Europe is a premier destination both for cyclists who want to explore landscape beauty at a leisurely pace and travelers who are interested in authentic cuisines and fine wines. It offers highly evocative countryside, infused with the freedom of unlimited local delights.
It is the home of “Tour de France” as well, with its well paved cycling network, camp grounds and numerous bike shops, making it a perfect cycling holiday destination. It is intimidating to plan your own bike tour in the True culinary landscape of Europe. So here, we present to you a list of Top 5 Wine, Dine and Cycling Holiday Spots in Europe.
- Basque- If It’s All About Food
If you are a professional biker and a passionate foodie, this is the right destination to satisfy your Lust for Spanish Food. Located along the Bay of Biscay in Northern Spain and on sliver of France, the region offers excellent paved cycling routes with fierce independence and outstanding cuisine in Michelin star restaurants. The cuisine includes marmitako and lamb stews, meats and fish grilled over hot coals, Tolosa bean dishes, pintxos, and of course, the txakoli- sparkling Basque wine.
- Bordeaux – The Wine Pilgrimage of Europe
For anyone who loves wine- Bordeaux is the place. From tasting top Bordeaux wine and food to biking through the vineyards of St. Emilion, it is the France’s premier wine region. You can cycle through the enchanting vineyards and stop along the way for a delicious lunch in the garden of chateaux.
By planning a cycling tour in this country you can drink, eat and enjoy the finest wines of the world. Every journey ends without any feeling of guilt about gaining weight.
- Tours in the Alps, France – Life-Changing Meal:
France is a land of cycling passion with a number of bike friendly paths. It offers great sunshine, fine food & wine and a culture of joie de vivre, all you need for great cycling holidays. The country’s mountains and coastal routes offer a great challenging ride. Its well-marked cycling trails and routes, let you cover thousands of miles on bike.
Top French cuisines, you must try on a cycling holiday are Aïoli (type of sauce), Bouillabaisse (a stew of mixed Mediterranean fish and vegetables), Calisson (famous candy from Aix-en-Provence) and Chichi – French churro. It is the land of Tasty cuisine and wines.
- Italy- Most Bike Obsessed Nation
The best way to live the magic of Italy is by cycling through it. Its Food, Culture and Landscape all come to life when you observe it at the pace of your wheels. You must cover Venice, Florence, Lucca and Pisa, its extraordinary cities. Pedal these four destinations and you have the best of Italy at your footprints. You can end every day with a delicious meal of local food specialties.
Italian Cuisine you must try- “Gelato”. No matter which season you choose to tour Italy, One thing that will never fail to please you will be Gelato.
- Andalucía- Your Winter Cycling Paradise
If cycling during winters is in your mind, then the winter climate of Andalucía is perfect. It is the City of dance, culture and home of Carmen, Seville, birthplace of Spanish romance and the dwelling of Picasso the Great. This bike friendly country will make you fall under its spell with a number of regions to offer a luxurious cycling escape.
Andalucian cycling experience will be filled with great wine along with spectacular views. The Montecorto region, on the edge of the Sierra de Grazalema national park offers winter cycling training camps.
Putting it all Together
Food is the best part of the whole European bicycle tours. Choose cycling friendly destination, depending on where you want to go, what you want to eat, and how fussy you are! Selecting a Restaurant and Food items from the Menu will be one of the major activities and pleasures of your day end. It’s going to be guilt free meal every time, since you know you are Losing Calories.
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