How To Choose The Best Cycling Holiday Locations

29/04/2020

How To Choose The Best Cycling Holiday Locations

Cycling holidays around the world might be on hold at the moment, but that doesn't mean we can’t look forward to when we all get to cycle again! If anything, now is the perfect time you should be thinking about your next cycling holiday!

Choosing the best cycling holiday locations for you can be a funny business and it usually boils down to one of two things:

  • Heading back to one of your favourite cycling holiday locations. Or…
  • Finding somewhere totally new to try out!

But amongst these two decisions, there are a whole host of other factors you need to take into account, with even more variants presented in each that need to be considered before making your booking.

From food and drink considerations to weather predictions and more, if you’re struggling to make a decision about your first cycling holiday when this is all over, here are just a few things to think about when choosing the best cycling holiday locations for you:

Difficulty

While many cycling holidays are suitable for most levels of fitness, there are some that can be more challenging depending on the type of terrain you choose to ride.

That’s why it’s not only important to have a good base level of fitness before heading off on a cycling holiday, but also to double-check the difficulty of your selected trip.

At Freewheel Holidays all our trips to the best cycling holiday locations are clearly labelled with a difficulty rating - Easy, Medium or Challenging, making it simple for you to choose the trip that best suits your fitness level.

But don’t let that scare you! If you’re cycling regularly anyway and are used to pedalling relatively long or even slightly shorter distances, chances are your cycling legs are more than ready to dive into at least one of the difficulty levels. We’d recommend fitting in some solid cycling fitness in the days and weeks leading up to your departure date, just to be sure.

And feel free to contact us if you have any enquiries about the difficulty level of our trips, we’d be more than happy to help you make a decision.

Local Cuisine

Surprisingly, many people go on cycling holidays to different countries not just to experience the glorious cycling landscapes and routes they have to offer, but also to sample the delicious food of the local cuisine.

And there’s so much varied food and drink on offer in Europe that it might make it difficult for you to make a decision as to where to go first!

Whether you’re into the classic pizza and pasta of Italy or the countless selections of seafood available on the Portuguese coast, there’s something for everyone to try on their next cycling holiday.

Have a look into what foods you enjoy, or would like to try. The answer to your next cycling holiday might be staring you in the face.

Alternatively, you may have particular dietary needs that might not be catered for in all areas, so make sure you choose somewhere where you'll have access to everything you'd need!

Weather & Temperature

Everybody always looks to escape to warmer, sunnier climates (well, most people!) but if you feel most comfortable in particular weather and temperature, then this is something you should absolutely consider before heading off on a cycling holiday to a different country.

For example, you might be fond of warmer climates, but given just how much warmer you’ll be pedalling from new place to place, would it become uncomfortable for you? Or what about if you’re not fond of warmer weather and you want to head to somewhere a little cooler? Is the time of year right to land in the temperatures you want?

Whatever weather or temperature you’re looking for, you can be sure they’ll be something to suit your personal taste in Europe somewhere. You just need to make sure you choose the right location, at the right time.

Sightseeing Opportunities

Getting to cycle around some of the most beautiful countries in Europe is only one of the many benefits the best cycling holiday locations have to offer. But one thing that is often criminally overlooked is all the incredible sightseeing opportunities you might miss if you’re unaware of them.

Yeah, there are the “big ones” like the Eiffel Tower and the Brandenburg Gate you’ll undoubtedly catch, two of the most iconic sights in all the world, but what about the ones you’re yet to learn about?

All countries in Europe are teeming with buildings, landscapes, cities, villages and more that you’ll be blissfully unaware of, yet are also the sights you’ll absolutely kick yourself for missing after!

Be sure to put in the research as to the specific country and route your thinking of choosing. There will be some nuggets of gold to be found along the way, wherever you go.

Fun for the Family?

Family cycling holidays are becoming more and more popular, and we think that’s great! Getting to share the experience with the ones in your life you care about the most makes the ride all the more fulfilling.

But some locations are definitely more suited to families than others; You don’t want to choose anything too challenging where the kids might struggle. Speaking of the kids, it might be a good idea to take a look at what sources of entertainment are nearby to keep the little ones occupied. Cycling will keep their legs moving for most of the day, but what about the rest of the time you’ll have on your hands?

Giving your kids the gift of cycling is a gift like no other, but you might want to make sure they give you the gift of a break every once in a while!

We can't wait to take you back to some of our most favourite cycling holiday locations in Europe, so be sure to stay tuned to Freewheel Holidays' social channels for all the latest updates as things start to get back to normal!