Cycling holidays in Europe are perfect for all kinds of cyclists: beginners, professionals, mountain cyclists, road cyclists – you name it. There are plenty of great destinations with beautiful scenery, challenging trails, and cycling routes for all levels. If you’re thinking about taking a cycling holiday, here are some of the top destinations:
The Scottish Borders, The United Kingdom
The Scottish Borders is a bit of a cyclist’s paradise – with wild uplands, fast-flowing rivers, and clean roads that are almost always traffic free. If you’re looking for flat routes, you’ve come to the wrong place – with a hill at every turn, you’ll spend your time either going up or going down. There are three recommended routes, and they’re all a bit of a leg-tester, but the stunning views make it worth it. Keep in mind that this isn’t a year-round cycling destination, so plan accordingly.
The Dolomites, one of Europe’s greatest cycling destinations, offers plenty of trails for cyclists and mountain bikers. Spectacular mountain passes and lush valleys create impressive ascents and descents that make for thrilling cycling and sightseeing.
The Val Gardena-Alpe di Siusi MTB area offers over 1,000km of trails, with some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll ever see. And with trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, The Dolomites offers something for riders of all abilities. To ensure you never ride the same road twice, consider a tour with one of the many mountain bike tour companies.
Sierra Nevada, Spain
If endless rolling trails, steep descents, and a climate that allows for year-round cycling sounds like something you’d be interested in, then you’ll love the Sierra Nevada. With a rugged mountainous landscape, mountain bikers will love the wild and remote setting and diversity in terrain.
For those seeking climbs, you can test your legs and mind, as the Sierra Nevada has a multitude of challenging climbs. The Sierra Nevada sees millions of visitors each year, and you can also enjoy skiing, sightseeing, hiking and climbing. You can explore the area by yourself, or you can use the services of a mountain bike tour company to get you the best trails.
Fjord has something for everyone: challenging mountain biking trails for the extreme and gentle rides through quaint villages and stunning scenery. The terrain is as accessible as it is scenic, which makes Fjord a top choice for cycling holidays in Europe.
One of the most popular trails is the 82 km long Rallarvegen (the Navvies Road), running from Haugastøl to Flåm, down by the Sognefjord. If you’re looking to get your adrenaline pumping on a challenging track in the mountains, or want to take it easy with an organised road cycling trip, Fjord has it all.
Costa Blanca, Spain
Costa Blanca is an excellent choice for cycling holidays in Europe. Every year, professionals from around the world do their winter training in this sunny destination. The Costa Blanca has an annual average of 300 sunny days, making it an ideal climate for year-round cycling and mountain biking. The varied landscape, perfectly surfaced roads, and mountain towns makes it the perfect choice for road cyclists, mountain bikers, and leisure cyclists. It’s also incredibly accessible and well-equipped to deal with all your cycling requirements.
If you want to know more about beautiful cycling trails and destinations, download our guide 15 Top European Cycling Destinations. Alternatively, if you find yourself in Spain, AR Hotels has an incredible range of hotels in Costa Blanca that are bound to impress you and meet your cycling needs.