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La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic Cycling Route

Seaside, Canals & intimate rivers
1240 Km
5 PHOTOS
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

⚠ Nantes-La Rochelle line closed: Complete refurbishment of the line, Intercity trains between Bordeaux and Nantes will be limited to Bordeaux-La Rochelle. Substitute coaches will be provided between La Rochelle-Nantes but will not be able to carry bicycles.

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

The best cycling holiday breaks

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30,38 Km
Roscoff > Morlaix
Seaside
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Roscoff > Morlaix

After leaving the old port enjoy a stage filled with scents from the fields of early fruits and vegetables in the Pays [...]

48,23 Km
Morlaix > Carhaix
Nature & small heritage
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Morlaix > Carhaix

The seaside atmosphere slips into the background once the greenway reaches the upper part of town. From here on, this [...]

32,85 Km
Carhaix-Plouguer / Rostrenen
Canals & intimate rivers
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Carhaix-Plouguer / Rostrenen

La Vélodyssée goes up past the Kergaden Lock on the Nantes to Brest Canal. The large wooded cutting at Glomel [...]

30,50 Km
Rostrenen / Mûr-de-Bretagne
Lake & Swim
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Rostrenen / Mûr-de-Bretagne

At the heart of the Guerlédan-Argoat Country is a steep sided valley where the Blavet winds through the woods until it [...]

23,04 Km
Mûr-de-Bretagne / Pontivy
Lake & Swim
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Mûr-de-Bretagne / Pontivy

Designated track and very steep descent into the Guerlédan dam towards Pontivy. Here the Blavet is no longer [...]

48,16 Km
Pontivy / Josselin
Canals & intimate rivers
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Pontivy / Josselin

A section of La Vélodyssée with a dedicated cycle path and one rich in waterway heritage: 54 locks and the Rigole [...]

45,90 Km
Josselin / Peillac
Nature & small heritage
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Josselin / Peillac

There is a medieval feel to this stage of La Vélodyssée, both in Malestroit and in Josselin with their timber-framed [...]

17,33 Km
Peillac / Redon
Nature & small heritage
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Peillac / Redon

The area of Île-aux-Pies, with its almost Mediterranean feel – pine trees and rocky peaks – brings a chic ambience [...]

44,85 Km
Redon / Blain
Canals & intimate rivers
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Redon / Blain

Staying close to the Brière and the confluence of the Isac and the Vilaine, this stage of La Vélodyssée follows the [...]

23,58 Km
Blain / Nort-sur-Erdre
Canals & intimate rivers
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Blain / Nort-sur-Erdre

This is the last, very easy going and enjoyable stage of La Vélodyssée along the Nantes to Brest canal. The [...]

35,60 Km
Nort-sur-Erdre / Nantes
Nature & small heritage
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Nort-sur-Erdre / Nantes

Quiheix’s second lock marks the end of the Nantes to Brest canal towpath. Gradually you return to the hustle and [...]

25,13 Km
Nantes / Le Pellerin
French rivers
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Nantes / Le Pellerin

An exhibition of contemporary art is displayed all the way down the estuary on this shared stage of La Vélodyssée and [...]

37,37 Km
Le Pellerin / St-Brevin-les-Pins
Seaside
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Le Pellerin / St-Brevin-les-Pins

A stretch of water between the Loire, marshes and hedged farmland, the Martinière canal is your ‘Ariadne’s [...]

40,11 Km
St-Brevin-les-Pins / Pornic
Seaside
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St-Brevin-les-Pins / Pornic

This stage of La Vélodyssée starts by crossing St-Brevin between the sea, dunes, pine trees and villas. It continues [...]

33,85 Km
Pornic / Bouin
Seaside
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Pornic / Bouin

La Vélodyssée route continues its tour of the Bay of Bourgneuf, brushing past the Breton Marshes in the search for [...]

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

The last stage of La Vélodyssée in the Bay of Bourgneuf-en-Retz (your pedals keeping time with the sweeping circles [...]

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

La Belle-Henriette Lagoon, separated from the sea by a narrow band of sand, and then your arrival into La Faute-sur-Mer [...]

