For an exhilarating outdoors experience that brings you close to the soul of a destination, look no further than a cycling holiday. timeoutdoors’ Travel Editor Tom Le Bas outlines the different options available.
Travelling by bicycle gives you the chance to immerse yourself in your surroundings and appreciate the finer details of the landscape. You will also be able to cover significant distances and thus experience a greater variety of scenery and sights than would be the case on a walking holiday. The exercise is rewarding, and there’s a vast range of individually graded itineraries so it’s easy to find one that’s perfect for you.
You will be provided with a good-quality bike on practically all cycling holidays: many enthusiasts, however, may want to bring their own bike with them to get the most out of their trip. The level of accommodation depends on the destination, but the vast majority include good-quality hotels – and an evening meal – in the price.
The cycling holidays on our site are divided into the following three categories - simply click on the links below for more details and to see the trips on offer:
On most cycle touring holidays, particularly those at the less physically demanding end of the spectrum, the emphasis tends to be on using the bicycle to experience the destination.
Road cycling holidays, by contrast, are more about the actual cycling. These specialist trips will focus on riding on smooth tarmac roads and usually include some long days.
For those who enjoy getting off-piste and heading for the hills, forests and rural trails, there are mountain biking holidays. They are a great way to enjoy the countryside away from traffic.
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Whether on or off-road, a winning combination of sunshine, attractive scenery, quiet roads and exciting trails makes Portugal one of the best places in Europe for a cycling holiday.
A year-round destination, Spain offers a stunning range of possibilities for all cyclists - both on road and off road.
This region offers something for all levels of cyclist, from gentle terrain to epic climbs - as well as its rich heritage and gastronomic delights.
Easily accessible and with more than 250km of trails to suit all levels, Vaujany is one of Europe's ultimate backdoor mountain biking resorts.
An adventure playground for cyclists, Mallorca's perfect roads and stunning scenery provide the ideal environment for all levels of rider.
If you're looking for warm-weather cycling on great roads between October and March then Lanzarote is the perfect destination.
With easily-accessible trails for all levels, Cyprus has rapidly become one of the best mountain biking locations in Europe.
From Garda in the East to Orta in the West, the Italian Lakes is an amazing location for road cycling, offering something for all levels of ability.
This area, stretching down into Navarra and the western Pyrenees, offers some of the best mountain biking in Europe.
For some of Europe's most enjoyable mountain biking amid an incredible variety of scenery, head for the green hills and Atlantic clifftops just north of Lisbon.
The highest peaks in Spain are home to a dense network of trails that will satisfy all mountain bikers with a sense of adventure
For a road cyclist the French Alps can be the pinnacle of cycling achievement, writes locally-based tour leader and bike coach Rob Hawkins.
The Dolomites remains a hidden gem for mountain bikers, writes locally-based activity tour operator Daniel Sherlock.
Sublime scenery with views across the sparkling sea, an abundance of sunshine and excellent facilities make the Algarve a favourite with cyclists.
The Valley of Kings is perfect for leisurely two-wheeled exploration, with gentle gradients through verdant landscapes dotted with picturesque châteaux
This out-of-the-way southern stretch of Portugal makes ideal touring country, with attractive scenery, empty roads and lovely old towns.
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