Fresh air in Gironde – the Atlantic Coast Bike Route
Europe’s first EuroVelo Route
The EuroVelo project, to develop a continental cycle network, entered Gironde in the spring of 2011 as part of the Atlantic Coast Route.
Dubbed the ‘Velodyssey’, this cyclists’ odyssey runs from Roscoff to Hendaye, that is to say 1,200 km of ‘greenway’ (voie verte) exclusively devoted to touring cyclists with its own signposting and amenities near villages and other tourist facilities (accommodation, dining, tourist sites, etc.). Cycle lovers can thus explore Gironde in total freedom. The department of Gironde is a pioneer in cycle tourism, boasting the largest network of bike paths in France.
EuroVelo’s Atlantic Coast Route is a continuous, signposted route with possibilities for accommodation, dining, and other tourist facilities. This initiative reflects today’s need for liberty and contact with nature, as well as people’s desire to be responsible consumers even on vacation. The Atlantic Coast bike route required the combined participation of 10 French departments and four regions (Brittany, Pays de Loire, Poitou-Charentes and Aquitaine). The project is Europe-wide, because the goal is to link North Cape on the tip of Norway to Sagres in southern Portugal. Completion is slated for the spring of 2012.