The Côte de Beauté is a coastline rich in varied landscapes and preserved natural spaces that lends itself to cycle tourism. Its network of cycle paths allows you to discover it by bike during pleasant walks and family outings: if you stay in a campsite in Royan or in the surrounding area, you will be able to take the Vélodyssée, this coastal itinerary that runs along the Atlantic Ocean from Northern Brittany to the Basque Country. From Marennes to Royan, the bicycle route crosses the Coubre forest, the dunes bordering the wild beaches, the Seudre estuary and the salt marshes.
Most of the Vélodyssée between Marennes and Royan is on a greenway reserved for non-motorized travel. Only a few portions in the urbanized areas of Royan or Saint-Palais-sur-Mer are on shared roads. For the rest of the section, you can cycle with your family in complete safety and without traffic on one of the most beautiful greenways in the region.
The stage that connects Marennes to Royan offers 45 kilometers of coastline to cover, for a ride of about 3 hours by road bike, mountain bike or electric bike for the less athletic. After leaving Marennes and passing the bridge over the Seudre, the route continues through the pine trees of the Coubre forest to La Palmyre. The bicycle route then joins the seaside, to cross Saint-Palais and arrive in front of the elegant Belle Époque residences of Royan.
On the itinerary, it is possible to stop at La Tremblade and La Palmyre by taking the bicycle paths that link the town centers of these towns from the Vélodyssée. This is an opportunity to stop for a bite to eat or a visit.
The TER and Intercités trains allow you to make a one-way trip to Royan and back, so you don't have to go back and forth by bike. Ideal solution for a family cycling tour, the train + bike formula leaves you time to fully enjoy the sites to admire and places to visit on the Vélodyssée. The TER on the Royan-Niort line has a carriage for passengers with bicycles, as does the Intercités Paris-Royan train during the summer.
With young children, the section linking Royan to Saint-Palais is an easy alternative to the stage of the Vélodyssée leaving from Marennes: count 20 to 30 minutes for the outward journey as well as for the return.
If you would like to go for a bike ride during your stay in St Palais sur Mer, click on this link to discover the different paths, routes and itineraries available: