Top 10 Cycle Destinations

Linear Routes

I liked these as you saw much more of a country. The downside is you have to carry your luggage but one pannier bag meets airline regulations.

1. Porto to Lisbon

Port, beaches, castles, fishing villages and a medieval town. My favourite route. Lovely friendly people.

2. Danube

Cycle along traffic free tarmac tow paths with beer houses every few miles selling fresh fish from the river. Passau in Germany to Vienna.

3. Canal Du Midi

Cycle the 300 year old traffic free route from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Part two here; Toulouse to Bordeaux

4. Escorial de litoral

From the Atlantic to the Spanish border cycle this dedicated route. Holiday resorts at the start, Portuguese villages at the end. Train line available all the way.

5. Mosel-Rhine valley

Through the best wine growing regions of Germany cycle dedicated cycle paths and sample the free wines on offer.

Bases

Having a central point means no luggage to carry and a day off is possible.

6. Treviso

Called little Venice with its own canals there are many different routs possible with pancake flat canal runs, river runs, cycle visits to classical cities such as Padua and Venice, the German speaking Tyrol with and mountains if you want.

7. Montegordo

Lots of options east west and north. Cheap everything here and good food. Weather in Portugal no bad either.

8. Valencia

Dedicated cycle ways radiate out from this town in every direction. Plenty train lines for journey home.

9. Copenhagen

Cycle through forests filled with deer or visit the fishing villages to the south. This is the cycling capital of Europe

10. Bordeaux

There are excellent runs east, west, north and south with a wide variety of cycling. Also check out the pages for Arcachon, St Emillion, Canal du midi , France cycle for other bike routes through or near Bordeaux.

Cycles we are glad to have done but never want to repeat

1. Camino de Santiago

Two mountain ranges to cross and a challenging route. Choice of walkers or cyclist route. Certificate at end.

2. Cuba

Heat and hills. An amazing culture

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