6 Hot Winter Cycling Destinations
November 17, 2016 (Updated) — Winter doesn’t have to mean hibernation or a break from travel or active vacations. In fact, it’s the perfect time to explore a balmy locale by bicycle. This year, escape winter’s wrath in a warm and inviting cycling destination.
BikeTours.com, which offers more than 200 tours operated by local tour companies in 35 countries across Europe, suggests these seven hot active vacation destinations that offer great cycling, warm weather, unique culture, and charming villages and towns:
1. Algarve, Portugal
The popular and leisurely Algarve Coastal Route tour spends a week along Portugal’s coast, featuring charming old fishing towns and beautiful beaches. From $860 with daily departures available.
2. Catalonia, Spain
The 8-night Best of Catalonia Cycle Tour takes you along a converted railway from Ripoli in the Pyrenees to Sant Feliu de Guixols on the Mediterranean Sea. Stunning scenery, pine and cork forests, and bucolic farmlands dot the landscape. From $1,476 for self-guided (private guided tours also available). Daily departures available.
3. Sardinia, Italy
The 7-night Sardinia: A Mine of Memories tour in southern Italy exudes ruggedness and romance, a perfect landscape for escaping winter and soaking in some much-need sun. Departures are available on Saturdays, year-round, and that includes the winter months of January, February,and March. Price starts at $695 for a self-guided tour.
4. Alentejo, Portugal
Alentejo on the Road: Marvao to Sagres Road Cycling is an 8-night self-guided tour from the Spanish border to the Atlantic Coast. This tour features luxury and spa accommodations, including many converted to hotels from historical buildings. It’s a chance to enjoy the balmy weather and fantastic wine and cuisine of this beautiful region. Price starts at $3,000. Daily departures available year-round, including winter months of January, February, and March.
5. Umbria, Italy
Soak in the scenic beauty on the Umbria’s Green Valleys From the Pilgrimage Town of Assisi tour, a 6-night self-guided tour in a region known for its greenness, lakes, rivers, refreshing springs and waterfalls. Price starts out at $556. Daily departures available year-round, including winter months of January, February, and March.
6. Ojos Negros, Spain
Vacation in Spain this winter while on The Aragon to Valencia: From Ancient Iron Mines to the Mediterranean tour, a leisurely tour perfect for families and recreational cyclists. You’ll ride from the old iron mines of Ojos Negros in Sierra Menera, the boundary of the old medieval kingdoms of Aragon and Castile, to the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. Price starts at $861, and departures are available daily year-round.
BikeTours.com represents local tour companies with more than 200 tours in 35 countries in Europe. A team of tour advisors helps travelers choose, plan, book, and go on the tour of their dreams.
Prices may vary due to currency fluctuations and are valid as of November 17, 2016.