With so many amazing trails and cycling destinations, it can be hard to choose where to go for a cycling holiday. Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, here are bucket-list worthy cycling trails that will make for the perfect cycling holidays.
For those who want to take it easy:
Loire à Vélo, France
Some might think of Loire à Vélo as a cliched cycling destination, but it’s certainly one you don’t want to miss. Over 800,000 cyclists flock to this cycling destination each year. It’s an 800 km trail that takes you along a riverbank and through two regions and six cities. You’ll also get to see the world renowned Châteaux of the Loire, charming villages, and panoramic views from the hill of Sancerre.
Loire à Vélo is an easy route that is perfect for beginners. You’ll come across a few hills along the way, but nothing too challenging. You can also start and leave your cycle tour whenever you want. There are plenty of train stations along the route, so you can hop on a train (with your bike) when you’re feeling tired.
The Danube, Passau to Vienna
This is one of the most popular and most delightful cycling routes in Europe. The Danube is about 365 kilometres in length and attracts around 38 000 people a year – most people cycle between May and September. The trail is along a scenic river, and the best way is to cycle downstream so you can avoid oncoming cyclists.
This is a very picturesque route, as you pass meadow landscapes, castles and vineyards in Wachau Valley. Combine your cycle tour with a visit to popular local attractions like the legendary castle ruins of Durnstein, or stop at a traditional Heurigen restaurant to sample the local specialities.
For those looking for a bit of a challenge:
With jagged peaks that soar over 3000 metres, lush fields, and climbs for all kinds of cyclists, the Dolomites is a dream for most bike-lovers. Boasting an impressive network of 1000 km of cycling roads and trails, climbing up to 2,450m in altitude, cyclists can put their fitness to the test and enjoy Europe’s highest mountain pasture.
The Dolomites Val De Fiemme is an exciting 50k mountain biking route that takes you through meadows, streams, and little mountain huts. It runs through the entire valley and will lead you to the more challenging Dolomite passes.
Coll de Rates, Costa Blanca
Coll De Rates is the most popular cycling climbs in the Costa Blanca region. It’s not the steepest nor the longest climb, but there’s something magical about cycling through Parcent. The gradients are quite gentle, which is great for those looking for a bit of a challenge. The trail is easily accessible from the popular towns Javea, Denia, and Calpe.
You’ll enjoy stunning views on the way up, but be prepared for a lot of twists and turns in the first 4km. Eventually, the road straightens, and you’ll have beautiful views of the mountain to keep you inspired. Once you reach the top, you can enjoy a drink or meal at the conveniently-located restaurant.
If you want to know more about breathtaking cycling trails and destinations in Europe, download our guide The Ultimate Mountain Biking Bucket List. Alternatively, if you find yourself in the Costa Blanca, AR Hotels has an incredible range of hotels in Costa Blanca that will meet all your cycling needs.