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Bordeaux & Atlantic Coast

The Atlantic coast cycle route from Arcachon to Biarritz

On this tour along the Atlantic coast cycle route, you will ride through the odorant pine forests of the South West of France and admire the wonderful landscapes of the Basque coast.

Reference VO0803
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Easy
  • April to November
  • Minimum age 7 years
885€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This tour along the Atlantic coast cycle route from Arcachon to Biarritz is an easy ride except for a short stretch after Biscarrosse, where you bike softly up and down the dunes. You start your tour in the beautiful town of Arcachon. From there, you head towards the highest dune in Europe, the Pilat dune and follow further the Southern part of the cycle route named Velodyssey.
    During this cycling holiday, you will ride through the pine forest in a quiet atmosphere filled with the fresh scent of the different species of trees growing there. You will ride across nice villages, typically just a few steps away from a lake, and can stop at any moment on the long beaches of the Atlantic.
    The final stretch takes you along the Basque coast, first to Bayonne and then to Biarritz, the famous seaside town of the Basque country.
    Cycling along the Atlantic is a relaxing activity in the nature and on the seaside, an ideal combination for a good holiday.

    Day 1


    Arrival in Arcachon

    Arrival in Arcachon

    Day 2


    Arcachon-Biscarrosse beach

    Ride along Arcachon Bay to reach the highest dune of Europe: the Dune of Pilat. Leave your bike in order to climb the dune and enjoy the wonderful view over the blue sea and the golden sand. Take your bikes again and follow the cycling itinerary of the Velodyssey in the heart of the forest and all along the beaches of the area.

    Day 3


    Biscarrosse beach-Mimizan beach

    The stage of today will take you to Mimizan beach. You start your ride on the soft hills of the forest dunes to reach the beach of Magide on the Cazaux lake, where you can swin in calm waters.
    You finish the day riding along the shores of Aureilhan lake then at Mimizan beach, a lively seaside resort.

    Day 4


    Mimizan beach-Léon area

    Enjoy a relaxing panorama on the cycle path in the shade of the pine forest. You keep on riding through the forest and along the beaches. You can enjoy a swim at the beach (Cap de l’Homy). You finish your day in the area of Léon lake.

    Day 5


    Léon area

    Bark tour
    We suggest you to discover the small and charming village of Léon and then park your bikes to go on a bark tour with the boatmen of the Huchet stream locally known as "courant d’Huchet", which is classified as a natural reserve. In the afternoon, you will cycle around Léon lake and reach the beach of La Lette Blanche before going back to your departure point.

    Boat ride along Huchet current 2h

    Enjoy a boat ride along "Huchet" current. You will discover the beautiful vegetation of this place.

    Day 6


    Léon area-Capbreton

    We advise a short detour to the village center of Moliets et Maa where you can admire the typical architecture of the area. You bike further on the Velodyssey cycle route which leads you to Vieux-Boucau and its nice maritime lake. You enter in the South of the Landes country which is the surfers’ paradise. You end up in the port of Capbreton. Do not miss to have a walk on the jetty at sunset and pick up a nice terrace with a view on the port for dinner.

    Day 7



    You leave the Landes country and bike on a cycle path through the pine and oaks forest before riding on shared small roads for the first time of the trip before reaching Bayonne. From the Adour river banks at the entrance of Bayonne, you enjoy a nice view on the cathedral towers. Take your time to discover this beautiful town, which is very proud of its identity.
    In the afternoon, you bike along the coast and its sandy beaches to arrive in the famous town of Biarritz.

    Day 8


    Departure from Biarritz

    After breakfast, take a last stroll in the streets of Biarritz before leaving.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in ** or *** star hotels.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in superior ** star hotels or *** hotels.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.

    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map

    GPS tracks

    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.

  • Practical information

  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: fly to Bordeaux Mérignac then train to Arcachon.

    • By train: go from Paris Montparnasse to Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station (2h) then take a train to Arcachon (50 mn). To plan your trip www.trainline.eu


    If you drive to Arcachon, you can park your car in the surrounding streets near your accomodation where parking is free.

    To get back to starting point:

    You take the regional train back to your departure point. Regional trains are without reservation and take bikes without extra charge. You buy your ticket yourself at the train station. You will find the timetable of the day in your travel documents.

    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

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