Friday, 14 October 2011 5:04 PM
Embarking on cycling holidays in Europe can be a wonderful way to discover some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent. On this kind of break, you have the chance to really explore your chosen destination and admire incredible sights that you may not otherwise have seen.
Travelling from hotel to hotel, you will be able to cover plenty of ground, cycling through idyllic landscapes and visiting charming villages. By biking independently, rather than in a group, you will also have the freedom to travel at your own pace and stop whenever you please.
Furthermore, as your luggage will be transported for you, there is no need to worry about struggling with heavy baggage during your routes. And your tour operator will provide you with everything you need to successfully find your way - so you can simply relax and drink in your surroundings.
However, what are the most beautiful locations to discover on this kind of break? To learn about the top three in Europe, read on.
Cycling in Austria can be a fabulous choice for anyone seeking out idyllic landscapes, particularly if you select Salzkammergut - or Salzburg's Lake District. Home to deep, crystal-clear lakes, spectacular Alpine scenery and charming villages, it is truly a place to be captivated by.
While its mountainous scenery may suggest steep, difficult routes, the region is actually very well suited to cycling breaks and offers many leisurely trails in the midst of sublime vistas.
Indeed, here you can enjoy wonderful lakeside cycles, such as the pretty trail to St Gilgen, as well as taking amazing excursions to mountain summits for incredible views out over the lakes below.
Among the other highlights of a cycling break here is a visit to the charming town of Mondsee - and the lake of the same name. Undoubtedly one of the most exciting, however, will be your final excursion. This will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage village of Hallstatt, which is widely regarded as one of the world's most beautiful lakeside locations.
Cycling holidays in Switzerland are another fabulous option for those seeking enchanting vistas. Perhaps one of the best itineraries is that which takes you to the heart of the nation, through its spectacular Alpine scenery and past its shimmering lakes.
Pedalling through crisp, fresh air against a backdrop of snowy peaks is an experience you are unlikely to forget. You can also expect to pass by some beautiful villages and numerous natural wonders, including roaring waterfalls and vast ravines.
Indeed, the Aare Gorge is a particularly amazing sight, while cycling to the Reichenbach Falls is not to be missed. What's more, there are various little excursions you can take while exploring on two wheels, such as heading up to Europe's highest station - Jungfraujoch - to admire magnificent views out over the mountains.
The final destination in our top three enchanting cycling locations is the region of La Garrotxa in Spain. Home to the largest natural lake in Catalonia, it boasts a wonderful variety of scenery, from volcanoes and ancient woodland to tranquil bodies of water and historic villages.
And because the destination feels so remote, you are really filled with a sense of adventure when you cycle here. Enjoying the Mediterranean landscape and climate as you explore, you will have the chance to cycle across the Martis Plateau and admire fantastic views of the Pyrenees.
Among the other highlights are uncovering the hidden valleys and waterfalls close to Les Planes, and stopping off at the dramatic cliff-top spot of Castellfollit de la Roca.