One of the best things about going on holiday is getting the chance to experience new places in ways you never before thought possible. After all, when it comes to taking a fantastic holiday, the destination is only half the attraction – how you get there matters a great deal as well. Visiting Venice is impressive in itself, but experiencing the iconic watery city via gondola is a truly unique experience. The same can be said of the best cycling holidays for other European hotspots. From London to Paris, Berlin to Rome, Amsterdam to Athens, Europe is home to some of the most cycling-friendly cities in the world. The fact that cycling culture is rich in Europe, and allows you to tour the great cities of the UK and the Continent, makes the prospect that much sweeter. Add to that the prospect of being able to plan out your own holiday tour itinerary and see sites unencumbered by traditional tour lines and practices, and taking a cycling tour of Europe’s great cities becomes all the more attractive.
Here are just a few choice places you can visit by booking a cycling holiday from Hooked on Cycling.
Cycling and Paris go together like a fine Bordeaux and the best meal on the menu. There’s just a certain freedom that comes with being able to ride freely through the streets of Paris that speaks to that sense of joie de vivre. You can ride past iconic sights such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre and take in all the sights and sounds of that have helped make Paris a cultural icon. The same holds true whether you want to extend your trip to the South of France, or head westward to Madrid or Barcelona in Spain. Ernest Hemingway made touring both countries into an art form of itself, and with a cycling holiday, you can enjoy your own “Moveable Feast” across the bike lanes of both nations.
Rome is likewise one of the great cycling capitals of Europe. It has also long been one of the great cities and, thus, tourist destinations of the world. Goethe himself took a long walking holiday in The Eternal City, chronicling its grand artistic and architectural history in his Italienische Reise. So many of the sites which wowed him – from the Roman sculptures and the quiet serenity of the Coliseum in the moonlight to the dazzling architecture and Medieval as well as Renaissance art – are still there, waiting for you to tour them on your own terms. Cycling across Rome can be a great way to create your own Roman Holiday.
While it gets overshadowed by Western and Southern Europe oftentimes, Eastern Europe has its own rich cultural history. What’s more, it’s often more affordable to international travellers than its Western European counterparts. From cycling tours in Poland to international cycling trips between Dresden and Prague, you’re sure to find surprises around every corner.
From the grandest sites to the best-kept secrets, cycling tours of Europe allow you to see the Continent like never before!