23 November 2018
Motorbike adventures in France
If you’re a keen motorbike rider France is the perfect place for holidays that include exciting road routes with beautiful scenery. From country lanes and coastal roads to breathtaking routes through the mountains, there are so many opportunities to explore! Here are our three favourite regions for riders to inspire your biking holiday in France:
The Pyrenees mountain range has some excellent rides including stretches offering numerous hair-pin bends and spectacular views. Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, Pic du Midi Observatory, Col du Soular, Col d’Aubisque, Cirque de Gavarnie, Col du Mente, Col du Payolle and Pont d’Espagne where you can see rushing waterfalls from the mountains are all wonderful places to ride. Plan a route taking in some of the interesting towns of the region like Bagneres-de-Luchon, Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Lourdes, Pau, Argeles-Gazost or Tarbes. You could even go right across the mountains into Spain to join the N260, just be sure to have your passport with you as the Spanish police will need to see it if you cross the border.
Brittany is full of lovely routes for bikers. Choose coastal roads with dramatic views and ride the quiet country lanes between the pretty towns and villages of the region. French drivers are usually considerate towards bikers and there is less traffic than you’re used to in the UK so you can look forward to relaxing rides enjoying the scenery. Keen riders can try the epic 200km route from Plestin les Greves on the northern Brittany coast right down to Huelgoat and the Crozon peninsula in south west Brittany. For shorter routes stay at a central Brittany cottage and set out on day trips to visit towns like Brest, Quimper, St Malo or Morlaix, or to see famous sites like the Carnac stones.
The Loire Valley
Plan a biking break in the Loire and you can enjoy winding roads through the beautiful countryside taking detours to see the famous chateaux and vineyards of the region. You’re also close enough to visit the iconic racetrack at Le Mans and take a turn on the route of the iconic 24 hour race circuit or watch some of the exciting motorsport on offer. The N138 is a favourite road in the region with a good range of terrain for bikers including long straights, sweeping bends and rolling hills.
For more ideas on routes for bikers why not take a look at Brittany Ferries’ guide to motorbike touring in France?
Top tips for planning the perfect motorbike holiday in France:
- Make sure bed linen and towels are provided in your holiday accommodation to save on valuable packing space
- Pack carefully making a list of items stored in each pannier/top box and weigh the contents to ensure an even distribution for a safer, more comfortable ride.
- Choose an overnight ferry crossing and book a cabin so you have somewhere to store your helmets, leathers and luggage safely, and get a good night’s sleep so you’ll arrive fresh and ready to ride!
- Tie a ribbon or put a bit of tape on your left hand mirror as a visual reminder to drive on the right – it’s easy to forget on an empty road!
- Make sure you’ve got all the legal requirements covered
- Prepare your bike for the trip
Where to stay
Book a Brittany Ferries crossing when you plan a biking break staying at one of our many B&Bs or self-catering holiday cottages and you’ll get 20% off the cost of your ferry travel! Many of our holiday property owners welcome bikers and can offer great tips on local routes, restaurants and rides that you’ll want to try.
Here are a few suggestions of properties close to wonderful scenery and fabulous road routes, with secure garages and parking for your motorbike:
Private house and pool near the mountains in Midi Pyrenees: https://www.holidayfrancedirect.co.uk/holiday-rentals/MH004888/index.htm
Spacious gite with undercover parking near Saumur, Loire: https://www.holidayfrancedirect.co.uk/holiday-rentals/LL006375/index.htm
Farmhouse with pool in Brittany, ideal for group holidays: https://www.holidayfrancedirect.co.uk/holiday-rentals/BN005155/index.htm