Bordeaux to Biarritz
Cycle from Bordeaux to Biarritz along the Atlantic coast via the Velodyssee. Ride out to meet man, nature, heritage and culture of the Gironde, Landes and Basque Country.
Explore landscapes through the Velodyssee, the longest cycling tracks in France and Europe, and enjoy the wonderful tranquility all along the coast! These six steps bike tour will lead you from Bordeaux, a UNESCO World heritage site to the famous seaside town of Biarritz.
You will cycle between lake and ocean going through the vast forested area of the Landes de Gascogne. Discover a variety of landscapes: salt marshes, dunes, forests, large beaches surrounded by pine trees and intimate lakes along your trip. Breathe the sea air, the perfume of the pine trees, mimosa and brooms.
There are many restaurants and bars abound where the oysters and duck specialties await you.
From £2275.00 P/P
After making your own way to Bordeaux have an afternoon orientation meeting at your hotel and then enjoy the evening as you wish, perhaps with a glass of local wine.
When picturing Bordeaux, you may not imagine a cycling destination, but there is an excellent and safe route which uses that of an old railway. Here you can join the nature reserve of Bruges where there is a fascinating mix of plants and wildlife due to the wet meadows, grove, and ponds. This will take you through Landes Forest which will then lead you to Lancau where you can smell the ocean air.
The terrain today will take you through dunes and forest, far away from the buzz of road noise. On this leg of the route there is also great opportunity to leave the bike path to enjoy connections to the sea as well as amazing ocean views. The Atlantic is a majestic ocean with huge wages, which is why it’s a surfer’s paradise.
Staying close to the shore, keep going to discover new landscapes in direction of the Bay of Arcachon. The landscape here is drastically different from the territory of the Regional Natural Park of Landes de Gascogne. Get comfortable here as it will be your home for two nights.
After a few days of cycling, you will no-doubt be tired, so this is a perfect day to enjoy a day without a bike. In Arcachon you can decide what you want to do, and the options include the Dune of Pilat or enjoying a walk through the town centre. This area is famous for both its beach and architecture considered some of the most beautiful in the region.
After a fantastic day visiting the dune of Pilat, it’s time to head off on your bike again for a new destination and crossing the Landes Forest. Biscarrose is a fresh-water lake and is the second largest in France. Enjoy an idyllic setting of deep blue waters surrounding with green and fragrant pine forests.
Have a peaceful break at Le Parentis-en-Born port before heading through the forest of Sainte-Eulalie until you reach the ocean again. The ocean will come into your sights on your arrival to Mimizan-Plage, AKA the Pearl of the Silver Coas. Mimizan-Plage is famous for its surfer’s beaches, museu and a wonderful promenade to walk on.
Now leaving the warm beach atmosphere, you will be heading for the peaceful forest with delightful smells and tranquility. Your first stop for the day will be in Contis, where you can visit the only lighthouse in the moors, which is black and white striped. From here we recommend a stop at the beach of Cap de l’Homy where you can see a view of the gorgeous ocean and amazing Landes landscape. You will be spending the night in Soustons which has a museum, water-sporting activities and wine to be tried.
Cycling along the seaside you will pass by numerous seaside resorts, Seignosse, Hossegor, and Capbreton which all have unique atmospheres. Eventually you will go into the Basque country, where you will discover Bayonne a city of much art and history. From here follow the river Adour with the Basque mountains in the background, until you reach the forest of Chiberta and beaches of Anglet. Finally, you will arrive in Biarritz with the view of the golf of Cantabria.
After breakfast your trip will come to an end.
Start point: Bordeaux
End point: Biarritz
Total distance: approx. 306km
There will be days when you are cycling for the whole day but with relaxed landscapes. Distances range from 35 – 55km a day on mostly flat routes.
- Accommodation: 9 nights in a Double room
- Standard Bike Hire
- 9 breakfasts
- 1 dinner
- Luggage transfer
- Phone assistance 24/7
- A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
- The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
- Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
- Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch and dinner and topo maps
- E-Bike rental (see option)
- Breakfast on day 1
- Dinners (except 1)
- Drinks, visits , amp; other personal expenses
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.