6 spots for having a drink along La Loire à Vélo


Savour your time along La Loire à Vélo! As you follow your itinerary along La Loire à Vélo, treat yourself to a break for a drink and to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

A break in the midst of nature on the banks of the Loire Cycle to the Iles de la Gargaude, just seven kilometres from Sancerre. Sit in the heart of the countryside on the banks of the Loire with a picnic and a cheeky glass of Sancerre wine, which you can buy from one of the local wine-growers. Don’t forget the famous Crottin de Chavignol cheese to go with it! This magnificent location boasts sand banks and wooded islands that are home to plants and animals which are also worth admiring.   An urban break in Orléans Leave your bikes on the quays of the Loire and treat yourself to some time out! The Au bord de la Loire restaurant on the water’s edge is the perfect place for relaxing and admiring the river from a deckchair or higher up on the pontoon terrace. Feeling peckish? Take a look at their menu which proposes home-made dishes made with delicious fresh local products.   A gourmet stop in Blois Lock up your bikes in Blois and take a gourmet break in the restaurant called L’Embarcadère. Its terrace offers a magnificent view of the river and the Jacques-Gabriel bridge. Peacefully sip at your favourite drink before tasting the dishes on the menu showcasing local produce.   Relaxing on the banks of the Cher After visiting the Château of Chenonceau, there’s just two kilometres to go to the Bistrot’Quai. This terrine bar, situated on the banks of the Cher in a pretty lockhouse garden, is an ideal place for enjoying a well-earned break. Comfortably savour the moment on one of the terraces overlooking the river or in the shade of the large willow. Drinks, terrines and delectable meals will be sure to satisfy foodies!   Relaxing on the banks of the Maine Order a delicious meal or a glass of wine in the village of La Pointe de Bouchemaine, just a stone’s throw from the confluence of the Maine and the Loire. Succumb to the welcoming atmosphere, panoramic view and regional specialities in the charming open-air cafe called Le Noé, which offers Angevine salad, fried Loire fish and stir-fried wild eel washed down with a glass of local wine!   Wine and lazing on fine sandy beaches Saint-Brévin-les-Pins is the ideal place for enjoying a seaside break! Pick a local wine and settle down on one of the town’s fine sandy beaches. Admire the dunes, pine forest and, in the distance, the enormous Serpent d’Océan by Huang Yong Ping on the Le Nez de Chien beach, which is part of the Estuaire art trail, as well as the shipping town of Saint-Nazaire and its large bridge connecting the two towns.