Cycling Holidays - The Forest Centre - France

The Forest Centre offers the perfect cycling holiday base whether you are a beginner or a dedicated cycling enthusiast.

Cycling holidays France This region in the far South West of France is called 'Les Landes', which means the heaths. Large pine forests have mostly replaced the heather over the last 200 years and this now creates the largest forest in Western Europe.

This practically flat forest and the Pyrenean foothills, both in sight of the ocean, combined with a fantastic climate, lend themselves perfectly to a paradise for cyclists from beginner to competitive standard.
Forest Center parkland

Endless opportunities abound and practically every village has a cycling club, whose members can be spotted practising their sport. Most cyclists you will see are French as this area has remained pretty much a secret to foreign cyclists.

Literally thousands of kilometres of well-kept tarmac roads welcome you here and except during the French holidays in July and August, are practically free of cars. Additionally, hundreds of cycle routes have been constructed; much of the tarmac having been recently renewed and widened.

Cycling routes for perfect holidays
Cycle routes start at your bungalow

Cyclists 'roads', would be a more appropriate term for many of these cycle routes which wind their way through the dunes and the peaceful forest. One of these cycle routes passes right through the centre where you will be staying.
Cycling at Forest Centre
Here nestled in the lush green forest is an enclave of bungalows dotted around swimming pools, tennis courts, a rugby field and even more - a perfect location for your cycling holidays. Everything is set in generous surroundings and has 2.6 km of small roads within the grounds.

Grounds at Forest Centre

This forest retreat is equipped with hundreds of bungalows, occupied throughout the French holidays in July and August. However, in June, September and October, together with our other cycling guests, you will have everything to yourself.

With all the facilities at your disposal, you will be able to choose your lane in one of the swimming pools and play tennis when you wish... all inclusive!
Three swimming pools
Decide for yourself how to enjoy your cycling holiday. By no means will you be forced to join the rest of the group on their saddles, nor will you be banned to laze by the pool or to play tennis! But who said banned?

Well, just to mention another attraction, only 5km away is the Atlantic Ocean with a wide tranquil beach, just perfect for a tan or some surfing.

Laze by the pool - there are three to choose from!

Who could imagine that in the best months of the year everything would be available to you at such low cost?

Our special offer for six weeks starting 1st September is just 345 Pounds or 435 Euros weekly full-board, but you will have to download your free brochure below for full details.

The reason that we can offer you such a good deal for so little, is because the months of June, September and October when you will be visiting, are classified as off-season.
Atlantic beachesMay announces the start of summer here, 70km north of Biarritz and just 100km from the Spanish border. The good weather continues until October at the earliest. In 2011 until early November. The water temperature of the Atlantic in September is 20 - 24 degrees C. In this wooded environment nights can get cool, even in September. Beware: days without sun and under 24 degrees ARE possible ;-) Still we were able to surf throughout October 2011 without wet-suits!
Wide beaches of the Atlantic Ocean

My name and reputation are at stake here and I can personally guarantee that you will be delighted and that the value is unbeatable.

Cycling and sports facilitiesThe closest airport is Biarritz and several lost-cost airlines fly here during the summer and autumn. Airport transfers can be arranged. So jump on the plane, get taken from the airport to your bungalow and relax or rent a bike and cycle to your heart's content. Apart from good weather we cannot offer more than extensive sporting facilities and hundreds of kilometres of sign-posted, smooth cycle routes through fantastic scenery. The train from Paris takes as little as 4-1/2 hours.
Alternative sports between cycling trips

Did you know that the Surfing World Cup is held in late September / early October locally at Hossegor? You can cycle to that beach to meet the stars in just 50 minutes on a competition bike.

For your orientation, most of this website describes cycling for smaller groups based at Villa Souvenir nearby. As you view other pages on this site, and I encourage you to do so as there are many commonalities, please keep in mind that these were written for cyclists based there. The photos however, show the local countryside, which you too will see.

This page is dedicated to cycling holidays based at the Forest Centre, which is where the bungalow accommodation, restaurant and other sporting facilities are located and which is well equipped to accommodate large groups of cyclists. Cycling trips will start and finish here, but participation is optional. If you prefer to spend a day by the pool or at the beach, rather than on your bike, that's entirely up to you.

For complete details just request a brochure. You can email me with any questions or even your immediate reservation to guarantee an exciting stay in the indescribably beautiful countryside of Les Landes in South West France - a true paradise for your cycling holidays.

Peter Saborowsky

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