Cycle Path of Rhone – through Swiss and France

Cycle Path of Rhone – through Swiss and France

The Rhône is an important European river that is born in Switzerland, continues in France and finally throws itself into the Mediterranean. It's about

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The Rhône is an important European river that is born in Switzerland, continues in France and finally throws itself into the Mediterranean. It’s about 812 km in total.
There is a cycling route on its shores which has only recently been included in the Eurovelo system, the European bicycle routes.
It’s a trail that is almost always downhill and follows the river from the source to the mouth for 850 km.

SWISS SECTION
The start of the itinerary is in Oberwald, about 5 km from the glacier from which the river originates.
In this first stretches you ride along the narrow valley of the canton of Valais, crossing small villages. As they proceed, the valley widens and with it the flow of the river. At this point there are also larger towns like Zion, home to a very scenic cathedral.

At the height of Martigny, about 135 km from the start, the river is forwarded to a smaller and narrow valley. The countryside landscape changes and starts to pedal in the middle of the vineyard. Then you reach Lake Geneva and walk along the river for a long stretch.

Before arriving in Geneva you cross Montreux and Lausanne. The Swiss section of the Rhone cycle path is interrupted on the outskirts of the city, bordering on France.

Martigny_rhone_valley Cathédrale_de_Lausanne Parc_Observatoire_Geneve Montreux

FRENCH SECTION
As soon as he entered the French territory, the river follows a stretch between the mountains, then crosses Lyon. The city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998 and certainly deserves a visit.

The Rhone begins to flow placid in the French countryside and steers straight to the Mediterranean.
The river now has an imposing load because it is enriched by many small streams. In the town of Vienne there is a particular section of the Rhone where many migratory birds stand on the road to Africa.

Lyon Vienne-Cropped parc_regional_camargue bridge-of-avignon

After about 400 km from the start, you will reach Provence and its typically Mediterranean landscape. You cross Avignon and you approach the town of Arles, where the river begins to divide, forming its large delta.

We are inside of the Regional Park of the Camargue, here ends the cycle path of the Rhone, on a beautiful public beach called “Beach of Napoleon”.