Camino de Santiago by bike – Camino de Santiago via Tours
Cyclists love the 380km Jacobean Loire Valley cycling path from Rambouillet to Châtellerault via Tours because it is relatively level. Via Turonenis (Tours route) in the Loire Valley lies alongside the Brenne and takes cyclists to the Vouvray vineyards before heading due south into the Vienne valley.
Download the Camino de Santiago by bike brochure.
As well as the GR 655 Loire cycling guide, the following documents provide details of Jacobean landmarks and useful information such as where to find accommodation, toilets, restaurants and picnic areas. The Loire Valley accommodation list is available to view on the website to help you plan your trip.
If this is your first Loire cycling experience, you should only attempt one section of the route e.g. between Vendôme and Châtellerault (these 2 towns are linked by train so you can easily get to and from the route).
Loire Valley Tourism
There are lots of things to see and do on your adventure on the Camino de Santiago bike path (GR 655). Here are some ideas:
- The grounds of Château-Renault, one of the Loire castles home to rare tree species
- The Château de Valmer grounds in Chançay
- The Château de Jallanges in Vernou-sur-Brenne
- The Vouvray wine cellar
- Hop onto the Saint-Martin boat in Rochecorbon for an hour long trip on the Loire
- In Tours: the Marmoutier Abbey, Tours Cathedral, Saint Martin Basilica and Museum and not forgetting Place Plumereau, “the most beautiful square in France for a drink” according to the 2014 Lonely Planet guide!
- The Forteresse du Faucon Noir in Montbazon
- Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois Church where Joan of Arc found her sword
- Les Passerelles exhibition in Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine (where you can learn how the famous goat’s cheese is made!)
- Dive into the Second World War at the Maison du Souvenir in Maillé
- Go swimming in the Vienne on the little beach in Marcilly-sur-Vienne
- The village of Pussigny hosts an annual “large scale” exhibition with paintings hanging on the walls of the streets
Have a nice trip!
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