boite à outils

Brittany Biking Holidays, from Morlaix to Saint-Malo

Summer 2013 saw an already impressive passion for cycling holidays grow even more. After the opening of a new cycle route last June called Cycle West (or ’Le Tour de Manche’), there was a surge in requests for information from cyclists and would-be cyclists, looking to bring their bikes on holiday.

From all over Europe and even beyond, holidaymakers have been able to discover - close up - the natural beauties of the North Brittany coast.

Many of our recent visitors hired bikes from Morlaix’s Tourist Office before threading their way through the landscapes of Morlaix Bay, following the coast to the Abers to the west or Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel to the east.

Here’s what one Russian-Chilean couple told us about their biking holiday between Morlaix Bay and Saint-Malo. Many thanks to Carolina and Vasily for sharing their experience and for telling us all about their great adventure!

Location vélos Morlaix

After arriving in Morlaix last August, the couple hired two town-and-country bikes from the Tourist Office, then they spent the day on the Green Way (la Voie Verte n°7) between Morlaix and Roscoff to test out their bikes and get used to them.
Then, the big day arrived: it was time to start their 10-day tour, aiming to end up in Saint-Malo. They popped in to the Tourist Office for a bit of last-minute advice and then they were off!

“We went by bicycle from Morlaix to St. Malo (which took us about 10 days). It was an exciting trip, there was a lot to see, first and foremost the coast which changes markedly as you progress eastwards; from the impressive stone formations of Côte de Granit Rose to the cliffs of Côte Goëlo to the wonderful beaches of Côte Emeraude (the water there certainly has that emerald colour!).
"However, a word of warning: unless you have top physical fitness, you may consider renting an electric bike instead. The fact that the road follows the coastline most of the time does not mean that it is flat. Quite the contrary, flat parts are an exception rather than the rule, and are usually to be found once you leave the coast.

Baie de Morlaix

"Fortunately, since June 2013 there is a bicycle route, the "Tour de Manche" which mostly follows quiet countryside roads with little or no traffic, and in places unpaved roads only accessible by bikes and pedestrians.
"The signposting is generally good and sufficient (except in a few places, especially around Paimpol), so that you do not need to check the map all the time. However, the signs start only after Locquirec (at least this was the case in August 2013 when we did this trip) as you enter another "departement" (Côte d’Armor). Prior to Locquirec, you need to rely on your map.

Port Locquirec

"A final piece of advice: if you decide to go in summer, book your accommodation at least 1-2 days in advance! We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an "active" vacation and who likes the sea.

Kind regards,

Vasily et Carolina"

Contact the Morlaix’s Tourist Offic for advice on preparing your cycle trip and to rent your equipment:
Tel 00 +33 (0)2 98 67 83 82 / velo.rando@tourisme-morlaix.fr

For more details on the "Tour de Manche" cycle routes, go to the website: www.tourdemanche.com