10 reasons to go on a cycling holiday
Cycling is increasingly popular and many people are thinking about it as a new way to enjoy a holiday. Here we suggest 10 reasons for booking a cycling tour holiday.
1) The perfect pace:
Cycling is faster than walking but slower than driving – and we reckon it’s the ideal pace for exploring new places and countries. Travelling at between 10 and 18mph you can feasibly cover 20 to 60 miles in a day and have time off the bike to visit attractions, such as beaches, castles, wineries, museums, hills, towns, villages and cities.
2) Great views:
From your bike saddle you’ll see the countryside, nature and wildlife in a stunningly up-close-and-personal view.
3) It’s sociable:
At riding pace and on quiet roads and traffic-free cycle paths, you can chat while you pedal. Catch up on chat between friends and partners or get to know new people as part of a larger cycling group.
4) Family friendly:
Many cycle tours, especially those on cycle ways and flatter routes, are perfect for family groups. The kids can ride on their own bikes or add a tag-along to your own bike for a speedier outing. Look for "easy" graded cycling holidays. And why not consider a parent and teenage child tandem cycling tour if you would prefer a holiday that has more daily mileage?
5) Lots of fresh air:
Being outdoors for your holidays is healthy and invigorating. You’ll come home refreshed and full of the joys of outdoors life.
6) Great for fitness:
It’s difficult to return for a cycling holiday less fit than when you started. Cycling is a good calorie burner and helps to build muscle strength and toning.
7) Eat more:
Enjoy eating whatever you like and whenever you fancy on your cycling holiday. There are always so many delicious new foods to try in new countries and if you are cycling every day you can eat without fear of putting on weight.
8) Fun in the sun:
Choose your cycling holiday according to the seasons. If you like a sunshine holiday but prefer to be active, a bike is the perfect way to travel. You’ll benefit from the cool breeze and when the mid-day sun comes out you simply stop at a café and sit beneath a parasol for a much needed lunch break. Or pick an earlier or later season European trip for cooler temperatures but still plenty of sun.
9) Meet the locals:
Local people are often interested in cyclists on holiday. They will stop to chat to ask you where you are from and where you are going.
10) Peace and quiet:
On a bike you can get off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle of the more popular tourist areas. Discover new places and less-visited attractions on a Macs Adventure Cycling Holiday