Brittany from Port to Port

Brittany's port : Saint-Malo, Erquy, Paimpol

Highlights

Saint-Malo, its port and old town
Cap Fréhel and Fort la Latte
Charming ports : Saint-Quay-Portrieux, Binic, Erquy, Paimpol

Bretagne Saint-Malo Paimpol à vélo

From Saint-Malo, a merchant and former privateer port to Paimpol, a fishing port specialized in scallops, discover the ports of Brittany

Chapter 1

From the great fortress of Saint-Malo to Paimpol, you will stop in the most typical ports on Brittany’s northern coast. Wether a marina or fishing port, the warm atmosphere of coastal cities warm bring moments of plenitude. In Cap Frehel, the Bay of Saint-Brieuc and pointe de l’Arcouest, nature reveals its most beautiful colors: brooms’ yellow, the heathers’ and granite pink, the ocean’s emerald blue  and the ferns’ green. When these colours mix, you truly understand why the Breton have always protected their land.

To all sailors, corsairs, buccaneers… embark on this tip full of treasures. You will be richer of gourmet, historical, geographical, musical and folk discoveries. Crêpes, galettes, seafood, fish and local specialties will fill your plates.

Easy: you occasionally or regularly ride your bike and have experience in cycling for a whole day. You enjoy discovering new territories in a leisurely way. You can ride up to 35 to 55 km a day on relatively flat routes.
Bretagne Saint-Malo Paimpol à vélo
Day 1 - SAINT-MALO, SAINT-SULIAC LOOP - 34km

Our guide greets you at the train station in Saint-Malo. The corsair city and its ramparts open their arms. Discover the inner city and Emerald Coast. A loop to Saint-Suliac takes you to one of the most beautiful villages of France, on the banks of the Rance river.


Day 2 - FROM SAINT-MALO TO SAINT-CAST-LE-GUILDO - 38km

You leave the corsair city by the sea! At the foot of the ramparts, embark with your bikes on the sea bus that takes you to Dinard. A city of Art and History, Dinard surprises and impresses by its very beautiful 19th century villas. You then ride along the coast to Saint-Lunaire and Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, two seaside towns with sandy beaches and rocky points. From the Saint-Jacut-sur-Mer peninsula, you see the route which leads by the coastal road to Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, ideally located between the imposing cliffs of Cap Fréhel and the Corsaire City.


Day 3 - FROM SAINT-CAST-LE-GUILDO TO ERQUY - 34km

You leave Saint-Cast for Cap Fréhel. Its fragmented cliff is regularly attacked by a capricious sea. Admire an exceptional site which culminates at about 70m above sea level. In calm weather it adorns a beautiful blue and emerald dress. You pass Sables d'Or les Pins, which shines by its beaches of fine sand. The town of Erquy welcomes you. Enjoy a stroll on the fishing port. It can be a great show when scallops arrive.


Day 4 - FROM ERQUY TO SAINT-BRIEUC - 37km

You ride by one of the most important productions of European bouchot mussels, perfectly integrated into the Bay of Saint-Brieuc's landscape. At the end of the day, one last effort to reach the top of the town of Saint-Brieuc. You will follow the traces of the vestiges of the glorious little train of the Côtes du Nord.


Day 5 - FROM SAINT-BRIEUC TO SAINT-QUAY-PORTRIEUX - 26km

Along the Penthièvre coast, you criss-cross on small roads to the ports of Binic and Saint-Quay-Portrieux. Specialized in scallop fishing they offer beautiful animations that you can enjoy.


Day 6 - FROM SAINT-QUAY-PORTRIEUX TO PAIMPOL - 30km

You ride to the steep cliffs of Plouha and admire once again the beauty of the English Channel. The end of the trail leads you to the vestiges of the Beauport Abbey and Paimpol port of Paimpol where you will appreciate like old time sailors a well deserved rest!


Day 7 - PAIMPOL, LOGUIVY LOOP OR DAY AT ÎLE DE BREHAT - 30km

This last day takes you to the Trieux, a river with a changing landscape due to the tides. You ride to the small port of Loguivy, charming and typical of Northern Brittany.

As an alternative you can ride to the Pointe de l'Argouest and visit the Breahat island . A small jewel a few minutes by boat from the coast. A micro climate offers it an exotic flora! This small piece of land is worth the journey. You go on foot or by bike.


Moderate: you regularly ride and/or practice a sport. You are accustomed to traveling by bike or wish to try it out. Your physical condition allows you to cover a minimum of 40 to 55 km per day with a little bit of steep routes.
Bretagne Saint-Malo Paimpol à vélo
Day 1 - SAINT-MALO, CANCALE LOOP - 42km

Our guide greets you at the train station in Saint-Malo. The corsair city and its ramparts open their arms. Discover the inner city and Emerald Coast. Enjoy a loop to Cancale and to the most gourmet a tasting of its famous oysters


Day 2 - FROM SAINT-MALO TO SAINT-CAST-LE-GUILDO - 44km

You leave the corsair city by the sea! At the foot of the ramparts, embark with your bikes on the sea bus that takes you to Dinard. A city of Art and History, Dinard surprises and impresses by its very beautiful 19th century villas. You then ride along the coast to Saint-Lunaire and Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, two seaside towns with sandy beaches and rocky points. From the Saint-Jacut-sur-Mer peninsula, you see the route which leads by the coastal road to Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, ideally located between the imposing cliffs of Cap Fréhel and the Corsaire City.


