Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz

Trip codeCyclo 16-2
Trip activity :Self guided bike tour
Location :Arcachon, Biarritz - France
Duration :6 days
Departure :Daily from April to October
Trip grading :
Capacity :Minimum 2 people
Price per person :
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  • Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz
  • Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz
  • Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz
  • Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz
  • Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz
  • Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz
  • Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz
  • Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz
  • Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz
  • Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz

Tour description

Cycling holidays on the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz

Cycling holidays along the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Biarritz following the Velodyssee bike path. Four days of biking between the ocean coast, large lakes, small seaside towns and historic donwtowns. Discover the Arcachon bay, the 110-meter-high Pyla sand dune, the surfing spots of Mimizan, Anglet and Biarritz, the “winter town” of Arcachon and its sumptuous villas, the lively marina of Capbreton, the exceptional history center of Bayonne and its narrow streets with Basque colors and of course Biarritz, emblematic city of the South West of France and its rocky coast. Ride to meet people, nature, heritage and cultures of the Gironde, Landes, and the Basque Country! Enjoy the wonderful sweetness that reigns throughout the journey.You will start your bike tour in Arcachon. We recommend that you get there early or stay there for an extra day to stroll through the winter town, which is not really well known but whose sumptuous villas are worth seeing. Then, let yourself be guided by this safe and rolling road bike. A pleasant course without major difficulty, in the shade of the pines, punctuated by regular “swimming” stops on the invigorating ocean beaches of the Atlantic or at the edge of the ponds and lakes of Cazaux and Sanguinet, Biscarrosse and Parentis or more to the south, the pond of Léon.You will appreciate the stopover towns of Biscarrosse, Mimizan or Moliets and their “summer holidays” atmosphere (shorts, flip-flops and caps are required!). The Port of Capbreton will mark your gradual entry into the Basque Country. You will visit Bayonne, its historic district with its narrow medieval streets before ending your adventure in the elegant seaside resort of Biarritz! This southern section of the Vélodyssée between Arcachon and Biarritz is undeniably one of the richest, both naturally and culturally.

Highlights
  • Swimming invitation all along the route and for all tastes.
  • The alternation between invigorating ocean beaches and charming lakes with fresh and calm waters
  • An atmosphere of “summer holidays” …all along the route
  • The charming quays of Bayonne with the red and white facades so typical of the Basque Country
  • Charming and particularly well located hotels
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Program

Day 1Welcome to Arcachon

Arrive at your hotel in Bordeaux, where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you.

Internationally renowned seaside resort, “Arcachon” was born during the 19th century, from the imagination of daring pioneers who bet on the fashion for sea bathing. Explore this city, the winter town and its sumptuous villas from the Second Empire, its churches, its promenade along the Basin and its port. Since the middle of the last century, the “Arcachon Basin” has been the kingdom of the oyster and its 84 km of beaches surrounded by pine trees, making it an original and privileged place, unique on the French coasts. Surrounded to the west by the wild ocean, to the north and east by the Bordeaux vineyards, to the south by the immense “Landes” forest, the Basin benefits from the mildness of a climate where the invigorating scents of the sea air and those of pine resin.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included.

Day 2From Arcachon to Biscarrosse 30 km - 100 m

Start your itinerary in the direction of the « Great Dune of Pyla », an essential trip to its summit to appreciate the beauty of the site. You can’t come to the “Bay” without taking a look! Then cycle under the pines of the Landes forest. Here everything is respected so this triple mix – ocean – sea – forest – is the best for all the pleasures of men. The velodyssey, juste after leaving the Gironde takes you to « Biscarrose Plage » to end your day in the Landes area.

« Biscarrosse » is renowned for its waves. But the seaside resort is also the kingdom of beaches, dunes and the pine forest… all a sunny expanse to discover. The town ambience is unique and revitalizing. Its sweet summer perfume guarantees an absolute change of scene. Sand castles, kites, sunbathing, drinking outside, frills, night markets, waffles, street shows, casino…

Overnight in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included

Day 3From Biscarrosse to Mimizan Plage 52 km - 115 m

La Vélodyssée leaves the coast to make a wide detour in the countryside, where the blue of the vast lakes replaces that of the sea. Discover the « lake of Cazaux and Sanguinet », the second largest lake of France (5800 ha !), a little paradise surrounded by greenery and pines then go alongside the « lake of Biscarrosse and Parentis ». Further, the cycle path takes you between little lake ports and intimate lakes to go through the Landes forest and rejoin the ocean in « Mimizan Plage ».

