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La Vélodyssée: A 1200 km long cycle route along the Atlantic coast

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  • 1250 km

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!

The sections of La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route

  • Roscoff > Carhaix

    Roscoff > Carhaix picto itineraire[79.6 km]

    Roscoff > Morlaix > Scrignac > Carhaix-Plouguer
    • Family from Morlaix to Scrignac and from Scrignac to Carhaix-Plouguer
    • Intermediate from Roscoff to Morlaix

    Finistere marks the beginning (or end!) of the route; and, from Roscoff, La Vélodyssée meanders through the narrow lanes of Pays Léonard towards the Bay of Morlaix and its famous viaduct. From Morlaix, a greenway, the former Breton steam train network, winds across the Monts d’Arrée hills to Carhaix – home to Vieilles Charrues, France’s biggest music festival.

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  • Carhaix > Pontivy

    Carhaix > Pontivy picto itineraire[87.2 km]

    Carhaix-Plouguer > Rostrenen > Gouarec > Mûr-de-Bretagne > Pontivy
    • Family from Carhaix-Plouguer to Rostrenen and from Rostrenen to Gouarec
    • Intermediate from Gouarec to Mûr-de-Bretagne and from Mûr-de-Bretagne to Pontivy

    In Côtes d’Armor, La Vélodyssée makes its way alongside the Nantes to Brest canal and down the former tracks of what used to be the “little train”. The Glomel Cut and the Coat-Natous double lock are particularly memorable sights. Not to be missed are the Cistercian Abbey of Bon-Repos and a new route around the magnificent Guerlédan Lake.

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  • Pontivy > Redon

    Pontivy > Redon picto itineraire[112.2 km]

    Pontivy > Rohan > Josselin > Malestroit > Peillac > Redon
    • Family from Pontivy to Rohan and from Rohan to Josselin and from Josselin to Malestroit and from Malestroit to Peillac and from Peillac to Redon

    The Nantes to Brest canal guides La Vélodyssée through inland Morbihan via a long, panoramic route dotted with small, quaint towns. We suggest you linger a little at Rohan and Malestroit, or at the Medieval Josseline Fortress. After that it’s on to Redon in Ille-et-Vilaine - a real meeting point for Brittany’s waterways.

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  • Redon > Nantes

    Redon > Nantes picto itineraire[109.7 km]

    Redon > Guenrouët > Blain > Nort-sur-Erdre > Nantes
    • Family from Redon to Guenrouët and from Guenrouët to Blain and from Blain to Nort-sur-Erdre
    • Intermediate from Nort-sur-Erdre to Nantes

    After the Oust Valley and the Redon river port, each a ‘Grand Site Naturel’, La Vélodyssée follows the Loire-Atlantique down the length of the Nantes-Brest canal - passing locks, marshes, forests and picturesque ports to eventually rejoin the untamed River Erdre. On the banks of the Loire we discover Nantes… bustling and rich in culture.

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  • Nantes > St-Brevin

    Nantes > St-Brevin picto itineraire[61 km]

    Nantes > Le Pellerin > Paimboeuf > St-Brevin-les-Pins
    • Family from Le Pellerin to Paimboeuf
    • Intermediate from Nantes to Le Pellerin and from Paimboeuf to St-Brevin-les-Pins

    La Vélodyssée and La Loire à Vélo share the route to the sea from Nantes. The majestic Loire estuary reveals oxbow lakes, wetlands, channels, a maritime canal, ports and an open-air art gallery with a Contemporary Estuary Exhibition. At Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, the air is filled with the aromatic scent of conifers, dunes and soft sandy beaches.

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  • St-Brevin > La Barre de Monts - Fromentine - île de Noirmoutier

    St-Brevin > La Barre de Monts - Fromentine - île de Noirmoutier picto itineraire[83.3 km]

    St-Brevin-les-Pins > Pornic > Les Moutiers-en-Retz > Bouin > La Barre de Monts
    • Family from Les Moutiers-en-Retz to Bouin
    • Intermediate from St-Brevin-les-Pins to Pornic and from Pornic to Les Moutiers-en-Retz and from Bouin to La Barre de Monts

    South of the Loire, La Vélodyssée has a maritime feel: sandy coves, jagged coastline and small seaside resorts. Here we find Pornic, the gem of La Côte de Jade, nestling in an inlet. The Marais Breton Marshlands bridge the Loire-Atlantique and Vendée, and include the famous, tidal Gois Causeway – leading to the island of Noirmoutier.

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  • La Barre de Monts - Fromentine - île de Noirmoutier > Les Sables d'Olonne

    La Barre de Monts - Fromentine - île de Noirmoutier > Les Sables d'Olonne picto itineraire[72.6 km]

    La Barre de Monts > St-Jean-de-Monts > St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie > Brem-sur-Mer > Les Sables d'Olonne
    • Family from La Barre de Monts to St-Jean-de-Monts and from St-Jean-de-Monts to St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
    • Intermediate from St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie to Brem-sur-Mer and from Brem-sur-Mer to Les Sables d'Olonne

    From the Pays de Monts national forest to the Vendéenne cliffs, between the maritime pines and sandy beaches, La Vélodyssée invites cyclists all the way into the heart of the Fiefs Vendéens. Here you will find Olonne Marshes, where salt is collected, and Veillon, where oysters are farmed. This is an idyllic location for family seaside holidays.

