The Veloscenic route
If you're looking to explore France’s most picturesque areas by bike, then leisure cycling holidays are the ones for you! Long distance routes like the Veloscenic - an itinerary from Paris to the Mont St-Michel via Chartres, Eure et Loir and Normandy - offer a whole lot more than just a bike ride. There’s the sense of adventure, the personal challenge and the variety of scenery you’ll experience along the way. With roads threading through a patchwork countryside between quaint villages and historic towns, Eure et Loir is the perfect place to start a two-wheeled adventure.
Everyone off at Epernon!
With the wind in your hair and freedom at your feet, you won’t want to miss a pit stop in Epernon, a village labelled “Petite cité de caractère®” before heading to the Eure Valley packed with sights of interest: the Château de Maintenon and its French gardens await. A castle with the history of a fairy tale! The chateau was built for Françoise d'Aubigné - the governess of the King's illegitimate children with Madame de Montespan - before she secretly married King Louis XIV and eventually became known as Madame de Maintenon. Take a little break while you’re there: a visit of the stunning chateau brings French heritage to life. A walk in the gardens will introduce you to an interesting architectural feature to marvel at in the background: the iconic aqueduct of Maintenon.
Let there be light: Chartres en Lumières!
Direction Chartres! Book a cosy place in the historic town centre to rest your head after a day of cycling. Head to le Café Bleu for a romantic dinner with views on the illuminations of the light show “Chartres en Lumières” projected onto the façade of the cathedral. A walk through the city will reveal no less than 24 heritage buildings and historic treasures all lit up! After this sparkling stroll, you'll probably feel ready to nod off. Slipping between the fresh bed sheets of your cosy accommodation is the ultimate way to finish off a wonderful day of discovery.
Let's go explore Chartres
Feeling sore the day after your first section of the Veloscenic is normal. Nothing to worry about. A recovery breakfast made of fresh, local produce may be exactly what you need: freshly baked bread, pastries, freshly squeezed juice, homemade jams…For a fresh new you ready to continue your cycling adventure in Eure et Loir! Let’s go linger a little and explore Chartres, stroll its charming little streets and take a close look at its cathedral.
Reaching for a brew at the end of a long day discovering Chartres is some kind of tradition here at la guinguette de Chartres, on a deckchair by the river. Blissful!
Couples Bucket Listin Eure et Loir
Château de MaintenonMAINTENON
Enter the "secret gardens" of the Sun King. Discover the furnished home of Madame de Maintenon, whose eternal youth charmed Louis XIV the all-powerful.Read more
Cycling the Veloscenic routeEure Valley
If you're looking to explore France’s most picturesque areas by bike, then leisure cycling holidays are the ones for you! Long distance routes like the Veloscenic - an itinerary from Paris to the Mont St-Michel via Chartres, Eure et Loir and Normandy - offer a whole lot more than just a bike ride.Read more
Le Café BleuCHARTRES
Opposite the cathedral, the typical facade of a Bistro hides an elegant dining room, decorated in contemporary fashion with light woods. You will appreciate the typical french cuisine with local products: one of the most famous place in Chartres.Read more
La Petite Venise, la Guinguette de ChartresCHARTRES
La Petite Venise, La Guinguette de Chartres with its waterside terrace will be a true haven of peace and quiet for children and adults. Enjoy walks along the Eure throughout the season, as well as entertainment and events. Booking not required; ...Read more
Right next to the town centre and 5 minutes from the cathedral, a spacious suite in an early 20th-century house.Read more
Maison ailleurs “Le Jardin”CHARTRES
This magnificent town house of character and charm conceals a hidden treasure - a most remarkable garden! It is with great taste and talent that this house has been magnificently converted into an ideal place to stay for those in search of old ...Read more
Pleasant atmosphere and gourmet cuisine in a typical restaurant in Chartres. Old facade classified as historical monuments. You will appreciate the stone fireplace.Read more
Restaurant overlooking the Cathedral. Business lunches, family meals, groups welcome. Outdoor terrace during the Summer.Read more
Jardins et aqueduc de MaintenonMAINTENON
Hôtel Le Boeuf CouronnéCHARTRES
Logis de France hotel-restaurant ideally located between the cathedral and the train station, close to the historic centre.Read more
Ibis Chartres Centre CathédraleCHARTRES
In Chartres, with terraces overlooking the peaceful waters of the Eure. Ask for a room with a view of the cathedral! Hotel Ibis combines chain hotel services with beautiful views!Read more
Le Grand Monarque Hotel & SpaCHARTRES
This renovated former coaching inn just begs the traveller to stop off for fine food and a comfortable stay.Read more
Crypte de la CathédraleCHARTRES
Recognised as a listed monument in 1979, Chartres cathedral boasts an exceptional collection of 12-13th-century windows and sculptures. The Romanesque crypt is one of the longest in Europe, and houses some original frescoes alongside some ...Read more