Distance: 84 km
(Average )duration : 6h30
Height difference : 220 D+
A signposted C3 walk with no difficulties - don't hesitate to stop in the small villages far from the coast to enjoy the peace and quiet before returning to the ocean to cool off on the supervised beaches. Head for Pontenx-les-Forges via the pine and oak forest, then branch off towards Escource and Onesse-et-Laharie. The road to Mézos is lined with fields and old sheepfolds. Follow Saint-Julien-en-Born to reach Contis and its lighthouse, then return to the Vélodyssée via Lespecier beach. The route is listed on www.veloenfrance.fr, a website developed by the French Cycling Federation, which offers road and mountain bike routes initiated by our organisations in collaboration with the Departmental Tourist Committees.

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Places of interest

Contis lighthouse

Contis lighthouse

Your itinerary


Step 1

You leave the town hall square in Mimizan to take the cycle track towards Pontenx-les-Forges. You follow the departmental road and then the track goes into the pine and oak forest.

Step 2

In Pontenx, take the D46 towards Escource. In this village, take the D140 to Onesse-et-Laharie, another small, quiet village. The road to Mézos is lined with fields of corn, asparagus and old sheepfolds.

Step 3

Take the D167 to Saint-Julien-en-Born, where you turn left and then right to take a cycle track to Contis; here you will find the only lighthouse on the Landes coast that you can visit. The beach also welcomes you with the estuary of the Contis current.

Step 4

Next to the lighthouse path, you will find the Vélodyssée which, via Lespecier beach, will take you back to Mimizan between the beach and the town. Turn right and you will reach the town hall square.