Best international destinations for cyclists to cycle
Active vacations such as road biking are gaining in popularity, especially these days. Many travelers have embraced the idea of traveling to a certain region or country through an activity that will also increase their physical fitness. Europe has a lot to offer when it comes to heavenly destinations for active holidays. Accordingly, you will find below a list of places where road cyclists can enjoy the beauty of the landscapes and the best conditions throughout the year. Get your gear ready, because here are the best cycling destinations for cyclists around the world.
Scotland contains a huge selection of footpaths and cycle routes that are suitable for riders of all skill levels and ages. The Hebridean Way cycle route is the longest to cycle, taking around 6 days, starting at Vatersay and ending at Butt of Lewis. The terrain is mostly flat and the trip can be split into smaller halves. Other cycle routes to try include Edinburgh city center to the shore, which takes just 10 minutes, and Lerwick to Scalloway, Shetland, which offers stunning views of the islands.
Croatia is a fantastic cycling destination, especially for its magnificent views, unspoilt terrain and secluded beaches. Istria, located in the northwest corner of the country, is a great place to cycle through a rugged landscape dotted with vineyards and visit Roman architectural style settlements. Dalmatia and Rovinj for great seaside roads, Motovun for medieval villages, and the Danube and Sava Basin roads are all recommended routes. The latter is a 960 kilometer route that connects three national capitals and features a variety of infrastructure.
8 Majorca, Spain
Due to its optimal temperature before and after the summer season, as well as great routes and excursions for everyone, Mallorca has established itself as a must-visit destination for recreational and experienced cyclists. The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range in the northwest part of the island, between the picturesque villages of Pollenca and Soller, offers a wonderful path for novices. For a more challenging route, take the trip from Port de Pollenca to the tip of the cape which is 35 kilometers long and another 1,000 meters.
The Atlantic Road, an 8 kilometer stretch of road that connects eight islands via eight bridges, is located in Norway. It has been named the most scenic cycle route in the country, with scenic blue waters on both sides of the road for cyclists to enjoy. During the summer, cyclists can also stop for other excursions such as fishing, seal safaris and diving at Stromsholmen Diving Center. The Fjord Coast, located in the northern part of Bergen and surrounded by massive mountains, is a good option for less crowded excursions.
Switzerland may not be as well-known as other places for cycling holidays, but its scenic views and natural wonders offer a wealth of possibilities, making it a must for cyclists. The Swiss cycle routes, on the other hand, are mainly intended for people who are used to cycling on difficult tracks. Susten Pass and Furka Pass are recommended routes, including a photo op in front of the famous Belvedere Hotel. The Grimsel Pass, a 120 kilometer hike with three peaks over 2,200 meters, is also a must visit.
5 Dolomites, Italy
The Dolomites are a mountainous terrain located in northern Italy, near the Austrian border. It offers remarkable landscapes listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Italy the number of races is almost endless and the alternatives are vast. The Passo Dello Stelvio, Italy’s highest road pass at 2,758 meters, is recommended for experienced cyclists looking for a challenging ride. Each year, the region hosts several renowned professional races, as well as two of the main cycling events.
4 Tenerife, Spain
Due to its optimum temperatures of 22 to 25 degrees Celsius, Tenerife is a real paradise for cyclists. This temperature is widely felt on Gran Canaria, the largest island in the Canary Islands chain off the coast of Morocco, making it an excellent year-round road cycling destination. On top of that, it offers stunning views of the island’s diverse geography. For many years, Tenerife has been the preferred winter camp destination for World Tour teams. It is also not surprising to find professional cyclists climbing the El Teide trail, the island’s most popular peak.
3 Andalusia, Spain
Andalusia is a refuge for motorcyclists from all over the world, thanks to its natural paths, cultural visits, beaches and ideal climate. While the legendary Costa del Sol offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, the interior of the region, with its varied terrain, also offers breathtaking views. Cyclists should never miss embarking on a journey through the highlands and traditional Pueblos Blancos that surround Ronda. The Carretera de la Cabra, which connects the sea to Granada and extends for 36.7 kilometers with an average gradient of 5%, is the most remarkable climb in the city.
2 Provence, France
Provence has world-class cycling routes in addition to being one of the must-see destinations of the Tour de France. It is a fantastic cycling destination as it is located between the Mediterranean and the southern region of the French Alps. For a variety of elite cyclists, Monaco has become a popular training and residency destination. From the Bedouin village, the famous Mont Ventoux offers a tough ascent of 10% over 18 kilometers; there are three very basic approaches to the summit with over 1900m.
Slovenia is known for producing outstanding champions who have won medals in most major European races, putting the country in the spotlight today. With its varied topography and rich landscape, the country allows tourist cyclists to follow the training routes of these Slovenian champions. The Julian Alps, located on the border between Italy and Austria, are a must for anyone who loves challenges and spectacular climbs. The Saddle of Mangart and the Col de Vri, on the other hand, are suitable for cyclists looking for a more relaxing climb with stunning views of the natural world.
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