Posted by gblog On February - 7 - 2013

Cycling holidays are a brilliant way of getting fit and seeing a new country close up. If you are a novice cyclist, it is best to confine your overseas cycling to a day or half-day in the saddle. However, experienced cyclists will want to head off into new terrain and make as much headway as possible.

Here are some of the best cycle routes in the world to add some pedal power to your holiday:

Cuba – La Farola to the coast

This route is the first stage of Cuba’s very own Tour de France, known as the Cuba Vuelta Ciclista, Cycle La Farola in Cuba and you really do start at the top, as not only is this route one of the most challenging in the world, you set off from the top of the Baracoa Mountains and cycle 9 km down La Farola to the coast, navigating a road bordered by lush vegetation and ground that falls away to reveal stunning vistas.

France – Bordeaux to Arcachon

France has more than 2,500km of safe cycle routes (known as ‘Voies vertes’ or Green Routes), totalling 280 different options. Many of these are suitable for family cycling holidays or less experienced cyclists and take in quaint villages, rolling fields and quiet roads for dawdling along at your own pace. In Burgandy you can cycle from Bordeaux to the resort of Arcachon in Aquitane – Arcachon’s sandy bay is a famous place for bathing, so take swimwear in your saddlebag.

Spain – Camino de Santiago de Compostela

This famous pilgrim’s route begins in the foothills of the Pyrenees at St John Pied de Port and is nearly 500 miles long, so you can choose a segment like the route from Leon in Castile and make your cycle route as sweet or difficult as you like.

Sweden – Stockholm to Gustavsberg

Sweden has stunning landscapes and coastal areas and is an oasis of peace compared with some European countries. Start in the capital Stockholm and follow the 27-mile well-signed posted route to Gustavsberg, which is a pleasant and not too challenging cycle ride – although take warm clothing.

Vietnam – Saigon to Halong Bay

Vietnam is one of the most vibrant and stunning countries to visit – and cycling through the countryside from hectic Saigon to Ha Long Bay can be a 60km challenge and an experience confident cyclists will not forget. You can also cycle from Saigon to Angkor Wat in a day.

When cycling abroad always be aware of the dangers posed. Road regulations may be different and peoples attitudes and awareness of cyclists may be different. However, if a road accident on holiday does occur, there is some relief that you can still make a claim.

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Peter Anderson – I love to blog about holidays abroad and travel! Google+

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