Tourist Agencies In Europe

Cycling in Europe… in the words of those who live there and would like you to visit!
Albania 🇦🇱
Albanian National Tourism Agency www.albania.al
Cycling Information
“For all cycling lovers, Albania is becoming a very good destination to experience natural beauties and unique panoramic views . That exist many type of tours like the Tour of the Albanian Riviera , Unesco Sites , Albanian Alps or just touring around Tirana or other big cities and exloring the nature around. Albania is included in the project of Balkans trail Transdinarica .Also for the Mountain bike lovers The equipment for these sports should be taken with you, as they cannot be rented. Some of the tours are organized in the Albanian Alps, such as Theth, Bogë, Vermosh etc. Another bicycle tour is one which crosses the shores of Lake Shkodër or Tirana sorroundings.”
Andorra 🇦🇩
Visit Andorra www.visitandorra.com
Cycling Information
“Many of Andorra’s attractions are better discovered while pedalling a bicycle, be it a mountain or road bike. Get on your bike and enjoy routes that you will never forget!”
Armenia 🇦🇲
Armenian National Tourist Agency www.armenia.travel
Cycling Information
“​Armenia is undoubtedly an ideal place for hiking and cycling. Mount Aragats, Azhdahak and Spitakasar in Geghama mountain range, as well as Khustup mountain are the most interesting sites for trekking. Some people prefer to take their own unexplored routes and discover something new for themselves which can’t possibly be shared with simple words. The extremely diverse terrains all brought together in a limited space gives avid trekkers an overwhelming sensation. Trekkers can also avoid bring overloaded by too much luggage, travel light, and stay overnight at the houses of locals.​”
Austria 🇦🇹
Austrian National Tourism Agency www.austria.info
Cycling Information
“Whether a challenging mountain bike climb, a leisurely ride along the Danube, or a sightseeing pedal through a medieval city, Austria has got you covered.”
Azerbaijan 🇦🇿
Azerbaijan Tourism Board www.azerbaijan.travel
(No specific cycling information)
Belarus 🇧🇾
Belarus Tourist Office www.belarus.travel
(No specific cycling information)
Belgium (North) 🇧🇪
Visit Flanders www.visitflanders.com
Cycling Information
“Flanders is a paradise for cyclists. Are you ready to get on your bike and explore its beautiful sceneries, picturesque villages and artistic cities? You will find all the information you need in our leisure pages, from interesting routes and bike rental, to bicycle-friendly accommodations. If you are a cycling-race enthusiast, a trip to Flanders is nothing less than a pilgrimage to the most hallowed grounds in the sport. Read on and find out more about cycling events, musea, routes to explore, inspiring stories, and more. Flanders wants to be an enjoyable cycling destination for everyone: tourists of all ages, with or without disabilities or care needs, etc. Therefore, we are happy to help you if you have additional needs or questions when planning a trip to Flanders.”
Belgium (South) 🇧🇪
Wallonie-Belgique (WBT) www.belgium-tourism.be
Cycling Information
“Choose from a host of itineraries, accommodation and events specially designed for lovers of both cycling and mountain biking. Get yourself into gear and come see for yourself… Discover themed routes involving food, drink, history and culture that lead from one intersection to another. The RAVeL cycling network comprises more than 1,350km of disused rail track, byway and canal towpath made up of 45 amazing cycling routes. The routes are the equivalent in distance between London and Inverness with easy to manage gradients. A RAVeL adventure is a relaxing way to enjoy unspoilt villages, historic towns, flowing rivers and serene lakes. Wallonia also has a number of cycle routes linked to each other by intersections, known locally ‘Points-noeuds’. Helping cyclists create an itinerary to suit their needs. A simple system of numbers and signposts at each intersection makes the different routes easy to follow.”
