Whether pedalling along a serene river in the countryside or freewheeling down mountainous terrain, there’s little more energising than a cycling holiday. While it may seem like hard work at first, cyclists can be rewarded for their efforts with the most incredible views and hidden gems discovered along the way, proving that there’s no better way to explore a destination than by bicycle.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The charming Dutch capital is known for having about two bikes for every resident, so wherever you go on two wheels – you won’t be alone! Topping the charts for destinations endorsed for cycling by Booking.com travellers, cycling in Amsterdam is a way of life thanks to its unbeatable network of bike paths, cycle routes and flat landscape. Rent a city bike and pedal like a local along the canals or through one of Amsterdam’s beautiful parks.
Want to get out of the hustle and bustle? Head out of the city centre to these Dutch countryside destinations also highly endorsed for cycling: West-Terschelling, Schiermonnikoog, Nes and Oost-Vlieland.
The Dutch are known for cycling, but they are not the only ones to know that life is better on two wheels. Denmark is also a top bicycle-friendly country. Danish capital Copenhagen gives Amsterdam a ride for its money.
Valencia is manageable in size and boasts nearly 80 kilometres of bicycle paths, explaining its appeal to those with a passion for cycling. And unlike the previous two European destinations mentioned, Valencia enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate all year around, making the sun-drenched city perfect to explore by bicycle all year around.
For the more experienced cyclists, pack your mountain bike and helmet and head to Arches National Park just outside of Moab, Utah to explore the many adventurous slick-rock trails, which comes highly endorsed for mountain biking by Booking.com travellers. While kicking up some dust on these world-class trails, keep your eyes open for dinosaur tracks and fossils and the ever more modern rock art.
Riva del Garda, Italy
Riva del Garda opens its doors to the mountain bike season with 40,000 visitors and 3,000 athletes tail whipping into the tiny town for various bike fairs, marathons and exhibitions. With a thousand metres of trails for all abilities, breath-taking scenery and unparalleled natural beauty, Riva del Garda is a mountain biking lover’s dream.