Trip focus Lakes Cycling
- 76 km
- 100% bike
- 4 days
A peaceful family holiday in the south of the Landes
Set off with the family along the cycle paths in the Landes and discover the delights of this region. Designed to appeal to both adults and children, this 4-day trip combines nature, fun and sports activities, not forgetting of course, the joy of pedalling on your trusty bicycle companion!
Highlight of the route: Capbreton: the iconic seaside and health resort of the Landes, Capbreton is famous for its surf spots and friendly family atmosphere. Capbreton is also the only fishing port in the Landes.
Day 1: Messanges <> Léon (28 km round trip)
Welcome to the Accueil Vélo accredited Club Famille Lou Pignada campsite. Leave your car for a while and get ready for a 100% cycling holiday!
To start your journey, set off with the family towards Léon. Here you join La Vélodyssée and cycle 10 kilometres before stopping for a tasty break at the Tenoy farmhouse inn. Be careful on the road which takes you through the village. Upon arrival, Thierry, the cook, will make you a country platter combining all the flavours of local terroir specialities. No need to worry about keeping the kids busy in between courses, everything is all on one plate! No food tantrums here!
Having sated your appetite, ride off towards the Léon Lake, a genuine haven of peace and the perfect watersports location. Canoeing? Stand up paddle? Pedal boats? All inclinations are catered for in this natural spot. A kids’ playground is also available on the lakeside. After that, head back to cycle track and make for the Moliets beach just 8km away. Sink your toes into the sand and succumb to the indulgence of a delicious waffle…….
Back at the camp site, enjoy your first family evening together before putting the little ones to bed.
Day 2: Messanges > Seignosse (12 km)
Once the kids are rested and ready, the whole family can hop back on their bikes and cycle merrily off to Vieux-Boucau. There, a 3.8 km circular trip around the Marin Lake can be explored at your leisure either by bike or on foot. Bikes can be left at the bike park if you decide to walk. Get some bread while you’re there! Your kids will just love feeding the ducks!
Then go on to Port d’Albret for lunch. The various restaurants will be delighted to welcome you and to concoct one of their special dishes for you.
In the afternoon, follow La Vélodyssée for around 10 kilometres until you reach Seignosse. Here the family will be able to enjoy time at the beach and share a fun, relaxing afternoon together. How about a competition to see who can build the best sandcastle – you, or the kids?
In the evening, you arrive at the Accueil Vélo accredited camp site, Camping Les 2 Etangs. Located just a stone’s throw from the White Lake, prolong the evening here with a picnic as you watch the sun go down.
Day 3: Seignosse <> Capbreton (24 km round trip)
Just a few kilometres away is the seaside resort of Hossegor. Make the most of this half-way break to have a drink and to immerse yourselves in the laid-back atmosphere of the capital of surf.
Continue your ride to Capbreton, the friendly, bustling resort of the Landes. Take a seat on the ocean-facing terrace of the Belharra Café and enjoy the sea view. From your table admire the Capbreton estuary, the pier, the fine sandy beaches and the distant stone bunkers.
On the way back, give yourselves a change! At Avenue Paul Lahary, leave La Vélodyssée for a while and take a local 3.5 km cycle track to see the other side of Hossegor Lake. If you lingered a while at Capbreton, it may be time for supper, so why not try the cuisine at the La Tétrade Côté Lac restaurant?
You return to the Les 2 Etangs camp site in Seignosse for a 2nd night. If it’s not too late, the kids could have a last splash in the camp site’s water park before they finally retire to drift off into the Land of Nod.
Day 4: Seignosse > Messanges (12 km)
For the final leg of your tour, take the cycle track to Messanges for your last night. You’ll stay again at the Club Famille Lou Pignada camp site before leaving the next morning.
But before ending your stay, make the most of your last family moments in the Landes. Why not try learning to surf with the kids? Vieux-Boucau and its surf schools are just waiting to help you tame the waves! So slip into a wetsuit and go for it!
Customise your own trip from our suggestions!
The suggestions given here represent just a few of the many ways in which you can design your holiday, reach the cycle route, rent bikes, find accommodation or a place to eat ….
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Photos credits: © CDT Landes, © La Vélodyssée / A.LAMOUREUX, © La Vélodyssée / J.DAMSASE