Rivers and canals: France offers a multitude of cycling routes along the water. The “Canal de la Garonne”, the “Canal du Midi”, the Loire, the Rhône: France is filled with a diverse range of landscapes. Each of these routes are equipped with greenways and cycle paths.
Travelling alone, as a couple or with your family? Take advantage of these peaceful landscapes along the water and embrace these natural environments for your break and breathe in some fresh air!
Via Rhôna is an 815-kilometer cycle path that was conceived in the 1990s and completed in 2016. Historically, this route dates back to prehistoric times and was used as a trade route.
This cycle routes now link three regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur and have been included in the Eurovélo network. Starting on the shores of Lake Geneva and running all the way to the Mediterranean Sea, this route passes through many charismatic towns such as Arles, Avignon and Montélimar.
They are mainly greenways and some shared roads, which is ideal for peaceful cycling and exploration of breathtaking landscapes. Arenas, castles, religious buildings: many heritage sites dating from Antiquity and the Middle Ages are present along the route! But it is also an opportunity not to be missed to discover Alpine panoramas and contemplate the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône and Provence!
Finally, you can experience various gastronomic discoveries along the route. Try a Savoyard fondue in Auvergne, a cassoulet in Occitianie or a dish flavored with herbs from Provence!
Discover our selection of cycling routes along the French canals and rivers: