Electric bikes have become more and more popular over the past decade. Not only do they attract a much wider range of users but they also provide access to more difficult routes. Let’s discover our 5 best destinations in France by electric bike.
The first destination is the Basque Country, located in the western Pyrenees next to the Spanish border. The region’s geography is mountainous. Cycling here can quickly prove to be a challenge. That is the reason why electric bikes turn to be the perfect option for this cycling destination. The Basque hinterland offers hilly landscapes where cows and sheeps graze peacefully. You ride along traditionnal Basque villages with their fronton squares. You can discover Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and its medieval streets or Espelette and its houses decorated with dried peper. If you want to admire a breathtaking panoramic view over the Atlantic coast and the Pyrenees, you can ride up the Saint-Ignace pass and then take a vintage rack railway train to reach the summit of La Rhune. The Basque country is a must-do cycling destination and electric bikes are the perfect way to discover it.
Discover our cycling trips in the Basque country here.
Let’s discover now the beautiful Dordogne valley! Located in the southwest of France, the region is crossed by the Dordogne river. The valley has an exceptionnal heritage : caves, castles, bastides, medieval cities, churches and abbeys… You can go back centuries of history here since the region was a privileged witness to the Hundred Years’ War which opposed the kingdoms of France and England. The numerous castles of the Dordogne bear witness to this time such as the castles of Beynac or Castelnaud. You can ride along the Dordogne river or ride up to the castles and uphill villages. From there, you will have stunning views over the valley and its surroundings. It’s definitely worth it, especially on an electric bike! After that, you can exchange your electic bike for a canoe and discover the region from a different view.
Discover our cycling trips in the Dordogne valley here.
The third destination to introduce is Alsace, located in the east of France. Geographically, the region is located between the Vosges mountains and the Rhine river, which gives it a variable relief composed of hills, plains and mountains, as well as a favorable weather for the development of wine production. A fantastic cycling route goes through charming winegrowing villages and vineyard hills : the Alsace Wine Route. The route crosses lovely typical Alsatian vilages such as Obernai, Bergheim, Riquewihr, Kaseyrsberg… Using the electric bike will give you the opportunity not only to climb the hills easily but also to have more time to visit all these little gems. More, Strasbourg and Colmar are great cities to start and end your trip. You can admire the splendid cathedral of the former and relax in the picturesque streets of the latter.
Discover our cycling trips in Alsace here.
Provence is another popular cycling destination. Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the region has a very rich history dating back to the prehistoric times. Nowadays, some of the first known human habitation sites can still be found on the Provençal coast. The region is crossed by numerous rivers but also characterized by its hills and mountains such as Mont Ventoux, Saint-Victoire mountain or the Massif des Alpilles. You enjoy beautiful landscapes as you ride through the olive groves, vineyards and lavender fields. Moreover, many charming villages are located high up in the hills such as Séguret, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, les Baux-de-Provence… You may have understood, it is better to have good calves to cycle Provence… or a good electric bike!
Discover our cycling trips in Provence here.
Pink Granite Coast
Last but not least, the Pink Granite Coast, a coastal area located in northern Brittany. The 12 miles long coastline stretches from Trébeurden, to the west, to Perros-Guirec, to the east and as its name suggests, its rocks are made of pink granite. The Pink Granite Coast offers breathtaking landscapes with its unusual shaped pink rocks. A fabulous cycle route, the Vélomaritime, makes you discover the coast and connects charming towns such as Lannion, Perros-Guriec or Trégiuer. You ride on small country road and along the cliffs of the coast. The itinerary is quite hilly and can be windy, so the electric bike can be a good option! You even can leave your bike for a day to walk along the beautiful sentier des Douaniers and enjoy scenic views over the sea.
Discover our cycling trips along the Pink Granite Coast here.
Don’t let the difficulty of the route be an obstacle to completing your cycling trip. With an electric bike, a wider world opens up to you! Take the leap!