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

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1200 kilometres in France!

Fresh out of new holiday ideas? The longest cycle route in France invites you to start a new love affair with your bicycle, and discover the richness and variety of the terrain bordering the Atlantic.

Like a modern-day Ulysses, make this journey of over 1,200 kilometres – studded with brilliant places to explore, on routes largely adapted to cycling tourists. From Brittany, land of legends, to the Loire Estuary, the Vendéen Marshes and onto the Aquitaine Ocean… La Vélodyssée winds through magical, ever-changing landscapes: canals, moors, marshes, dunes, beaches, pine forests, hedged farmlands, ponds… the list goes on.

And what temptations! How can you fail to succumb to the unique charms of unforgettable locations such as Nantes, La Rochelle, Rochefort, Royan, Bayonne, Biarritz and many more.

Fall in love with iconic tourist attractions such as the Nantes to Brest Canal, the Marais-Poitevin marshes, Fort Boyard, Arcachon Bay, the Dune of Pilat, the Landes Forest.  Not to mention the pleasures of watching craftsmen at their work and making unmissable gourmet stops to try local delicacies…

All this and a further 163 kilometres in England…

From Roscoff, the more adventurous can board the ferry with their bikes and head off towards the south west coast of England and the beautiful County of Devon.  Following the former steam-train lines, the route unfolds from the historic city of Plymouth, making its way between rolling hills, along sinuous river valleys, past unspoilt villages and historic buildings… offering new vistas and constantly changing scenery all the way north to the charming fishing town and harbour of Ilfracombe.

You can find a more detailed description of the route in the maps of each stage.

Download GPX tracks from the Cycle route :

- Ilfracombe > Plymouth (159 km - 318 Ko)

- Roscoff > Nantes (388 km - 425 Ko)

- Nantes > Royan (455 km - 642 Ko)

- Royan > Hendaye (401 km - 574 Ko)