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La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic Cycling Route

Roscoff
Hendaye-Plage
Whether you’re looking for a challenge or a leisurely cycle ride, La Vélodyssée has something for everyone. Get on your bike and experience the wild beauty of a cycle route covering more than 1,200 kilometres from Brittany down the Atlantic coast to the border with Spain. The sea is never very far away as you discover the best each region has to offer along France’s longest waymarked cycle trail. With our interactive maps and recommendations of the most suitable places for cyclists to stay, you can plan your very own La Vélodyssée in advance or just take off on the spur of the moment. You’ll find special offers, our pick of the best attractions to visit and reviews by those who’ve done the route. A voyage of discovery awaits you!

Signposting and state of the itinerary

The Vélodyssée / EuroVelo 1 is entirely marked with road signs on both sides from North to South. The Vélodyssée logo is accompanied with its EuroVelo 1 ID.

Itinerary mainly developped on securised lanes. Some difficulties can be faced on the end of the itinerary between Bayonne and Hendaye (roads sections, some ups and downs).

Services and accomodations "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") on The Vélodyssée

Nearly 430 accomodations (campings, hotels, lodges, guest houses) "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") are located at less than 5km away from the itinerary and they guarantee quality services for cyclists such as a closed garage for example. We strongly advise to book your accomodations in advance (including campings), especially in touristic areas.

Climate

The itinerary can be ridden in good conditions form spring to autumn. The towpath alongside the Nantes to Brest canal can be a little trickier in case of important rain. West wind often present.

Trains and public transports alongside The Vélodyssée

The itinerary is well served with trains, although you need to be careful during peak periods when bicycle transports can become complicated in TER. 

  • TER between Nantes et Roscoff
  • Intercité between Nantes et Bordeux
  • TER between Bordeaux and Le Verdon-sur-mer
  • TER between Bordeaux > Arcachon > Biarritz > Hendaye
  • Ferry crossing between Royan and Le Verdon

Long-time parkings on The Velodyssée

30,38 Km
Roscoff > Morlaix
Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Roscoff > Morlaix

48,23 Km
Morlaix > Carhaix
In forest, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Morlaix > Carhaix

32,85 Km
Carhaix-Plouguer / Rostrenen
By the water, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Carhaix-Plouguer / Rostrenen

30,50 Km
Rostrenen / Mûr-de-Bretagne
Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Rostrenen / Mûr-de-Bretagne

23,05 Km
Mûr-de-Bretagne / Pontivy
Nature & small heritage, Panoramas
I cycle often

Mûr-de-Bretagne / Pontivy

48,17 Km
Pontivy / Josselin
By the water, In family, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Pontivy / Josselin

45,83 Km
Josselin / Peillac
By the water, In family, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Josselin / Peillac

17,29 Km
Peillac / Redon
By the water, In family, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Peillac / Redon

44,85 Km
Redon / Blain
By the water, In family
I begin / Family

Redon / Blain

23,58 Km
Blain / Nort-sur-Erdre
By the water, In family
I begin / Family

Blain / Nort-sur-Erdre

35,13 Km
Nort-sur-Erdre / Nantes
Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Nort-sur-Erdre / Nantes

24,61 Km
Nantes / Le Pellerin
By the water, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Nantes / Le Pellerin

37,37 Km
Le Pellerin / St-Brevin-les-Pins
By the water, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Le Pellerin / St-Brevin-les-Pins

39,51 Km
St-Brevin-les-Pins / Pornic
Seaside
I cycle often

St-Brevin-les-Pins / Pornic

33,85 Km
Pornic / Bouin
Seaside, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Pornic / Bouin

34,34 Km
Bouin / La Barre de Monts - Fromentine
Seaside
I cycle often

Bouin / La Barre de Monts - Fromentine

44,07 Km
Les Sables d'Olonne / La Tranche-sur-Mer
In forest, Seaside
I begin / Family

Les Sables d'Olonne / La Tranche-sur-Mer

46,27 Km
La Tranche-sur-Mer / Marans
Seaside
I cycle often

La Tranche-sur-Mer / Marans

25,54 Km
Marans / La Rochelle
By the water, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Marans / La Rochelle

50,01 Km
La Rochelle / Rochefort
Seaside, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

La Rochelle / Rochefort

37,86 Km
Rochefort / Marennes
By the water
I cycle often

Rochefort / Marennes

45,39 Km
Marennes / Royan
In family, In forest, Seaside, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Marennes / Royan

30,02 Km
Royan / Montalivet-les-Bains
In family, In forest, Seaside
I begin / Family

Royan / Montalivet-les-Bains

20,03 Km
Montalivet-les-Bains / Hourtin-Plage
In family, Seaside, Vineyards & gastronomy
I begin / Family

Montalivet-les-Bains / Hourtin-Plage

31,76 Km
Hourtin-Plage / Lacanau-Océan
In forest, Seaside
I cycle a lot

Hourtin-Plage / Lacanau-Océan

36,82 Km
Lacanau-Océan / Lège-Cap-Ferret
In family, In forest, Seaside
I begin / Family

Lacanau-Océan / Lège-Cap-Ferret

42,08 Km
Lège-Cap-Ferret / Arcachon
Seaside, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Lège-Cap-Ferret / Arcachon

25,81 Km
Arcachon / Biscarrosse-plage
In family, In forest, Seaside
I begin / Family

Arcachon / Biscarrosse-plage

25,56 Km
Biscarrosse-plage / Parentis-en-Born
In forest, Seaside, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Biscarrosse-plage / Parentis-en-Born

31,13 Km
Parentis-en-Born / Mimizan-Plage
In family, In forest, Seaside
I begin / Family

Parentis-en-Born / Mimizan-Plage

47,12 Km
Mimizan-Plage / Léon
In forest, Seaside
I cycle often

Mimizan-Plage / Léon

33,30 Km
Léon / Capbreton
In family, In forest, Seaside
I begin / Family

Léon / Capbreton

28,98 Km
Capbreton / Bayonne
In forest, Seaside, Nature & small heritage
I cycle a lot

Capbreton / Bayonne

15,99 Km
Bayonne / Biarritz
By the water, Seaside, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Bayonne / Biarritz

14,24 Km
Biarritz / Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Seaside, Panoramas
I cycle a lot

Biarritz / Saint-Jean-de-Luz

20,47 Km
Saint-Jean-de-Luz / Hendaye-Plage
Seaside, Panoramas
I cycle a lot

Saint-Jean-de-Luz / Hendaye-Plage

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Cycle path
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