Published by Lyn on 1 October 2013
Jarman emailed to ask about accommodation and bike hire for cycling in the Loire Valley.
My girlfriend and I would like to ride road bikes for 3 days in Loire Valley. We will be driving a car from Paris on Monday. We also need a good price on a B&B to stay Monday and Tuesday nights. Can you recommend a place and a bike shop to hire bikes and possibly a route to go? We want to ride 25-40 miles a day.
Thanks so much,
You could follow the stretch of the Loire from Angers to Tours. You could do the entire round trip if you have time, or ride a stretch before turning back to your car. Alternatively, the trains are very bike-friendly so you could ride one way and get the train back to your car with the bikes. It's a simple matter of following the river and there will be maps available locally when you pick up your bikes.
I have some cycle-friendly accommodation options listed in my Where to Stay section (search Loire Valley/Centre). There are some lovely options on the chateaux routes mentioned above. You could try Hotel le Fleuray, Hotel Luccotel or Chateau du Marais. The Ibis Hotel at Orleans has secure bike parking, too.
I hope that helps - it would be great to hear how you get on,