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

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An interconnecting European cycle route

La Vélodyssée is the French section of EuroVelo 1, one of the 15 cycle routes interlinking the countries of Europe as part of the Eurovelo network. La Vélodyssée interconnects with other major national and regional European routes. A great way to design your own customised cycling holiday!

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A European route

La Vélodyssée is connected to Europe because it is the French section of EuroVelo 1, which is also known as the Atlantic Coast Route.

Stretching across 8 200 km, EV1 links the North Cape in Norway with Sagres in Portugal. The route travels the length of Western Europe going down the Atlantic Coast from north to south, taking in six consecutive countries: Norway, the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.

EV1 is one of the 15 cycle routes interlinking the countries of Europe as part of the Eurovelo network!

At the crossroads with 3 European routes and 5 French cycle paths 

La Vélodyssée crosses Le Tour de MancheIn Finistère: ‘le Tour de Manche’

In Roscoff, La Vélodyssée explores the Manche area along the Tour de Manche cycle route. With 1200 km of waymarked paths, this route links Brittany, Normandy and the South West of England via the ferry.
The French section from Roscoff>Cherbourg continues on for another 4000 km to Kiev as part of the EuroVelo 4 trans-European route.
 

In Loire-Atlantique: ‘la Loire à Vélo’

La Loire à Vélo cycle route follows the same path as La Vélodyssée from Nantes to Saint-Brévin-les-Pins. In total this represents 800 km of trails following the banks of the River Loire, taking in unspoilt natural landscapes and the regal treasures of the Loire Valley chateaux: sights you will never tire of discovering. La Loire à Vélo is also the French section of the EuroVelo 6 trans-European route which runs for another 3600 km to the Black Sea.
 

La Vélo Francette

In Charente-Maritime: ‘le Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo’ and ‘La Vélo Francette’

In Royan, La Vélodyssée intersects with the Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle path. This covers 800 km of trails taking you serenely along the Gironde Estuary, the Garonne Canal and the Canal du Midi to finally reach the Mediterranean.

In La Rochelle, La Vélodyssée connects with La Vélo Francette cycle path. This is a 600 km route exploring the towns and villages at the heart of French countryside all the way to the Normandy coast.

Coming soon...

La Scandibérique is currently being developed along its southern section and will eventually be linked to La Vélodyssée at Bayonne. This route is the French section of EuroVelo 3. Starting in Trondheim in Norway and ending in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, it covers a distance of 5000 km.

From North to South: a dense network of regional routes

cycle routes in BritanyLa Vélodyssée is the backbone route connecting a network of 6 cycle paths in Brittany. The latest addition, since 2016, is path n°7, the Transfinistérienne. 147 km long, this route crosses the entire length of the Finistère department from Roscoff to Concarneau, with a short foray into the Morbihan. It includes 95 km of designated greenways set on former railway tracks.
 

La Vendée à vélo

In the Pays de la Loire sector, la Vélocéan runs for 145 km from Pénestin to St-Nazaire and joins cycle path 45, known in Brittany as route n°5. This coastal route will eventually link Roscoff to Nantes.

In Aquitaine, for those who enjoy a sporting challenge, the Route des cols from Hendaye to Cerbère, crosses the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, covering 910 km with an elevation gain of 16 000 m.

An upcoming project: the Véloroute du Piémont Pyrénéen, a 570 km cycle route from Anglet to Le Bascarès.

 

Photos credits: © CRTB - S. Bourcier, © La Vélodyssée - A. Lamoureux