25,54 Km
Marans / La Rochelle
Seaside
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Marans / La Rochelle

Nature takes centre stage during this leg of the journey, as you cycle past the water that flows through the charming [...]

50,01 Km
La Rochelle / Rochefort
Seaside
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La Rochelle / Rochefort

As the famous towers which defend the port of La Rochelle hove into view, a cycle path section takes us to the Port of [...]

37,86 Km
Rochefort / Marennes
Seaside
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Rochefort / Marennes

It’s with great regret that we leave behind Rochefort and its gardens on the banks of the Charente. We take the [...]

45,39 Km
Marennes / Royan
Seaside
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Marennes / Royan

The Marennes Country, home to the leading oyster farms in Europe, spreads over salt marshes and the Seudre estuary. [...]

30,02 Km
Royan / Montalivet-les-Bains
Seaside
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Royan / Montalivet-les-Bains

Upon entering the Gironde, a new world reveals itself to travellers on La Vélodyssée. La pointe de Grave also marks [...]

20,03 Km
Montalivet-les-Bains / Hourtin-Plage
In the vineyards
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Montalivet-les-Bains / Hourtin-Plage

From Montalivet to Naujac (apart from a large chicane and a gentle bend) you can ride on autopilot on this part of La [...]

31,76 Km
Hourtin-Plage / Lacanau-Océan
Seaside
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Hourtin-Plage / Lacanau-Océan

Still in the forest and still on cycle paths. The natural reserves encountered throughout the route demonstrate that [...]

36,82 Km
Lacanau-Océan / Lège-Cap-Ferret
Seaside
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Lacanau-Océan / Lège-Cap-Ferret

A pleasant stage of La Vélodyssée on designated lanes between dunes and the forest. Take time out to stray off the [...]

42,08 Km
Lège-Cap-Ferret / Arcachon
Seaside
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Lège-Cap-Ferret / Arcachon

Those nostalgic for the trains of yesteryear, welcome! Except for a shared section with traffic between Lège and [...]

25,81 Km
Arcachon / Biscarrosse-plage
Seaside
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Arcachon / Biscarrosse-plage

After an essential trip to the top of the Dune of Pilat to appreciate the beauty of the area and the views, we once [...]

25,56 Km
Biscarrosse-plage / Parentis-en-Born
Seaside
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Biscarrosse-plage / Parentis-en-Born

From Gironde to the Landes nothing really changes, apart from the section of military land which forces La Vélodyssée [...]

31,13 Km
Parentis-en-Born / Mimizan-Plage
Seaside
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Parentis-en-Born / Mimizan-Plage

After the Biscarrosse and Parentis Lakes, the trail follows secondary roads and takes us to the more secluded northern [...]

47,12 Km
Mimizan-Plage / Léon
Seaside
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Mimizan-Plage / Léon

Having soaked up the atmosphere of the Mimizan-Plage seaside resort, it’s back on the saddle to once more find the [...]

33,30 Km
Léon / Capbreton
Seaside
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Léon / Capbreton

La Vélodyssée now heading north, advances to a few hundred yards from the Côte d’Argent, gradually getting closer [...]

28,98 Km
Capbreton / Bayonne
Seaside
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Capbreton / Bayonne

This stage between the Landes and the Basque Country lets us enjoy forest and large beaches as we make our way along [...]

16,25 Km
Bayonne / Biarritz
Seaside
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Bayonne / Biarritz

La Vélodyssée now heading north, advances to a few hundred yards from the Côte d’Argent, gradually getting closer [...]

14,24 Km
Biarritz / Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Seaside
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Biarritz / Saint-Jean-de-Luz

This stage of La Vélodyssée is punctuated with vantage points enjoying exceptional ocean views but it is sometimes [...]

20,48 Km
Saint-Jean-de-Luz / Hendaye-Plage
Seaside
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Saint-Jean-de-Luz / Hendaye-Plage

Final stage of La Vélodyssée before reaching the Spanish border and the rhythm of the Bolero. After St-Jean-de-Luz [...]

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