EuroVelo 3 - The Pilgrims' Route (La Scandibérique)

The French section of the EuroVelo 3 Pilgrims' bike route is called La Scandibérique. It runs for more than 1,500km. 

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The EuroVelo 3 bike route – the Pilgrims' Route or 'la route des pèlerins'  starts in Trondheim in Norway and goes through to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. It covers a distance of around 5,100km following one of the acient pilgrims' trails.

The French section – called 'La Scandibérique' – covers more than 1,500 kilometres. It croses into France from Belgium and through the Oise valley down to Paris. It then heads down into the Loire Valley (where it crosses with the EuroVelo 6 Loire bike route) before continuing its journey down through the new region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine (the now combined areas of Poitou-Charentes and Aquitaine). 

After a must-see stops in Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux it weaves its way further south, passing through the relatively undiscovered area of Gascony. The route crosses with the Atlantic Coast EuroVelo 1 route for the stretch from Bayonne down the coast before continuing on to the wonderful town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port – one of France's most famous pilgrim stops. From there is continues down into Spain.

It is due to be finished in spring/summer 2017; at the time of writing (January 2018) the route was not yet fully signposted (signposted sections are in red on the map below; yellow means mapped but not signposted; dotted lines mean still in planning or development).

La Scandibérique is using signposts with the following mark.

La Scandibérique

It is, however, still possible to follow the route with local maps and by using this this download our GPX file, which has been provided by the coordinators for the French leg at CycloTransEurope

Download the GPX file here 

Map of Euro Velo 3

More routes across France here

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