Discoveries to make
A great river exploited by so many civilizations, a major trading route linking Northern Europe to the Mediterranean, the Rhône has seen its banks settled by men going far back in time, leaving traces from many periods. Riding along ViaRhôna you can explore the prehistoric origins of Western European civilization as well as taking in the works of contemporary man. There are many riches for tourists to discover right along the cycle route, or exploring the riverside towns.
The Rhône has long been exploited for navigation, energy and industrial uses. Today, a movement is underway to protect and enhance the river’s most precious and endangered natural zones. ViaRhôna leads you to many of the most remarkable natural sites and areas in the Rhône Valley. As the natural zones signalled below are often fragile environments, please take care of them!
Looking for refreshing breaks on your cycling trip? In this section, we indicate some of the outdoor recreation centres, water-based activities and boat trips on the Rhône you might consider, located in some great spots as you travel along ViaRhôna.
The excellence of the Rhône Valley’s wines and gastronomy is world-famous. The quality of the wines and the local produce along the valley has been honed through time. Cycling along ViaRhôna enables you to discover the special wines and produce that vary so fascinatingly according to the specific terroir, or the specific conditions in each area. You can also take in traditional local know-how and meals by fantastic chefs such as the internationally acclaimed Anne-Sophie Pic in Valence. The gastronomic delights are great along ViaRhôna.