Le serpent de mer à Saint-Brevin © A. Lamoureux

The artistic route along the Loire

By the water
Short trip (3 to 5 days)
I begin / Family

4 days cycling along the Loire

Take your kids to discover Nantes, with its vibrant culture and fascinating neighbourhoods, then show them the River Loire and its unique bird sanctuary dotted with original and amusing artworks. And finally reward them with the Atlantic Ocean and its array of large and small sandy beaches!

😍 Explore the magical world of the 'Ile de Nantes’ housed on the site of former industrial shipyards. At the Machines de l’Ile artistic project, Climb the 12 m high Grand Elephant and explore the Galerie des Machines or take a voyage on the Marine World Carrousel.

📍 105 km
⏱️ 4 stages
🏁 Nantes ➡️ Pornic
🚲 I begin / Family

Practical info


➡️ Type of route: linear with return by train

🚆 Access to the route and return to the starting point

  • By train :

Access Nantes from main and regional lines: Paris / Lyon / Lille / Marseille / Strasbourg / Montpellier / Bordeaux / Rennes / Le Mans

For the return to the starting point: Line 10 TER Pornic > Nantes (approximately 1 hour journey)

🚲 Bike hire

In Nantes, several bike rental companies offer a wide choice of bikes and accessories (including 2 in the immediate vicinity of the station).

💡 To avoid returning by train with your bikes, one-way rental is the ideal solution: see the “one-way” bike rental companies on La Vélodyssée

📓 Finding your way around

There are a number of paper guides to help you follow this route, find the references.


Tailor-made itineraries