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

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Guides and books

You can be sure of good companions on your route to discover La Vélodyssée. In this section, we look at some of the guides and books available that will prepare you for your get-away and provide essential practical and tourist information to make the very most of your experience.

Official roadbooks of La Vélodyssée

Le Guide du Routard - La Vélodyssée ®

Le Guide du Routard La Vélodyssée

  • Publisher: Hachette
  • Price: €16
  • Date of publication: May 2016

Le Routard and La Vélodyssée® have joined together to bring you information about cycling tourism in a new series of travel guides written in French: Le Routard à vélo.

Organize your cycle tour simply and easily with this156-page travel guide including:
- lots of maps to help choose your itinerary and to avoid missing anything at any of the stages,
- practical and tourist information,
- tips and practical bike advice,
- Le Routard’s suggestions and good ideas,
- hundreds of addresses for accommodation, restaurants, bike rentals, bike transportation.

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La Bretagne à vélo - De Roscoff ou Brest à Nantes

La Bretagne à vélo de Roscoff à Nantes - Chamina

  • Publisher: Chamina
  • Price: €15
  • Date of publication: May 2016

Guide book written in French.
From Roscoff  to Nantes : 390 km of easy cycling routes along the Nantes-Brest Canal with its 238 locks + an alternative 110 km route from Brest to Carhaix.

- 96 pages packed with all the information you need to prepare and carry out your trip;
- 24 stages entirely signposted for bikes;
- IGN ordnance survey maps on a scale of 1 : 100 000 to help find your way easily;
- good places to go, accommodation, restaurants, bike repairers, Accueil Vélo  services,   ‘Bike+Train’ information.

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La Côte Atlantique à vélo - De Nantes à Hendaye

  • Publisher: Chamina
  • Price: €18,50
  • Date of publication: 2014

Guide book written in French.
A cycle tour for everyone with ocean and forest. Easy custom stages : daily trips, weekends, ... 860 km signposted and mostly secured routes. Official route + variants

- 144 pages detailled maps scaled 1/100 000, cities plans...
- Tours on the islands
- Useful adresses : tourist offices, bike rentals, accomodations...
- Suggested tours
- Illustred textes

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La Véloroute Atlantique – Tome 1 de Roscoff à Nantes

  • Publisher: Itinérance à Vélo
  • Price: €18,50
  • Date of publication: 2013/2014

Guide book written in French.
La Vélodyssée® is the longest designated cycle-tourism route in France. The 1,200km from Roscoff to Hendaye are an open invitation to enjoy active, healthy cycling holidays. Find your own pace for a unique experience on an exceptional route.  In this new collection of cycling guidebooks, discover the first part of La Vélodyssée® route from Roscoff to Nantes.  In four sections and over 27 stages, travel down the Brittany coastline as well as inland until you reach the capital of the Dukes of Brittany.

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Other guidebooks

La Bretagne à vélo - Le canal de Nantes à Brest et La Vélodyssée

La Bretagne à vélo - Ouest-France

  • Publisher: Ouest-France
  • Price: €14,20 
  • Date of publication: 2013

Written in French, this cycle guide to the Nantes-Brest Canal offers you:
- More than 500 km of safe, signposted cycle routes;
- 36 detailed maps;
- All the practical advice and useful addresses you need to organise your trip;
- From Nantes to Landévennec via the Nantes-Brest Canal in 8 stages, following in the footsteps of the Dukes of Brittany.  From Rosporden to Carhaix; and from Saint-Méen-le-Grand to Questembert on the former railway tracks; plus 3 circular routes so that you don’t miss out on anything  along the way.

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De Nantes à Royan à vélo - L'Atlantique en roue libre

De Nantes à Royan à vélo Ouest-France

  • Publisher: Ouest-France
  • Price: €14,90
  • Date of publication: 2014

Guide book written in French.
600 km of coastal tracks, all signposted and traffic-free for safe cycling in the departments of Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and Charente-Maritime:
- 25 detailed itinerary maps;
- 11 flat cycling stages of between 30 and 50 km;
- 5 all-inclusive self-guided tours in the islands (Noirmoutier, Ré, Oléron), in the Marais Poitevin marshlands and in the Gironde Estuary; 
- Practical advice, addresses of bike rental companies;
- 120 hotels, camp sites, self-catering gîtes and bed and breakfasts;
- The major sites and picturesque fishing harbours, detours, good ideas, the beaches and the best stopping off points…

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De Royan à Hendaye à vélo - L'Atlantique en roue libre

De Royan à Hendaye à vélo - Ouest-France

  • Publisher: Ouest-France
  • Price: €14,90
  • Date of publication: 2014

Guide book written in French.
La Vélodyssée from the Gironde to the Basque Country, 400 km of safe, signposted coastline cycle routes:
- 30 detailed itinerary maps;
- 10 stages of 30 to 50 km + 3 getaway tours to Bordeaux, the River Garonne, the Nive and Adour Rivers;
- Practical advice, bike rental companies, tour operators, hotels, campsites, self-catering gîtes and bed and breakfasts;
- The major sites and picturesque fishing harbours, detours, good ideas, beaches and the best stopping off points…

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De Hendaya a Nantes, une guia cicloturista

De  Hendaya a Nantes - guide vélo espagnol

  • Publisher: Prames
  • Price: €15 
  • Date of publication: 2015

This travel guide written in Spanish describes all the La Vélodyssée stages from the Spanish border (Hendaye) to Nantes.

- 40 detailed maps on a scale of 1/100 000,
- Descriptions of 21 stages
- Train+Bike information,
-Information on the accommodation and services available throughout the cycle route.

This richly illustrated guide offers 856 km of freedom along the Atlantic Coast, accessible to all.

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Printouts of tour routes

You can also print out specific sections and stages of the tour routes.