Best Cycling Getaways in Europe

1. TEST YOURSELF IN AN ALPINE SETTING

Even though the Alps can challenge the toughest of Ironmen, the mountain range has something to offer for everyone. The Alps allow you to test your skills at the heart of French Alps, where the best of the best world’s cyclists meet to compete in Tour de France each year. And while this route might not be for everyone’s capabilities, it is well rewarding with the dramatic and enjoyable scenery. Meanwhile, in the East, you’ll find the Via Claudia Augusta – the first real road used as a Roman trade route in 15 BC. The historic road is now turned into a modern cycling trail, which stretches across the Alps at a comfortable altitude of 1600m.

2. THE CORNISH COASTLINE TRAILS OF ENGLAND

Ask your British friends what they love about their country, and one of the most heard answers will surely be ”coastal roads and cliff paths.” Specifically, the beautiful English southwestern county of Cornwall that has been featured in many world-famous movies. The Cornish Coastal Way has two of the most popular routes both of which, will provide you with a full on British classic experience: little seaside villages, fish and chips on the beach, and the Land’s End – the most Westerly point of England. Overall distance is around 200km, so better plan a longer trip if you want to ride this trail from start to finish.

3. RIDE THE EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL REFLECTION

You’ve probably heard of the Santiago Road, made world-famous after Paulo Coelho’s novel The Alchemist. This road leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, located in a small Spanish town called Galicia, and attracts thousands of tourists every year searching for their spiritual growth. While most people walk this route eager to find themselves, El Camino de Santiago has also been developed for cycling. That’s right – you can ride your way to self-discovery, and whilst doing that, enjoy the medieval towns, vineyards of Rioja, and stunning landscapes of Pyrenees.

4. EXPLORE CENTRAL EUROPE BY FOLLOWING A RIVER

The Danube River Cycle route is considered family friendly and a relatively easy ride. The route delights with diverse views of the countryside and cities along the way. The most popular trail starts in Germany, in the town called Passau, and goes all the way to Vienna. It’s 340 km long and will gift you with many castles, churches, stunning villages, and historic monuments. If you have more time to spend traveling, don’t stop in Vienna. Continue your journey downstream to Budapest in Hungary, and compare the contrasts between the better developed western and more exotic and adventurous eastern European sides.

5. FRESH SEA AIR AT THE AMBER-RICH BALTIC COAST

The Eurovelo 10 route loops around the Baltic Seashore countries. The coastline of over 7000km allows you to pick your starting point from anywhere between the northern part of Sweden and Germany and follow the shore pretty much all the way around. Plentiful of sandy beaches, national parks, and picturesque coastal towns – this route is a pure blast for your eyes. Once you hit the three Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, do not miss out on exploring their historic capital cities and beautiful mountainous sand dunes. Meanwhile, if you are keen on trying something new and aren’t afraid of cold, head towards the Finnish side of the Russian border. There, you can experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure of fat biking on frozen lakes and snow.