Updated on 14 September 2021
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Cycling in Normandy is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the region at your own pace. If you dream of a cycling challenge, the Veloscenic cycle route is ideal for those looking for a real ‘off the beaten track’ experience.
The Veloscenic involves 442km of cycling from Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris to one of the most beautiful iconic sites in Normandy, UNESCO World Heritage site the Mont-Saint-Michel. The route covers a huge variety of landscapes, passing through four regions of northern France and eight départements in total, taking in a few of the country’s top tourist attractions.
After leaving the capital city of France, the Normandy section runs through 230 km of picturesque fields and pastures known as the Norman bocage, verdant oak and pine forests, winding country roads, spectacular scenery of the Regional Natural Parks of the Perche and Normandie-Maine, tiny villages and bustling historic towns such as Alençon, Mortagne-au-Perche, Bagnoles-de-l’Orne and Ducey.
The itinerary takes visitors from village to village to end up at the epic Mont-Saint-Michel, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Access the full Paris-Mont-Saint-Michel cycle route at veloscenic.com