EuroVelo 4

335 km

EuroVelo 4

EuroVelo 4 runs from Roscoff in France all the way to Kiev in Ukraine, 4000 km away. This varied cycle route allows you to discover the history of Central Europe. Featuring exceptional medieval architecture, dynamic cities and a maritime experience from Brittany, through the North of France, to Belgium.

Mers-les Bains - Knokke-Heist

From the English Channel to the North Sea, EuroVelo 4 is characterised by cliffs, sandy beaches, historic cities and opulent seaside resorts. The route, called La Vélomaritime in France, crosses the Somme and continues along the Opal Coast and the Belgian coast. It goes through no fewer than two « Grand Site de France »: the Baie de Somme and the Deux-Caps Site Site des Deux-Caps but also the Dunes de Flandre, which are in the process of being certified. On the Belgian side, following the ‘Kustroute’ (Coastal route) you will discover natural zones and dynamic seaside resorts.

Mers-les Bains - Berck-sur-Mer

96 km

Feast your eyes on magnificent views of the first cliffs of Normandy. The Vélomaritime continues in Baie de Somme, where you can discover the Marquenterre park with thousands of migratory birds, the medieval city of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and the Pointe du Hourdel with its population of seals. And finally, the baie d’Authie, a preserved natural site.

Not to be missed

  • Mers-les-Bains, the seaside district with Belle Epoque facades
  • Ault and the Bois de Cise, viewpoints from the cliffs
  • Pointe du Hourdel, a great place to observe seals
  • Baie de Somme, Grand Site de France
  • Baie de Somme Railway from Saint-Valery to Le Crotoy
  • Marquenterre Park, a refuge for thousands of birds
  • Belle Dune Aquaclub
  • Beaches of Quend and Fort-Mahon
  • The seals in baie d’Authie

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Berck-sur-Mer – Calais

87 km

Discover the different maritime landscapes of the Opal Coast, also renowned for its gastronomy. Remarkable seaside resorts, typical fishing villages, port cities and unspoiled natural sites. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Site des Deux-Caps and the English coast.

Not to be missed

  • The Beach of Berck-sur-Mer, famous for its kite festival
  • The elegant seaside resort of Le Touquet Paris-Plage
  • Etaples-sur-Mer, City of Fishermen
  • Hardelot Castle and the only Elizabethan theater in France
  • Nausicaà, the largest aquarium in Europe
  • Boulogne-sur-Mer, City of Art and History
  • Wissant Bay
  • Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez, breathtaking panoramas

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Calais – Dunkirk

53 km

From Calais to Dunkirk, the routeruns through the Platier d’Oye Nature Reserve and the City of Gravelines, a city fortified by Vauban. A bucolic combination of urban landscapes, white sandy beaches and port atmospheres

Not to be missed

  • Calais, one-of-a-kind City of Lace and Fashion
  • Climb aboard the Calais Dragon for a unique journey
  • Platier d’Oye, a nature reserve and bird sanctuary
  • Fort-Mardyck Zoo, dedicated to French and European wildlife
  • Center for Interpretation Art & Culture/CIAC (Bourbourg) – the work of artist Anthony Caro
  • Espace Tourville and the construction of the ‘Jean Bart’, a replica of a 17th century naval warship.
  • Star-shaped fortress of Gravelines by Vauban

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Dunkirk - Knokke-Heist

100 km

From Dunkirk-Malo-les-Bains to Knokke-Heist, on this route, you will discover more than 100 kilometres of fine sandy beaches, varied natural areas and a rich and unique dune habitat. In Belgium, you’ll pass through a series of lively seaside resorts, polders and salt marshes.

Not to be missed

  • Dunkirk: the Port Museum and the tour of the port aboard the ‘Texel’
  • Places of remembrance and history: Musée Dunkerque 1940 – Operation Dynamo and the Fort des Dunes
  • Dunes de Flandres, to be certified Grand Site of France, between dunes and sea
  • Warande Tower and its sublime view at Middelkerke-Westende
  • Interpretation Center on James Ensor in Ostend
  • Zwin Nature Park, a window into the world of birds

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