The Vélo Francette, from Normandy to the Atlantic Ocean

Explore 607 km of rural routes of which 140 km are in Normandy.

From seaside resort to countryside

The Vélo Francette links Ouistreham to La Rochelle passing through three regions: Normandy, the Pays de la Loire and Poitou-Charentes, so as to provide connections with the other major routes in Western France: the Véloscenic', the Loire by bike and Vélodyssée.

For the section in Normandy, the route crosses the Calvados county leaving the seaside resort of Ouistreham, through Caen and following the Orne Valley in 'Swiss Normandy'. The adventure continues towards Flers and Domfront leaving the Orne county.

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380 miles of which 85 miles in Normandy


Not to be missed

  • Soaring church towers have embellished Caen’s skyline since William the Conqueror’s time. The castle, now home to major museums, was a key medieval Norman fort.
  • A tremendously imposing medieval castle still dominates the town of Falaise. It acts as a reminder that this was the birthplace of the fearsome William the Conqueror, although the fortifications you now see date from after his time.
  • ‘Norman Switzerland’ is not a mountainous area, but a delightful, steep, wildish stretch around the Orne Valley south of Caen.