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Aquitaine in a nutshell - a bike tour in the Gironde

Aquitaine in a nutshell - a bike tour in the Gironde
For a relatively short self-guided bike tour of five days (four of cycling) this adventure from Biking France (RandoVelo in French) certainly promised a lot. Titled ‘From Bordeaux to Arcachon by Bike, between vineyards and pine forest’, the tour actually covered four of the key elements of France’s largest region, Aquitaine (now rolled into Nouvelle Aquitaine) – city and beach, as well as forest and vineyards. All this in quite a compact area to the west of Bordeaux, in the Gironde department.
 
Bordeaux waterfront bikepath    Le Miroir d'Eau Bordeaux


Day 1 City

The first night was at a lovely and very central hotel in Bordeaux. There is no cycling scheduled and the bikes weren’t delivered until the next morning. However you can check in anytime from 3pm and use the excellent and cheap VCub bike share scheme to explore the city – there is a docking station close by. Bordeaux is very cycle friendly and a bicycle is a fantastic way to get around.

 
Margaux vineyard