It’s official – summer is over and today is the first day of meteorological autumn. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news everyone! Now whilst we can expect heavy down pours probably starting from today, our european neighbours normally get the better end of the deal.
You may have already had your yearly dose of vitamin D but are lucky enough to jet off again, or you may have been waiting for the kids to go back to school and for the prices (and temperatures) to drop.
Either way, we’ve put our brains together and come up with some really exciting cycling destinations, which shouldn’t cost you a bomb either. Whether you’re taking the break alone, with your partner, or with friends, we’ve come up with different destinations to suit different types of trips….
- Mallorca, Balearic Islands
The stunning island of Mallorca has an abundance of variety to offer cyclists, making it a popular destination with both experienced riders and novices. Whether you’re chasing a challenge or looking for a leisurely trip, the island has something to offer every rider. It may come as a shock to the system but the native motorists are particularly considerate of cyclists, making the on-road journeys from town to town more relaxed and safe.
TIP: To avoid disappointment, if you plan to travel over for cycle season 2017 (Feb-May) ensure that your bike hire arrangements are made by the end of Autumn.
- Amsterdam, Holland
With more bikes in the Capital than people, there must be reason why Dutch natives only make 22% of journeys by car. The flat landscape is a dream for those holidaymakers who want to explore a city by bike, but still return home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Moreover, with a vast number of affordable cycle tours available to book on the day, and over 500km of cycle paths, your journey around the city won’t take much planning!
We haven’t included a specific city because this will all depend on your budget, your initial mode of transport and whom you are travelling with. Paris is perfect for couples that want to incorporate cycling into their romantic getaway. On the other hand, for those veteran riders, you have the option to REALLY test yourself in Provence. Would you be brave enough to attempt Mount Ventoux’s 1,912m peak? (Yes – the same mountain tackled in the Tour De France!)
TIP: Look out for ‘Accueil Vélo’ or ‘Cyclists Welcome’ when booking your accommodation. This type of accommodation should have bike storage facilities and knowledgeable staff regarding the best cycle routes.
- Region of Veneto, Italy
Explore the beautiful Venetian countryside and take self-guided tours using the child-friendly cycling routes. If travelling with young children, perhaps opt for the 5km circular route surrounding the picturesque Lake Fimon. With so much to discover, for both children and adults, Veneto offers an array of qualities to make it an educational, cultural and yet tranquil summer holiday destination. BONUS: Venice
TIP: If you’re planning to combine both visiting the idyllic city of Venice and cycling deep into the countryside, it is advised to stay in a surrounding area like Vincenza. Unfortunately for us cyclists, Venice is a no bike zone.
If you are looking for value for money and the freedom to sightsee at your own pace, we’re sure you’ll love each of our chosen destinations in their own way.
Let us know about the exciting cycling cities you’ve visited in the comments below!