Cycling the Loire Valley


Cycling the Loire Valley

There are few places on Earth that can match the sheer splendor of the Loire Valley in France.

Following the Loire River in central France, the valley extends approximately 280 kilometres and is widely recognized as one of the most visually breathtaking stretches of land in all of Europe.

Known worldwide for its exceptional architecture, in the form of truly unique castles and chateaux, as well as the plethora of traditional French villages all along the route, there’s every reason to make your next trip a Loire Valley getaway. Especially if you love cycling!

Cyclists can roll their way from one inspiring set of scenery to the next in this unmissable cycling holiday from Freewheel Holidays. But before you head off on your Loire Valley adventure, here are a few things you might want to know about your next dream cycling location.

The Loire Valley Castles

Also known as “The Garden of France,” the Loire Valley is home to some of the most exceptional rolling vineyards and exquisite examples of French architecture, in the form of mystical castles and chateaux.

Freewheel’s Loire Castles cycling holiday lets you sample many of these fine constructions first-hand.

Our tour will take you along the River Loire to Amboise, for example, home to the grand Royal Chateau of Amboise.

Steeped atop a tall hill, the chateau offers panoramic views across the River Loire and the surrounding villages - definitely not one to miss for the photography enthusiasts amongst you. 

Interestingly, the town was also home to the monumental artist and engineer Leonardo Da Vinci, until his death. A must-visit location for all history buffs.

River Loire

Then, of course, there’s the beautiful River Loire. The longest river in all of France, the famed body of water rises to 4,500 feet above sea level as it approaches the Mediterranean coast.

The various Castles, Chateaux and other monuments scattered along the river make it the perfect romantic riverside cycling route, which you’ll get to explore in great detail on Freewheel’s Loire Valley Castles cycling holiday.

During the 18th century, the river became a major highway of goods transportation in France and Europe as a whole, making the towns and cities situated along its banks essential ports of great value in trade.

Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast

Another of Freewheel Holidays’ top Loire Valley adventures is our Loire Valley to the Atlantic Coast tour!

This trip lets our enthusiastic cyclists travel along the fabled route of the Loire through central France, heading towards the glorious coastal city of Saint Nazaire on the western coast of the country.

You can find out more about this very special cycling holiday by clicking the link here.

History in Wine

This cycling holiday might be all about the unmissable examples of classical architecture you’ll get to discover, but we would be remiss not to mention the history the Loire Valley holds in the production of fine wine.

Known internationally as the ‘Loire Valley wine region,’ you’ll find multiple different wine-producing areas across the length of the river, each creating their own body of wine with unique flavours and scents, dependent on the fruits of the land you happen to come across on your travels.

So when you’re enjoying your cycling holiday in the Loire Valley, be sure to sample some of the local wines on your journey!


As amazing as all of that sounds, the above is barely scratching the surface of what the Loire Valley has to offer tourists. Especially tourists who love to travel by bike!

So, if you’d like to find out more, or book your next Loire cycling adventure, give us a call on 0161 703 8161 and we’d be happy to discuss the ins and outs of this truly exceptional French getaway.