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A family weekend on the greenways around Caen

La Vélo Francette cycle route begins in the Calvados region of Normandy with 2 greenways: along the Caen Canal, which runs parallel to the Orne River, and then along the Suisse Normande greenway. From the Normandy seaside, along its rivers and through its countryside, this is the perfect route for exploring with children!

Practical information

Number of days: 2 days / 1 night

Start / Finish: Caen

Distance: approximately 70 km

Caen railway station: 2h from Paris

Bike rental: Vélo Station (500m from the station) 

Accueil Vélo accomodation: Hôtel du Château de Caen (1,7km from the station, 3 tram stops from the station)


Day 1: From Caen to Suisse Normande (32 km round trip)

Balade à vélo en Suisse Normande> Download the map

After a morning spent exploring Caen and its castle, cycle south towards the peaceful haven of the Suisse Normande. Pedal along the banks of the Orne in complete safety on this 100% greenway route.


For families:

· Events and workshops accompanying the "Dans les pas de Néenderthal" exhibition (In the footsteps of Neanderthal Man) at the Musée de Normandie - Read more (in French)

·  The treasure hunt - Read more

· The castle's assault course for children aged between 4 & 7 years old - Read more

· 4 cycling roadbooks for exploring the city of William the Conqueror - Read more

· Grimbosq Forest and its wildlife - Read more

· Vieux-la-Romaine museum and archaeological site - Read more


Day 2 : From Caen to the sea (26 km round trip)

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Cycle along the Caen Canal alongside the Orne river on a trail reserved solely for cyclists and pedestrians to spend the day at the seaside, on the beach at Ouistreham!

Not to be missed:

· The Pegasus Bridge Museum in Ranville - Read more

· The Bunker at the Ouistreham Atlantic Wall Museum - Read more

· Riva Bella beach - Read more

· Numerous beach activities: sand yachting (from 7 years old), kite flying, etc. -   Read more

· Ouistreham lighthouse (July and August only) - Read more


For more information:

Please contact or visit the Tourist Offices in Caen, La Suisse Normande or Ouistreham!