Bosnia & Herzegovina 🇧🇦
Travel Bosnia www.travel-bosnia.ba
(No specific cycling information)
Bulgaria 🇧🇬
Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism www.bulgariatravel.org
Cycling Information
“Two of the routes of the EuroVelo network, established by the European Cyclists’ Federation, also pass through the country. These are EuroVelo 13, which passes along the length of the former Iron Curtain, and EuroVelo 6, which follows the Loire and Rhine rivers and continues to the mouth of the Danube.”
Croatia 🇭🇷
Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) www.croatia.hr
Cycling Information
“From the macadam field trials ideal for mountain bikes to the asphalted roads for family sightseeing, in Croatia you will find a huge variety of ideal trails for everyone’s taste, amateur or professional. Even challenge your own limits and get excited reviving the five stages of the Tour of Croatia: Makarska-Split, Šibenik-Zadar, NP Plitvice-Učka, Pula-Umag and Saint Martin-Zagreb. A demanding but attractive route across the National Parks of Krka and Plitvice and the Nature Parks of Biokovo, Velebit and Učka. Ride through astonishing landscapes in natural parks such as Kopački Rit or Medvednica in Slavonia and Central Croatia, follow the numerous wine and gastro routes through stunning vineyards like the famous Istria Wine or Gastro Cycling Tour and, of course, you can always take your bike with you on a catamaran for an unforgettable visit to the Islands.”
Cyprus 🇨🇾
Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) www.visitcyprus.com
Cycling Information
“With perfect riding conditions and a myriad of designated routes to explore, there is no doubt that Cyprus is an island made for cycling! Hobbyists, enthusiasts and professionals will all equally enjoy the thrill of new discoveries, breathtaking backdrops, the favourable Mediterranean climate, challenging surfaces… and that true sense of freedom that cyclists can enjoy traversing across varied urban and rural areas. And whilst you will no doubt also create your own paths, a comprehensive and interesting network of cycle routes ensure that you won’t miss a thing from the saddle of your bike. Simply pick your destination – whether it is travelling through traditional villages and up mountains, following the coastline, or unravelling the island’s history and culture through its archaeological treasures – and feel the rush of the Cyprus cycling experience. “
Czechia 🇨🇿
Czech Tourism www.czechtourism.com
Cycling Information
“Cycling experiences: Tried and tested routes for hardcore cyclists and for easy riders, trails full of experiences, long-distance and even thematic routes – which one will you choose? If your bike has become a constant partner on trips through the flatlands and hills, the Czech Republic has lots of great tips to offer you. You can for example set out by bike from Vienna to Brno or from the German borders along the Ohře or along the banks of the Elbe right up to its source. The witches’ cycle path will take you past places where inquisition trials were held in times long past. Single track trails will take you to places where you really can give your body a thorough workout and all lovers of adrenaline sports will be supremely jealous of you; discover these in the Rychleby and Jizera Mountains.”
Denmark 🇩🇰
Visit Denmark www.visitdenmark.com
Cycling Information
“Make like a local and explore Denmark by bike! Explore our wonderful countryside, peaceful coastal paths, not to mention city routes in Copenhagen, one of the best biking cities in the world. Cycling checks all the boxes: local, sustainable and above all fun!”
