As one of the flattest countries in Europe, it’s really no surprise that cycling holidays in Holland are extremely popular. Almost every local owns a bike and the country is absolutely covered in cycle paths, whether you want to explore the sublime Dutch countryside or make the most of key attractions in the cities.
Due to its low-level terrain and fantastic infrastructure, Holland’s cycling routes are suitable for all abilities and ages. Fancy a family cycling holiday this year? Holland could be the location you’ve been dreaming of.
The best cycling routes in Holland
Holland’s home to over 32,000km of cycle paths, from circular routes to those that take you past untouched beaches. You can choose to stick to the country’s urban bike routes in and around the cities or make the most of the flat countryside on a rural ride.
Cycling in the cities
From the charming canal ways of historic Amsterdam to the modern roads of Rotterdam, Holland’s cities cater exceptionally well to cyclists. You’ll find the capital has wide bike paths throughout, while northern Groningen is one of the best cities in the world for cyclists thanks to its car-free centre.
Cycling in South Holland
Holland’s southerly Zeeland region is one of the flattest and most picturesque places in the country. The area’s hundreds of miles of coastline has some of the best Holland cycling routes, thanks in part to great dedicated cycle paths that take you through charming towns and past plenty of bike-friendly cafés where you can relax and refuel.
Zeeland’s cycle routes vary from pathed roads to tracks that may require a mountain bike. The region is also very peaceful, and you’ll discover mud flats and marshland further inland which are paradise for bird watchers.
Boating and biking in Holland
As well as Holland’s legendary canals, it’s also home to several lakes – including Ijsselmeer, a huge closed off bay in the north. If you’re travelling with little ones in tow who are likely to get tired of pedalling, why not opt for a cycling trip that combines bike travel with trips on boats and barges?
As well as the exciting prospect of sailing down narrow waterways, you’ll also be able to cover a lot more distance in a shorter amount of time.
When’s the best time for a Holland cycling holiday?
Spring and summer are definitely the preferred times for a cycling trip to the Netherlands. While summer offers up better weather and great camping conditions, spring is a glorious time to visit to see the country’s fragrant bulb fields around the town of Lisse, just outside Amsterdam.
Camping and cycling in Holland
Many campsites offer brilliant bike hire services and are often ideally positioned in some of the most stunning rural locations. Take a look at our campsites in Holland that are packed with fantastic facilities like kids’ clubs and swimming pool complexes for those days when you need a break from your bike.