Posted on 02 February 2011 by Dan Johnson
New networks make cycling an easy option for family holidays in France.
For a family holiday with a difference, take advantage of France’s love affair with the bike and try out miles of new cycle networks in popular French tourist resorts. You can strap your bikes to the car or hire cycles during your break and enjoy one of these great value pedal-powered family holidays with siblu villages (www.siblu.com; 0871 911 7777).
The Vendée’s vélo routes
The Vendée has invested heavily in cycle tracks and the region can now be explored in full from the saddle, along more than 1000km of designated routes. Almost 300km of tracks run along the coast, taking in marshland, dunes and beaches.
A unique attraction of the region is the Vélo Rail, where families can swap their bikes for a cart which they pedal along 10km of disused rail track through the Vendée countryside.
Stay at Le Bois Masson in St Jean De Monts. This large and lively holiday village has entertainment for children and adults, indoor and outdoor swimming, free children’s clubs and even a spa for post-cycling stress relief. A seven-night stay from 13 August starts from as little as £1,038 for a family in a two-bedroom holiday home.
On your bike in Brittany
Brittany, which is renowned for its beautiful coast, has new cycle routes that take in some of the most stunning ocean views. Designated vélo routes can be followed to the towns and beaches around Quimper, Brittany’s oldest city.
Base yourself at Domaine de Kerlann siblu village near to Pont Aven, where saddle sore families can relax with free children’s clubs, indoor and outdoor pools and a splash zone. A seven-night stay from 23 July starts from as little as £808 for a family in a two-bedroom holiday home.
Cycling through Charente Maritime
There are miles of accessible cycle routes for all abilities through Charente Maritime, the sunniest region on France’s west coast. Take to two wheels through the La Coubre forest, to discover the golden beaches of the Côte Sauvage.
Start your adventure from Bonne Anse Plage siblu village in La Palmyre. When the cycling gets too much, you can let the outdoor pools and free children’s clubs take the strain. A seven-night holiday from 20 August starts from only £950 for a family in a two-bedroom holiday home.
All prices are subject to availability.