Estonia 🇪🇪
Estonian Tourist Board – Enterprise Estonia www.visitestonia.com
Cycling Information
“Estonia is a great place for travelling by bike – short distances, not a lot traffic on the roads, diverse nature scenery, well preserved local culture and traditions, privacy, and continuously developed network of bike roads support this environmentally friendly mode of transport in every way. Estonia is also a safe place for taking bicycle trips, as our main roads are all paved and have sparse traffic, while still passing through populated urban areas. You can choose to bike though the flatlands of northern and western Estonia, or enjoy southern Estonia with its rolling hills, lakes, fields and forests. Summer days in Estonia are so long that you can circle the entire country on bike in just 10–14 days. Accommodation locations are situated closely enough for you to reach the next one within a day’s journey. It is also easy to find designated campsites or to put your tent up in beautiful nature scenery of your own choosing; camping without a permit is allowed in designated and marked camping spots in state-owned forests. The EuroVelo route that passes through Estonia starts from the Latvian border, runs along the coast and the islands, passes Tallinn and heads to the Russian border via the northern coast (Saint Petersburg is only 140 km away from the border). Additionally, there are signs for a selection of local and regional bike routes. You get a whole new experience when travelling through Estonia on a bike (as opposed to car drives), meadows and forests alternate with villages and it is perfectly usual to stop at the nearest farm to ask for a glass of cold water. There are plenty of places that lend out equipment, in cities, but in tourism farms and spas as well. If you would like to get help from local tour operators, be sure to check the routes and trips listed below. Bike trip organisers can lead you to delightful locations that are tricky to find on one’s own and show a lot of interesting places that you might not notice when travelling on your own.”
Finland 🇫🇮
Visit Finland – Finpro ry www.visitfinland.com
Cycling Information
“Finland is a natural choice when looking for active leisure holidays for families with children, exciting sports events, or school and student camps with sports activities. There is quite literally something for everybody – whether you’d like to walk in the wilderness along age old tracks, go for a mountain bike ride or just wonder around picking berries in the fall.”
France 🇫🇷
Explore France www.france.fr
Cycling Information
Working our calves on two wheels, we’re off on the Tour de France! We’ll work up a sweat on the different stages of the Grande Boucle, follow the Fort Trail in Strasbourg, and count every one of the 21 switchbacks in Alpe d’Huez. Pedal slowly so you don’t upset the barges along the Garonne canal… or scare the cows in Normandy! But it’s time to race through the pine trees of the Landes. First one to the ocean wins!
GEORGIA 🇬🇪
Georgia Tourist Office www.georgia.travel
Cycling Information
“With so many fabulous mountains, countryside and well established paths, Georgia is a perfect venue to fulfill your mountain bike ambitions. Race along high ridges or amble down elegant valleys; the choice is limitless and invigorating! The area of the country is small, so you can cover the whole Georgia within several days. Your ride will be the safest ever with no danger animals. Rather, Georgians will meet you with the best hospitality and provide any support you need including yummy food and tempting homemade wine. You will discover the absolute contrast of breathtaking scenic landscapes on very short distances. And you don’t even need to take water with you – just fill your bottle with the pure springs of running down from Caucasus mountains. Get refreshed and move on!”
Germany 🇩🇪
German National Tourist Board (GNTB) www.germany.travel
Cycling Information
“Countryside, cities, cuisine or culture: every single one of the more than 250 long-distance cycling routes in Germany is packed full of its own unique highlights, with all categories of cycling-friendly accommodation options along the way. It’s time to hit the road!”
Greece 🇬🇷
Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) www.visitgreece.gr
Cycling Information
“Sightseeing by bicycle is an activity that allows the rider to discover the environmental and cultural wealth of a region in the most pleasant and ecological manner. At the same time, he feels happy that he himself is contributing to the cultivation and development of an ecological conscience. This is an alternative, environmental-friendly transportation philosophy. Another athletic-tourist activity that is recently gaining more and more friends is mountain-biking. The mountain bike can be used both in the city as well as in the countryside, for a stroll or to exercise.”
