Tips to Help You Decide on Your First Cycling Holiday
Cycling holidays offer a wonderful way to explore the world. However, the best cycling holidays vary depending on what you are looking for. Not sure of what type of cycling tour to choose as your first? We’ve put together a few ideas to help you.
Why Choose Cycling Holidays?
Cycling gives you an opportunity to see things from a unique perspective and it’s a terrific way to find yourself. Cycling is also one of the most eco-friendly ways of travelling, so you can feel good about your choice. When you go on a cycling holiday you are selecting:
- A healthy way to travel – plus it can be low impact and doesn’t require much exertion
- A holiday that is usually cheaper than other types of holidays
- A way of travelling that helps you to experience the best of where you are holidaying
Cycling holidays are great fun for families, too. The warmth of the sun on your back, a cooling breeze, and fresh air in your lungs ─ the perfect digital detox!
What Can You Do on a Cycling Holiday?
Cycling holidays are an excellent way to explore a country or region, and they’re not only about exploring the physical terrain but also the cultural landscape. You can cover more ground and see more in a shorter amount of time on a bike.
You can do anything on a cycling holiday ─ from exploring beaches and coastal towns and villages, to climbing mountains, visiting ancient buildings and monuments, learning about wine-making on a vineyard tour, discovering parts of cities you’d never get to in a car, discovering hidden gems… and so much more. The world really is at your feet when you’re on a bike.
Types of Cycling Vacations
There’s a cycling tour for everyone:
- Single-day tours are perfect for those who want new experiences but don’t want to commit to an entire week of cycling
- Multi-day cycling holidays provide a more immersive and in-depth experience and can be done over a weekend or over a week, or longer
- Long-distance cycling tours allow cyclists to explore unfamiliar places while getting in some extensive exercise at the same time
What Is the Best Time to Go on a Cycling Holiday?
This is a question that many cycling enthusiasts have asked themselves. In truth, the best time to go on a cycling holiday depends on where you are going and what you want to do. But one thing that most first-timers benefit from is a cycling holiday in warm, dry weather. This is one reason for the popularity of Catalonia for cycling holidays ─ even for winter cycling, you’ll find that the weather is usually very favourable.
Where Is the Best Place to Cycle in Europe?
Cycling in Europe has its own set of challenges. The best place to cycle in Europe depends on your personal preferences, such as the type of bike, the type of terrain, the amount of time you have, and so on.
Some of the best cycling destinations in Europe include France, Italy, Ireland, and Croatia. But the standout region is Catalonia. This region in the northeast of Spain is cycle friendly ─ many of the world’s best cyclists either live or practice here. The scenery is beautiful with the mountains, coast, and countryside on offer for cyclists who want to experience different landscapes while pedalling.
If you want flat, quiet, country roads, you’ll find them here. If you prefer sun-drenched coastal roadways, you’ll be spoiled for choice. And if you want to dance along cobbled streets, then Catalonia’s major cities ─ Barcelona and Girona ─ are begging you to visit.
How to Plan Your First Cycling Holiday to Catalonia
Cycling is a popular activity for holidays. It’s an excellent way to explore new destinations and get some exercise. Planning your first cycling holiday can be challenging. Where do you start?
There are many factors to consider when planning a cycling holiday, but the most important are:
- Your group’s cycling ability
- The type of cycling that most appeals to you
- The things you enjoy doing when you’re out of the saddle
- The type of accommodation you would prefer
- The time you have available to you
- Your budget
Having decided these key factors, your next step is to contact Bicilona and tell us. We’ll help you to book the perfect cycling holiday for your first tour, so good that you’ll book your next with us before you get off the saddle on your last day.