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Top 5 European cycling destinations

Written By: Alan Published In: Red Sports Top 5s Created Date: 2016-07-18 Hits: 1211 Comment: 0

Are you just back from your Summer holidays and raring to book your next adventure? Have a look at our top picks, there's something to suit everyone!

1. France - The French Pyrenees

When: April - June ( 17°C - 23°C )

Where to stay: Cycle lodge Les Deux Vélos  (http://www.lesdeuxvelos.com/en/)

This cycle lodge is based in the heart of the Massat Valley and is central to 12 cols. Owners Elma and Mark are more than happy to help with planning the perfect route for your personal wants and will assure you're well fed when you return with a hearty 3 course dinner every night! As they offer a bike hire service, all you need to do is turn up and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, it's no wonder over half of thier customers return!

Prices from €55 per person per night sharing

Best features: The quiet, undisturbed roads in this area are not only safe but exceptionally beautiful. You'll be spoilt for choice of loops and difficulties, one of this areas unique qualities, It's no wonder the Tour de France passes through the area every year!

 

2. Lanzarote - The Santa Sport area

When: February - April ( 23°C - 25°C )

Where to stay: Club la Santa (http://www.clublasanta.com/en)

Club la Santa is the perfect playground for all sports enthusiasts with countless professional athletes visiting regularly. Road bikes and mountain bikes are available to loan free of charge during your visit along with guided tours and training camps for all levels.

Prices from €51 per person sharing per night

Best features: This area has something for all types of cyclist. With consistant weather and smooth roads, road cyclists can enjoy spins by the coast and through vineyards while mountain bikers can take on the volcanoes. The drivers in the area are notably considerate towards cyclists too making it great for a family holiday!

 

3. Mallorca - Puerto Pollenca

When: February - May ( 12°C - 19°C )

Where to stay: Aparthotel Duva (http://www.duva-pollensa.com/)

There cannot be enough said for the staff of this hotel. Going out of their way to make every aspect of your stay as enjoyable and easy as possible they cater for all needs, having a laugh all the while! Aparthoter Duva have a handy relationship with local Pro Cycle Hire Mallorca and have brilliant storage facilities so hiring a bike has never been easier.

Prices from €35 per person sharing per night


Best features: The Balearic Islands are not only party capital of Europe but a mecca to cyclists. Don't stick to the main roads when out for a spin, the whole island is a treasure trove of old towns to explore! The climb to the Monastery of Lluc is a must but try get there early to beat walkers. Drop into Tolo's for a drink after your ride to maybe catch a glimpse of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins!

 

4. Spain - Calpe

When: February - April ( 11°C - 15°C )

Where to stay: Apartamentos Amatista Unitursa (http://www.apartamentosamatista.com/en/)

The views from this hotel of the famous Ifach rock are epic. Prime location beside the beach means your spin will be scenic from the get go! It is not a bike centered hotel however Sol y Bike rentals arent too far away.

Prices from €16 per person sharing per night

Best features: Yet another well known destination for pro cyclists to get away to. The beautiful Costa Blancan coastline offers both scenery and testing mountain ranges, perfect for a challenge.

 

5. Italy - Castel San Giovanni

When: April - June ( 16°C - 25°C )

Where to stay: Torre della Botonta (http://www.italybikehotels.com/hotels/hotel-torre-della-botonta-castel-san-giovanni)

The perfect location for novice cyclists who want to better their bike skills, this hotel offers meetings to help their guests with their posture, nutrition and training programmes. Amazing building and a truely unique atmosphere!

Prices from €32 per person per night

Best features: This area of Umbria is brilliant for cyclists as it offers so many routes varying in difficulty. With it's rolling hills and tranquille atmosphere this is the place to go if you want to unwind in the sun.

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