Cycling Trips in Europe: A Handful of Ideas

I think it’s fair to say that Europe is the cycling continent. Europe is where the Tour de France takes place every summer, the very highlight of the cycling season. Other major long-distance races are the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, while day races, such as the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix draw in hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Cycling in Europe is easy. There are well-marked bicycle routes all over the place and bike paths are often separated from roads, making them very safe. The development of long-distance bicycle routes that cross the continent, combined with scenic local routes, has helped increase the popularity of cycling holidays in Europe.

Below, I would like to share a few great regions in Europe to explore by bicycle.

Five Suggestions for Cycling Trips in Europe

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Although they’re located north of the Arctic Circle, Norway’s Lofoten Islands make for one of the most spectacular cycling destinations in Europe, if not in the world. An archipelago of rugged mountainous islands connected by pretty bridges, the islands’ main road follows the coastline and runs through surprisingly flat meadows and past unbelievably beautiful coastal villages.

Cycling Trips in Europe: Lofoten Islands
Lofoten Islands, Norway

Provence, France

Lavender, wine, stone buildings and sunshine await cyclists in Provence, southern France. The undulating landscape, dotted with old picturesque villages, covered with vineyards and carpeted with purple lavender, makes for an ideal cycling destination. And there’s nothing like kicking back with a great glass of wine after a long and active day on the bike.

The Fields of Flanders, Belgium

The flat fields of Flanders beg to be explored on two wheels. Flanders is the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium, a region of fields, meadows, abbeys, medieval towns, heathlands and woodlands. There are countless bicycle trails in Flanders, all perfectly marked with arrows and information panels, making it one of the world’s best places for cycling trips.

Cycling Trips in Europe: Fields in Flanders
Peaceful fields in Flanders, Belgium

Northumberland & Cumbria, England

England may not be an obvious choice for cycling trips in Europe, but there are, in fact, many scenic routes. The Hadrian’s Wall Cycleway, for instance, is a magnificent bike ride. Just like the Hadrian’s Wall Path, this cycling route follows the ancient Roman wall that was built by Emperor Hadrian. The route leads from coast to coast through the spectacular landscapes of Cumbria and Northumberland.

The Bulb Region, the Netherlands

Located in the western Netherlands, close to the North Sea coast, the so-called Bulb Region is one of the very best spring destinations on earth. The months of April and May are when the fields are painted in all colors imaginable by flowering bulbs, such as hyacinths, daffodils, narcissus and tulips. Millions and millions of them. The gardens of Keukenhof are an absolute highlight as well.

Cycling Trips in Europe: Bulb Region, the Netherlands
Colorful flower fields in the Bulb Region, the Netherlands

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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