Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or someone trying their hand at biking tourism for the first time these top 5 cycling destinations in Europe offer spectacular choices for all levels. With challenges ranging from the world famous routes of the Tour de France, to the gentle and picturesque countryside’s of Britain, you will find a range of fabulous cycling experiences across this historical and cultural part of the world.
France – Provence
Being one of the earliest known sites of human dwelling in Europe, Provence has history packed into its amazing geography. Surrounded by the mountainous landscapes of the Maritime Alps, The Alpilles and the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, this on its own makes for a scenic and breathtaking ride. Add the sweeping fields of Lavender, poppy’s and sunflowers for another assault to the visual senses. Ride the coast line of the Mediterranean, the banks of the Rhone River and the Camargue (Western Europe’s largest river delta) where on the latter you will find brine ponds that are home to over 400 species of birds, including the greater flamingo. Together with the food and wine that Provence and many other regions of France are famous for, this is a place that is surely to satisfy not only the panoramic desires of any outdoor adventurer or cyclist but also the stomach and tastebuds.
Florence – Italy
Florence and its surroundings are rich with history and culture and what better way to soak up the atmosphere than on a bike. Beginning in the city centre, this area is mostly flat and inaccessible to cars and buses. This makes for convenient sightseeing as well as safe and easy riding under the Tuscan sun! Sights to be seen are endless! From Piazza Michelangelo, Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, the Pitti Palace, Galleria delgli Uffizi and the Galleria dell’Accademia (where Michelangelo’s David is located). Once finished biking the streets of the city, the surrounding hills of Florence await, providing romantic views of the city, along with panorama’s of the local olive groves, vineyards, medieval castles and stunning hillside villa estates.
Loften Islands – Norway
The Loften Islands are an amazing spectacle of jagged island mountain peaks that guide cyclists along a narrow coastal road. The area is made for easy riding and when ventured during the time of the midnight sun, the activities of fishing, hiking or swimming in the fjords before and after a day of cycling are unlimited. Quaint fishing villages hug the coastline, offering cyclists cosy accommodation in traditionally painted fisherman’s wood cabins, of which some are almost 1000 years old!
Greece offers a stunning variety of scenery and leisurely activities outside of your daily riding. With the coastline surrounded by aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea and rugged country sweeping down to meet the water makes for a raw contrast in this epic outdoor experience. Bring your bathers for a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean and sit back and relax to enjoy the local cuisine at the end of a day’s cycling. Tour through friendly villages and stone hamlets, not forgetting tourist hotspots of Mykonos and Kalavryta. As well as stunning coastlines, Greece also boasts beautiful national parks waiting to be discovered.
Yorkshire – Britain
These tracks are great for all ages and abilities, making Yorkshire ideal for family riding holidays. The cycling routes range from gorgeous forest trails to disused railways to canal towpaths. Riders can travel from Whitby to Scarborough along the 34km disused railway following the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast. Create your own route to make short trips or take a week to cycle the entire North Moors National Park. Riders will be met by breathtaking views of rolling farmland, ancient forests, heather moorland and stretching coastline.
The adventures to be had throughout Europe on two wheels are endless and promise the experience of a lifetime. A true getaway from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan areas if desired, with time spent amongst the spectacles of Mother Nature providing a truly rejuvenating holiday to remember. Check out the range of bikes at 99bikes.com.au and start preparing yourself for an unforgettable cycling adventure!
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