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La Loire à Vélo from Saumur to Angers

[ Cycle routes EuroVelo 6 ]
  • 64 km

In Anjou, going from Saumur to Angers, this EuroVelo 6 section (also part of the Loire à Vélo route) offers an intense concentration of Loire delights, with its river islands, the vine-covered slopes around Saumur and subterranean caves put to many uses, including mushroom-growing, not forgetting the lovely Authion River. Plus, once a year, the area celebrates vintage style with panache. This section is unforgettable, the cycling easy.

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The 6 stages of the section « La Loire à Vélo from Saumur to Angers »

  • Saumur / St-Rémy-la-Varenne

    Saumur / St-Rémy-la-Varenne [31.8 km]

    On this Loire à Vélo stage, enjoy some of the most spectacular, luminous stretches along the Loire. The route hugs the south bank of the river, allowing you to appreciate close-up remarkable buildings made in the gorgeous local tufa limestone, including the major church at Cunault and St-Maur Abbey. All told, a magical but easy stage.

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  • St-Rémy-la-Varenne / La Daguenière

    St-Rémy-la-Varenne / La Daguenière [11.3 km]

    For this Loire à Vélo stage, cross to the Loire’s north bank through Anjou, cycling through former marshes turned into rich agricultural lands in medieval times, when the raised levées were built. Pick up local produce on the way! At La Daguenière, either head for Anjou’s capital city, Angers, via Trélazé’s former open slate mines, or follow the Loire to the dramatic confluence with the Maine River at Bouchemaine.

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  • La Daguenière / Angers

    La Daguenière / Angers [15 km]

    This Loire à Vélo stage to Anjou’s capital takes you through the startling landscapes of the former slate mines of Trélazé. Then enjoy crossing the Authion River via a little cable ferry. This makes for a fun way to reach the enticing city of Angers, spread across both banks of the Maine River. An equally enjoyable alternative route takes you to Bouchemaine via the Loire-side town of Les Ponts-de-Cé (see stage La Daguenière >Bouchemaine).

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  • La Daguenière / Bouchemaine

    La Daguenière / Bouchemaine [14.5 km]

    This Loire à Vélo stage in Anjou takes you to the magnificent, broad confluence of the Loire and Maine rivers. This strategic location made the area a magnet for mariners down the centuries. The waterside villages of Ste-Gemmes-sur-Loire and Bouchemaine still reflect the strong connections with the Loire. The quays at Bouchemaine incite you to pause, perhaps at one of the tempting restaurants.

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  • Circuit 1 : Sud-saumuroise N°1 Starting from Gennes

    Circuit 1 : Sud-saumuroise N°1 Starting from Gennes [76.5 km]

    Partly using the great Loire à Vélo cycle route, this cycling circuit of 2 to 3 days takes you to the delights of the Sud Saumurois area, notably its startling caves hidden across the plain here. The village of Rochemenier conceals a museum on the subject, in subterranean farms. The cycling circuit guides you through countryside peppered with distinctive quarries, cellars, old farms and hamlets. From Saumur to Gennes, take in typically glorious Loire-side villages.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Circuit 2 : Sud-saumuroise N°2 starting from Saumur

    Circuit 2 : Sud-saumuroise N°2 starting from Saumur [64 km]

    Taking you from the Loire to the Thouet Valley, this circuit passes by amazing subterranean sights in the Sud Saumurois area. Visit the Troglodytes de la Sablière, its caves concealing elaborate carvings in the rock, or the Bioparc de Doué la Fontaine, the world’s only subterranean zoo! Continue through fine vineyards to sleepy Le Puy-Notre-Dame, with a grand church. The Thouet Valley, its limestone villages and the fortified town of Montreuil Bellay crowned by a medieval castle count among other sights to relish on this 2 to 3 day trip.

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