The Circuit Vignes et Vergers en Duraquois is a circular bike route showcasing the vineyards and orchards of Duras in the Lot-et-Garonne.
Difficulty: Moderate - this is a hilly route around the valley (see profile below or in the downloadable PDF).
Duras is a hill-top market town that boasts a castle overlooking the Dropt river in Lot-et-Garonne area of Nouvelle-Aquitaine in south-west France. It's 80km south-east (ish) of Bordeaux, and not far from the Canal de Garonne Bordeaux-Toulouse bike route (which is signposted from Duras).
Chateau de Duras. Photo by Dan Sloane via WikiCommons.
We ride the roads around Duras often as it makes a nice round trip from our house – here you will find proper rural cycling. You can ride the Circuit Vignes et Vergers (vines and orchards) en Duraquois in one day to stretch your legs or turn it into a multi-day tour of the area.
Duras shares its name with the French writer Marguerite Donnadieu, who changed her surname to Duras to honour her father, who died here.
This is a lovely area that produces delicious wines that are often overshadowed by the Saint-Emilion reds just 40km to the north-west and the Bordeaux appellation slightly farther on. Market day is Monday morning, plus there are festivals and events held in the castle grounds in the summer. Try also the area's wonderful prunes and save time for a visit to the town's family run chocolate factory and shop. Originally specialising in producing prunes, it has since branched out into chocolate to produce delightful local treats.
This route can also be combined with the nearby Circuit du Duc de Lauzan.