You may have explored the Medieval villages of France on foot, driven across the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain and plunged into the azure waters of the Adriatic – but what about seeing Europe from a completely different angle?
Forget hiring a car and get your pulse racing by cycling across Europe instead! Cycling through Europe not only gives you the freedom to go at your own pace, but it also allows you to see some truly spectacular countryside and incredible sights, whether you opt for the breezy Brittany coast or the balmy climes of the Algarve.
What’s more, you’ll find plenty of bike-friendly Canvas Holidays campsites that are great places to base yourself during your European cycling adventure.
What are some the best cycling trips in Europe?
Cheap cycling holidays in Europe are a great option for any kind of traveller, whether you’re a family looking for a relaxing getaway or a group of friends who are experienced riders. Some of the best bike-friendly destinations in Europe include:
As one of the biggest and most geographically diverse European countries, France is a real playground for those hoping to enjoy a cycling holiday. Whether you want to take it easy on flat coastal paths during a family cycling holiday or you’re a skilled rider that’s keen to test your endurance, you’ll discover multiple fantastic options to suit your group.
France is additionally one of the best destinations for long distance cycling routes in Europe. Give yourself a challenge by cycling from coast to coast or tackle one of the country’s mountain ranges like the Pyrenees or the Alps.
From the lush woodlands of the Black Forest to the rolling hills of Bavaria, Germany is home to some of the top European cycling routes. Cycle past gorgeous vineyards (and try some fine local wines!) in the Mosel Valley or follow the Elbe River bike trail from Hamburg to Dresden.
For a flatter, long distance European cycling routes, you can’t beat traversing the Rhineland by bike. The cycle trail here follows the river and passes many enchanting castles that are ideal pitstops for history buffs.
Portugal isn’t just a great location for a beach getaway. A cycling holiday offers up a chance to see beyond the country’s major tourist hotspots and discover hidden coves and traditional villages. Both ends of the country offer up stunning landscapes, from the golden beaches of the Algarve in the south to the mountains and valleys of Northern Portugal.
Due to the sheer heat of the Portuguese summer, you may want to book your European cycling holiday to the Algarve in the spring or autumn. As the north is generally cooler, it’s ideal for summer European cycling holidays.
Camping and cycling holidays
If you’re really keen to get off the beaten track and make the most of the outdoors, you can’t miss the chance to combine cycling across Europe with stays at some amazing campsites. Enjoy fresh air and plenty of natural wonders by day before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a deluxe mobile home or luxury tent.