Cycling Vacations In France - Brittany And Burgundy


France is known for its rich culture, history and tradition. The journey will take you to the edge of the Atlantic coast. Your trip will begin in Lorient, a large town that was rebuilt after the Second World War. Your next stop will be the Quiberon peninsula where you will be visiting the famous Carnac, followed by the visit to the oasis of Belle Ile. Belle Ile has found mention in the last book of the Three Musketeers written by Alexandre Dumas. While returning to Lorient you will be visiting Auray, which is an inlet to the Gulf of Morbihan.

The region receives a lot of rainfall, so don't forget to bring your rain jacket along. In Carnac, you will find 3,000 prehistoric standing stones. These stones were made from local rock and erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany. According to legend, the stones are Roman legions that were turned to stone by Merlin, the magician in King Arthur's court.

Don't forget to visit Port Haliguen in Quiberon. The port has 1,000 yachts. You will find two statues named the Fisherman and the Ondine facing each other. These statues were made by the German artist Karsten Klingbeil.

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Belle Isle is the next destination. Here you will find the Cote Sauvage (Wild Coast) with its dangerously sharp cliff edges on the southwestern side and calm placid beaches with the largest beach known as Les Grands Sables or The Great Sands, which presents a marvellous contrast.

While returning to Lorient, you can stop at Aubray where Benjamin Franklin disembarked in 1776 during the American Revolutionary War on his way to Paris. The town has a picturesque medieval harbor called Saint Goustan which has an old stone bridge called Pont Neuf or New Bridge.

You can also visit the beautiful town of Hennebont. This town is situated about ten miles from the Blavet. The river divides the town into two parts. The first part is called Ville Close. Ville Close is a medieval military town. On the left bank of the Blavet you have Ville Neuve and on the right bank is Vieille Ville. The first town to develop was Vieille Ville followed by Ville Close and last of all Ville Neuve.

The region is named Burgundy after the Burgundians, a Germanic tribe who invaded France and established the first kingdom of Burgundy. Later, in 534, they were conquered by the Merovingian rulers of the Franks and came to be known as the Carolingian Empire. Burgundy was divided into two in 843. You will be exposed to fine Bourgogne wine in Burgundy. You can travel to Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune for a closer look at world famous brands such as Meursault, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet and Vougeot. You will also get to explore the city of Beaune, which has several hospices, all established in 1443. You will love the museums and the old cobbled streets in Beaune. Equally enjoyable would be a stay in Nuits St Georges. You will get a chance to enter the caves where Burgundy wine is kept. Your visit to Nuits St Georges will be incomplete without a stopover at Clos Vougeot, one of the vineyards in Burgundy producing grand cru wines.