As a keen cyclist, winter can be a world of frustration. Terrible weather, dangerous roads and that general sense of malaise that the first months of the New Year brings, can cause a perfect storm of boredom.
But spring is around the corner and the climate is improving so maybe it’s time that you started planning a cycling trip to Europe. If your New Year resolutions include cycling more and challenging yourself away from the usual commute, why not try a few of these tips for a great cycling holiday in Europe.
Andalucia is a great destination for experienced bikers. Picture cycling through car-free olive orchards and sherry producing vineyards before taking on some challenging hill climbs and you’re on the right lines. Throw in some amazing food, including the traditional Andalusian paella and as much tapas as you can eat and you’ve got a perfect cycling trip.
Ride through around hundred miles of beautiful, unspoilt French countryside stopping off at as many of the region’s vineyards as you can manage. The overall terrain is mostly flat but the odd hill will keep you on your toes. There’s plenty of history to take in too with the Notre-Dame de Reims cathedral and Palace of Tau both must-sees.
Cycling tours around the whole island are becoming increasingly popular as more and more cyclists discover this beautiful island. Surrounded by crystal-clear seas and featuring limestone ridges and deep gorges, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to sample Sardinia’s wonderful cuisine.
The most beautiful of all the Canaries has become a really popular destination for cyclists, especially in the cooler months of the year. Appreciated by experienced cyclists for its smooth roads and lack of traffic, a ride through the La Corona natural park takes you past some of the island’s incredible volcanic scenery. Cheap accommodation also make this a great choice.
A spectacular circuit along the Burgundy Canal takes you through wine villages and vineyards, hilly forests and the towns of Beaune, Dijon, Autun, Bazoches and Vezelay. The complete canal circuit is 350 miles so it’s perfect for a week’s holiday.