If you’re looking for a little adventure to pep up your summer, then why not try a cycling holiday? Europe is the ideal spot and offers something for all abilities and all groups. Families and beginners can find gentle meandering tracks beside rivers and meadows; intermediate cyclists will enjoy breathtaking landscapes and modest hills, and experienced riders can really challenge themselves with majestic mountains and steep valleys. It’s time to saddle up and discover the very best of Europe this summer;
The Grecian island of Ithaca is ideal for keen cyclists seeking solitude and serene atmosphere. This quiet island has a pleasantly rocky terrain and rolling hills lined with olive groves. Add in a ride along the coast of the Ionian Sea which is both relaxing and exhilarating, with the salty tang of the sea on your face. The island of Ithaca has an area of 120 square kilometers and is quite small in comparison to some other cycling locations, which makes it perfect to cycle the entire perimeter of the island during a shirt stay. Those that rise to the challenge will experience beautiful rock formations set against the backdrop of crashing waves.
Via de la Plata, Spain
For those interested in rich history and beautiful landscapes, the Via de la Plata route in Spain makes for the perfect cycling adventure. Via de la Plata is a famous route used by Christian pilgrims throughout Spain's long history. Along the route, cyclists will see the ruins of Roman arches and buildings from days of Spain's past. This route is reasonably long at just over 1,000 kilometers, so preparation is an absolute must for this ride. Take your time and take in the sights along the way and enjoy the sense of accomplishment.
Yorkshire Dales, England
Located in the heart of the English countryside, the Yorkshire Dales are home to beautiful rolling hills and lush green fields. This is the perfect destination to combine activity and biking holidays along with taking in the traditional local hospitality. The atmosphere is very peaceful and is sure to melt away any stresses that your everyday life may have caused. The Yorkshire Dales are located in North Yorkshire in the National Park bearing the same name. Cyclists should bring a camera to share the wonders of the beautiful English countryside with friends.
For cyclists who desire a real challenge, the Austrian Alps offers a challenging ride to more experienced mountain cyclists, whilst also offering views of Austria's incredible Alpine landscapes. The rides are filled with verdant hills, pretty valleys and sharp turns, which is a great adventure for those seeking adventures and thrills. And after all the activity, cyclists can relax and rest their legs in a local Austrian pub and enjoy a tasty beer or two!
Ballycastle to Belfast, Ireland
Following the east coast of Ireland from Ballycastle to Belfast, cyclists can tackle this moderately difficult course, which provides a fun challenge to those seeking the experience of the Ireland's rocky coastline and lush green fields. At 106 kilometers (65 miles), this trip is an exciting challenge. This ride is relaxing and provides excellent opportunities to take in the fresh, clean feeling of Ireland's great outdoors.