There’s nothing quite like the feeling of freedom you get on a bicycle, and if you couple that with a beautiful natural landscape you’ve got an utterly spellbinding natural experience right there. The fact you’re getting fit at the same time is just the extra-tasty icing on an already delicious cake.
Cycling holidays in Europe and the Caribbean are becoming more and more popular, and it’s not just because of the increasing amount of people turning to the joys of pedal power. Exploring a country by bike really give you a feel for a region you won’t get in a car, and you’re free to explore wherever takes your fancy. Spot an intriguing little cafe that just draws you towards it? All you need do is brake and head in. Who needs the hassle of parking?
We’ve put together our 10 favourite properties for cycling holidays – and the best thing is, many of them have bikes provided! Your adventure awaits…
Location: Florence, Italy
Price from: £42 pppn
Best for Cycling: Close to Tuscany’s main attractions, Villa Impruneta is ideal for an action packed holiday as you’ll have plenty of activities on offer. Located in the hillsides of florentine, you’ll spend your stay surrounded by vineyards and olive orchards – the perfect setting for scenic bike ride!
Location: Sussex, England
Price from: £56 pppn
Best for Cycling: Waterside House is on the banks of the stunning Bewl Water Lake. Here you can explore idyllic routes and enjoy a peaceful bike ride along the water. Bikes are provided too which is always a bonus!
Location: Puglia, Italy
Price from: £43pppn
Best for Cycling: Prepare yourself for a true Apuglian experience! The owners of this masseria have thought through all the details, so once you’ve booked your stay, just get in contact with them to arrange some wine, olive oil and cycling tours. Locals always know best!
Location: Dordogne, France
Price from: £25pppn
Best for Cycling: Even if you go on holidays with toddlers, you can still escape for few hours and enjoy the beauty of the region by bike, especially if you are a wine and food aficionado. The villa owners can arrange for a babysitter to look after your kids, so it’s time for you to head out and go for a wine and food adventure in the world famous St-Emillion!
Location: Sicily, Italy
Price from: £24pppn
Best for Cycling: You might need a GPS to find this amazing property (it’s a little off the beaten track) but once you’ve arrived there all you need to explore is a bicycle and a map! Make sure you visit the grottos, necropolis, and the underground castle. An archeologist’s dream!
Location: Dordogne, France
Price from: £18 pppn
Best for Cycling: Situated in the picturesque Dordogne this place is perfect for those who love cycling. Bikes are provided already at the property. You can take the bikes to the Voie Vert, which is a wonderful cycle route through the Dordogne. It runs 29km from the regions medieval capital along the river. A perfect place to enjoy Dordogne’s stunning landscape and it is only a short drive away from the villa. Perfect!
Location: Aquitaine, Italy
Price from: £27pppn
Best for Cycling: Domaine De Belgard is located close to Biarritz, and at just 7km from the outstanding Atlantic coast it’s a perfect base from which to explore south-west France, famous for its gorgeous golden sandy beaches that stretch for miles, its majestic lakes, forests, vineyards and world-famous golf courses. Discover the outdoors with one of the suggested cycling routes you can find here.
8. Meadow Manor
Price from: £68pppn
Best for Cycling: Norfolk is a brilliant county for cycling, whether you’re after a relaxing Sunday pedal or something a bit longer. We searched for a few routes to inspire you, so just bike it!
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Price from: £38pppn
Best for Cycling: Rolling hills, history, great art and gastronomy, it all comes together in Tuscany. Our travel experts would always say that the best way to embrace Tuscan traditions is to pedal your way though quiet countryside and local olive groves before stopping to enjoy a spot wine tasting or some local delicacies – it doesn’t matter so long as you take your time and savour it!
10. Chateau Seiguier
Location: Loire Valley, Central France
Price from: £21 pppn
Best for Cycling: Chateau Seiguier is perfect for those who want to go on a cycling holiday. The chateau provides bikes and also has many scenic routes to cycle through. The property has its very own private park to roam around as well as many wonderful vineyards surrounding the area to explore too!