07 April 2020
Follow the guide to unveil the secrets of the Marais poitevin
Exploring the paths of the Marais poitevin by bike is a pleasant way to discover the beautiful landscapes, but it can be even better with a few explanations to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the region. Damien, a guide at Original Vélo Tour, proposes just that. He has a passion for the Marais poitevin and the local heritage, and will lead you along the paths, telling you all there is to know about the amazing riches of this unique wetland area, the most extensive in western France.
The itineraries suggested by Original Vélo Tour complement your boat ride, giving you an alternative angle as you discover the villages of Green Venice, the dry marshes and the abbeys, not forgetting the huge diversity of wildlife and vegetation in this multi-faceted landscape.
Guided seaside bike ride with Original Vélo Tour
Walks combined with tastings of local produce
But when you follow Damien you also get to meet the passionate local producers who will tell you about their work and even let you taste! You’ll stop off to taste oysters from the tanks of Arçay, the local Cibulle beer, or a glass of wine on your way through the Fiefs Vendéens vineyard. These bike rides will make your mouth water!
A guided bike ride approved by the Valeurs Parc Naturel Régional brand
Original Vélo Tour is an organisation that has won the Qualité Tourisme quality label as well as the Valeurs Parc Naturel Régional seal of approval, which means visitors can rest assured when it comes to quality!
If you feel like it and you love cycling, you could tackle the “Tour du Parc Naturel Régional du Marais poitevin”, a 236-kilometre permanent itinerary, approved by the French Cycling Federation, that takes you all the way around the Marais poitevin Regional Natural Park.
The Marais poitevin also boasts 800 kilometres of signposted loop itineraries and is traversed by the Vélodyssée and Vélo Francette cycling routes. So there’s no excuse for not coming to pedal along the small canals known as “conches”!