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An Odyssey On Two Wheels

Your chance to cycle the Atlantic Coast cycle route – La Vélodyssée

La Vélodyssée – or the Atlantic Coast cycle route is France’s longest waymarked cycle trail, meandering it's way along the west coast from Roscoff right through to the Spanish border for 1,200km, taking in some of France’s most famous natural, historical and cultural sights.

The greatest cycling holiday on Earth?

Our Bordeaux-to-Biarritz holiday was named as one of the '10 greatest cycling holidays on Earth' by ex-professional cyclist David Millar.

"Oddly, Biarritz isn’t a destination much thought of when it comes to cycling, being primarily associated with surfing, yet it has lots to offer. I should know, as I lived and trained there for seven years. Much of the best riding is to be had along the French-Spanish border which lies atop the nearby foothills of the Pyrenees. The Col d’Ibardin and Col d’Ispéguy are favourites and lead you into Basque country proper. As for Biarritz itself, there are few places better for après-velo."

Biarritz marina at dusk
Biarritz marina at dusk

A huge majority of the route (over 80%) has dedicated cycleways making it easier to get around and also to make detours to visit various sights. Not only that, the whole cycle route is waymarked, and has been designated with the French ‘Acceuil Velo’ accreditation which means that the needs of the cyclist are front of mind.

This means that all accommodation needs to caters for bikes and cyclists with storage and luggage transfer on offer, as well as plenty of bike repair and bike hire shops near to the route. Tourist information is readily available and places to visit and other activities are all easily accessible from the route. You can be confident that you’ll be able to get everything you need as a cyclist.

Nantes at night
Nantes at night

▲ Nantes to La Rochelle

Cycle through pretty harbour towns, oyster farms, pine forests and nature reserves and alongside beaches, rivers and marshlands between the bustling city of Nantes to the historic port city of La Rochelle.

Moderate ability  |  8-day cycling tour  |  Riverside and coastal routes  |  Half board accommodation  |  Local rep  |  eBikes available

Once you reach the coast, the route winds through ports and other seaside towns, and you will find yourself sandwiched between the coastline on one side and marshland on the other. You will be cycling through oyster farms and alongside sandy beaches where the only sounds you will hear are the trees gentle rustling and the ocean waves lapping at the shore. The final part of the route will take you round the nature reserve of Anse de L’Aiguillon, before joining the canal at Marans and cycling into your final destination of La Rochelle.

Find out more about the Nantes to La Rochelle tour

La Rochelle marina
La Rochelle marina

▲ La Rochelle to Bordeaux

Peddle along the coast between historic La Rochelle and Bordeaux, renowned for its fine wine, gastronomy and art. 

Moderate ability  |  8-day cycling tour  |  Canalside and coastal routes  |  Half board accommodation  |  Local agent  |  eBikes available  |  UNESCO Sites

Setting out from the historic city of La Rochelle, you’ll start your 8-day day holiday cycling along the coastline, through pretty seaside villages and alongside wetlands before crossing the Charente river on France’s last transporter bridge.

This tour is all about variety, from picturesque harbours to rocky coves, vineyards and historic cities, including Bordeaux - the worlds largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site.

La Rochelle to Bordeaux - Vélodyssée


▲ Bordeaux to Biarritz

Start your tour from the heart of the UNESCO listed city of Bordeaux before cycling alongside disused railway tracks, through pine forests and past beautiful beaches.

Moderate ability  |  8-day cycling tour  |  Woodland and coastal routes  |  Half board accommodation  |  Local agent  |  eBikes available  |  UNESCO Sites

One of our most popular cycling holidays, and it’s not hard to see why.

Moderate coastal cycling gives way to gentle inland exploring, visit Lake Cazaux before returning to coastline where you travel through the seaside towns of Hossegor and Capbreton. Ride through Bayonne and before reaching your final destination of Biarritz. 

Bordeaux to Biarritz - Vélodyssée

As with all our Belle France cycling holidays, these three routes all include accommodation at hand-picked hotels, luggage transfers between hotels, comprehensive route notes and marked maps, fully serviced hybrid bikes with bike map cases and panniers, and station transfers where relevant. You’ll have a local agent on the ground you can contact, as well as support from the Belle France team in the UK.

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