As we move into the unpredictable British summer, the annual decision has to be made: take your chances in the UK or grab the swimming trunks and head for the sun? To make your life easier, here are the top five most popular cycling holiday destinations for you and your family.
When people are asked to imagine paradise, whilst they aren’t usually aware of it, they picture Es Trenc. The never-ending beach with its golden sands and turquoise waters is one of the many highlights featured along the South-East coast of Mallorca.
If you cycle away from the tourist trail you can enjoy a leisurely ride through the windmills, country lanes and almond orchards. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, race the family up a steep ascent north of Llucmajor before heading back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.
With meandering scenic rides through tulip fields and traditional towns, The Netherlands has everything. The Duinrel amusement park ticks the boxes for those seeking waterslides and rollercoasters whilst, if it’s a more relaxed day you’re looking for, the Naturalis (Natural History Museum) will keep the kids entertained for hours.
With a busy schedule almost inevitable, you may find that the best time to catch your breath is whilst you’re cycling from one town to another – who’d have thought it!
Stretching for 280 kilometres, the Loire Valley offers leisurely rides and beautiful views. Highlights include the Chateau Chambord with its distinctive architecture, the stunning Gardens of Villandry and Beaugency, a small historical town that introduces you to the best wine and food France has to offer.
If you’re lucky you’ll get to see the International Garden Festival. From April to November the Gardens of Thought theme will be in full flow and is a must-see for anyone riding the Loire Valley.
Proclaimed as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’ by William Wordsworth, the Lake District is one of the best cycling destinations in the UK. Rain or shine, you and the family can cycle far and explore the hills or get off the beaten track and trail through the untouched forests.
Load the car, pack the sun cream (and the waterproofs!) and join over 15 million people visiting the Lake District each year. You don’t need to go further than your own doorstep to fall in love with cycling, adventure and all that nature has to offer.
Rich culture, historic temples and breath-taking wildlife can all be found in Thailand. As you ride from the North to the centre, you will be greeted by friendly locals and a simple but serene lifestyle.
This holiday offers more than cycling, with opportunities to kayak down Ping River, harvest rice at Buffalo Village and care for the elephants at a local sanctuary. Definitely a trip for the adventurous!