route follows the towpath that runs alongside the Ille-et-Rance canal. A wooded and bucolic route. In Hédé, eleven locks follow one another, a sort of staircase for the boats. Stop off at the Maison du Canal to find out more about its history.
: CANAL D'ILLE-ET-RANCE
Leave early in the morning to reach Dinan. Just before, make a stop at the abbey of Léhon, on the banks of the Rance. When you arrive at the port, leave the bikes behind and walk up the Jerzual, a pretty cobbled street lined with half-timbered houses and craft shops, to reach the medieval centre.
Continue on the V2, which runs along the Rance and then follows an old railway line to Dinard, a chic seaside resort. Admire its splendid villas, then bask on the Ecluse beach. In high season, you can take a sea bus for a trip to Saint-Malo.
: PLAGE DE L'ECLUSE
On this stretch of the Vélomaritime, you will face some serious climbs, but will also enjoy magnificent views of the sea. For a lunch break, choose the charming port of Binic. Before getting back on your bike, a siesta on the beach of La Banche or Avant-port will be welcome.
: PLAGE DE LA BANCHE
Still a lot of difference in altitude, but a little less. You follow a tourist road that runs along the highest cliffs in Brittany. A little before Paimpol, stop at the maritime abbey of Beauport, surrounded by superb gardens. You will go along the port of Paimpol, then cross two beautiful estuaries (the Trieux and the Jaudy) before arriving in Tréguier.
A slightly shorter stage, to breathe a little. Start by strolling through the medieval streets of Tréguier, and visit its magnificent cathedral. The Vélomaritime takes you through the fields to Perros-Guirec. Leave it to reach Ploumanac'h and its magnificent pink granite chaos. Relax your tired muscles in the turquoise waters of the heavenly Saint-Guirec beach. You are halfway through your journey: why not make a day's stop here?
The hinterland of the Pink Granite Coast will test your legs. Take a well-deserved break on the beach at Tresmeur, in Trébeurden. Leave your horse for a short jaunt to Milliau Island (if the sea is low). Then, as far as Lannion, the terrain is much more forgiving.
At the exit of Lannion, a long coastline crosses the countryside until the giant beach of Saint-Michel-en-Grève. You then ride along the tip of Plestin and the very pretty bay of Locquirec. Take a break there because afterwards things get tougher: several climbs await you as far as Plougasnou, along this wild coast. But in return, you are most of the time at the seaside and enjoy beautiful panoramas.
Another rough stage: you first follow the coastline and discover the superb bay of Morlaix. Have lunch in town, then leave the Vélomaritime to join the Vélodyssée (Eurovélo 1). The scenery is completely different: the greenway, very wooded, follows an old railway line. It climbs gently and continuously to Scrignac.
: LA VOIE VERTE
The greenway continues to Carhaix, where you join the canal from Nantes to Brest. You will pass through the great trench of Glomel, dug by convicts, before reaching the lock of Bonen, in Rostrenen, where you can spend the night. An almost flat stage.
: LA VOIE VERTE
The majestic Bon-Repos Abbey stands on your way: visit it! Then you leave the canal and its towpath, interrupted by the large Guerlédan reservoir: the route rises a little and offers you beautiful views of this lake with its wooded banks. To take a dip, go down to the Beau-Rivage beach. After Mûr-de-Bretagne, you follow the Blavet to Pontivy.
: ABBAYE DE BON-REPOS
The last stage runs entirely along the charming, meandering Blavet. The towpath runs alongside the pretty hamlet of Saint-Nicolas-des-Eaux and its astonishing chapel, nestling under a large boulder. The cycle route stops at Hennebont.
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