Cycling Holidays in Europe
Parcs, and places, where two wheels are definitely better than four.
Whether leisure cycling, road cycling, mountain biking or simply ambling along the coast to hit the beach ... cycling holidays are definitely the way to go if you’re after the ultimate in freewheeling adventures.
Plenty of our parcs offer cycle hire and, if they don’t, we’ll point you in the direction of a reliable hire shop. Thrown in some great guides, inspiration for going off-grid, and blissful picnic spots enroute, and it’s easy to pedal-power your way to a brilliant summer.
Why choose a
Whether you’re after a cycling holiday or just a holiday with some cycling in it, our parcs are perfectly placed to hit the open (and often blissfully empty) road.
Cycling is a great way to share a family adventure, get fit and discover the places that cars simply can’t reach!
So hit the saddle for a summer full of possibilities.
Follow your cycling heroes
With parcs close to Tour de France and other great cycling routes, you can really test your mettle. From the gruelling challenge of the infamous 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez in the Alps to the switchback contours of the Pyrennes.
Get to the heart of things
Europe is criss-crossed with an excellent network of cycle trails, leading to pristine forests, ancient villages, peaceful coves and more. Whatsmore, many meander to and from our parcs, meaning the fun starts from your door!
Enjoy getting close to nature
Cycling brings the flora and fauna of your destination up close and personal. From bird spotting in Languedoc to rockpooling in Brittany, it’s all just a bike ride away.
Staying fit can be fun
Let’s face it, a life plugged in to social media, or staring at the computer screen isn’t the best route to good health. Exercise that’s fun, and full of fresh air is a sure fire way to get the family in good shape!
Wide open spaces
Cycling holidays take the route less travelled, through cobbled streets, along dusty country lanes and half-hidden cycle paths into fresh air, big skies and complete freedom.
Best regions for
Some of our destinations are especially great as a base for cycling holidays.
So take a look at just a few of our recommendations, and start planning your two-wheel adventure.
Snaking through the heart of France, the stately Loire river’s banks are lined with dramatic chateaux, sleepy villages and historic vineyards. Hills are gentle, and the sun isn’t as searingly hot as the south. Perfect for an afternoon’s cycle adventure.
Sure to separate the Sunday cyclist from the pro, France’s Pyrennes is a land of challenging ascents and thrilling descents. And with every summit, those breathtaking views are all the more enjoyable: because you’ve earned them!
With its wide and flat coastal routes, and forest-studded interior, the Vendée is a land made for cycling. With just enough charming coastal resorts to refuel in, and sunsets you’ll want to time your ride for, we can think of a few better places.
As bases for discovery go, you couldn’t get more central. From here, the French Alpine countryside opens out in a succession of mountains, lakes, rivers and towns, each more inviting than the last.
With its hilly but never-too-strenuous terrain, wide, inviting lakes and patchwork of meadows and villages, the Jura is the best of rural France in one tempting package. Head east for a cycling holiday with routes that are both challenging and chilled out.
Cycling-friendly parcs selected by us
Make a stay at one of these parcs part of your cycling adventure. They’re fantastic locations to explore by bike, and on selected road cycling parcs we offer a free road map that details local cycling routes, supplied by the local tourist board.
Rushing waterfalls, labyrinthine caves and soaring mountains lie in wait - just as soon as you’ve tackled the contours of those mighty French Alps!
If you want a break from all that relaxing, there’s a fully-equipped fitness center, mini golf, tennis and even a diving center, not to mention cycling!
A National Park with endless spectacular Pyrénéean passes to explore? At Airotel, world-class cycle routes start and finish right outside your door.
Waterfalls, hairpin bends and glorious climbs await in this made-for-cycling corner of the Swiss Alps.
Take to the Sorrento corniche road for a cycle trip that will stay with you a lifetime. Just try to keep your eyes on the road!