In the department of Gironde in southwest France there are two rivers: the Garonne and the Dordogne. When they meet, they form the Gironde, the river from which the department takes its name. This area has many different landscapes; vast pine forests, enchanting coastline, breathtaking clifftops and, of course, vineyards as far as the eye can see – all inviting you to taste the region's wines (in moderation!).
Here, I propose a three-day loop to discover the Gironde estuary and its incredible ecosystem. You first take the cycle track between Bordeaux and Lacanau. Then you follow the Vélodyssée and finally you return to Bordeaux via the V80, the Canal des Deux Mers, by bike.
From the very first pedal stroke, you’ll get a real sense of escapism during the ride’s three days. Starting in Bordeaux, this route is a dream for cycling from start to finish.
You can cycle this loop in any season. Even in winter, there are accommodation options, the details of which I provide details in the Tour descriptions. Aside from the section between Bordeaux and Lacanau, you can easily find water and food. This loop can be done on all types of bikes. It’s an ideal route for beginners and families, thanks to the flat terrain and ample facilities.
You leave Bordeaux, its traffic, its hustle and bustle, and quickly join the cycle path to Lacanau. This path has a big advantage: you won't pass a single car! You have to take boats across the Gironde twice. Fortunately, the pedestrian rate applies to cyclists too. I've added the ferry timetable to the stage descriptions.
During the first two days, you’ll will be able to swim either in the lake of Hourtin or in the ocean. One last tip: remember to keep some space in your bags to bring back a good bottle of Médoc!
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Last updated: January 27, 2023
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