While cycling holidays are some of the most enjoyable experiences around, after cycling for hours on end it can become very easy to work up a hellacious appetite.
Luckily, cycling holidays offer riders the chance to explore their new surroundings and, most importantly, sample the finest food the region has to offer to cure their hunger.
With this mind, here are some great cycling holidays for food lovers:
Along with some of the most stunning scenery around, Portugal is also home to some gloriously fishy delights.
Our cycling holiday starts in Lisbon; a fantastic food-lover destination thanks to the abundance of fresh seafood fished straight from the coast.
You’ll find fresh sardines are a local favourite, especially considering the Festo de Santo Antonio every summer is virtually dedicated to the tiny fish! They’re literally served by the hundreds.
Or if sardines are a little too salty for your taste, why not sample the sweet meat of a freshly caught and dressed crab? A classic seafood snack.
Heading across to the Algarve you’ll find a lot of similar seafood influence with good reason. Particularly cockles plucked fresh from the ocean. Always served best with garlic and drizzled in olive oil. Delicious!
I know what you’re thinking: Menorca doesn’t exactly scream “food lover’s paradise” at first glance.
Well… you’d be surprised!
In fact, our cycling holiday in Menorca starts with the city of Mahón; Famous for its unique, locally produced cheese.
It’s a medium textured cheese with a salty bite. This is thanks to the grass being eaten by the milking cows, which is often coated in sea salt blown in from the coast.
But if you’re looking for something a bit more filling than simply cheese, why not try the tremendously popular Caldereta de Langosta (Lobster Stew)?
Locally sourced lobsters are cooked down in a mixture of tomato, garlic, onions, parsley and other seasoning.
A delightfully creamy and tangy combination that’s not to be missed.
The German people have always had a great love affair with their food and considering how delicious it is it’s easy to see why!
But one iconic street food you absolutely must try in Berlin is the Currywurst.
Exactly what it says on the tin, Currywurst consists of freshly prepared sausage doused in a combination of curry sauce and spices. Usually served with fries, it’s approximated that around 800 million individual portions of the sausage are sold and eaten in Germany every year. Talk about popular!
They are available on virtually every street corner, though. So it might be worth doing some research to find the right Currywurst for you.
Heading over to Copenhagen, another local staple you will find are Fiskefrikadeller or Danish fish cakes.
Danish white fish is combined with all the usual accoutrements you’d expect to find in a fish cake, but is then served with a cucumber side salad and remoulade – a famous Danish white sauce.
Different but equally delectable!
Amsterdam is home to beautiful canals and even more beautiful food.
A great winter warmer dish (if you choose to go during the chilly winter months) to try while you’re over there is snert. Yes, that’s a real word.
Snert – or Dutch split pea soup to you and me - is a thick soup made of spit peas, pork, celery, leeks and carrots.
When we say “thick” we’re not fooling around. The general rule of thumb is that the spoon should be able to stand in the bowl by itself. A guiltlessly heavy Dutch delicacy.
Of course, as you would expect, the “City of Love” is home to far more culinary marvels than we could ever praise on this list.
But you’d be a fool if you didn’t indulge in some traditional French pastries. Freshly baked croissants, tarts and macarons galore are scattered throughout the French capital. All you have to do is enjoy!
The Italians just know what they’re doing when it comes to food, don’t they?
Beginning your journey in Florence you must make sure you try some locally sourced and traditionally prepared gelato (Italian style ice cream). It’s some of the best in the country!
But be sure to grab your share from a traditional shop that uses fresh ingredients and NOT a street food vendor. These are often cheaply prepared and nothing compared to the real deal.
On your cycling journey you’ll also pass through the marvellous food town of Tuscany, home to some of the finest wines in all Italy, before eventually reaching Rome.
Thanks to a booming tourism trade, here you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fine Italian dining.
But if you’re a pizza lover, you’ve got to try Rome style pizza. This is square sliced pizza cooked in a sheet pan as opposed to stone baked offering a more robust crunch to the dough. Oh, and there are countless fresh and homemade toppings to choose from.
We wouldn’t blame you if you try to tackle them all. When in Rome!
If any of the above is starting to tickle your taste buds, they are all available as cycling holidays to book through our website! Simply check out our holiday listings here.