500 kms of green bike paths around Normandy

Posted by on September 8, 2012

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One doesn’t have to be a Tour De France cyclist to have fun and enjoy Normandy. The whole place is boasting beaches, parks, golf courses and a lot of attractions that are open to public. You can also visit the home of the famous artist Monet which was turned into a museum where it showcases paintings and other works. You can also visit D-day landing beaches that are dotted with small resorts. The rolling hillsides of Normandy are filled with cemeteries. The place is a reminder of the heroism of the Armed Forces during World War II. The countryside of Normandy is described to be quiet, spacious and untouched. You can join a biking tour that would give you access to 500 kms of green bike paths that go around Normandy. Along the way, you can have the pleasure of tasting great food and drinks.

World War 2 graves

World War 2 graves

D-Day Omaha beach

D-Day Omaha beach memorial of the soldiers that fell on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June6, 1944.

Cycling in Normandy. On the Background is the Mont Saint Michel.

Cycling in Normandy. On the Background is the Mont Saint Michel.

While in Normandy, don’t forget to taste cider, calvados, cream and different types of fishes. During the whole trip you can see the legacy of the Normans. There are several routes to and from Normandy including the 500 kms of green paths that run through its coastal line and countryside. Tourists can expect to enjoy a combination of cycling, history and good food. There are two major routes going to Normandy. One is linking Paris and Mont Saint Michel. Another is from the landing beaches to Mont-Saint-Michel which highlights features and landmark sites of the area.

Mont Saint Michel aerial view

Mont Saint Michel aerial view

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel by night

Mont Saint Michel by night

The government is partnering up with cycling service providers to develop structures and services. Tourists can cycle the trails the whole day and enjoy the great outdoors. You can explore various sites like Normandy landing beaches, bay of Mont Saint Michel, and natural parks. The trails have a name that would reflect their characteristics. One of the famous trails is called Marvels. It is a route from Paris to Mont Saint Michel. It covers about 150 km of green passages because it passes through major natural parks.

wetlands natural parks

Wetlands natural parks

Another trail is called the History trail that sets off from landing beaches to the Mont Saint Michel. If you are up for a challenge then you can explore the wetlands natural parks of Cotentin and Bessin. You will be biking through Vire gorges. There are new cycling routes called the Maritime and Impressionist trails where you can explore Normandy through the 600 km coastline routes. The Seine Valley is found on the Impressionist trails which run through the regional national park called Boucles de la Seine Normande. There are regional trails that go through the Normandy borders. This is referred to as the cycle west route that goes through Brittany and South-West England. It is just a few hours from Cherbourg and other nearby cities.

Seine Valley and Boucles de la Seine Normande

Seine Valley and Boucles de la Seine Normande

 

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