Are you a fan of the humble weekend break? The world is full of hidden treasures, and some of them are closer than you think. What’s more relaxing than hopping on two wheels and exploring pastures new? Take a look at some of our favourite cycle routes in Europe.
The Burren, Ireland
Who knew there was more to Ireland than cosying up in a bustling pub with a lovely pint of Guinness? Well there is, so much more. The cycle route through Doolin has been listed as one of the top ten in the world in the Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel Guide. The ring offers four new cycle routes varying in distance, offering the best of both wonderful countryside views and coastal panoramas. Just a few miles back from the cliff tops, the limestone landscape of The Burren is a world apart, where you’ll find a road cycle like no other. Register to join the local tour, where over 2,000 participants of different disciplines ride together through the village of Ballyvaughan.
Yorkshire. Home to the friendliest locals in the country and brewers of our favourite tea, not to mention some of Britain’s best cycle routes. Whether you’re dilly dallying through the dales or rallying round the moors, the Northern landscape is laden with routes just waiting to be ridden. Start off in the medieval town of York, famed for its rich history and stunning architecture, with a great network of cycle paths. If you’re more of a seaside sort, the delightful port of Whitby offers an alternative to the rugged countryside terrain. Cycle the Cinder Track from the Western side of town and head for lunch at the much-loved Robin Hood’s Bay.
If pastries, pinot and picturesque villages are your thing, then it won’t take much persuading to get you to France with two wheels in tow. From the lavender lined fields of Provence to the vineyards of Mont Ventoux, soak up the scenery as you cycle through unspoilt villages into the vast green countryside. The air fresh with the scent of herbs and grapes, this French region is a sensory experience in itself, with breath-taking views and the soft sounds of nature playing the soundtrack to your ride. We recommend visiting in September, whilst the weather is still warm but the tourists have started to drop off. Enjoy the roads to yourself, with our ‘must ride’ route down the Gorge de la Nesque not to be missed.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Whilst cycling may not be on your list of top things to do in the ‘Dam, there are over 800,000 bikes just waiting to be ridden. And just to put that into context, there are more bikes than there are people, which means your best chance of getting around the city is to (quite literally) go with the flow! With that in mind, here are a few things you should know,
- When hiring a back, you’ll want to ask for a fiets, pronounced ‘feets’
- Bikes take priority over cars and pedestrians, so if you’re enjoying a walk keep your wits about you and avoid the cycle paths
- Don’t be surprised if you see two furry little ears poking out of a barrow bike! These are commonly used in Amsterdam for people to transport their children and pets around the city
- With 240 bike lanes in the city, you’ll have chance to explore every corner
Enjoy a smooth city ride which will take you through the heart of Holland, along quaint canalsides and leaving no stone unturned.
Prague, Czech Republic
This is a great time of year to visit the Czech Republic, the summer flock of tourists have flown and there’s no better an excuse to wrap up and duck in the nearest restaurant for a hearty bowl of traditional goulash. You will of course have earned it after a long day cycling and taking in all this beautiful, ‘hundred-spired’ gothic city has to offer. The city is notorious for it’s bumpy roads, so don’t be duped into hiring a road bike. Opt for a hybrid and book on a cycling tour to experience a comfortable route through the city. If the hustle and bustle isn’t your thing, follow the A2 cycle trail at Modřany and enjoy an effortless, flat ride alongside the river.
Wherever adventure takes you on two wheels, be sure to share your experience with us!