Good news! The section between La Teste de Buch and Biscarosse affected by the fires of summer 2022 was reopened on 28 April 2023 with only some minor damage to the road surface. Only a small section (400m) will remain closed until the end of the summer, but a secure deviation has been set up along a county road (RD 218). Stay informed on the following page:

La Vélodyssée is the French part of the Atlantic Coast Route (EuroVelo 1). It is also 1,300 km of fully signposted cycle route - almost 80% of which is car-free - to discover all the wonders of the French Atlantic coastline and experience an extraordinary cycling adventure. Launched in 2012 and awarded several prizes, the French section of the Atlantic Coast Route links Roscoff to Hendaye and crosses no less than 3 regions and 9 departments, offering breathtaking views between land and sea and an instant feeling of peace. The route also connects with EuroVelo 4 - Central Europe Route, EuroVelo 6 - Atlantic – Black Sea and EuroVelo 3 - Pilgrims Route and you can embark on a ferry in Roscoff to cross the sea and continue your journey on EuroVelo 1.

Download here the full GPS tracks of EuroVelo 1 - Atlantic Coast Route in France and start planning your next cycling holidays!

Combining your bike and public transports on La Vélodyssée

Different intermodal solutions allow cyclists to reach the French part of the Atlantic Coast Route.

By train : Depending on the type of train you take, the conditions of access with bicycles may be different. For TER: conditions are different according to the region. In Brittany (between Roscoff to Redon): new boarding rules are implemented as of 2021. In the others regions from Redon to Hendaye: bicycles’ access is free, without reservation, within the limit of available places, suspended or placed in a space provided for this purpose.

For Intercités and TGV trains, reservations are required: check the different conditions on line at or

Some local bus networks accept bikes all year round and they especially allow cyclists to reach the nearest stations. Remain still vigilant: places are limited; it is therefore recommended to arrive in advance. From the Nord to the South: Breizhgo, TER bus lines 12 and 13, Transports Nouvelle-Aquitaine, interurban network – transport 64.

It can be interesting to consult the boarding conditions for your bike on long-distance bus companies serving La Vélodyssée like: Flixbus, BlablaBus.

Check out all the news and useful information to prepare your next stay on La Vélodyssée website.



Development status
  • Certified Section of at least 300 km that has successfully undergone the certification process in line with ECF’s European Certification Standard. It is the highest quality level on the EuroVelo network
  • Developed with EuroVelo signs Developed route (see category below) with continuous signing along the route, incorporating EuroVelo route information panels.
  • Developed Route developed for cyclists and signed in line with the respective national standard (i.e. it is part of a local, regional or national cycle network). There must also be a website providing information to users. Developed route can be heterogeneous in terms of infrastructure: type of cycling infrastructure, surface, width, gradients, etc
  • Under development Route containing sections that require further development (e.g. stretches on public highways with high levels of traffic). Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Planning Undeveloped route with no detailed information publicly available on the Internet. The itinerary communicated is a proposal for the best possible option currently available. It may also contain dangerous sections. Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Public transport link


  • Natural Heritage
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Culinary Delights
  • Maritime Heritage / The Rhine / The Meuse
  • Other Point of Interest
  • Bus station
  • Train station
  • Mobility info center

National & Regional Information

France Vélo Tourisme

National EuroVelo Coordination Centre

France Vélo Tourisme platform offers many major cycling routes and destinations in France, including mountain bike routes, practical advices for traveling by bike, a route calculator with a map, as well as contact details for Accueil Vélo service providers throughout the country.

Accueil Vélo

"Accueil Velo" is a national accreditation scheme guaranteeing a high quality of services for cyclists using French cycle routes. You will find accommodations, bike rental and repair companies, restaurants, tourist offices and places to visit.

La Vélodyssée – Atlantic Coast Route

La Vélodyssée is EuroVelo 1 in France. Whether you’re looking for a challenge or a leisurely cycle ride, La Velodyssée has something for everyone. Get on your bike and experience the wild beauty of a cycle route covering more than 1,200 kilometres from Roscoff, Brittany, down the Atlantic coast in Hendaye to the border with Spain. The sea is never very far away as you discover the best each region has to offer along France’s longest waymarked cycle trail.

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Maps & Guides

EuroVelo 1: Bikeline Guide of La Vélodyssée [Esterbauer]

This cycling guide describes the section of the EuroVelo cycle route in France between Roscoff and Hendaye (1,287 km). The perfect tool before and during your journey: precise and informative maps, 1:75,000 scale, elevation and distance profiles, GPS tracks, accommodation and service directory. Can be used even without any knowledge of German. English translation of the map legend and the user manual of the guide available at

EuroVelo 1: Brittany by bike - From Roscoff or Brest to Nantes [Chamina]

Guidebook written in French. From Roscoff to Nantes: 390 km of easy cycling routes along the Nantes-Brest Canal with its 238 locks, and an alternative 110-km route from Brest to Carhaix. The guide includes 96 pages packed with all the information you need to prepare and carry out your trip: 24 stages entirely signed for bikes, maps on a scale of 1:100 000, places to visit, accommodation, restaurants, bike repair shops, Accueil Vélo services and ‘Bike+Train’ information.

EuroVelo 1: Brittany by bike - The canal from Nantes to Brest and La Vélodyssée [Ouest-France]

Written in French, this cycle guide to the Nantes-Brest Canal offers you more than 500 km of safe and signed cycle routes, 36 detailed maps and all the practical advice and useful addresses you need to organise your trip. From Nantes to Landévennec via the Nantes-Brest Canal, the route follows in the footsteps of the Dukes of Brittany. From Rosporden to Carhaix and from Saint-Méen-le-Grand to Questembert it goes on former railway tracks.

EuroVelo 1: From Nantes to Royan - Freewheeling the Atlantic [Ouest-France]

Guidebook written in French. 600 km of coastal tracks, all signed and traffic-free for safe cycling in the departments of Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and Charente-Maritime. The guide includes 25 detailed maps, 11 stages of between 30 and 50 km, 5 all-inclusive self-guided tours, practical advice, addresses of bike rental companies, 120 hotels, camp sites, self-catering gîtes and bed and breakfasts and the major sites to visit.

EuroVelo 1: Le Guide du Routard – La Vélodyssée ® [Hachette]

Organize your cycle tour simply and easily with this156-page travel guide written in French, including: maps, practical and tourist information, tips and practical bike advice, Le Routard’s suggestions and good ideas, addresses for accommodation, restaurants, bike rentals, bike transportation. This edition is in augmented reality. Simply scan a page via the Hachette Scan application to get additional information on events, places, visits and much more!

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The Atlantic French coast from La Rochelle to Royan


La Vélodyssée is one of the most famous cycling routes in France and runs along the Atlantic coast on the EuroVelo 1. In one week, you will discover one of its most beautiful parts from La Rochelle to the charming port city to Royan, which marks the beginning of the Gironde estuary. We add a few variants to discover 3 superb unmissable islands: Île de Ré, Île d'Oléron and Île Madame. Nature, swimming, history and oyster farming will be on your program!

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