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 1500km. 

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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 5100km following one of the ancient pilgrims' trails.

The French section – called 'La Scandibérique' – covers more than 1500 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). 

The route intersects with the circular loops of the very excellent Tour de Charente (one of France's most under-rated routes) and runs concurrently with it in some sections. It also crosses paths with the newer Flow Velo route, which runs from the coast to Thiviers.

After a must-see stops in Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux along the Roger Lapebie bike path, it weaves its way further south, passing through the relatively undiscovered area of Gascony.

Note that at the time of my last update (February 2020), the route through the Pyrenees was not yet fully signposted. While the finished route will pass inland through the ancient pilgrimage town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the provisionary route marked on my interactive map above and on the downloadable GPX below uses the Atlantic Coast EuroVelo 1 route for the stretch from Bayonne down the coast and into Spain.

La Scandibérique is using signposts with the following mark.

La Scandibérique

Download the GPX file here 

Thank you to the route coordinators at CycloTransEurope for the maps. 

Euro Velo 3 map

More routes across France here

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