There are thousands of kilometres of bike paths in Europe and the UK, and the number of options for cycling in Europe is expected to grow significantly in the next few years.
For those interested in being very active while on holiday, bicycling is a great choice. Europe and the UK offer some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet, not to mention many fascinating cultures in various countries. Cycling lets a person get close to the surroundings, more so than any other mode of travel, while still seeing a lot.
Many of those who have experienced cycling in Europe say that they remember what they saw and what they heard, but they also have good memories of what they smelled and touched along the way. The pace is perfect, allowing for a bit of speed when needed. But the traveller can immediately slow things down, coasting on the bicycle or even walking the bike for a time.
Why Cycling Europe is So Popular
First of all, nearly everyone would agree that cycling anywhere, is a great idea. So why would Europe or the UK be ideal destinations when there are so many choices?
The reasons for selecting this part of the world are too numerous to mention in total. However, here are a few of the top reasons people give for their choice of cycling holiday.
Generally, Europe and the UK offer great scenery, with long stretches of open road that winds through hills, trees, mountains and villages. There are many opportunities to stop for a meal, a drink, or the night, as smaller towns and villages tend to be close to each other.
In many countries, it isn’t necessary to brave major roads or even secondary roads. As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of bike paths and out-of-the-way roads that serve as regular parts of the bicycle trail.
Learn as You Enjoy
As one traveller stated it a few years ago, Europe and the UK are sort of like a living museum. He meant that in a good way. Architecture is a key drawing card, with some of the oldest and most beautiful buildings to be found anywhere on earth. Bicycle travel takes the rider right up to these must-see locations.
In addition to the marvellous history that abounds here, smaller towns and quaint villages invite visitors to stop for some local food and drink. Many of these menu items are unlike anything offered elsewhere. For those who worry about the language barrier, many people in Europe are quite comfortable with English. If there is an issue in the UK, it would be with some of the slang terms and the local vernacular. But that’s part of the fun of getting close to the surroundings!
Cycling in the UK or a European country does not have to break your budget. Travel to this part of the globe may be the biggest expense—if you bring a bicycle, there will be freight costs. Commercial, guided tours and arranged tours will have extra cost, though there is a wide range of accommodations and meals. Talk with an experienced cycling company to plan the details of your holiday.