Hungary 🇭🇺
Hungarian Tourism Agency Ltd. www.gotohungary.com
Cycling Information
Iceland 🇮🇸
Icelandic Tourist Board www.visiticeland.com
Cycling Information
“Travelling around Iceland on two wheels is both challenging and rewarding. There is no better way to experience the beauty of Iceland than from the saddle of your bicycle. But the weather is unpredictable and the distances you’ll need to cover can be long. Many bike enthusiasts come to Iceland to cycle the Ring Road, the well-known highway number 1, that runs around the country. Others choose more difficult paths into the highlands, such as the beautiful trail across Kjölur. Such paths are only suitable for experienced cyclists. If you intend to travel into the highlands, be prepared to face gravel roads, as most of the roads in the Icelandic highlands are not paved. You should not travel alone in the Icelandic interior. In some cases, you can expect unbridged rivers. Do not attempt to cross them without taking proper safety measures. Fully equipped bikes with shock absorbers are a good idea as well.  Outside of urban areas, bike paths are uncommon, and cyclists will usually have to share the road with motor driven vehicles. You should expect hilly terrain and more than a few blind rises along Icelandic roads. The distances between urban areas are often considerable, so make sure you bring appropriate equipment for basic repairs as well as extra tubes and tires. Maps, GPS and communication equipment is also important. Bring good protective clothing. You should anticipate both rain and wind during your trip, so make sure that the clothing is both warm and water resistant. Gloves are indispensable, as temperatures can drop suddenly, particularly in higher altitudes. In addition, keep in mind that Icelandic nature is very delicate. Bikes can easily cause damage to the environment. Stay on path and if you need to cross a sensitive area, simply pick up the bike and carry it. Also, make sure someone has your travel plans in case of an emergency. Writing your name in a guestbook is not just courtesy, it can be an important safety measure as well.”
Ireland 🇮🇪
Fáilte Ireland. Tourism Ireland Ltd. www.ireland.com
Cycling Information
“For its size, the island of Ireland has some of the greatest geographical diversity of any destination in the world. For cyclists, this means a breadth of very different experiences never more than a few hours travel from each other. With spectacular cycling routes to suit any level – from casual sightseer or intrepid road racer to mountain biking enthusiast – just strap on your panniers, put on your helmet and let’s cycle.
Take a guided tour along the Wild Atlantic Way with your baggage transferred each time you change location; self-tour Ireland’s Ancient East on a bike rental picked up from its towns and villages; pedal at your leisure along the stunning Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland; or make the most of the island’s city bike schemes to explore at your own pace.”
Italy 🇮🇹
Italian Government Tourism Board www.italia.it
Cycling Information
“Cycle tourism is a travel experience that focuses on the bicycle as the primary mode of transport. Cycle tourism combines particularly suggestive localities (whether mountain range, countryside or urban scene) that you can easily visit on your bike! This form of tourism represents an alternative to markedly traditional tourism. It is also an ecological and refined means to move through and get to know various zones and territories. Of course it requires a certain physical preparation and route planning, but the emotional rewards, rare with other means of travel, are worth the extra effort. Bicycles are easy to transport, have a low environmental impact, and offer freedom and autonomy, thus making travel on two wheels extremely adapted to discovering otherwise inaccessible sites in Italy, for instance parks and nature reserves.  Many athletic and amateur associations exist in Italy, dedicated to educating and training bicycle tourists, organising meetings and trips, and promoting awareness and respect for the environment. The Federazione Italiana della Bicicletta (Italian Bicycle Federation) and the Unione Italiana Sport Popolari (Italian Union for Popular Sport) are two of these groups. Additionally, the Italian Mountain Biking School (SIMB) operates as representative for the cycling sector within MSP Italia, the Entity for Athletic Promotion recognised by the National Italian Olympic Committee (CONI). Together, SIMB and MSP ITALIA also organise courses for mountain bike instructors. There are several bicycle tracks throughout the Peninsula, and where there are not, you can still find paths and trails based on your level of preparation. Athletic associations, social clubs, and various commercial enterprises make their own know-how available, offering guides, tour and route information, and travel assistance to cycle tourists. Bike-hotels can also be found here, offering not only lodging but help and suggestions regarding cultural and eno-gastronomic itineraries for cycle tours. The climate here, of course, is sunny and mild; nonetheless, bike excursions are mostly organised in mountainous and hilly zones, where temperatures can be more severe. Excursions in flat, coastal or lake areas, on the other hand, can mean rather hot temperatures. Once you have chosen your destination and consulted the weather trends, you are ready to choose the best time for your cycling vacation.  Obviously, there are a multitude of reasons to see Italy by bike. “Off the street” cyclers and the more expert mountain-biker both can select the trails and itineraries right for them: e.g. those who want to cover many miles quickly during one day, versus those who prefer to take it slow, perhaps pedalling off-road through the scenic trails and pathways of uncontaminated nature.
