Cycling is one of the most loved adventure sports across the world. And here at Bamboobee, we are always looking to provide you with excellent routes to travel to with your bike…
So if you are looking for a vacation in Europe, and want to spend some leisure time with yourself, we would recommend you to take a cycling tour!
Read on as we list 13 of the best places for a Cycling Tour in Europe with your bamboo bike!
1. Yorkshire Dales, England
Keeping aside weekend trips and unplanned visits, the roads here are blissfully quiet for an outing from hill to hill over here. Though this place has quite a lot of steep slopes, moor tops are a sight you should look out for!
2. South Downs, England
It is not a very famous cycling destination in Europe, but it has a merit of almost a car-free-riding between Winchester and Eastbourne. The South Downs Way bridleway is an off-road cycling path which is incredibly inviting. Hardcore Mountain bikers can indulge themselves by plunging down the steep scarp faces while the rest of us can slow down along the ridge and admire the view.
You do not actually need a mountain bike for this route. The climate and ridges of the road combine to form a cycling paradise.
A beautiful place with a cold climate, Ireland is one of the best cycling destinations if you are an adventurous bike enthusiast. This place has challenging terrain but equally beautiful views to admire.
The Beara, Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas are remarkable gems, while the limestone scenery of the Burren, following the west coast in Co Mayo, is a class apart.
Belgium organizes one-day cycling races such as Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège and makes the most of its limited geography. If you want to experience a never-before like cycling heartland, then take a trip to Flanders over the cobbled hills. If you prefer something scenic, start from Liège in the Ardennes to find hills which continue three to four miles, and then descents to match.
5. French Alps
Because of the Tour de France, this place is one of the most famous cycling destinations. Thousands of cyclists flock to the French Alps. The Alpe d’Huez, the Col de Galibier, the Col d’Izoard are some of the more well-known passes here. Cormet de Roseland is one of the lesser-known alternatives.
6. French Pyrenees
The Pyrenees exert a similar attraction like that of the French Alps. The climbs are usually a bit lower than the Alps, even though still reaching more than 2,000 meters. These tend to be a bit steeper, often making for more spectacular racing. Make sure you avoid the main valley roads, and if you are looking for something a little different, head to the west of Basque country and the cols de Soudet and Bagargui.
7. Provence, France
Provence has everything you could wish for- exceptional weather, beautiful scenery and empty roads. Not to forget the food. You can go to Luberon for a scenic hilltop. If you have something more challenging in mind, you can try the numerous ascents up the countryside, on the Plateau de Sault. If you are looking for something fearsome, Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence is the place to go.
8. Italian Dolomites
What the Alps are to the French, Dolomites are to Italians. These are legendary climbs, considering Stelvio, Gavia, and Mortirolo. The Dolomites is a pretty tricky route, and only avid cyclists consider some of its scary routes. There is also a ski season where you could spend some time in the region’s capital, Cortina d’Ampezzo.
9. Picos de Europa, Spain
This is a perfect destination for cyclists who prefer calm routes and soothing scenic beauty.
The Vuelta an Espana will make you encounter shepherd or maybe a bear at times, but other times, it is one of the calmest places. To reach there, head to Santander with Brittany Ferries and then make your way westwards until you hit the mountains. This place is worth your little adventures.
10. Elbe Route, Germany
The Elbe Route tracks the famous river from Cuxhaven on Germany’s northern coast down to the remarkable sandstone mountains of the Saxon Switzerland National Park at the border of the Czech Republic. On this mainly hill-free route, you will have the chance to enjoy an endless variety of scenery, from striking gorges to undulating vineyards.
11. Ecovia do Litoral, Portugal
This route cuts across the Algarve from Cabo de São Vicente in the west to Vila Real de Santa António on the Spanish border. Its name translates as “coastal eco-way,” which suitably describes the serene landscape of nature reserves and forests. The marine and bird life is a sight you should not miss.
12. EuroVelo Mediterranean Cycle Route
This one is perhaps the most famous Eurovelo route which No. 8 passes along the Mediterranean coast. Incorporating a non-stop parade of glittering sea and sand, and some of the most laid-back, sun-filled lifestyles, Europe has a lot to offer. It officially begins in the Spanish city of Cadiz, where the route also passes through well-known, ancient cities, including Barcelona, Monaco, Nice, Dubrovnik, Venice, and Athens.
13. Cornish Coastal Way, Britain
There are possibly two routes along this fantastic ride through some of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall: one via Padstow, the other via St Austell. You are definite to breathe fresh sea air and enjoy classic British scenery at whichever route you choose. You will also find seaside villages to eat fish and chips on the beach and also the chance to say you have visited Land’s End.
So now that you are all set to plan out your cycling tour in Europe, take a look at our website to find the best bamboo bikes available in the market. We also provide a Build-Your-Own-Bike option, so you can build your own bike as you want.
Get your confidence, work leaves and backpack right because you are going on a cycling adventure!