On your bike
TODAY’S travellers are more and more often seeking out new and different experiences. If you have a client who has already ‘done’ Europe, why not suggest one of these more active cycling adventures?
Bolzano to Venice
Starting in the Dolomites, this route is thankfully mostly downhill making it an easy ride for all ages. Riding from Bolzano, the route heads south and then across to the coast, passing through Trento, Verona and Padova and ending in Venice. On the way, cycle along the shore of Lake Garda, ride through vineyards and stop and visit Padova’s muscle-easing thermal springs. The route is 280km long with plenty of places to take a break.
This route runs through Sormland, a region just outside of Stockholm. The terrain is mostly flat with a few short climbs and takes riders past castles, lakes, meadows full of flowers and quaint Swedish towns. You can visit ship burials, runic stones and cliff drawings as well as sampling Smorgasbord and Loganberries. The route is helpfully marked out with bright yellow sign posts, making it easy to do a self-guided trip in summer.
Cycle along the coast of Portugal’s Algarve region, following a path from the Spanish border to the most southerly part of the country, Cape St Vincent. The trip can be ridden at any time during the year, thanks to Portugal’s mild climate. The route takes you through quiet fishing towns, away from tourist crowds, and along the stunning coast past popular beach resorts. A highlight is the old Roman town of Tavira, where churches outnumber hotels.