Following on from my recent post about tips and potential destinations for an urban cycling holiday, this post will look at three more destinations you might want to consider for a holiday on two wheels.
With summer right around the corner, if you’re hoping to head off on holiday this year and haven’t already started making those all important plans, there really is no better time than the present to begin. Of course, not everyone’s idea of a perfect vacation is a week spent on an exotic beach or a fortnight’s cruise around the world; some prefer a more adventurous holiday. Luckily, for those who would rather explore on two wheels rather than two feet, there are plenty of incredible cycle-friendly cities across the globe.
Whether you’re considering a great British staycation, a holiday in Europe or would rather travel a little further afield, dotted all over the world are some truly incredible locations to play host to your cycling travels this summer. Amsterdam and San Francisco aside; do a little research and you’re likely to be surprised at just how accommodating to cyclists certain cities are. Whether you’re in the midst of planning or are merely at the initial ideas stage, here are just a few cities to inspire you.
#1 Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a colourful and vibrant city, full to the brim with culture, delicious cuisine and truly inspiring architecture. The city is mere kilometres away from the sea and the Spanish countryside is easily accessible too, so if you’re in search of a holiday with a generous mix of both city and beach culture, then you’re certain to fall in love with this exciting location. Over the past few years, Barcelona has certainly upped its cycling game and now boasts a ‘Green Ring’, allowing cyclists to explore the metropolitan area at ease without the concern of pedestrians or cars disturbing them.
If you do decide to venture to Barcelona, there is a myriad of things to see and do to keep you entertained. Visit Gaudi’s Parc Güell, ride leisurely along the Harbourside, sample tantalising freshly made paella and of course, what better way to end your day than to enjoy a glass of sangria whilst watching the sunset.
#2 Portland, USA
Portland, Oregon is perhaps one of the coolest yet understated cities on the West Coast of the United States, and is a wonderful destination to explore on two wheels – often referred to as America’s best bike city. Unlike a number of other US cities, Portland has gone above and beyond to make the city and its surrounding area a haven for cyclists, boasting over 260 miles of trails and paths that are bike friendly.
If you’re an ale lover, Portland has a high number of microbreweries which means there are numerous bars to stop for a pit stop whilst you explore the city. Discover forest trails, cycle over some of Portland’s many bridges, tuck into your choice of street food (Portland has over 600 street food carts!) and visit the Oregon coastline and fishing towns.
#3 Plymouth, England
If you’d prefer to stay a little closer to home for your summer holiday, and instead explore some of the wonderful locations on our doorstep, then Plymouth is a fantastic city to explore by bike. The stunning coastal city of Plymouth is vibrant metropolis with stunning views and a gorgeous Harbourside. Cycle along the water’s edge, treat yourself to fresh, local produce at one of the regularly hosted farmers markets, take a day trip to Dartmoor or learn a little local history –whatever your tastes, there’s certainly something for everyone in Plymouth.
My Dad has actually lived just outside Plymouth for the past five years or so, and I must say, after visiting the city for the first time, I was very impressed by how beautiful it was. The coastline around the Hoe is second to none in England, and I firmly believe it is one of Britain’s most underrated travel destinations.
Staycations are a great way of saving a little money on a holiday and mean that the money you don’t use on flights can even be utilised in other ways such as a stay in a luxury hotel, or investing in a fantastic new bicycle for your trip from a company like Fat Birds Don’t Fly.