Tuscany can be one of the more challenging cycling holidays with its many hills, but with many cycle paths, you will surely find the right route for you. The rocky hills are perfect for mountain bikers, and the beautiful rivers that run through the plains will leave even the most casual bikers breathless. With a huge number of cyclists travelling to Tuscany every year, you are sure to run into fellow enthusiasts and may walk away with new friends. The welcoming and hospitable environment will make you feel safer as you go on your travels, knowing that there is always someone who is happy to help. Most of the small towns and villages in Tuscany offer water fountains, so refilling your water bottles is easy, allowing you to continue your ride in the hot Tuscan sun comfortably; though it is advised to avoid July and August, as though water may not be in short supply, neither is heat, and you may find these two months in particular, difficult to ride through. Tuscany cycle trails can take you through the Chianti for a fun-filled wine tasting experience, or even take your children for a ride through vineyards up to visit an artisan Gelato maker for some homemade gelato, and then burn off all that sugar with a ride down the longest downhill cycle route in Chianti.
The French Alps are a freewheelers dream; with many different unpaved cycle routes travelling through snow, grassy fields and past beautiful, clear blue lakes. On the way up to Col de la Bailletta you ride past four glorious Alpine lakes, or take full loop around the mountains just above Megève. As tempting as the French Alps are with their beautiful scenery and different landscapes, this trip is not for the faint hearted; with challenges such as Mont Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez it will surely be the ride of your life. Pro-tip: Do a bit of training before taking on this challenge.
With road biking, mountain biking, and both guided and self-guided cycling tours available, Andalucia is perfect for cyclists of every level. For the adrenaline junkie mountain biker, Andalucia’s trails offer everything from rock gardens and to switch-backs. The trails are exciting and unique, with training sessions available for those who lack experience or just a little unsure of themselves. For those who are looking for a more steady and even bike ride you can travel through the white villages of Andalucia, with beautiful scenery, within the Grazalema National Park, and visit the white villages through the park. You can pass through vineyards and farmland, and just enjoy an easy ride, for as far and as long as you like. Those wanted to see the many beautiful sights of Andalucia, you can hire guides to take you around, or even purchase maps, specific for self-guided bike tours. There are paths perfect for families to travel across with children young and old, and even trails that will lead you to delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafes, allowing Andalucia perfect for young and old, novice and experience, singular and families….just about anybody.
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