Day 3 - FROM SAINT-CAST-LE-GUILDO TO ERQUY - 44km

You leave Saint-Cast for Cap Fréhel. Its fragmented cliff is regularly attacked by a capricious sea. Admire an exceptional site which culminates at about 70m above sea level. In calm weather it adorns a beautiful blue and emerald dress. You pass Sables d'Or les Pins, which shines by its beaches of fine sand. The town of Erquy welcomes you. Enjoy a stroll on the fishing port. It can be a great show when scallops arrive.


Day 4 - FROM ERQUY TO SAINT-BRIEUC - 41km

You ride by one of the most important productions of European bouchot mussels, perfectly integrated into the Bay of Saint-Brieuc's landscape. At the end of the day, one last effort to reach the top of the town of Saint-Brieuc. You will follow the traces of the vestiges of the glorious little train of the Côtes du Nord.


Day 5 - FROM SAINT-BRIEUC TO SAINT-QUAY-PORTRIEUX - 36km

You ride along the Penthièvre coast carved by the tides. Contemplate the magnificent bay of Saint-Brieuc and its exceptional richness: the great beach of the Rosaries, Pointe de Pordic ... Along this preserved area, you reach the ports of Binic and Saint- Quay-Portrieux.


Day 6 - FROM SAINT-QUAY-PORTRIEUX TO PAIMPOL - 46km

You ride to the steep cliffs of Plouha and admire once again the beauty of the English Channel. The end of the trail leads you to the vestiges of the Beauport Abbey and Paimpol port of Paimpol where you will appreciate like old time sailors a well deserved rest!


Day 7 - PAIMPOL, PONTRIEUX LOOP OR DAY AT BREHAT ISLAND - 38km

On this last day discover Pontrieux, a small town of character. You cross what was for a long time the first bridge of the Trieux, an eminently strategic point. On the banks of the Trieux discover the castle of Roche-Jagu. A day between Trégor and Goëlo in Brittany's countryside.

As an alternative you can ride to the Pointe de l'Argouest and visit the Breahat island . A small jewel a few minutes by boat from the coast. A micro climate offers it an exotic flora! This small piece of land is worth the journey. You go on foot or by bike.


Chambre gamme confort Abicyclette

Confort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Available on this tour starting from : 760€

Prices

Price for self-guided tour
  • 760€ / person with Confort Range

Optionnal

Bike rental

  • Bike rental : 115€ / person
  • Electric bike rental : 218€ / person

Insurance

  • Cancellation Insurance : 19€ / person
  • Multi Risk Insurance : 24€ / person

High season supplement

  • High season supplement : 25€ / person

Other options

  • 3 dîners supplémentaires (formule liberté uniquement) : 115€ / person
  • Nuit supplémentaire à Saint-Malo en chambre double : 65€ / person
  • Nuit supplémentaire à Saint-Malo en chambre individuelle : 115€ / person

The price includes :

Self-guided tours
– 6 nights in a double room
– 6 breakfasts
– 2 diners
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Loan of a GPS with full itinerary
– French topo map (IGN 1/100 000e)
– Practical cycling guide
– Our guide personnally welcomes you on Day 1
– Taxes
– Phone assistance 24/7
– Application fees

The price doesn't include :

Self-guided tours
– Lunches, breakfast on Day 1
– Diners (except when mentionned above)
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
– Drinks
– Visits
– Parking fees (if you park your car in Saint-Malo)

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance 24H/7 you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

Getting here ?

Starting point

Saint-Malo,Ile et Vilaine (35)

Coming to Saint-Malo by car*

From Rennes by the D137 (70 km 1h)
From Paris by the A11 highway (420 km 4h)

Coming to Saint-Malo by train*

TGV train station in Saint-Malo (from Paris: 3h)

Check schedules and book your train at               en.voyages-sncf.com/en

Coming to Saint-Malo by plane*

Airport in Rennes

* Transport to your starting point can be included as an option.

Recommended cycling gear

Bike
  • Bike for all types of roads, trekking or hybrid
  • 21 speeds, 26 inches or 700 wheels
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 28 to 35 tires
    • crank set 48-36-26, cassette 11/34
    • for children, avoid single-speed bikes

Clothing and equipment
  • 1 helmet
  • suitable clothing for cycling
  • 1 warm jacket (e.g. fleece jacket)
  • 1 rainproof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or trunkbag
  • 1 or 2 water flasks
  • 1 security padlock
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest


Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit:
    • 2 or 3 patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit:
    • cloth, oil, brakepads

Other
  • 1 suitcase (for belongings in luggage transfer)
  • 1 pair of evening shoes
  • 1 set of toiletries
  • 1 mobile phone and charger
  • 1 bathing suit and towel

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