La Vélodyssée - from Bordeaux to Biarritz

Bike through beautiful and varied landscapes between the Gironde and the Basque Country

Highlights

A secure and signposted course
Bordeaux, capital of wine, living metropolis
The Dune du Pilat , an exceptional natural monument
The coast of the Basque Country

Welcome to the wine capital! Bordeaux, the sleeping beauty, has awaken and offers you a lively evening by the small neighborhood restaurants and tasting cellars.

This trip guides you firstly between the vineyards to discover the Grands Crus de Bordeaux. Then you join the ocean and its beaches. The Vélodyssée will allow you to ride along the Atlantic coast through its long and beautiful forest bike paths from the banks of the Garonne to reach Biarritz and the Basque Country. The scent of the pines mingles with the salty scent of the sea for a unique atmosphere.

This cycling route leads you gently to the Bassin d’Arcachon, at the foot of the Dune du Pilat, the Landes forest and its many white sand beaches stretching over 230 kilometers. Not to mention the inevitable stops to taste the local produce!

 

The Vélodysée

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

Get on your bikes and set off on a journey of more than 1200 km of cycle tourism with the ocean as a backdrop! Between Roscoff and Hendaye, 70% of the journey takes place on car free lanes. Discover the treasures of our regions, following the longest French cycle route, fully marked from start to finish.

Find some pictures of this route in video:

Carte itinéraire séjour à vélo La Vélodyssée, de Bordeaux à Biarritz
Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

Bordeaux

Arrive to Bordeaux on your own. Orientation meeting at your hotel in the afternoon.

Day 2

From BORDEAUX to LACANAU 64km Niveau Loisir

Going to the beach by bike from downtown Bordeaux, safely, may seem unrealistic. However, this route has existed for a long time thanks to the bike path that takes the route of an old railway. Thanks to it you join the marshes of the nature reserve of Bruges where the diversity of the biotopes, wet meadows, grove, ponds, favors a rich fauna and flora. The marshes will then give way to the Landes forest which will guide you to Lacanau … the beach is then not very far!

Day 3

From Lacanau to Arès 40km Niveau Loisir

Weave between dunes and forests, peace and quiet away from cars, on this pleasant stage. Feel free to leave the bike path to enjoy the few connections to the sea and benefit from beautiful ocean landscape views. Be cautious on the Atlantic beaches and their powerful waves, so popular with surfers!

Day 4

From Arès to Arcachon 50km Niveau Loisir

Never very far from the shore, continue your journey to discover other horizons, towards the Bay of Arcachon. You will see, the atmosphere is radically different with the return of the oyster world on the territory of the Regional Natural Park of Landes de Gascogne which has the good scent of an iodized and authentic Aquitaine.

Day 5

Arcachon

After several days of cycling, we offer you a day without a bike. The beach or a boat ride to admire the Dune of Pilat of the sea will certainly be the options chosen for this day in this beautiful place that is the Bassin d’Arcachon.

Day 6

From Arcachon to Biscarrosse 36km Niveau Loisir

After an essential getaway on the summit of the dune of Pilat, for the beauty of the site and the sight, you set out again with your bikes for a great crossing of the Landes forest. Just before Biscarrosse-Plage, without transition, the Vélodyssée passes from the Gironde to the Landes.

Day 7

From Biscarrosse to Mimizan 57km 650m Niveau Loisir

After a refreshing break at Le Parentis-en-Born’s small port, your itinerary continues through the forest of Sainte-Eulalie before joining the ocean again. The latter will reveal its most beautiful face upon your arrival on the family resort of Mimizan-Plage, also called the Pearl of the Silver Coast.

Day 8

From Mimizan to Soustons 59km Niveau Loisir

After the warm atmosphere of Mimizan-plage, find the calm of the forest, its silences 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 come to you, streaked with black and white. After a few kilometers, a stop at the beach of Cap de l’Homy is required, to enjoy a breathtaking view of the ocean but also appreciate the wild beauty of the Landes coast.

Day 9

From Soustons to Biarritz 60km Niveau Loisir

The Vélodyssée is now surfing on the emblematic seaside resorts of the coastal road. Distinguish yourself: Seignosse the untamed, Hossegor the bourgeois and finally Capbreton the lively and family friendly city where you will also have the opportunity to discover the unique fishing port of the Landes. 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 to the golf of Cantabria.

Day 10

BIARRITZ

End of stay after your breakfast.

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Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example

Starting from 1290€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


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Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


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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.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
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Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
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Getting here

Meeting point

Bordeaux, Gironde (33)

Bordeaux by car
  • From Rennes by A83 & A10 (470 km 4h30)
  • From Paris by A10 (580 km 5h35)
  • From Lyon by l’A89 (555 km 5h20)
Bordeaux by train*
  • TGV Train Station in Bordeaux
Bordeaux 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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