Kazakhstan 🇰🇿
Kosovo 🇽🇰
Latvia 🇱🇻
Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA) www.latvia.travel
Cycling Information
“The bike is a great choice to get to know Latvia – a wonderful, small country located in the north-east of the European coast of the Baltic Sea bordering Estonia, Russia, Belarus and Lithuania. The inhabitants of Latvia speak a unique Latvian language, in the world only Lithuanian language is similar to it. Latvia has a small territory, but a great variety of natural values and riches in cultural heritage. Cycling is allowed on any road in Latvia, so everyone has the opportunity to create one’s own travel route. However, to explore the nature and culture of this country as much as possible, cycle routes have been created, that makes it easier for the traveller to arrange a route. Five Greenways, three EuroVelo routes, two national and six regional routes have been marked out of more than 80 Latvian cycle routes, as well as 13 most interesting local cycle routes have been highlighted. The best time for cycling in Latvia is from May to October. The four seasons give charm and diverse feelings of travel, sometimes the same route varies when it is flowing in a thriving spring, in the blooming summer, or during the harvest in the autumn. The route is based on an unforgettable natural pleasure – the Baltic Sea coast, green forests, rustling pine groves, deep river valleys, sloping hills, diverse meadows and foodful crop fields. They are complemented by cultural heritage objects such as castles, manor houses, churches, museums and old towns. It is worth visiting both the capital of Riga and entering the cities of Latvia and small towns as the charming medieval city of Cēsis, the winds and the Latvian rock music capital Liepāja, the resort town of Jūrmala, the fortress and Mark Rothko’s childhood town Daugavpils, the adventure capital of Sigulda, and Kurzeme pearl Kuldīga. A wide and varied range of lodging and catering facilities allows you to restore your strength and go on a long journey. On the routes it is possible both to dine in restaurants and to enjoy the typical Latvian meal in a country house. Driving conditions are diverse and different. In the largest cities there are safe bike paths, but outside of them cyclists have to share the road with other traffic participants, especially on EuroVelo routes. The bicycle has become a popular means of transportation in Latvia in recent years, so traffic participants are still learning to adapt to each other, but road safety is good and mutual relation culture and respect between drivers and cyclists are increasing. Routes in rural areas go through beautiful, small rural, forest or slightly broader gravel roads, the quality of which is variable and depends on road maintenance and natural conditions. If a small road is more difficult to pass and its coverage could be more qualitative, it is offset by diverse and interesting sights, magnificent natural landscapes, green forests, well-kept lowlands, fragrant flower meadows, and refreshing lakes. Most of the routes on this map are marked. When travelling, visit local tourist information centres with high quality and versatile information. In the Information Centres you will find not only detailed maps and route descriptions but also get useful tips for accommodations and dining options.”
Liechtenstein 🇱🇮
Lithuania 🇱🇹
Lithuanian State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy www.lithuania.travel
Cycling Information
“Challenge yourself – explore Lithuania by bike! Lithuania is the geographical centre of Europe, so it is very easy to reach. But once you are here, you’ll discover that the country is one of Northern Europe’s undiscovered gems. Experience its: Rich scenery: from sand dunes and lakes to baroque Old Towns; Unspoiled nature: plenty of national and regional parks and low population density; Flat landscape, short distances and compactness: perfect for beginners and families; Opportunities for adventure: stop off for a swim, visit a wake park, take a city tour, hop on a boat trip or ferry crossing, the list goes on and on. What is more, you’ll find that some of our cycling routes are part of the EuroVelo 10 and EuroVelo 13 network. Choose your route, be open to adventure and be the first to discover unseen Lithuania.”