« Mimizan » dates back to the “Belle Epoque” when sea bathing became fashionable and was very much prized by a rich clientele. This seaside resort was built as a result of the railway which is no longer there today., one of the most romanesque part of your cycle tour.

Overnight in a charming bed and breakfast or charming 2-star hotel with breakfast included.

Day 4Mimizan plage to the heart of the Landes 55 km - 130 m

Leave the attractive seaside town of « Mimizan plage » and return on the Velodyssey to follow an itinerary through the forest and valleys. It is a pleasant stage, quiet and calm through woods and embellished by the scent of the pine forest. Each cyclist be carried by the sea air and enjoy the nearby ocean beaches leaving from time to time the track. Then discover « Contis Plage », « St Girons Plage » as well as the beaches of « Leon lake ». End your cycling day in another attractive seaside town of the Landes.

Cycling tracks allow you to discover the forest and quiet pond, a relaxing place. Be seduced by the country atmosphere and the seaside town of the Landes.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel with Breakfast included.

Day 5From the Landes to Biarritz in the Basque country 63 km - 120 m

Last stage of your two wheels holiday before you leave the “Landes”…Pedalling a last time in the heart of the forest to discover the emblematic famous seaside towns of « Hossegor » and « Cap Breton ». Enjoy the wide beaches and continue through more urban areas as it approaches « Boucau ». Welcome in a new scenery of the Atlantic coast: “The Basque Country”. On your two wheels ride through its capital, « Bayonne » to rejoin the renowned seaside town of « Biarritz ».

« Biarritz » is one of the most famous seaside resorts of France and Europe and one of the highlight of our cycle tours. Its magnificent ocean beaches and surfing for each traveller, its thalassotherapy and many golf courses are popular worldwide. At night, its restaurants, bars and squares will delight your evening.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included

Day 6Departure from Biarritz

After breakfast

Practical details

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We take care of transporting your luggage at each change of accommodation so that you travel light and take full advantage of your daily hike.

You leave your luggage at the reception of your accommodation before your departure .

At the end of the afternoon, you will find them at the reception of your new accommodation or directly in your room.

Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum) + 1 piece of hand luggage.

We remind you that rental bicycles are equipped with saddlebags to be used to transport the things you deem useful for the day

Your travel record corresponds to the documents or files you receive before your trip (usually a month before) and upon arrival at the first accommodation.

It includes:

  • A welcome letter with the main practical information:
  • The time slot for baggage transport
  • Details of the delivery and collection of bikes from rental if necessary
  • Your local contact and telephone number (s) in case of emergency
  • Any additional information
  • The logbook travel package including map with the route (to the appropriate scale) and directional, tourist and practical indications
  • The necessary voucher (s) to be given to the service provider (s) (only if necessary!)

On request and depending on the circuits:

  • The “Evazio” application to download from smartphone for “GPS” navigation with visual guidance (reading of the track on the your smartphone) and / or oral.
  • The application also contains practical and tourist information. Once the trip has been downloaded, no internet connection is necessary
  • The loan of a GPS device with the pre-recorded tracks
  • Sends GPX tracks of each stage to be used with your own navigation support

On this circuit, we suggest that you provide you with the choice and by reservation:

  • A hybrid bike suitable for hiking and for the route
  • An electric bike adapted to the route

With its equipment:

  • 1 rear bag
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 1 set of repair
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 anti-theft device
  • 1 charger (for the electric bike)

For the youngest, we can offer depending on age and size

  • A child’s bike
  • A baby seat
  • A trailer
  • A follow-up bike

The bike is delivered to the first accommodation and is adjusted to your size.

At the end of the tour, the bike must be left at the last accommodation with its equipment. We will take care of their recovery.

The type of accommodation is classified into 3 ranges:

Comfort : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars (or equivalent) and rooms of host.

Superior : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 3 and 4 stars (or equivalent) and charming guest rooms.

Luxury : The circuit mainly presents 4 and 5 star hotels or equivalent

Our support team remains available for the duration of your trip.