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The canal de Garonne by bike : Damazan / Agen

[ Cycle routes Canal des deux mers à vélo ] [ The canal de Garonne by bike from Bordeaux to Agen ]
  • 32.5 km
  • famille Level Family

The Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route continues along the greenway beside the Canal de Garonne, passing through the very lively port of Buzet-sur-Baïse. You reach Agen itself via one of the longest canal-bridges in France, at 600m. The town is both capital of the département (French county) of Lot-et-Garonne and French capital of prunes… and it conceals many other curiosities, which you can discover in the remarkable monuments in the historic centre.

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The route

This stage takes you along an easy, signposted greenway.


Link Canal de Garonne / Vallée du Lot
From Damazan, it’s possible to join the Voie Verte de la Vallée du Lot greenway, which leads to the splendid town of Cahors via a delightful 150km route. The starting point for this route lies 500m from the exit to the village, beside the canal. After following some small roads with little traffic, cross the Garonne River via a road bridge (dismount from your bike and lead it by hand along the pavement), then follow a busier road taking you to Aiguillon, dominating the Garonne and Lot Valleys.

SNCF train stations

Agen train station:

TER regional trains and Intercités trains serve > Bordeaux ; Montauban/Toulouse (many trains daily).
Other connections from Agen towards Périgueux.

Connections at Bordeaux for Saintes/Royan; Angoulême/Poitiers/Tours/Paris; La Rochelle/Nantes; Arcachon/Mont-de-Marsan/Bayonne/ Biarritz/Hendaye/ St-Sébastien; Le Verdon (Pointe de Grave).


Connections at Montauban for Cahors/Brive/Limoges/Paris.
Connections at Toulouse for Brive/Limoges/Paris; Albi/Castres/Rodez/Figeac; Tarbes/ Pau/Foix.

Tourist offices

Office du Val d'Albret 

Office de tourisme d'Agen

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Agen and its canal-bridge

Agen et son pont canal sur la garonne

Exploring its winding medieval streets and elegant boulevards, unearth history going back 2,000 years, via St Caprais Cathedral, Rue des Cornières, the Musée des Beaux Arts (its art collections occupying four Renaissance houses) and Les Jacobins Church… not forgetting the splendid canal-bridge over the Garonne – with four locks and 23 stone arches, it’s the second-longest canal-bridge in France, after that over the Loire at Briare.

 

Cave des Vignerons de Buzet Wine Cooperative

 buzet sur baizeThe Buzet vineyards spread across 2,000 hectares between the banks of the Garonne and the great forest of Les Landes de Gascogne. Created in 1953, the Cave Coopérative des Vignerons de Buzet wine cooperative has made the area’s wines renowned. It produces wine for 95%  of the appellation’s vineyards and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the whole Lot-et-Garonne.

 

The Vallée du Lot à Vélo cycle route

You can join the Vallée du Lot à Vélo cycle route from Tonneins or Aiguillon, both between Marmande and Agen, and not far from the Canal des 2 Mers. The route then meanders through the Lot-et-Garonne’s orchards and the vineyards of the county of the Lot, leading you to wonderful traditional riverside villages. For now, the route stops at Cahors, an historic town on the famed Compostela pilgrimage way, designated a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire for its cultural riches. Relish this enchanting cycling trip over 2 to 3 days. Link: La vallée du Lot à vélo

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