Cycling holidays have a lot of pros. They’re good exercise, they’re cheap, they’re a great way to venture off the unbeaten track and most importantly, they’re lots of fun! During autumn, the majority of Europe is the ideal temperature for cycling holidays (not too hot, not too cold), making this time of year great for trying out a different kind of budget holiday. Hence why we’ve found you some of the best cycling itineraries in Europe – now, on your bike!
Sicily: Erice to Marsala
With its traffic-free roads, Sicily makes a great spot for some two-wheeled fun. Begin your adventure in the medieval town of Erice before riding across pretty hilltops with ocean views on this 32 mile journey, which concludes in the port of Masala. You can even reward yourself with some of the world-famous Marsala wine upon arrival! For a longer trip carry on to the ancient Greek town of Selinunte before heading inland.
Portugal: Algarve coast
The Ecovia do litoral is a beautiful cycle route that runs from Sagres in the west all the way to the Spanish border in the east. At a leisurely pace the journey takes around a week and is a great way to explore Portugal’s incredible coastline. The trail also passes through an array of quaint fishing villages, providing plenty of opportunity to interact with locals and devour some authentic Portuguese cuisine.
Germany – Bavarian Lakes
Bavaria is a paradise for cyclists with its mountain trails, winding rivers, fairytale castles and pretty villages. There are a range of routes to choose from, with many starting in Munich, which is a lovely location in its own right. For a full-on adventure, take the 450 kilometre cycle path from Munich across the Czech Border and into the ‘Golden City’ of Prague.
Austria – Passau to Vienna
A gentle cycling route that straddles the Danube river and passes through Austrian towns and pretty wine-making villages brimming with character. The views are stunning with impressive castles, lush valleys and tourist attractions galore. The 175 mile trip makes for a fantastic week away with plenty of photo opportunities.
Norway – Lotofen Islands
This soothing location is great for cycling. The chain of islands are crammed with spectacular mountains, fishing villages, thick icy waters and picturesque eateries serving fresh seafood. There’s also a sandy coastline and plenty of atmospheric guest houses (wooden chalets on stilts) along the way.
Croatia – Dalmatian Coast
Try a different type of holiday in Croatia. Spend a leisurely week pedaling alongside the turquoise waters of the coastline. There are a network of cycle routes with distance island views that pass forests, vineyards and olive groves. The friendly beach towns on the way offer good value accommodation.