Euro cycle route nears completion

Cyclists will soon be able to cycle from Trondheim in Norway, down through Europe and across France to reach Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle in Spain with a new long-distance cycle route, the EuroVelo3.

3 March 2017
By Connexion journalist

Called the Scandibérique in France, the route crosses 19 departments after arriving at Maubeuge, Nord, and leaves 1,709km later at Hendaye to enter Spain.

The latest section to be completed, the 194km in Les Landes, has just finished and the full route should be open in 2018 covering 5,000km from Saint-Jacques to Trondheim.

It is the latest of a series of cross-Europe cycle routes that criss-cross the continent, linking Roscoff to Kiev, Cadiz to Athens and Nordkap in Norway to Malta.

So far there are 15 routes – confusingly named EuroVelo 1 to EuroVelo 17 – created with European aid in the name of ‘sustainable tourism’.

Eight of the routes cross France, using 8,000km of the country’s 21,000km of cycleways.

Stay informed:
Sign up to our free weekly e-newsletter
Subscribe to access all our online articles and receive our printed monthly newspaper The Connexion at your home. News analysis, features and practical help for English-speakers in France

The new route in Les Landes starts in the north-east of the department at Gabarret and heads down to Saint-Laurent-de-Gosse passing through Villeneuve-de-Marsan, Mont-de-Marsan, Tartas and Dax. It uses 65km of cycleway and 130km of little-used back roads, with about 30km along the Adour riverbank.

Waymarkers have already been erected, giving details of the next stage plus the distance to the nearest big town. Cycle tourists are especially welcome as studies have shown that they spend an average of €65 a day on their journeys - €20 more than normal tourists.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
Income Tax in France 2021 (for 2020 income)*
Featured Help Guide
Order your Income Tax in France guide now for immediate digital access
Get news, views and information from France