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Cycling has always been a popular sport in the UK, however, since the current trend to look for more frugal holidays and saving your travel money; choosing it as the basis of a trip round Europe has made it even more popular. You may not be up to the level of the riders in the Tour de France, but it’s a great way to get out and see some of the most stunning areas of Europe.

After all it’s free, fun and great for fitness. So, take a look at our top cycling destinations in Europe.


Germany


Heading to the Bavarian Lakes is a gentle paced and easy ride starting and beginning in Munich. You’ll find yourself cycling through secluded valleys, meandering lakes and quaint villages. The route will see you following the Loisach river through the Murnauer Moos nature reserve up to the sunny high-lying valley with stunning mountain views. Sites along the way include the old trading outpost of Bad Tolz and the village of Wallgau.


Before you travel make sure you buy Euros online. Check the exchange rate before travelling and purchase your Euros well in advance. Make sure you have a ready supply when out on your bike. There may not be too many ATMs around.


Ireland


There is a rich cycling heritage in Ireland, with the roads between Cork and Galway offering something for everyone. And the odd pint of Guinness along the way – after all you’ll need to something to replace those lost calories. The Beara, Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas are well worth a visit, as is the limestone landscape of the Burren.


Norway


The Lofoten Islands in Norway may not be your first thought when picking your next cycling holiday destination, but they’re well worth looking into. Here you can cycle from fishing village to fishing village against the backdrop of soaring peaks and a sandy coastline. Summer cycling in Norway is set apart from Europe’s more well known cycling spots due to the midnight sun. You can extend your cycling hours during the day with night and day barely distinguishable. A strange concept, but potentially great for cycling. When you do finally get off the bike at night choose to sleep in painted fisherman’s log cabin’s perched on stilts for a unique experience.


At home


You don’t have to head to the continent to really experience the best in cycling in Europe. There’s plenty at home too, with one of the best being the Yorkshire Dales. It could never be compared to the tough ascents in the French Alps for example, but there are some tough steep climbs to be found. But what better way to experience the stunning surroundings than after a tough lung busting climb?


French Alps


They just couldn’t be ignored. As the most famous area for cycling in the world, the French Alps offer a demanding terrain for even the most experienced of cyclists. Top spots include  the Alpe d’Huez, the Col de Galibier, the Col d’Izoard; but some of the lesser known alternatives are perfect too.