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

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Saint-Jean-de-Luz / Hendaye-Plage

[ Cycle routes La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route ] [ Bayonne > Hendaye ]
  • 20.5 km
  • expert Level Expert

Final stage of La Vélodyssée before reaching the Spanish border and the rhythm of the Bolero. After St-Jean-de-Luz and Ciboure, comes a glorious end to the course with a route over the Corniche de Socoa cliffs, which from the Fort to the Pointe Ste-Anne promontory offers panoramic views stretching over the Golfe de Gascogne.

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Itinerary

Between St-Jean-de-Luz and Hendaye, the route is shared all the way, sometimes with heavy traffic - as on the way out of St-Jean. The descent into Hendaye takes you right down to the beach and joins a well-surfaced cycle lane which goes past the port and Bay of Chingoudy.  The cycle route, which is planned up to Behobie on the Spanish border, currently stops before the marshalling yard and presents several obstacles: steep stope and stairs.  Cycle lanes are currently being constructed.

 

Connections

Today the international station and Spanish border are only accessible via the N111, which carries very heavy traffic, so it’s not advisable to tackle the route by bike.  If you take the train from the Hendaye-Plage station, this will help you navigate this obstacle.

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Your reviews

3/5
  • Chambres aguerria - Jean chabot

    Guys anyone biking to Hendaye you have to book a room at chambres aguerria for an unforgettable experience. Stay in a modernized 400 year old barn. Yes at one time it was a barn but you would never guess. The bottom is a banquet hall and the rooms are upstairs. You are minutes from the castle. Quiet large grounds. Unbelievably friendly people looking after your every need.

  • Le C restaurant - Jean chabot. Canada

    Guys if you are biking to Hendaye and you are just leaving St. Jean on your way to Guethary you must stop at Plage de CENITZ. The view is great the beer is cold and you won't meet a nicer more helpful owner than Renaud. Merci encore une foie de m'avoir aider mon pneu. Renaud drove me all over town to get a new bike tire and tube and refused any compensation. Wow! Merci.

  • onto Irun - Andrew Thatcher

    The easiest way into Spain is not via Gare Deux Jumeaux as it suggests but cycle to Hendaye main station then take the local shuttle to Irun Colon in the centre of Irun.

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