Luxembourg 🇱🇺
Luxembourg National Tourist Office www.visitluxembourg.com
Cycling Information
Macedonia 🇲🇰
Malta 🇲🇹
Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) www.visitmalta.com
Cycling Information
“Cycling is considered as one of the best modes of transport in environmental, economical, and health terms. It also provides the freedom to enjoy one’s holiday, wherever that might happen to be, avoiding the hassles typical of other means of transport. The islands of Malta and Gozo, both relatively small islands, can be easily enjoyed by bicycle. The landscape offers spectacular views from spots that are more easily reached by bike than by a car. What better way to experience the tranquil and serene feeling of the narrow village streets! Cycling through the Maltese narrow countryside lanes between rubble walls makes one really and truly feel in sync with nature. Combine this with stops at historical and cultural places of interest along the route, and you have the best combination of a healthy, sporty and relaxed holiday. Distances between towns and villages are very short, and are reached with little or no effort at all. The islands of both Malta and Gozo offer unique opportunities to experience a day’s out cycling with a difference. The landscape changes with every twist and turn, cycling through the gentle undulating slopes, often with country views and sea views on both side of the route.Cycling in the Maltese Islands as a leisurely or sporty activity is on the increase for people of all ages. Shops catering for the needs of the cyclist can be found in main towns, offering rentals and repair service, as well as organised tours for groups. Thanks to the EU funded project SIBIT, over 1000km of new cycling routes have been created in Malta/Gozo and Sicily. Malta and Gozo have benefited from 3 new routes, 2 in Malta and 1 in Gozo. These routes combine a fun cycling experience together with some interesting points of attraction, which could be a natural attraction or a cultural one. “
Moldova 🇲🇩
Monaco 🇲🇨
Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Office www.visitmonaco.com
Cycling Information
Montenegro 🇲🇪
National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro www.montenegro.travel
Cycling Information
“Montenegro’s stunning mountain landscapes and transparent blue sea welcome all biking fans in one of Europe’s most exciting biking destinations. This is a place where bikers can enjoy real wilderness biking, where they can escape the crowds and feel a true sense of freedom. Why do bikers love Montenegro? First of all, the country of the ‘Black Mountains’ offers plenty of fascinating sites and picturesque sceneries to explore. Passing along quiet trails and country roads through sleepy villages and peaceful mountain pastures, bikers can admire its unprecedented natural beauties and get closer to the local spirit and culture. Experience Montenegro’s ‘Wild Beauty’ and take a deep breath, as some 3,000 km of biking trails are already mapped out! The map ‘Wilderness Biking Montenegro’  contains five Top Trails with complete GPS data. About 1,700 km of scenic routes are marked, signposted and documented in a unique road book (‘Montenegro Mountain Bike Guide’). But there is also good news for road cycling enthusiasts. A new project, Panorama Roads of Montenegro, will be completed soon, offering great opportunities for cycling tours on paved roads.”
The Netherlands 🇳🇱
NBTC Holland Marketing www.holland.com
Cycling Information
“Holland is the ultimate destination for cycling thanks to its flat landscape, mild climate, short distances and wonderful infrastructure. It’s safe, easy and great fun! More than 37,000 kilometres of bicycle paths are waiting for you throughout the country. So if you want to see more of Holland, one of the best ways to do so is by bicycle.”
