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The 5 Best Cycling Routes in Bordeaux & Dordogne

Home > Tours and Destinations > The 5 Best Cycling Routes in Bordeaux & Dordogne

From cycling through endless acres of vineyards to riding along the Dordogne river, cycling in Bordeaux & Dordogne provides some of the best landscapes to explore by bicycle. Below, we’ve put together a list of the top bike routes through Bordeaux & Dordogne.

1. Saint-Émilion

Saint-Émilion, Montagne & Pomerol

On this bicycle ride, you go for a loop ride through the countryside of Saint-Émilion. You leave Saint-Émilion and you ride west through the vineyards, passing by some of the world’s most famous Chateaux like Château Cheval Blanc, a 1er Grand Cru classé A. You cycle through Pomerol and then you start climbing on your way to Montagne. Once in town, you enjoy a nice downhill toward Lussac before circling back toward your starting location. You are not done yet, you face a 3-mile uphill to arrive back into the village of Saint-Émilion.

 

2. Across the Dordogne River

Castillon-la-Bataille, Pujols & Saint-Jean-de-Blaignac

On this scenic cycling route, you ride through famous vineyards, across the Dordogne river and on some shadowy roads. You begin your ride by cycling downhill from Saint-Émilion. You go across the River Dordogne and you pedal through the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region arriving into Pujols. Following a well deserved break, you get back on your bicycle and head to Castillon-la-Bataille and across the Dordogne river one more time. You face a last challenge with a 1.5 mile climb into the town of Saint-Émilion.

 

3. Beynac-et-Cazenac

Domme, La Roque-Gageac, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Limeuil & Trémolat

You’re now in the Dordogne region and you start cycling from Domme, the “Akropolis des Périgord”. You enjoy a nice downhill toward the Dordogne river that you cross. Then, you ride on a scenic route to some of the region’s most famous villages. Take a break in La-Roque-Gageac, a member of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association. You keep biking and arrive in Beynac-et-Cazenac. Stop in town and go for a visit of the Château de Beynac, one of the most famous in the region. Later, you head out on an uphill ride followed by some challenging rolling hills ending in the village of Trémolat.

 

4. Les Eyzies

Limeuil, Le Bugue & Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

With over 3,000 ft in elevation gain, you better get ready for a challenging ride along the sweeping curves of the Dordogne river. From Trémolat you bike to Le Bugue, a market town in Dordogne. You then keep biking and arrive in les Eyziers-de-Tayac-Sireuil, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Vézère Valley. Take break in town and maybe go for a visit of the National Museum of Prehistory. Later on, you get back on your bike and pedal to Limeuil, a lovely town on the banks of the Dordogne river.

 

5. Rocamadour

Calès, Rocamadour, Saint-Sozy & Lacave

You begin on the banks of the Dordogne river and warm up with a nice climb but nothing too challenging. You reach the top of the hill in Calès and pedal downhill toward l’Ouysse before a challenging climb for 3 miles. The rest of the ride is flat into Rocamadour. Take a well deserved break in town and go for a visit of its chapelle and medieval streets. Later, you jump back on your bicycle and you continue riding through the Causses du Quercy Natural Regional Park as you make you way to Pinsac.

 

Biking around the Bordeaux and Dordogne regions is an unforgettable adventure. Let us take you through the endless acres of vineyards and along the Dordogne river. Join us today to explore Bordeaux and Dordogne by bike!

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Albert Einstein
About the author

Kilian co-founded DIGnGO with his brother Flavien while finishing his BA in International Business at Northwood University in Florida. Over the years, he has played many competitive sports but focused on golf in college and traveled across the United States to compete with the best golf teams in the nation. He now oversees the planning of all our bike tours ensuring everything run smoothly on a daily basis and making sure we maintain the quality and service you expect on all our trips. He sets the company strategy and drives execution through transparency.

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