La Velodyssée - From Bordeaux to Biarritz

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


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

From Bordeaux to Biarritz by the Atlantic coast

An easy cycling trip starting from Bordeaux to the Atlantic coast.

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!


La Vélodyssée

La Velodyssée 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.


The stage between Arcachon and Biscarosse is closed since the fires of summer 2022. The partial reopening is planned for the summer of 2023 subject to validation by the Vélodyssée following the progress of the renovation work.
For this section, we propose an alternative: a shuttle with your bikes for an additional fee (from 30 euros per person) is proposed from your accommodation in Arcachon to the one in Biscarrosse. Please contact us for a commercial proposal.

Find some pictures of this route in video:

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


Arrive to Bordeaux on your own.

Briefing Orientation

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From BORDEAUX to LACANAU OCEAN 70km 103m 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 OCEAN to ARES 36km 117m 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 ARES to ARCACHON 53km 146m 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


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 51km 322m 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-PLAGE 42km 201m 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-PLAGE to SOUSTONS 69km 314m Niveau Forme

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 251m 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


End of stay after your breakfast.

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
façade Hôtel la côte d'argent Lacanau

Starting from 1365€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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.

Quote on request | Contact us

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.

Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 9 nights in a Double room
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Access to our exclusive travel application to follow your route, inform you about places of interest, restaurants, facilitate your assistance in case of emergency, find all your travel documents and our practical advice.
  • Application fee
  • A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner and topo maps
  • Specific services
    • Jour 1 : Orientation
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

    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 7 days a week
    • A Luggage transfer service from 09:00 and with a delivery before 18:00 (one luggage and one bagback per person maximum)

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

    GPS for cycling trips

    • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
    • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)


    You can also


    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.

    Hiking Bike (woman)

    Equipped with reliable and lightweight components to offer you a carefree stay.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 fabric-wrapped chain lock, key type
    • 2 x 20 litre waterproof removable rear bags
    • 1 removable handlebar bag
    • 1 adjustable helmet
    • 1 can holder

    Hiking Bike (man)

    Equipped with reliable and lightweight components to offer you a carefree stay.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 fabric-wrapped chain lock, key type
    • 2 x 20 liter waterproof removable rear bags
    • 1 removable handlebar bag
    • 1 adjustable helmet
    • 1 can holder


    It will allow all terrain and distances to be considered serenely, thanks to their natural and progressive assistance as well as their generous autonomy.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 fabric-wrapped chain lock, key type
    • 2 x 20 liter waterproof removable rear bags
    • 1 removable handlebar bag
    • 1 adjustable helmet
    • 1 can holder

    Children Bike

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 fabric-wrapped chain lock, key type
    • 1 adjustable helmet
    • 1 can holder

    Children trailer

    Getting here

    Departure city : BORDEAUX

    Coming by car

    • at 5h45 from PARIS
    • at 3h30 from NANTES
    • at 5h30 from LYON


    • Parking Paludate – BORDEAUX
    • Parking Gare Saint Jean – BORDEAUX
    • Parking Grands Hommes – BORDEAUX
    • Parking Gambetta – BORDEAUX
    • Q-Park Clémenceau Auditorium – BORDEAUX

    Coming by train

    • Bordeaux train station - 2h15 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Bordeaux airport

    Arrival city : BIARRITZ

    Coming by car

    • at 7h from PARIS
    • at 2h15 from BORDEAUX
    • at 7h from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Biarritz train station - 4h from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Biarritz airport

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    How to get back to the starting point

    • By train from Biarritz to Bordeaux in 2H15 (hotline)
    • Return by car in 2h15 to your starting point ?
    • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

    Recommended equipment


    • 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


    • Suitcase for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers (limited to one per person)
    • Change of clothes for the evening
    • Warm jacket for the evenings
    • Set of toiletries
    • Mobile phone and charger

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