La Vélodyssée - from Arcachon to Biarritz

Cross by bike the unavoidable resorts on the Landes coast and the traditional lively villages.

Highlights

A secure and signposted course

The Dune du Pilat , an exceptional natural monument
The Great Lakes, amazing landscapes, exceptional diversity
Mimizan-Plage, la Perle de la Côte d’Argent
The coast of the Basque Country

Gather the family and embark on an amazing adventure!

From the magnificent Bassin d’Arcachon to the Basque Country, take an easy bike route. With your family, on the famous bike paths of the Landes, you take part on your own Vélodyssée!

Smoothly, you ride along the ocean and its sunny beaches stretching over 230 kilometers. The Dune of Pilat offers you a rather unique panorama on your route. A few gourmet breaks allow you to refuel. The locals offer you many opportunities to discover their local products.

On the Vélodyssée you weave between lakes and forests, and cross must-see seaside resorts. Enjoy a swim and an ice cream, this is what the holidays are for! Some villages and traditional bustling ports are also the occasion of more authentic encounters.

The Vélodyssée

The Velodyssey is a cycle route that crosses Brittany and runs along the Atlantic to the Basque Coast on a stimulant and wild course.

Find some pictures of this route in video:

Carte itinéraire à vélo La Vélodyssée en famille d'Arcachon à Biarritz
Niveau EasyEasy
Day 1

ARCACHON

Check-in at your hotel in the afternoon. Enjoy the end of the day for a walk in Arcachon.

Day 2

From ARCACHON to BISCARROSSE-PLAGE 34km 305m Niveau Facile

From Arcachon, you reach the Ocean. After a few kilometers, an excursion to the top of the Dune du Pilat is a must! A unique site, of great enchantment, which offers a beautiful panorama. You go back by bike to begin the beautiful and great crossing of the Landes forest. A gap in the forest announces the arrival to Biscarrosse-Plage.

Day 3

From BISCARROSSE-PLAGE to PARENTIS EN BORN 22km 165m Niveau Facile

Today you leave the ocean to visit the Great Lakes territory, a promise of tranquility that will delight nature lovers. A passage through the Biscarrosse Aquapark will also delight children before reaching Biscarrosse, capital of the hydroplanes, then the small town of Parentis en Born.

Day 4

From PARENTIS EN BORN to MIMIZAN-PLAGE 33km 450m Niveau Facile

Your route continues through the forest of Sainte-Eulalie before embracing the ocean again. The latter will reveal its most beautiful side upon your arrival on the family resort of Mimizan-Plage, also called the Pearl of the Silver Coast.

Day 5

From MIMIZAN-PLAGE to LINXE 47km Niveau Facile

After the warm atmosphere of Mimizan Plage, find the calm of the forest, its quietness and its scents. You will be conquered by the feeling of being the master of these serene spaces. As soon as you arrive in Contis, the only lighthouse in the moors will reveal itself to you, streaked with black and white. After a few kilometers, a stop at the beach of Cap de l’Homy is needed, to enjoy a breathtaking view of the ocean and also appreciate the wild beauty of the Landes coast.

Day 6

From LINXE to HOSSEGOR 40km Niveau Facile

The Vélodyssée is now surfing on the emblematic seaside resorts of the coastal route. You can distinguish: Seignosse the wild, Hossegor the bourgeoisie or even Capbreton (with some extra kilometers), the family friendly and lively city where you will also have the opportunity to discover the unique fishing port of the Landes.

Day 7

From HOSSEGOR to BIARRITZ 40km Niveau Facile

You gradually enter the Basque Country and discover Bayonne, City of Art and History, which invites you to discover its unique heritage. You then follow the river Adour, the Basque mountains in the background, to reach through the forest of Chiberta the beaches of Anglet. Your arrival in Biarritz opens the horizon on the golf of Cantabria and signals the end of your stay.

Day 8

BIARRITZ

End of stay after your breakfast.

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Confort range in a familial room

The price is per adult, based on one family room for 4 people, 2 adults and 2 kids.
Accommodation example

Starting from 1315€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

GPS included Travel with Abicyclette France

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Touring bike

  • 1 casque
  • 1 sacoche arrière 28L étanche
  • 1 sacoche guidon 6L étanche
  • 1 antivol
  • 1 multi-outils
  • 1 kit de réparation comprenant des rustines, une chambre à air, des démontes-pneu
  • 1 pompe
  • 1 bidon

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 28L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 6L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bottle
Vélo de location Ile Vendéenne avec Abicyclette

Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

Getting here

 

Meeting point

Arcachon, Gironde (33)

Arcachon by car
  • From Rennes by A83 & A10 (530 km 5h)
  • From Paris by A10 (650 km 6h15)
  • From Lyon by l’A89 (615 km 6h15)
Aracachon by train*
  • Train Station in Arcachon
  • TGV Train Station in Bordeaux
Arcachon by plane*
  • Airport in Bordeaux

*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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