There are numerous reasons to go cycling with family this year, from enjoying some fresh air and soaking up some sunshine to exploring hidden gems in the beautiful European countryside.
Whether you’re wondering about the logistics of booking a cycling trip or considering where the best location to go is, we’ve put together an essential guide to family cycling holidays.
How does a family cycling holiday work?
Group cycling holidays abroad, especially with kids, allow you to make the most of the great outdoors without the cost or restriction of a car. You’ll find many of our campsites across Europe offer cycle hire for all ages, meaning you can explore a new region at your own pace while also improving your cycling skills.
As many of our Canvas Holidays campsites are positioned a stone’s throw from some of Europe’s most glorious natural scenery and attractions, you won’t have to cycle far with little ones to enjoy a great family day out.
Where are the best places to go on a family cycling holiday?
There are so many destinations for an easy cycling holiday that are just a flight away or simply a short hop across the Channel.
Cycling holidays in France
Family cycling holidays in France are perhaps the most popular pick thanks to the country’s easy access from the UK and its hundreds of miles of countryside.
Brittany is home to the country’s so-called Emerald Coast and it’s a great pick for a gentle cycling trip as it’s not too hilly for little legs. If you’re booking a holiday with older kids, why not challenge yourself to complete some of the La Loire à Vélo route?
Cycling holidays in Catalunya
Spain’s sunny Catalunya region can be a wonderful place for a family cycling holiday. Cruise alongside olive groves and make pitstops at picturesque fishing villages with great beaches and tempting restaurants. Beaching and biking will appeal to kids and teens of all ages, plus you’ll find several family-friendly campsites just outside Barcelona or Tarragona.
The middle of summer is not the best time to book a cycling holiday in Spain due to the heat. Instead, consider an Easter family break or plan your trip in early September.
Cycling holidays in Holland
Traversing Holland’s canal cities and gorgeous flower fields by bike is an idyllic option for families of all sizes and ages. Spend a day adventuring around Amsterdam – one of the most bike-friendly cities in Europe – or soak up Holland’s mostly flat rural landscapes.
You’ll also be able to plan routes that take you past incredible Dutch attractions like the Kinderdijk windmills. And when the kids get tired, you can book onto a barge and bike tour that lets you cover more ground in less time.
Cycling holidays at Lake Garda
Combine waterside living with a family cycling trip at Italy’s largest lake. As well as treating the kids to fun water sports activities and plenty of gelato, you can enjoy spending time as a family as you cycle side by side along paved paths right by the water.
Fancy camping, too? You’ll discover a handful of great campsites on the shores of Lake Garda that offer bike hire.