The world is brimming with must-visit natural locations for cyclists. From dedicated cycling holidays to taking a day trip into the countryside by bike, traveling through an area on two wheels means that you can experience nature’s beauty in one of the most exhilarating ways. This post by guest author Nick Ball introduces 5 incredible natural cycling locations. From dedicated cycling holidays to taking a day trip into the countryside by bike, traveling through an area on two wheels means that you can experience the natural beauty in one of the most exhilarating ways.
These 5 incredible, nature-inspired bike rides all offer the chance to see the world in all its glory. From the high altitudes of the volcanic Canaries to the eucalyptus-lined trails through Western Australia, our guide is sure to inspire a sense of wanderlust in you as we discuss some of the world’s most breath-taking cycling destinations that have been molded by nature.
No. 1: The volcano-covered Canary Islands
We’re not sure whether it’s the testing peaks or sunnier climates that attract novice and elite cyclists alike to the Canary Islands each year, but with 7 volcanoes making up this archipelago off North Africa’s West Coast, there’s no shortage of captivating natural beauty in this corner of the world. While the area may be best known for being a hotbed for athletes across the globe, make sure that you experience the challenging climbs for yourself before taking in the sweeping views of these largely untouched islands.
With stunning weather all year round, as well as a wealth of history and culture waiting to be explored, there’s every reason to make these islands your next cycling destination. So whether you’re enticed by the home-from-home villas on Lanzarote or the locally sourced cuisine on Tenerife, the Canaries are the perfect place for a holiday that combines cycling with sun.
No. 2: The ‘Big 5’ haven of Zambia’s National Parks
While Zambia may be most famous for the big 5 due to the country being home to lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos and leopards, with the 19 national game parks also boasting hyenas, vultures and migratory bats, there’s no shortage of wildlife here.
For a mountain biking route that’s like no other, Kasanka National Park’s annual cycle challenge is not to be missed. With the event taking place on a free-flowing single track traversing the park’s pristine woodland, this route ensures that cyclists can get up close to some of Zambia’s most diverse habitats. And with routes ranging from 5 km to the more challenging 45 km, riders of all abilities can enjoy the area’s breath-taking natural beauty.
No. 3: The Vietnamese coastline
Best known for its intensely beautiful coastline, Vietnam is arguably one of the best destinations for both biking and beaches. With the challenging 746-mile route connecting Ben Tre and Hanoi including countless natural obstacles – such as the historic Hai Van Pass – cycling along the vast stretches of Vietnamese coastline is not for the faint-hearted.
With over 2,000 miles of coastline, this culturally-rich country boasts three different weather systems, so whatever the time of year, Vietnam will always be a picture-perfect location for a nature-inspired cycling adventure.
No. 4: The unspoilt Jarrah Forest in Western Australia
If you’re looking for a cycling route that is filled with flora and fauna, the Munda Biddi trail through the Jarrah Forest is a must. With the 206-mile section through this eucalyptus region being extended even further from between Mundarain and Collie to Albany, there’s ample opportunity for riders to get up close and personal with western brush wallaby, brushtail possum, and even western grey kangaroos.
The off-road cycling track has been specially designed to run through the most undeveloped natural path between the towns too, so rest assured that you can experience the untouched surroundings as Mother Earth intended.
No. 5: The picturesque lakes in northern Italy
For a cycling getaway in one of the most captivating destinations in Europe, Lake Como in northern Italy is a must-visit. Situated in the Lombardy region of the country, against the foothills of the Italian Alps, this area is famous for its dramatic scenery.
While loop options and ferry services mean that road cyclists of all abilities visit the area each year, nearby mountain trails boasting varying levels of difficulty are well within reach from the lakeside – meaning there’s something for everyone in this unspoilt resort.
From rocky terrains to demanding inclines, the natural world is packed with exciting and exhilarating cycling opportunities for you to stretch yourself – and with the array of majestic views along the way, those strenuous climbs will soon seem worth it. What are you waiting for? Start planning your cycling holiday today, and enjoy a first-hand experience of all that the world has to offer.
Today’s Guest Author hails from Lanzarote!
Guest Author Nick Ball is Marketing Manager at Optima Villas and has lived on the island of Lanzarote since 2001.
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