Few things are as invigorating as freewheeling along a coastal path. So, why not let the sea breeze cool your face and the gentle murmur of the waves provide a harmonious soundtrack to your next cycling holiday. We believe that a cycling break would be the perfect way to start 2021, leaving you energised and raring to go. And on two wheels, you have the freedom to explore that bit further, experiencing more of the stunning landscapes these coastlines offer. To get the best sea view, we’ve shared four of our favourite cycling trips for you to explore.
Nicknamed as “Croatia’s Tuscany”, you can imagine the sun-soaked beauty that awaits your discovery at the Istrian Peninsula. This laid-back cycling break allows you to enjoy peaceful coastal bike trails, shaded by umbrella pines. Leading you from charming harbour fronts to coastal hilltop towns, you’ll have plenty of time to absorb the fascinating Roman and Byzantine architecture and pause for lazy lunches, where the fresh fish and seafood are a delicious speciality of the region.
Spending two nights in the old Venetian town of Rovinj, one of our favourite seaside views is from Rovinj’s bustling port, where you can see the lush forests across the bay. After admiring this panoramic ocean view, wander through the cobbled alleyways to find a stream of restaurants serving traditional Croatian fare. There’s plenty of time to take a dip in the refreshing turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean on this trip too, before completing each day by admiring the radiant sunset as it dips below the sea’s horizon.
The relaxed cycling trails along the coast of Mallorca unveil a destination quite unlike its high-profile reputation. One of the most beautiful seaside views in Mallorca you’ll find is in Alcúdia Bay. With its turquoise shallow waters and warm white sand, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing stroll by the water. Take in the unspoiled side of the island and visit its salt lagoons, where flashes of pink reveal the local flamingo population. The little-known island’s delights continue with almond fields, fig and caper tree groves and hospitable local villages, offering tasty Mallorquin specialities. With the Tramuntana mountain range providing a magnificent backdrop, this cycling break is a real feel-good dose of rejuvenation.
Starting in the UNESCO-recognised city of Porto, the coastline soon emerges as you leave the Douro river’s colourful rabelo sailing boats and follow the protected coastal marshes down to Praia de Mira. Along the way, stop to soak up the tranquillity of the Aveiro Lagoon – a haven for an array of birdlife – and marvel at the intriguing network of canals in ‘Portugal’s Venice’, the city of Aveiro. Enjoy walking the extensive, golden sands of the Praia de Mira and admire its spectacular seaside views. With a great number of restaurants nearby, why not take the opportunity to sample the local cuisine and perhaps the region’s world-famous wines, before following the river back inland to the vibrant city of Coimbra.
The legendary ‘Ring of Kerry’ is mystical in its Irish beauty and dramatic history, drawing tourists from around the world. This cycling tour allows you to enjoy all its magnificence but off the beaten track on more leisurely, cyclist-friendly trails. For an idyllic beach spot, we’d recommend visiting Kells Bay Beach. This tranquil Blue Flag Beach is the perfect place to stop and soak in the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, the route takes you inland to explore the lush green landscape for which Ireland is well known. From the stunning Killarney National Park, where tumbling waterfalls and notorious red deer will leave you captivated, up to the remote Black Valley, following a cycle path through the glaciated valley of the Gap of Dunloe, this cycling break is nothing short of enchanting.
Why not take a cycling trip on your next break away and soak up the revitalising sea air while discovering the hidden gems these spectacular landscapes have to offer. For more inspiration, browse our collection of coastal Cycling Holidays in the UK and Europe, or discover a new region by the water on one of our Walking Holidays.