The sun will be strong this weekend. A few suggestions for beautiful getaways in search of coolness and shade by the canal or in Passeligne on foot, by bike, with the family.
When the sun is at its zenith and the temperatures flirt with 30 degrees like this weekend, the search for cool spots is more intense in Agen and its surroundings. Following the Garonne side canal by bike, under its foliage, is a great alternative. A sweet beautiful getaway protected from the sun by the vegetation in solo, to accomplish alone or with family. Towards the first lock, La Barque agenaise, a pretty fruit bar hut offers you drinks and gourmet snacks, just to take a break. Below the Canal Bridge in Agen, the Café Vélo awaits you. A stop in the industrial decoration to appreciate its tasty cuisine or sip a fruit juice full of energy. The place has a bicycle repair and rental workshop. It takes from 19 euros and 36 euros depending on the model of bike, for a ride of 4 hours. You can even sleep on site in its stopover lodge for passing cyclists.
Still in the saddle, you can follow the side channel to the Montalembert nautical stop in Boé with the possibility of picnicking on site and games awaiting the children. Accessible shower to cool off and icing on the cake, a terrine and a local wine as an aperitif are offered by Sylvie Dutheuil. Along the locks towards the left bank, head for the Sérignac-sur-Garonne nautical stopover which has tables and games for children.
Cycling to Pont-du-Casse from Agen, via the greenway, is now possible. The simplest route is as follows. The best thing is to leave the Donnefort health center, join the cycle path which heads towards the Montanou football stadium. Not far from the shared gardens, a new shared track also begins (pedestrians, bicycles, scooters) which winds through fields over a distance of 2.6 km to the Pont-du-Casse relay car park.
For lovers of Dame Garonne, on foot, cross the Michel-Serres footbridge from the Gravier to the bank of the Passage d’Agen, walk along the Garonne and return via the Canal Bridge and its 23 arches.
Small boat on the water or the beauty of the lakes
If you are tempted by a walk along the water and the experience of navigation, go to the foot of the Hermitage at the port of the Agen canal where it is possible to rent a boat: a small electric boat for an hour on the Canal Bridge or a habitable barge, without a permit, with a capacity of 12 people. The best thing is to contact Locaboat who will suggest the most suitable formula and advise you for a longer adventure on the water.
Another proposal, a contemplative and rejuvenating walk in the natural park of Passeligne in Boé. An area of 60 hectares: 30 hectares of land and 30 hectares of water with its two Passeligne and Pélissier lakes; It’s 14 km of cycle or pedestrian paths, city-stadiums, football, rugby and volleyball pitches, playgrounds, picnic tables. A veritable green lung of the agglomeration with a car park, it offers infinite variations of light on the water, the grace of swans at times and all the quintessence of fauna and flora. Its colors change according to the rhythm of the seasons. A dining hut is currently closed. But a recovery project would be underway for this summer.
These suggestions for getting some fresh air and going green are valid for all sunny days and weekends marked by the blazing sun.
Locaboat Holidays 1 Quai de Dunkerque Port de la Gare du Pin 0553660074 locaboat.com
Nautical stop “Les Berges du Canal” in Sérignac-sur-Garonne. 8 boats can be moored there. Water and electricity are freely accessible, but chargeable. 0553692369
Nautical stop “Montalembert” of Boé open during the summer period to accommodate river tourism. Access to a shaded park. Water, electricity, showers: paying services with free access. Shop. Sale of local products. 0553960400
Café Vélo Pont-canal 207 rue du Duc-D’Orléans, cycling paradise, stopover lodge and restaurant. Bike rental. 0553961551
Tempo vélo, bike rental network 1 place Rabelais station of Agen 0553489010
Bike rental “Fairies of sport” rue Remparts-Sainte-Foy 0640469471
La Barque agenaise Common fruit bar in the Passage d’Agen starting from the Pont-Canal, chemin du Limport.