Booming, bicycle tourism is one of the most dynamic sectors of the French tourist market. France ranks second among world destinations for cycling tourism, just behind Germany. 25% of foreign tourists discover our territories by bike.
A pioneer in terms of cycle facilities (the first cycle station in France was created in 2000 in Créon in the Entre-deux-Mers region), the Gironde has gradually taken its place at the top of the “cycling destinations” in France.
The Gironde currently offers 700 km of dedicated cycle paths.
Le Tour of Gironde by bike, created in 2017, takes a large part of these tracks over 480 km to cross practically all of the Girondins tourist areas.
3 major routes, including 2 European ones, also cross our department: on the coast, theEV1-The Velodyssey runs along the Atlantic coast from Verdon-sur-Mer to the Bassin d'Arcachon for 120 km. The EV3-La Scandibérique, takes cyclists from the North to the South of France, not far from the paths of Santiago de Compostela. This is the only route that connects Paris to Bordeaux. In Gironde, the route of approximately 180 km crosses Libournais, via Saint Emilion, Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux and South Gironde.
Le Canal of the 2 Seas by bike linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, runs along the Gironde estuary on its right bank as far as Blaye and Bourg or via the Médoc, crosses Bordeaux then the Entre-Deux-Mers as far as La Réole before taking the Canal de Garonne to Toulouse. It covers the Gironde for nearly 156 km.
Find cycling news in Gironde on the webinar organized on June 25, 2020: " From soft mode of transport to cycle tourism, the bike a new vector of economic recovery? » With Nicolas Pinson, France Vélo Tourisme and Jacqueline Van Der Zalm-Monthus, Head of cycle routes, Gironde Tourisme.
The Accueil Vélo brand
Are you a host, tour site, tourist office or bike rental / repairer?
Are you located less than 5 km from a departmental cycle path or one of the cycle routes and you particularly wish to welcome bicycle tourists and communicate on this target clientele? Brand Home Bike was created for you!
Home Cycling is a national brand which guarantees a welcome and quality services to cyclists along the cycle routes.
It allows cyclists to identify establishments and places suitable for the practice of cycle tourism and thus benefit from appropriate reception and services.
It allows professionals and tourist areas offering tourist cycle routes to enhance and promote a more "active", "natural" and sustainable offer, more in tune with the times!
Membership of the Brand Home Bike offers you many advantages:
🟢It allows you to make yourself better known to new customers,
🟢 You will be more easily identifiable by bicycle tourists,
🟢 You will benefit from specific communication.
To find out all about how it works and how to obtain it, see our dedicated section.