A wild and diversified coast: Emerald Coast, Pink Granite Coast
Typical ports: Cancale, Erquy, Paimpol, Roscoff
Towns with character: Saint-Malo, Tréguier, Dinard
Hilly yet very accessible and enjoyable countryside roads
The Vélomaritime, a cycling itinerary opened in June 2013, offers a unique adventure over more than 1200 km on both sides of the English Channel, with a wide variety of coastal landscapes. This secured and signpost path mixes small roads and greenways. The itinerary sometimes offers steep climbs, but they are worth it. The easier days will give you time to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, culture and way of life of each country.
On the Brittany part, you will enjoy:
– Pink Granite Coast and its excpetional natural sculptures
– Attractive ports which have preserved their authenticity: Paimpol, Erquy, Binic, Saint-Malo, Cancale…
– Towns and villages with charm and character: Tréguier, Dinard, Mont-Dol…
– Cap Fréhel, one of the most beautiful natural sites with its craggy cliffs plunging into the sea
– Emerald Coast with its magical colors from Cap Fréhel to Cancale
– Mont Saint-Michel, classified as world heritage by Unesco
This trip can be done in small portions or in its totality. It can be extended by its Norman and/or English part. You can also check out the easy version of the “Vélomaritime” :
– La Vélomaritime – version facile
Enjoy a few glimpses of this trip
Arrival in Roscoff. You meet with our guide at your hotel for an orientation meeting. If you arrive early enough, take a boat to ile de Batz.
Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.
This route starts in the Breton grove: small roads, lined with high hedges and stone walls. You bypass the bay of Morlaix and cross the city of the same name. Along the coast you reach the Cairn of Barnenez, one of the highest in Europe, which bears witness to a very old human presence! The colors and scents that surround you, make it easy to understand the settlement of men here.
A few kilometers after Plougasnou will be lucky enough to advance on a beautiful coastal road, built at the top of high cliffs. You will reach the Grève of St. Michael where a cross stands, in the middle of the huge beach, aptly named “Croix de Mi-lieue”. Knocked down in 1944, it was found and redressed in May 1993 on the edge of what was the only possible passageway,long ago, to reach Saint-Effla. The “Grand Rocher” represents a beautiful granitic overhang towards the sea, which offers a surprising new wild landscape. You cross Lannion then its countryside which separates of Perros-Guirec and the sea. On this beautiful seaside resort, a hike awaits you on the footpath of Customs (GR34) to discover the famous chaos of the Granite Rose.
The route takes you to Tréguier by the small bucolic roads of the Breton countryside. The route of the Vélomaritime offers some greenways that soften a hilly landscape.The small city of character Tréguier charms visitors thanks to its rich historic architecture. You cross the Jaudy and enjoy small country roads and bicycle facilities on the former railway line of the Côtes du Nord. As you approach the broad valley of the Trieux, you enter Lézardrieux, perched on the edge of the estuary. After crossing the surrounding Paimpol countryside, you enter one of the most lively and colorful ports in the English Channel.
On the cliffs of Goëlo, you ride along the sea. Indeed the course takes you by the scenic route to the craggy cliffs of Plouha. A most enjoyable way to admire the beauties that the channel offers you. You join the charming little port of Binic and the coast of Penthièvre, carved, hammered, by the incessant chisels of the tides. You go back to the historic center of Saint-Brieuc for a night of history and discovery.
You leave Saint-Brieuc by taking the old railway line (the little train of the northern coast). You descend in the cove of Yffiniac where a museum tells the story of the railway in Brittany. The latter has left an exceptional heritage restored for bicycles today (viaduct, tracks dug in the rock …). The cove of Yffiniac represents the bottom of the bay of Saint-Brieuc. A marsh landscape offers a natural reserve to enjoy many species of birds. You follow a steep coast before reaching the small port of Dahouët. The colors of the boats mix with each other to offer nice reflections on the water. You cross the seaside resort of Pleneuf Val-André, the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved ice cream! There are still some beautiful hilly coastal roads before reaching the port of Erquy and its beach.
The path marked “Vélomaritime”, leads you by pathways and bike paths to Cape Fréhel. On the cliffs, 70m above the sea, you witness the unreeling of a grandiose landscape. The area leading to the Cap Fréhel lighthouse is protected. It’s made up of heather moors, gorse, broom and ferns, all contributing to a beautiful mix of colors. After the lighthouse you visit the fort of La Latte built on the coast overlooking the sea. The fort is a filming location for several famous films because its exceptional location is as interesting as its state of conservation and renovation. You go around the beautiful bay of Fresnaye where you can meet some oyster farmers at work. The arrival in Saint-Cast allows you to enjoy a beautiful beach for swimming. The family resort is lively all summer!
On small hilly roads, your journey takes you to the bucolic Breton countryside. After the peninsula of Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer that deserves a small detour, you quickly reach Trémereuc. There, an old railway line, refurbished as a greenway allows you to easily reach the city of Dinard. On the port your boat is waiting for you to join Saint-Malo.
Your route runs along the Emerald Coast and the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel. Between land and sea your path takes you to meet local producers: Oyster farmers, mussel farmers, breeders… As many specialties as you can enjoy throughout your stay.
After tying your bike to the foot of Mont Saint-Michel, hop on the shuttle that takes you there. Another small walk to reach the surprising abbey, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It’s the end of your stay after breakfast. You are able to enjoy a morning to visit to the Abbey which sits at the top of the Mount!
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.
Starting from 1045€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices
|Number of guests||Price/person|
|2||Starting from 1045€|
|3||Starting from 1163€|
|4||Starting from 875€|
|5||Starting from 946€|
|6||Starting from 815€|
|7 or more||Quote on request|
|Extra night in a standard double room in ROSCOFF (breakfast included)||Starting from 125€ / chambre|
|Extra night in a superior single room in ROSCOFF (breakfast included)||Starting from 125€ / chambre|
|Extra night in a standard double room in MONT SAINT-MICHEL (breakfast included)||Starting from 170€ / chambre|
|Extra night in a standard single room in MONT SAINT-MICHEL (breakfast included)||Starting from 170€ / chambre|
|Bike rental 8 days||Starting from 122€ / participant|
|Electric bike rental 8 days||Starting from 240€ / participant|
|Children bike rental 8 days||Starting from 92€ / participant|
|Cancellation insurance Read more||Starting from 24€ / participant|
|Multiple-risk insurance Read more||Starting from 29€ / participant|
You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.
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Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.
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Roscoff, Finistère (29)
From Rennes by the N12 (211 km 2h20)
From Paris by the A13 highway (575 km 6h)
Train station in Roscoff (from Paris 5h)
TGV train station in Morlaix (from Paris 4h)
Airport in Brest
* Transport to your starting point can be included as an option.
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