Biking is a more enticing prospect now more than ever, given the importance of spending time outside and getting fresh air during the pandemic. In France, this is getting even easier for current and would-be cyclists, with the opening of a new 260-mile bike route along the Seine River. The new route, called La Seine à Vélo, runs from Paris to Le Havre and Deauville in Normandy, giving riders the opportunity to explore the French departments of the Seine-Saint-Denis, Hauts-de-Seine, Yvelines, Val-d’Oise, Eure, Seine-Maritime, and Calvados along the way.

On the route, cyclists will be able to see Notre Dame, Le Havre beach, and Les Planches de Deauville. You’ll also pass alongside some of Paris and Rouen’s most iconic cathedrals, the Abbaye de Jumièges, the Château de Malmaison, Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, and many more.

Biking along the Seine River, from Paris to the Channel

Photo: La Seine à Vélo/Facebook

A new website provides all the information you need about the path, such as where to eat, where to stay, and other service providers along the way. The site will tell you which local eateries to check out, and point you toward the must-see sights. For the most comprehensive and relevant information, just input your place of departure and place of arrival, and the website will calculate your route and suggested stops.