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

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Arcachon > Léon

[ Cycle routes La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route ]
  • 129.6 km

After the great Pyla Dune, La Vélodyssée follows the famous cycle paths which snake between lakes and forests. Then the pretty resorts of the Landes come into sight: Biscarrosse, Parentis and Mimizan. Near the famous Courant d’Huchet river are the traditional villages of Saint Julien-en-Born, Contis or Léon, which throng with activity all year round.

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The 5 stages of the section « Arcachon > Léon »

  • Arcachon / Biscarrosse-plage

    Arcachon / Biscarrosse-plage [25.8 km]

    After an essential trip to the top of the Dune of Pilat to appreciate the beauty of the area and the views, we once again set off on a long crossing through the Landes Forest. Just before the Biscarrosse-Plage, La Vélodyssée takes you seamlessly from La Gironde into the Landes.

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  • Biscarrosse-plage / Parentis-en-Born

    Biscarrosse-plage / Parentis-en-Born [25.6 km]

    From Gironde to the Landes nothing really changes, apart from the section of military land which forces La Vélodyssée away from the seafront to make a long detour inland, where the blues of the vast ponds replace that of the sea. You may try out the hydroplanes, common to this part of Biscarrosse!

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Parentis-en-Born / Mimizan-Plage

    Parentis-en-Born / Mimizan-Plage [31.1 km]

    After the Biscarrosse and Parentis Lakes, the trail follows secondary roads and takes us to the more secluded northern lake of Aureilhan. Several access paths later, the trail brings us onto the western bank, for a moment of relaxation and a swim on the beach.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Mimizan-Plage / Contis-Plage

    Mimizan-Plage / Contis-Plage [16 km]

    Having soaked up the atmosphere of the Mimizan-Plage seaside resort, it’s back on the saddle to once more find the inner calm of the forest: its silence and delicate fragrances, with the deep sense of tranquility, and being master of this happy space, far away from the hustle and bustle of the world. La Vélodyssée encourages meditation…

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  • Contis-Plage / Léon

    Contis-Plage / Léon [31.1 km]

    This stage of La Vélodyssée is shaped by the forest, the woodland trail bringing a feeling of peace, reinforced by the fragrant pine trees. You have to leave the trail to enjoy the seaside beaches near Contis-Plage or St-Girons-Plage, or those of the Léon Lake beaches that you come to.

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