Deciding to travel by bike has become almost a fashion statement, perhaps one of the smartest.
Europe is a truly diverse continent and there are many opportunities to cycle along bike paths and beautiful places.
We have chosen 10 routes, and we will explain them over two posts.
1. Danube Cycle Route
The Danube cycle path, one of the first in Europe, is flat and fairly easy to ride, even for beginners. As a result, it is very popular and it is common to find families strolling along it.
The route, which starts at the source of the Danube in Germany, covers a total of 2,896 km, following the river to the Black Sea in Romania.
This means that it also passes through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia, passing through many picturesque villages.
2. Vía Francígena
This Italian cycle path is over a thousand years old and is the longest in Italy.
It starts at the Swiss border, at the Great St. Bernard Pass in the Aosta Valley, and goes all the way to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
It was originally a pilgrimage route, even departing from Canterbury in England. Throughout Italy, you can enjoy the glorious Tuscan countryside and beautiful medieval Italian towns.
3. Flanders Beer Routes
Located in Belgium, the Flanders Beer Route combines different cycling routes to create a longer route that pays homage to beer.
Each of the rings is between 30 and 40 kilometres in length and, as you walk through them, you will visit the traditional Belgian breweries and abbeys that produce beer in the Flanders region.
Very flat and easy, this is another route that can be tackled by beginners and is perfect for those looking for a thematic cycling route. On this occasion, ideal for beer lovers 🙂
4. The Iron Curtain Route
From one end to the other: the Iron Curtain Route is a cycling route in Bulgaria for really experienced and adventurous cyclists.
Starting in the Thrace Valley (where several wineries are located), the route heads east towards the Greek border, passing through spa towns such as Devin and Gotse Delchev.
The last stage climbs up to the Rhodope Mountains, a very remote, unspoilt and natural region.
You’ll find fresh spring water and plenty of options for camping in the wilderness, but leave expectations of sleeping in luxury hotels at home – there’s almost nothing in the way!
5. Piva Canyon Road
If you are a beginner cyclist but want to experience nature and the quiet solitude of remote areas, the Piva Canyon Road in Montenegro is the perfect route for you.
Apart from a steep climb at the beginning, the rest of the route is easy, along the sparkling waters of the river Piva.
Interestingly, for a cycle path, you pass through more than 60 short tunnels before reaching Lake Piva, where a refreshing dip is a must.
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