Cycling is fun, healthy, and eco-friendly. So why not use your bike to explore new countries? Taking a cycling vacation not only helps you to relax, but also enables you to explore different places and experience the culture and way of life of the local people. You also get to discover many amazing places along the way. If you’re wondering which country to visit for a cycling vacation, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a compilation of 7 cycling destinations around the world that are well worth visiting.
Cycling Vacations in Burma
If you’ve never been to Myanmar, there’s no better way to get know this enigmatic country than on two wheels. Its peaceful rural countryside, quiet roads, and abundant attractions are best explored on a bike.
Visiting tourist attraction sites in Yangon is a good starting point if it’s your first time visiting Burma. Then head north to the old city of Bagan to admire and appreciate the architecture of its many temples. After that, cycle past Mount Popa (it’s considered to be the home of spirits in Burma) to Inle Lake, and watch local fishermen as they fish. If you still have more time and energy, cycle to the Mekong and interact with the locals; get to know about their way of life.
Cycling Vacations in Austria
This is another country that is well worth visiting for a cycling vacation. It boasts several thousands of miles of cycling trails along its many lakes and Alpine landscape. Austria is also the home of Danube Cycle Path – the most renowned cycle path in Europe. Covering a distance of over 2,800 km from Germany to Hungary, cycling the whole length of the Danube River is challenging for most of us. So, it’s better to choose a shorter section to cover if you only have a few days to spare.
Cycling Vacations in Malta
This beautiful island nation has for a long time been considered a sunny getaway for beach lovers around the world. But there’s so much more to explore in this English-speaking country, such as its rich art, history, culture, architecture, and clear blue waters. Then there’s also the warmth of its people’s hospitality, its mouthwatering local dishes, lively nightlife as well as amazing sightseeing sites. So, take a break from tanning and explore the natural beauty of this charming island on two wheels.
Cycling in Malta is fun, easy and affordable as the country is very small in size. There are several spectacular sea and country views in Gozo and the Maltese islands which you can reach easily and enjoy better if you’re on your bike. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the changes in the landscape with every turn you’ll make as you explore these places. As if that’s not enough, there are several businesses along the way to cater for your needs, i.e. repair shops, rentals, restaurants, etc.
Also, make sure you cycle through the narrow village streets and enjoy nature at its best. Have a taste of Maltese cuisines at local eateries. Explore Dingli Cliffs along the Malta West Coast, and admire the oldest temples in the world – the Mnajdra and Hagar Qim Temples. Note that the villages and towns are short distances apart, so getting around on a bike shouldn’t be a problem.
Cycling Vacations in New Zealand
People from all walks of life throng to New Zealand every year for pleasure and business. Tourists enjoy the tasty wine, natural beautiful scenery, and warm, welcoming people. The good news is that you can experience all of these things and much more in New Zealand on your bike.
There are several cycling trails that you can explore while you are there. You can start things off by visiting Queenstown, the country’s capital, for some adventure, before cycling along the popular Otago Rail Trail. Feel free to make brief stops along the way to explore small towns in the area such as Omakau, Hyde, and Alexandra, which are known for gold mining. From there, find your way to the open plains and enjoy the beauty of the scenery and pristine rivers.
There’s also the Alps 2 Ocean cycling trail which is well worth exploring. It’s actually the longest trail in the country, and stretches from Mount Cook to the vineyards, covering a distance of more than 300 km.
Cycling Vacations in Cambodia
If you’ve never been to Cambodia, you’re missing a lot because there’s so much to see and do in this country. Its lush national parks, sandy beaches, temple ruins, palaces, and rice paddies are definitely worth your time.
A cycling vacation in Cambodia isn’t complete without navigating your way to the Cardamom Mountains, as well as the Angkor Wat complex. If you have more time, visit the rural countryside and get to meet the locals, have a taste of their dishes, learn about their cultures, and just enjoy nature at its best.
Cycling Vacations in France
Most cyclists love France because of its excellent cycling routes. It’s a great cycling destination for first-time cyclists. The Veloscenic cycling route runs from Paris to Mont St-Michel, covering a distance of 450 km. It’s divided into 7 different sections based on level of difficulty, so it caters for the needs of cyclists of all levels of abilitity. So, feel free to choose which section to cycle.
There are also lakes, greenways, country roads, and villages along the way which you’ll be able to explore as you cycle. Other cycling trails in France include Canal du Midi and Loire à Vélo.
Cycling Vacations in Vietnam
Almost everyone owns a bike in Vietnam, so you won’t feel out of place exploring this great country on your two wheels. Travel like a local and get to see its beaches, historical sites, and plantations, as well as traditional villages.
Be sure to visit the city of Luang Prabang to learn about its history and appreciate the architecture of the buildings. Other places worth visiting are Laos Mountain and Tram Ton Pass as well as Hai Van Pass.
These are some of the countries in the world you need to visit soon for an adventurous cycling experience. You’ll get to meet and interact with people of different cultures and languages, have a taste of different local foods, visit different breathtaking tourist attractions, and so much more. There’s so much out there waiting for you to explore on your bike, so prepare yourself for an unforgettable cycling vacation.
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