Trip Report

Bicycling the Eurovelo Route 1 on the beautiful Atlantic Coast of France

Two week bikepacking trip from Nantes to Biarritz. We cycled the Eurovelo Route 1 and slept on campsites.

by ijuri.sAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeFrance2 days / August 2020

Highs & Lows

The highlight for me was the mutlitude of different landscapes as well as the lush nature you encounter.

This kind of travel is highly dependent on the weather. Two days were quite rainy so we needed to be flexible with our plans!

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    To be honest: Nothing. Two weeks are perfect for cycling this distance and the climate of the season was also good.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Luckily not.

  • How was the food?

    We mostly cooked for ourselves using our camping cooker.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Having good equipment for bikepacking is key. Pack intentionally and light. If you pack something for just-in-case, unpack it again! Additionally, do not miss the breathtaking sunsets every evening!

  • Packing tips?

    As I said: Pack light. Maybe do some research on the internet on the equipment of other bickepackers. There is plenty information.

  • Transportation Tips?

    If you arrive by train make you reservation very early (I advise 3 months in advance). Bike spaces in trains, especially TGV, are very limited. Arrive to Nantes from Paris by TGV and leave from Bayonne in regional trains. It is the best connected train station in the region.

  • Booking details?

    We booked everything ourselves. Camping grounds do not need any pre-booking. You just arrive and always get space for a tent.

Lodging

  • We slept on a low cost camping site which is nothing too interesting and mentionworthy. But next to Arcachon you find the Dune du Pilat which is worth a visit. It is the biggest sand dune in Europe.

  • Camping La Civelle, clean, well-equipped and priceworthy camping, right on the Eurovelo Route