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Biking Breaks in Europe
If like us, you’re feeling inspired by The Tour De France, why not skip the sports car and opt for the fun and hassle free option of a bicycle on your next holiday? Over the last few years biking breaks have become more and more popular among travellers who want to get an authentic feel for the places they visit. Whether it’s a trail for the whole family or a beautiful backdrop for a romantic ride with your loved one, we have chosen a selection of our favourite cycle routes in England, France and Italy.
Luberon’s spectacular countryside of vineyards, orchards and pretty hill-top villages are best explored at a leisurely pace without urgency. The region has many gentle hills and flat roads which are great for those seeking a mellow ride. We recommend choosing a trail which incorporates the abundance of lavender that Provence is so famous for, there are many routes to choose from, the best time for Lavender trails is between mid-July and early August when the lavender is harvested.
The Cotswolds, England
During the summer months, the rolling hills of the English countryside are the place to be. There are many routes that range in difficultly depending on your interests and abilities. The historic wool town of Painswick lies quietly in the Cotswolds speckled with beautiful architecture and a local quarry. A bike ride to Painswick Beacon can be mainly on or off road to suit your interests, this is a great route for families to enjoy.
Ruggedly beautiful countryside surrounded by soft hills and lakes, Umbria is a pretty region with many great places to explore. We recommend using a mountain bike so that you can travel both on and off road. A nice easy route is through the hills travelling from Lake Trasimeno and Tuscany, this route is great for inexperienced cyclists and groups with small children. For a slightly more challenging route, ride through the ancient villages dotted with castles and magnificent winding streets in the Upper Tiber Valley, this route has no steep inclines.
Chianti Hills, Italy
The smooth roads and beautiful scenery make the Chianti Region extremely good for cycling, there are some challenging climbs and long downhill runs with historical sites and vineyards on nearly every route. We love the ride from Greve to Castellina, this is about a 40 km ride which is best done over a whole day with a break for lunch in one of the stone rest stops along the way, if you are feeling ambitious you can factor in Radda as it’s a spectacularly beautiful place and worth the extra effort if you can manage it.
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