Whether you cycle on your daily commute or are just an avid biker in your free time, the cold and damp English weather can sometimes have you daydreaming about warmer climes.
Perhaps this is why cycling holidays are hugely popular nowadays, with their distinct advantage of picturesque landscapes and lovely sunshine to accompany your bike ride. But are cycling holidays really all they are cracked up to be, and if so what are the best places to go on a biking holiday? – Find out more below:
Why Choose A Cycling Holiday?
For any who doubt their worth, you’ll be surprised to know that cycling holidays are in fact a lot of fun, as well as one of the best ways to explore a new place during your time away. Biking is also a great way to socialise and a good way for families to spend some quality time together in addition to an active pursuit that actually helps you to recharge. Add to that an amazing range of cycling hotspots in Europe and you have the perfect recipe for a memorable holiday break.
5 Cycling Routes/ Destinations in Europe Worth Checking Out
- A Prestigious Ride to Versailles
For those interested in the history and grand architecture of some of France’s most renowned Castles the Royal ride to Versailles route from Belle France Cycling Holidays is the only choice. The route begins with a gentle ride through beautiful forests as you leave Paris and cycle through rolling countryside and beautiful villages. The ride culminates at the Palace of Versailles and includes tours to other surrounding Chateaux as well.
Anyone who has been to Amsterdam will know it is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the whole of Europe, – with the capital boasting over 500km of dedicated bike paths. Not only do you get car-free, bicycle only riding in one of the friendliest cities in the world, you get to enjoy everything the picturesque city of Amsterdam has to offer at your own pace.
- Graubünden, Switzerland
Graubünden is a ski resort that transforms into the perfect cycling holiday setting during the summer months. There are hundreds of kilometres of country routes, mountain treks and forest trails to ride through with the added convenience of a number of biking hotels available.
- Venetia, Italy
In many ways the northeastern Italian region of Venetia is the perfect cycle destination for families, but recreational cyclists of all types will find routes that suit them here. Highlights include excursions to the valley floor, routes that take in scenic vineyards and a 5km stretch of a biking trail along Lake Fimon.
- Andalucía, Spain
One way to guarantee you enjoy your cycling holiday is by heading to Spain, – a bike crazy nation blessed with great landscapes and amazing weather. There is a good variety of routes to choose from to suit riders of all abilities, making Andalucía such a great destination for a biking holiday.
If you’re looking to plan a cycling holiday in the near future, then Europe has a range of destinations and famous routes that you can choose from. The list above is proof of that and the benefits that going on a biking trip offer make it an even easier decision to make!
Editor’s Note: This article was developed in partnership Belle France Cycling Holidays.