Vacation adventure cycling

All set for a plan of nature, culture and sport while enjoying your holiday? One way is if you dare to travel by bike. A holiday on two wheels? And why not? Entire families of Central European countries, including children, are launched every year to the bike paths without any special physical preparation for a holiday at a different pace. Traveling Europe cycling is a pleasure for the senses.

bike adventureThere are large areas – sometimes entire countries – perfectly equipped for this activity, with special lanes for two wheels and all kind of infrastructure. In Europe the old mentality that bikes are for children to play with is starting to change, but very slowly. Cheer up! Bicycles are for the summer, but also for adults. Just remember a country that has the most bicycles per capita and you will feel the need to join them and experience their way of traveling. You can start your way with Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland and move your way up to Finland. A long ride cycling? Maybe that is only for professionals. Then you can pick any country from many of the lists and try it alone or with the entire family.


We will provide a few routes and different options and you can make the choice it most appeals to you. Let’s see:

  •   The best way to get to know The Netherlands is to cross it by bicycle: pedaling dunes and beaches, strolling along bulb fields and rivers, and visiting the most beautiful cities and the most typical villages of the region. With a cycling holiday, you will discover the most authentic Holland! You can choose one of the many adventure cycling holidays and enjoy the best culture and nature of your favorite country. It is good to know that all routes are round, by beautiful and well-marked bicycle lanes, you can find luggage transport all the way and stay overnight in the best 3 and 4-star hotels. They say that Holland is the country of bikes, and it’s not just a phrase. You will notice it the same moment you step out from the plane. All infrastructures (streets, roads, highways and others) have their alternative for the bikes, and everyone preferably uses this means of transport: from ladies who make the groceries purchase, to young people who go out running or grandparents who take their grandchildren to kindergarten. Each line is marked with corresponding signs and signposts, and circulation is facilitated by tunnels and bridges assigned only for two wheels. You need to remember and be respectful of traffic rules and be courteous: The Dutch are very jealous of their rules and you can attract attention if you skip a red light or go down the road instead of on the bike path (obviously, that’s why is made for). So, you can perfectly cross the country from North to South without ever bumping a car. If you decide to bring your own bike, it won’t be a problem to find a quiet place at the Amsterdam airport, to get on it and get out of there cycling. There is a bike path that goes through the airport gate and takes you safely and directly to the city (or to camping, which is also quite near there). If you have your bike on the train, don’t be alarmed, almost in every train in Holland there is a compartment qualified to carry bicycles, but you have to pay a fee of 6 euros, regardless of the traveled distance. You can plan your trip on the website of the Dutch railway company that has a great English version. If you want to cover a large distance you need to have on hand a general map to let you know that if you go to Rotterdam to Breda, you would have to pass through Dordrecht and Raamsdonkveer. And as in Netherlands, with so many places to get lost, it is very practical to use a GPS system.

  •   Our second choice is Norway, one of those destinations that almost everyone has on their list. Pedaling above the Arctic Circle has a special curiosity. If the chosen scenario comes along with some wild and dark mountains that emerge from the Arctic ocean as an abrupt alpine fold, adventure promises to be unique. The Lofoten Islands form one of the most beautiful spots on the North coast of Norway. The roads are suitable for cycling. Norwegians invest heavily in the environment and therefore you don’t have to worry too much about tarring existing roads. For a conventional biker there won’t be any problem. You can start your adventure in the ferry linking Bodo – in the continent – with Moskenes, the port of the Island Moskenesoya. You can catch a cab to the lower end of the archipelago, a town with the meager and surprising name A, where you can begin the adventure cycling on two wheels. From A there is a paved road that runs around the island. There are no bike lanes, but the poor traffic helps you run safely. You can do the first night in Ramberg, cross the tunnel under the see that is amazingly illuminated and finish your tour in the capital of Lofoten, Svolvaer, where another ferry will return you to the mainland, A total of 130 km, with slopes and steep slopes, and the possibility of supply in the many villages along the route. You can stay overnight in cabins and go camping near the water.

  •    Ever heard about Loire castles? Central France offers to lovers of adventure cycling  a region full of charm and allure, as is the Loire Valley. Although many of us know the Loire for its castles, the region is also one of the most privileged and natural areas visited by tourists. There are three national parks where you can ride your bikes with your family and relax in nature. Each park is full of natural corners and good cycling infrastructure to discover, besides the forest of Orleans, the greatest forest in France. The Regional Tourism of the Loire keeps open more than 2000 km of marked trails for biking, using special lanes, dirt road and paved roads of local character. They also have two maps with over 200 possible routes, linking both natural areas like the famous castles and the main towns of the Loire: Chartres, Orleans, Bois, Tours, Bourges, Saumur, and Angers.

  •     Last but not least is Italy. The cradle of prestigious brands of large manufacturers and cyclists in Italy cycling is honored, liked and enjoyed and it’s seen both in cities and rural areas. A less known destination then its neighbor Austria, in the Italian peninsula cycling is respected, wherever it comes from. The routes that we suggest will allow you to discover Tuscany, where, starting from Florence, you will find the most important and beautiful examples of Renaissance architecture; land to enjoy in every way, and the best way to visit it is by bike. Of course, keep in mind that its rolling terrain may find it less easy than the Veneto, for example. The Veneto, located in northeastern Italy, extends from the Dolomites to the Adriatic see, crossing plains marked by rivers, canals, and the Po delta. In the Venetian lagoon, you’ll find a unique city: Venice. The stunning natural and easy pedaling paths are a cultural heritage as is the winemaking tradition of the area, two more attractions that make this area a perfect destination for cycle tourism. One of the few places in Europe that continue in the wild is Sardinia, an island where traditions speak of a past ancestral of which still survived the ever-present "nuraghi” and where the fishing, agricultural customs intermingle and graze. The people, always friendly, festivals, dazzling and different, its landscape and its wildness with old real cities are there, waiting patiently. You just need to find a bike and start your tour, because there are a lot of possibilities, so varied and amazing landscape. You can follow the route around the coast doing some sightseeing: Neptune’s Grotto, Castelsardo, the Maddalena and Caprera islands and countless stops and opportunities for photos in unique locations.

1 comment

Those who like active recreation and who have a Bicycle, maybe then I agree with the author of this article. Although as a variety, i can try :)
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