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  • Les Sables d'Olonne > La Rochelle

    Les Sables d'Olonne > La Rochelle picto itineraire[118.9 km]

    Les Sables d'Olonne > Jard-sur-Mer > La Tranche-sur-Mer > St-Michel-en-l'Herm > Marans > La Rochelle
    • Family from Les Sables d'Olonne to Jard-sur-Mer and from La Tranche-sur-Mer to St-Michel-en-l'Herm
    • Intermediate from Jard-sur-Mer to La Tranche-sur-Mer and from St-Michel-en-l'Herm to Marans and from Marans to La Rochelle

    In this fairytale setting are both Les Sables (world capital of yacht racing) and La Rochelle, (the ‘broken rebel’ capital of Aunis) centre stage. The Vendéenne coast brings the cycle routes back to the Poitevin Marshes. Once past the Sèvre Niortaise River, we find ourselves at Charente-Maritime and the Marans canal which leads straight to the Old Port.

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  • La Rochelle > Royan

    La Rochelle > Royan picto itineraire[123.4 km]

    La Rochelle > Châtelaillon > Rochefort > Marennes > La Palmyre > Royan
    • Family from La Rochelle to Châtelaillon and from Rochefort to Marennes and from Marennes to La Palmyre and from La Palmyre to Royan
    • Intermediate from Châtelaillon to Rochefort

    From the famous port at La Rochelle, La Vélodyssée makes its way to Châtelaillon-Plage and to the royal city of Rochefort, bathed by the waters of the Charente. Several charming detours later, the Seudre Marshes hove into view, followed by the oyster farm parks of Marennes. The cycle trails only resume in the pine forests of Royan.

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  • Royan > Lacanau-Océan

    Royan > Lacanau-Océan picto itineraire[82 km]

    Royan > Soulac-sur-Mer > Montalivet-les-Bains > Naujac-sur-Mer > Hourtin-Plage > Lacanau-Océan
    • Family from Royan to Soulac-sur-Mer and from Soulac-sur-Mer to Montalivet-les-Bains and from Montalivet-les-Bains to Naujac-sur-Mer and from Naujac-sur-Mer to Hourtin-Plage
    • Expert from Hourtin-Plage to Lacanau-Océan

    La Vélodyssée reaches the Médoc after a cruise along the Gironde Estuary, famous for the historic Cordouan lighthouse. The Aquitaine country, bordered by long beaches and covered with pine forests, boasts the seaside resorts of Soulac-sur-Mer, Montalivet-les-Bains, Hourtin, Carcans – all welcoming stages connected by cycle trails.

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  • Lacanau-Océan > Arcachon

    Lacanau-Océan > Arcachon picto itineraire[79.2 km]

    Lacanau-Océan > Le Porge-Océan > Lège-Cap-Ferret > Audenge > Arcachon
    • Family from Lacanau-Océan to Le Porge-Océan and from Le Porge-Océan to Lège-Cap-Ferret and from Lège-Cap-Ferret to Audenge
    • Intermediate from Audenge to Arcachon

    La Vélodyssée follows cycle tracks through the Porge forest to meet the salt marshes, villages and oyster farms typifying Arcachon Bay. The route traces the coastline until it reaches the regional natural Parc des Landes de Gascogne… and finally into Arcachon itself. Cap Ferret is a stone’s throw across the water from the famous area of Arachon, Ville d’Hiver.

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  • Arcachon > Léon

    Arcachon > Léon picto itineraire[130.2 km]

    Arcachon > Biscarrosse-Plage > Parentis-en-Born > Mimizan-Plage > Contis-Plage > Léon
    • Family from Arcachon to Biscarrosse-Plage and from Mimizan-Plage to Contis-Plage and from Contis-Plage to Léon
    • Intermediate from Biscarrosse-Plage to Parentis-en-Born and from Parentis-en-Born to Mimizan-Plage

    After the great Pyla Dune, La Vélodyssée follows the famous cycle paths which snake between lakes and forests. Then the pretty resorts of the Landes come into sight: Biscarrosse, Parentis and Mimizan. Near the famous Courant d’Huchet river are the traditional villages of Saint Julien-en-Born, Contis or Léon, which throng with activity all year round.

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  • Léon > Bayonne

    Léon > Bayonne picto itineraire[60 km]

    Léon > Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains > Capbreton > Bayonne
    • Family from Léon to Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains
    • Intermediate from Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains to Capbreton
    • Expert from Capbreton to Bayonne

    La Vélodyssée entices you down the Landes cycle paths, past pine forests and the golf course at Moliets and the villages of Messanges and Vieux-Boucau. It meets the beautiful surfing beaches of Seignosse and Hossegor, and the lively port of Capbreton. From here you can choose routes that lead to Labenne, Tarnos, Boucau, Adour and the Basque Country.

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  • Bayonne > Hendaye

    Bayonne > Hendaye picto itineraire[49.9 km]

    Bayonne > Biarritz > St-Jean-de-Luz > Hendaye-Plage
    • Intermediate from Bayonne to Biarritz
    • Expert from Biarritz to St-Jean-de-Luz and from St-Jean-de-Luz to Hendaye-Plage

    The proud capital of the Basque Country starts La Vélodyssée’s southernmost section. The cycle paths lead to the elegant resort of Biarritz, running alongside the Anglet beaches. From there, it’s a superb cliffside route that brushes Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Hendaye-Plage. The Bidasoa River forms the French-Spanish border… the next stage on La Vélodyssée...

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