Top 5 Cycling Destinations in Europe

With summer looming, it’s time to start seeking some sun. There’s always the standard beach holiday, but why not try something a little different this year? Cycling is a great way to explore an area at your own pace whilst enjoying the great outdoors and, of course, the sunshine. So, where are the best places in Europe to hit the open road and feel the wind in your hair?

Lotofen Islands, Norway

This gentle ride through scenic Norway is great for novice cyclists, or those who just fancy a relaxing pedal. During the trip, you can travel from one picturesque fishing village to the next staying in colourful stilted fishermen’s log cabins set against a backdrop of spectacular mountains peaks and a rugged, sandy coastline. In the summer, the midnight sun provides you with an eternal amount of daylight meaning you can cycle until your heart is content.

Bavarian Lakes, Germany

The German countryside is absolutely gorgeous and cycling is one of the best ways to explore it. Starting in Munich, you can pedal through lush, soaring valleys, tranquil lakesides, and traditional Bavarian villages that are straight out of a fairytale. You can cycle alongside the Loisach River through the Murnauer Moos nature reserve which boasts an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking scenery, before heading onto the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountain ranges which offer spectacular views of the valleys below.

Calabria, Italy

Cycle Italy’s Calabrian coast with Holiday-n-Adventure and explore pockets of unspoilt natural beauty, picturesque coastal towns, wild cliff terrains hosting medieval watchtowers and, of course, the sparkling sea. The Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria is one of the most spectacular in Italy and is a lush, colourful exhibition of diverse flora and fauna species. Along the way, you can rest in old, cute towns; wander through narrow streets lined with quirky boutiques and sample delicious Italian food.

French Alps, France

The Tour de France has made this route one of the most popular cycling routes in Europe, if not the world. If watching sports stars navigate the region gets your adrenalin pumping, then why not try it yourself? The views are spectacular and you can pretend for a brief while that you are pounding your pedals alongside some of the world’s best cyclists.

Picos de Europa, Spain

They may not be the Pyrenees, but the Picos de Europa are fantastic for cycling excursions; the surroundings are particularly remote and home to stunning rural Spanish scenery. You might pass the odd cyclist en route, but otherwise the mountains and views are pretty much yours to enjoy. In addition, the Picos de Europa offer a truly exciting adventure for cyclists heightened by the weather; being situated on the country’s north coast means that they are subject to the temperamental Atlantic weather and can often be wet and wild.