The itinerary is also known as EuroVélo 3 and is an iconic route that crosses seven countries over 5,400km and, by passing through France, links Norway to Spain. At Châteauneuf-sur-Charente, this picturesque itinerary offers a unique experience for cyclists.

Set in the heart of the magnificent region of the Charente, Châteauneuf-sur-Charente is a hotspot for the sales of cognac, an eau-de-vie that has been famous across the world for centuries and is a market leader for the export of French products. The town is a charming place to have a break on the Scandibérique. Cyclists staying over in the commune can enjoy a blend of unspoilt countryside, stretches of vineyards and the peacefulness of the banks of the river Charente. Just before Châteauneuf is the village of Saint-Simeux, a haven of peace and greenery.

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The Saint-Simeux fisheries

A little hillside village overlooking the river Charente, Saint-Simeux offers magnificent points of view and is a privileged setting for walkers

The itinerary

By following the Scandibérique route through Châteauneuf-sur-Charente, cyclists get the chance to explore its streets full of flowers, its rich historic heritage and to be seduced by its warm ambience. Stops along the way also give cyclists the opportunity of tasting local culinary delights, in particular famous cognacs and pineaux as well as products that have made the Charente a household name.

Carrying on along your route, enjoy the tranquillity of the Charentais countryside by riding through the communes of Birac, Nonaville and Viville, delightful little villages with houses built of stone and gardens in bloom. In other words, it’s places like these that offer an enchanted break during your adventure, where authenticity and sweetness of life mix together harmoniously.
Whether it’s for a well-deserved break along this long bike ride or for a longer stay, Saint-Simeux, Châteauneuf-sur-Charente, Birac, Nonaville and Viville offer cyclists on the Scandibérique a unique stopover where conviviality and unforgettable encounters, cultural heritage and unspoilt nature all come together.

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