Mai Chau route in Vietnam If you’re looking to go a little further afield than Europe, then Vietnam is a fantastic destination for bicycle travel. All kinds of outfits offer bike tours around Mai Chau, from half day to multi-day, and there’s no better way to see the magical scenery in this region, and discover a little more about daily life in the area with the help of an experienced guide.
Val Roseg: Valley in the Swiss Alps, Switzerland The tranquil Roseg Valley is surrounded by mountains so sensational that they’ll take your breath away, even if the steep hills don’t! When it comes to summer cycling holidays in Europe, you can’t do much better than Switzerland.
The best cycling holidays in Europe
Gran Fondo Campagnolo, Italy Milán If you’re after a mountain idyll, then look no further than the impossibly beautiful village of Santa Maddalena, framed by the dramatic Dolomites in Italy. The Dolomites are legendary walking country, but they’re a fantastic location for some of the best cycling trips too. This can be extremely challenging cycling, but it sure is worth it.
Picos de Europa: From Bilbao to Oviedo Basque Country and Asturias If it’s mountain cycling you’re after, then instead of the Alps and Pyrenees, head to the Picos de Europa national park. You won’t find much traffic on the winding roads that will take you through this stunning scenery. High levels of rainfall in the winter means that this area is beautiful green, making for some of the best cycling holidays in Spain.
Lake Constance: Switzerland, Germany and Austria Lake Constance forms the border between Switzerland, Germany and Austria, countries that aren’t normally known for cycling holidays on the flat. The Bodensee-Radweg, however, is a 170-mile flat, clearly sign-posted path, perfect for a leisurely holiday, even if you’re not that fit. You can even do it luggage-free.
Sierra Nevada: From the Sierra de la Contraviesa to Granada Granada The best cycling holidays in Europe have a reward at the end of them, and on this adventure in the south of Spain, taking in some of the most beautiful places in Andalusia, Granada is the best reward you could ask for. The Sierra Nevada offers fantastic cycling with unparalleled views, and if you head for the historic city of Granada then it’ll be downhill most of the way!
Old Ghost Road New Zealand Heading even further away from home, New Zealand offers some of the best bicycle adventures out there. The Old Ghost Road on the South Island is an old miner’s trail specifically brought back to life with bikers in mind, and is gold dust for experienced riders. This isn’t for the faint hearted, only suitable for seasoned cyclists, but it’s an unforgettable experience.