Narrowing down all the options for your summer cycling holiday in Europe can be hard! To help out, our cycling experts Ali Butler and James Adkin have each chosen their top five picks for cycling in Europe. Ali's chosen her five favourite rides for those looking for a more leisurely getaway, while James' choices are on the more energetic side. Which one will be your choice?
Ali's top 5 gentle rides in Europe
Canal Du Midi - France
Easy pedalling along the tree-lined towpaths of the Canal du Midi through historic towns and Minervois wine region to the Mediterranean coast.
Cappadocia Freewheel - Turkey
Gentle rides through the fairy-tale landscapes of Turkey’s Cappadocia region with time to visit ancient sites.
Cycling the Baltic States - Estonia. Latvia, Lithuania
Discover peaceful countryside, coastal routes and impressive cities of the Baltic States on easy cycle rides.
Pyrenees to the Med - Spain
Easy cycling on dedicated cycle paths from the Pyrenean foothills through Catalonia to the Mediterranean Sea.
Pedalling in Poland - Poland
Mostly gentle pedalling through beautiful Polish villages and the impressive Dunajec gorge with some occasional short climbs.
James' top 5 longer rides in Europe
Cycle the Dalmatian Coast - Croatia
An exploration of Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian coastline and islands on rewarding rides between Split and Dubrovnik.
Velo En Provence - France
A great way to see the beautiful countryside of Provence with no need to feel guilty about tucking into the French cuisine and wines after all that exercise.
Cycle Tuscany – Italy
Discover the varied scenery of Tuscany on a classic ride from Renaissance Florence through the Chianti hills and onto Siena.
Cycle the Camino De Santiago – Spain
Cycle the legendary pilgrims trail across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.
Cycling Coast to Coast – England
Cross the breadth of England on a weekend ride through the Lake District, Eden Valley and the rugged North Pennines.