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The canal de Garonne by bike from Bordeaux to Agen

[ Cycle routes Canal des deux mers à vélo ]
  • 153 km

Bordeaux, a splendid city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, makes for one glorious starting point on the Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route. Once you’ve crossed the mighty Garonne River, you enter the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyards via a great cycle track. At Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, join a quiet road to reach the Canal de Garonne near the town of La Réole. Then a greenway runs alongside the canal, shaded by planes, up to Agen.

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The 6 stages of the section « The canal de Garonne by bike from Bordeaux to Agen »

  • Roger Lapébie cycle track: Bordeaux / Créon

    Roger Lapébie cycle track: Bordeaux / Créon [23.5 km]

    Leaving Bordeaux, after crossing the St-Jean Bridge, a cycle track that runs in part alongside the Garonne leads to Latresne, where you join the beautiful Roger Lapébie cycle track. It’s named after the winner of the Tour de France in 1937 and is remarkably well laid out along a former railway line, with several dedicated stops in former railway stations. The way heads to Créon. This place, set around its arcaded central square, a remnant of a former bastide fortified town, is well worth a detour.

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  • Roger Lapébie cycle track: Créon / Sauveterre-de-Guyenne

    Roger Lapébie cycle track: Créon / Sauveterre-de-Guyenne [31.8 km]

    The route continues along the former railway line, recalled by converted stations and railway-crossing houses. A detour to La Sauve is well worth it to admire the historic Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure. Enter Sauveterre-de-Guyenne via one of its splendid old gateways to make for the arcaded central square, at the heart of the bastide fortified town created in 1281.

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  • From Sauveterre to the Canal de Garonne by bike

    From Sauveterre to the Canal de Garonne by bike [19 km]

    In the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers area – between the two rivers, the Garonne and Dordogne, nicknamed ‘seas’ – you cross an ocean of vines! The terrain is hillier here. You join the Canal de Garonne at La Réole. This town conceals a few treasures behind its ramparts. In its maze of little streets, don’t miss the 13th-century church of St-Pierre, nor the esplanade next to a former Benedictine Abbey which offers a fine view over the Garonne Valley.

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  • The Canal de Garonne by bike : La Réole / Marmande

    The Canal de Garonne by bike : La Réole / Marmande [21.5 km]

    The cycle route joins the Canal de Garonne close to the startling Musée de l’Allumette (Match Museum) at Fontet. This place’s port and outdoors recreation centre make it a great spot to stop before starting out on the greenway beside the canal. This stage is calm, but the perched village of Meilhan-sur-Garonne draws you up to it for fabulous views. For a further short detour, visit the town of Marmande, which conceals some surprises.

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  • The Canal de la Garonne by bike : Marmande / Damazan

    The Canal de la Garonne by bike : Marmande / Damazan [25 km]

    Le Mas-d’Agenais is the highlight on this stage of the Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route. Its church of St-Vincent is an architectural gem, startlingly containing a work by Rembrandt, Christ on the Cross. The wide vista over the Garonne at one end of the village adds to its attractions. At the end of the stage, the cycle track leads to Damazan, a bastide fortified town built from scratch in the 13th century.

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  • The canal de Garonne by bike : Damazan / Agen

    The canal de Garonne by bike : Damazan / Agen [32.5 km]

    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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