Top 5 Cycling Holidays in Europe
A cycling holiday is a great way to indulge in one of your favourite pastimes and explore Europe at the same time.
It is also easy to plan, as all you need to organise is bike hire or transport, cycle insurance quotes and a map. You could also book accommodation in advance, but that won’t be necessary if you select a route with lots of hostels, campsites and B&Bs along it.
Danube Bike Trail
This 197-mile route from Passau in Germany to Hainburg on the border between Austria and Slovakia will take you to castles, vineyards and pretty traditional villages, together with the cities of Vienna and Linz. It runs alongside the Danube, so is largely flat, and you will discover many of the riverside paths are for cyclists and walkers only.
A ride around the shoreline of Lake Constance will take you through Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as to spots from where you will be treated to magnificent views of the Alps. The hospitality in this part of Central Europe is famous and you can look forward to some lively nights after pedalling out to landmarks like Rhine Falls and the tranquil gardens of Mainau.
The Netherlands is Europe’s most cyclist-friendly country, which together with the flat terrain makes it the ideal destination for a relaxing break on two wheels. Base yourself in Amsterdam and you can explore the city’s cultural attractions, as well as enjoy views of traditional windmills and villages as you ride to towns such as Oudewater, Edam and Volendam.
If you enjoy cycle racing, the chance to tackle some of the Tour de France's most famous climbs is certain to appeal. Book a break in the French Alps and you can take on challenges including the notorious 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez and the gruelling Col du Galibier mountain pass. You will need expensive equipment to do this, so make sure your UK bicycle insurance policy covers riding abroad and all your kit.
Belgium is another cycling obsessed nation and hosts some of the sport’s most prestigious races. A holiday in the Ardennes will give you the chance to ride through some stunning countryside on the roads used for La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.