Featured Bordeaux Cycling Tours
A cycle tour with sensible mileages and often swimming pools for guests’ use at your overnights. The stay-put day on the edge of the Landais forest offers the chance of a half-day canoe trip or a little further afield, pony riding. The last complete day can be an excursion by train to the seaside at Arcachon where there are boat rides to the island, or the Dune de Pyla to clamber up. The distances are demanding enough to give a sense of challenge but do not need a tri-athletes training
A 7 night cycle tour for those who appreciate Bordeaux’s supremacy as thewine cellar of France or who just want to enjoy rural France at a leisurely pace. It leaves Bordeaux on a long-distance cycle path to reach Chateau Dardenac for a first night and then next day takes you on to St Emilion where you have time to enjoy both the town and the many opportunities for sampling ‘Grand Cru’ or less famous names.
4 night (5 day) cycle tour through a range of landscapes that can include a night on a wine-producing estate. This route includes a big sample of Bordeaux with no time wasted. Possible to extend it to 5 or 6 nights.
Route traverses the higher ground between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers three times and crosses some rolling countryside en route to Bazas but generally follows river valleys and their flood plains.
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Ready to saddle up? A pretty good indicator of whether a location is worth choosing for a cycling holiday in France is the number of outfits offering such cycle tours. When we arrived some 11 years ago there was just one and they relied heavily on Google Translate to...
The real attraction of Bordeaux’s countryside for a cycling holiday is not simply that the lower Garonne and Dordogne river valleys offer easy lowland pedaling but that they give access to the wide range of landscapes that host a tremendous variety of wines and wine makers.
Bordeaux central area was awarded its UNESCO World Heritage status for the completeness of its 18th century urban landscape. That architecture has at its core the site of the roman port and around that the medieval walled city which survives in the street plan and many of the narrow streets.
Bordeaux and its countryside include domestic buildings that are an integral parts of the landscape and the local culture. Its unlikely that you would travel far through the rural backroads without encountering a village lavoir – a communal laundry facility where the luxury of cold running water is supplemented by a roof and a stone wash trough.
Because of the region’s renowned wines, the Bordelais gourmet cuisine is often overlooked, as greater emphasis is placed on the accompanying wine rather than on the food itself.
Bordeaux and its region are rich with famous sons and daughters who have made it into the history books: Roman poets, philosophers, royalty, painters, writers, the list is long and varied…
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Pope Clement V, formerly a Gascon lad called Bertrand de Goth, appointed five of his nephews as Cardinals to assist in clerical power struggles and benefit financially from his elevation to the papacy.
Take a look at Cycle Bordeaux’s list of resources and useful information for anyone considering cycling vacations in France: equipment, passports, first aid kit, bike repair kit, etc.