Whether pedalling along a serene river in the countryside or freewheeling down mountainous terrain, there’s nothing more energising than a cycling holiday. This is a journey that you can take at your own pace. While it may seem like hard work at first, cyclists can be rewarded for their efforts with the most incredible views and hidden gems discovered, proving that there’s no better way to explore a destination than by bicycle.
So, this World Bicycle Day, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, shares five top cycling destinations across the world, as endorsed by hundreds of thousands of Booking.com travellers.
The charming Dutch capital is known for having about two bikes for every resident, so wherever you go on two wheels – you won’t be alone! Topping the charts for destinations endorsed for cycling by Booking.com travellers, cycling in Amsterdam is a way of life thanks to its unbeatable network of bike paths, cycle routes and flat landscape. Rent a city bike and pedal like a local along the canals or through one of Amsterdam’s beautiful parks. While in Amsterdam, check another authentic Dutch experience off the bucket list by staying at the Houseboat Ms 3 Gebroeders, a houseboat hotel located just 350 metres from Amsterdam Central Station and surrounded by a variety of cafes and restaurants. Want to get out of the hustle and bustle? Head out of the city centre to these Dutch countryside destinations.
The Dutch are known for cycling, but they are not the only ones to know that life is better on two wheels. Denmark is also a top bicycle-friendly country. Highly endorsed by Booking.com travellers for cycling, Danish capital Copenhagen gives Amsterdam a ride for its money. While zipping around Copenhagen on two wheels, take a break and rest your head at the Copenhagen Island Hotel. Located close to the famous bicycle bridge (aka the “cykleslangen” or Cycle Snake), the hotel offers ultra-modern and stylish rooms, Wi-Fi, and access to the gym and sauna. But, most importantly, it offers guests bicycle hire to allow them to enjoy Copenhagen as the locals do – by bicycle!
Valencia is manageable in size and boasts nearly 80 kilometres of bicycle paths, explaining its appeal to those with a passion for cycling. And unlike the previous two European destinations mentioned, Valencia enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate all year around, making the sun-drenched city perfect to explore by bicycle all year around. While enjoying this mediaeval town, stay at the Flatsforyou Bed and Bike. These centrally located apartments feature private sun terraces, Wi-Fi and funky decorations made out of bikes – not to mention bicycle hire.
For the more experienced cyclists, pack your mountain bike and helmet and head to Arches National Park just outside of Moab, Utah to explore the many adventurous slick-rock trails, which comes highly endorsed for mountain biking by Booking.com travellers. While kicking up some dust on these world-class trails, keep your eyes open for dinosaur tracks and fossils and the ever more modern rock art. Stay at the Aarchway Inn, a unique inn located just a five minutes’ drive from Arches National Park Entrance Station. It offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi, shuttles to the National Park, and last but not least, an outdoor pool and hot tub – perfect for relaxing after an intense day of mountain bike.
Riva del Garda opens its doors to the mountain bike season with 40,000 visitors and 3,000 athletes tail whipping into the tiny town for various bike fairs, marathons and exhibitions. With a thousand metres of trails for all abilities, breath-taking scenery and unparalleled natural beauty, Riva del Garda is a mountain biking lover’s dream. After a full day of cycling, relax your tired legs at the Du Park Grand Resort and make use of its two swimming pools, wellness facilities and fitness centre. Bike rental is available for those who want to explore the surrounding area but don’t travel with their bicycle.