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Cycling around the Cotentin peninsula

From port to port from Granville to Carentan

Highlights

Towns & villages of charm and character such as Granville, Portbail and Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue
Cap de la Hague, an exceptional natural site between moors and sea which earned it the nickname of "Little Ireland"
Cape Carteret and the coastline beaches of the Isles coast
Cherbourg, a port city steeped in history

A beautiful getaway along the Normandy coast

An invigorating journey that takes you to discover the untamed landscapes and villages of character of the region of La Manche. Experience a cycling epic from Granville to the landing beaches, via Cherbourg!

Here is a trip for all lovers of the sea and port life. Thanks to a preserved natural coast made up of dunes and steep cliffs, the Cotentin offers you a delightful sea trip. Greeted in lovely lively ports, you share the life of fishermen who are keen to make you taste their specialties. By bike, you ride on small, sometimes sandy roads, and on beautiful and large cycle paths that wind between impressive buildings, often in bloom.

At the start along the Côte des Havres, between Granville and Carteret, dunes and estuaries follow one another, offering a remarkable and unique natural space. The vast impressive dunes change color with the winds and tides. Small seaside resorts intersperse the route, such as Agon-Coutainville and Blainville sur mer, where a stop is recommended to taste the oysters and other seafood.

Little by little, the scenery changes and gives way to the vast fine sandy beaches of the Côte des Isles. The route sometimes has steep drops, but it is worthwhile thanks to the many vantage points it offers in return. Picturesque villages and seaside resorts take turns: Portbail, Barneville-Carteret, Diélette, Siouville, Cherbourg …  For the lovers of nautical activities, a stopover at Sciotot beach is highly recommended! The beach is a little paradise for surfers.

The rocky coasts of La Hague emerge as the wheels turn. The cliffs and pebble beaches are part of the scenery, and offer breathtaking panoramas. You continue to Cherbourg, a historic town and port, where the sea air will not be lacking there either. The circuit then takes you through the typical ports of Barfleur and Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. Take advantage of a stopover to visit Tatihou Island and the Vauban Towers, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You enter the Cotentin Marsh along the Landing beaches, via Utah Beach. You follow the route of the soldiers, liberating during the Second World War, the villages of Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.

The tour of the Cotentin peninsula by bike tells you both the stories of the inhabitants who make the charm of the place and the great history that played out here in the middle of the twentieth century. Endowed with an exceptional varied natural heritage, this stay offers a great change of scenery to all bicycle travelers.

Itinéraire Le tour de la presqu'île du Cotentin
Niveau FitFit
Day 1

GRANVILLE

Welcome to Granville!
After settling into your accommodation, take a moment to take a deep breath of sea air and roam the streets of the port city. Perched on its Roc, the upper town offers remarkable views of the sea and the rest of the town.

Briefing Orientation

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.

Day 2

From GRANVILLE to AGON-COUTAINVILLE 42km 300m Niveau Loisir

Granville is worth a visit, so if you ran out of time the day before, take a trip to its charming downtown area and waterfront.
The rest of the day is by bike towards Agon-Coutainville. For this first stage, the course is relatively flat. It alternates between sandy portions on the coast and passages in the middle of the marshes. Along the way, a few slopes allow you to test your legs before arriving in Agon-Coutainville.

Day 3

From AGON-COUTAINVILLE to BARNEVILLE-CARTERET 51km 250m Niveau Forme

Like the day before, the course is generally quite rolling. Sections in the forest and parts on agricultural roads enliven this stage. You also pass through some typical Norman villages with imposing granite houses. The arrival at Portail is superb. A footbridge spans the Olonde stream and guides you to the pretty town center of Portbail. Then you reach Barneville-Carteret.

Day 4

From BARNEVILLE-CARTERET to AUDERVILLE 70km 839m Niveau Forme

This is by far the most spectacular stage on your Normandy adventure. You will be amazed.
Today’s route to Auderville is very demanding. Many hills are on the menu but magnificent panoramas of the coast and the sea will make you forget the rugged profile of the stage. Evening in Auderville.

Day 5

From AUDERVILLE to CHERBOURG 31km 321m Niveau Loisir

This stage between Auderville and Cherbourg is quite hilly, especially at the start of the route. Very steep slopes will put a strain on your thighs and calves. However, from Urville, the profile flattens out and allows you to finish calmly. A greenway that runs along the seaside drops you off in Cherbourg town center.

Day 6

From CHERBOURG to SAINT-VAAST-LA-HOUGUE 55km 450m Niveau Forme

You leave the Cherbourg agglomeration and ride along the bucolic landscapes along the Saire. On the way, stop at the Vast to discover this picturesque village and the nature that surrounds it: steep reliefs, forests, rivers and waterfalls… Also taste the famous Vast brioche made since 1900. You ride along the coast and finally, you reach the sea and enjoy a sweet evening in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. Do not miss the Vauban Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7

From SAINT-VAAST-LA-HOUGUE to CARENTAN 72km 450m Niveau Forme

From Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, the La Vélomaritime route follows the small roads of the Regional Natural Park of the Cotentin and Bessin Marshes. Take advantage of your stopover in Quinéville to taste the famous cakes of the artisanal biscuit factory. This itinerary allows you to take a leap in time and learn many facts about the landing of June 6, 1944. You arrive in front of the famous church of Sainte-Mère-Eglise: look up, you will see John Steel’s parachute , American paratrooper. You continue your way to Utah Beach: this 5 km long beach saw the disembarkation of more than 20,000 men and 1,700 vehicles on June 6, 1944. You can also discoverd, along the way, the Azeville and Crisbecq batteries, these fortifications of the Atlantic Wall erected by the Germans at the beginning of the 1940s. Your route ends in Carentan.

Day 8

CARENTAN

End of stay after breakfast.

Essential Range

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.

Accommodation example
Hôtel des Bains (Granville) Façade hôtel ambassadeur à Cherbourg Logis La Demeure du Perron façade Hôtel L’Auberge Normande

Starting from 930€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort 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.

Accommodation example
Hôtel des Bains (Granville) Façade de l’hôtel aux 13 arches à Portbail Hôtel L'Erguillère Façade hôtel ambassadeur à Cherbourg Logis La Demeure du Perron façade Hôtel L’Auberge Normande

Starting from 1055€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

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.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a double room
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance
  • Application fee
  • Day 1 : Meeting with our guide in Normandy
  • A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Taxes
  • The trip itineraries available on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Cycling practical guide including topo maps, restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner

Price does not include

  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Lunches
  • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
  • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

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, 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, traditional

GPS for cycling trips

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

 


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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

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Touring bike

A straight and easy going position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Vélo de voyage, position à l'hollandaise pour vacances à vélo

Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Children Bike

20″ or 24″ bike

Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

Getting here

Meeting point

Granville, Normandie (50)

Coming by car

From Paris by Caen by the A13 (345 km 4h)

From Nantes by Rennes by the N137 then the A84 (225 km 2h30)

Parking in Granville : free parking in front of the CRNG (Centre Régional de Nautisme de Granville).

Coming by train*

Arrival: TER station in Granville (from Paris : 3H45)

Departure: TER station in Carentan

Coming by plane*

Airport in Caen – Carpiquet.

 

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

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation 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 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil

Other

  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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