TOUR DE FRANCE : SECRET ESCAPES IN THE ANJOU-SAUMUR VINEYARDS
Visit the kingdom of the vine – on two wheels! Cycling has long been a favourite method of exploring the nooks and crannies of Anjou, so it seems only natural to link a visit to the vineyards with the local leg of the famous Tour de France event. On July 4th, Stage 3 of this world-famous race finishes in Angers, and competitors climb back into their saddles the following day in Saumur, a town also known for its famous riders – the horse riders of the prestigious Cadre Noir.
The Loire Valley, France’s third winegrowing area by appellation, ranks first for the quality of its visitor services.* In addition to the la Loire à vélo, Royal Route – around 200 km of cycle-friendly paths in Anjou, some along the perimeter of the UNESCO listed Loire Valley – it is also possible to explore the vineyards by bike via a series of 5 shorter rides, ranging from 12 – 34 km. Prefer to take it easy? You may want to try the Route Touristique du Vignoble – the visitors’ route through the vineyard - or just enjoy a relaxed stay amongst the vines.
* Source: BeBetter&Co study: “Image and Recognition of Loire Valley Wines” 2013.