La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic Cycling Route
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.
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