If you're thinking of taking a cycling holiday this summer, there are some amazing routes to choose from around Europe. From gentle asphalt bike paths to challenging mountain ascents, there are routes to suit just about any level of cyclist, many of them offering the chance to enjoy some incredible scenery. These are a few of the best European cycling routes for you to consider...
Green Ways, Catalunya
Abandoned railway lines that have been converted into beautiful, smooth cycle paths, the Vias Verdes (Green Ways) of Catalunya are a joy to cycle. The full route starts in the Pyranees and ends 125km later on the coast. Or, you can take the shortened version stating in Girona; from there it's downhill all the way to the beach!
Land's End to John O'Groats, UK
When talking about cycling Europe, it's easy to forget the UK, but we have a ton of amazing trails right here at home that are perfect for all bike enthusiasts. The most iconic is the 1000km route from the bottom to the top of the country (or vice versa) – the ultimate cycling challenge in Great Britain.
Alpe d'Huez, France
The French Alps are home to some of the most popular European cycle routes, thanks largely to the famous Tour de France. One of the most challenging pilgrimages for cycling enthusiasts is the 13.8km climb to Alpe d'Huez; with it's 21 corkscrew road bends it's a painful ascent.
Peloponnese Peninsula Circuit, Greece
For a cylcing holiday with a difference, head to Greece to tackle the challenging ascents and descents of the mountain roads around the Peloponnese. A circuit of the peninsula will take you through some seriously stunning scenery, and past some incredible ancient sites, from Neolithic cave dwellings to Byzantine towers. You'll even pass within a stone's throw of the ancient Olympia Stadium.
Passo dello Stelvio, Italy
This 22km mountain climb in The Dolomites is considered one of the toughest European cycle routes. At it's highest point, the Passo dello Stelvio is 2758m above sea level, but the altitude and the challenging hairpin bends are worth it for some stunning scenery.