Norway 🇳🇴
Innovation Norway www.visitnorway.com
Cycling Information
“Cycling in Norway equals gentle rides through quaint villages and magnificent nature – but also tough mountain biking trails and big events like the Arctic Race. High mountains, steep downhills, and rough terrain – at first sight, Norway may seem like a cycling destination reserved for hard-core road cycling or mountain and downhill biking. And sure, if you want a challenge on two wheels, we can help you with that. On the other hand, there’s a lot more to Norway than hair-raising peaks. Thanks to a remarkably varied topography, even the more inexperienced couch cyclists among us can find suitable routes. It is a wonderful way to get closer to nature, discover hidden gems in the countryside, and perhaps even experience an extra amount of goodwill from the locals. The interest in cycling in Norway has skyrocketed in the last few years. A number of local and national initiatives are turning the country into a European top cycling destination. This is evident in the increasing number of destinations and facilities available for cycling tourists – for example in mtb/freeride parks like HafjellTrysil, and Geilo, cyclist-friendly accommodation options, and bike rental and repair shops. One of the best known bike trails in the country is Rallarvegen, which was named Norway’s finest bicycle road by the magazine Travel and Vacation. Starting in the mountains and ending by the fjord, it is lined with steep descents and wild waterfalls. Other noteworthy cycling destinations are ValdresTelemarkHelgeland, and Fjord Norway. You can also try out the national cycle routes that have been designed to take you around by bike while avoiding heavy traffic. Just keep in mind that some parts are recommended for experienced cyclists. Those who like a healthy competition can enjoy several yearly bike races. In the Arctic Race of Norway, some of the best pro cyclists in the world will compete, surrounded by stunning, wild, and dramatic Norwegian scenic backdrops. If you want to participate yourself, both the 86 kilometres long trail race Birken and the 543 kilometres long road cycling race Styrkeprøven (the great trial of strength) are Norwegian classics.”
Poland 🇵🇱
Polish Tourism Organisation (PTO) www.poland.travel
Cycling Information
“Biking is becoming number one activity in Poland. All newly-built cycling lanes in the cities, bitten forest and river banks’ trails, challenging mountain trails attract thousands of tourists every year. The recent investments in biking infrastructure have made Poland a perfect destination for biking in Europe. Join us for a ride! You’ll love it. Today Polish cities offer an extensive network of cycling lanes and public bike rentals. You can create your own city tour and discover the place at your own pace. Choose a city Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw, Lodz, Katowice, Krakow, Opole, Lublin, Bialystok and see the options. If you wish to enjoy our countryside by bike, there are numerous trails in every region. Is it a one day-trip or weekend-runaway or one-month-journey? There is an option for everybody as there are new tails opened almost every day. Let’s discover the most popular trails in Poland.”
Portugal 🇵🇹
Turismo de Portugal, I.P. www.visitportugal.com
Cycling Information
Exploring Portugal by bike is a unique experience. You can take it at your own pace, sensing the aromas and sounds that might otherwise pass unnoticed. Whether you choose the sea at your side, to go up and down mountains, or to meander through the towns and villages, the options are endless! Just get pedalling! With a pleasant climate, without great extremes of temperature, and a sun that shines throughout the year, Portugal offers lovely conditions to be explored by bike. Within a few kilometres, you can go from the hills to the beach, from the hustle and bustle of the city to the peacefulness of the countryside since, in Portugal, there’s a great diversity of landscapes within a short distance of each other. And it’s even easier to make the necessary detours by bike to get to those places where the views are absolutely breath-taking. A variety of routes enables you to have several experiences – from the road to the mountain trail, for touring and mountain bikes, quietly sauntering along or tackling more challenging trails that push adrenaline levels to new heights. Many itineraries are geo-referenced, and are available in podcasts or using smartphone apps. But even when you can’t access the road book, there are always friendly people available to help you find your way. There are increasingly more cycle paths in Portugal. Along the coast, in natural parks and forests, and in towns, there are many signed cycle routes, as well as service areas and specific stores for cyclists. Some hotels are also equipped for cyclists, with all the services necessary for them to rest and for their bike, so that everything always works perfectly. It is even possible to combine cycling with public transport, and so increase your opportunities for touring the country. If you don’t have your own bike with you, you can hire one for short trips or for a longer period. In many cities, bicycles are available free of charge – a healthy and green way to spend a day discovering the city’s attractions. For those who want to get to know Portugal by bike with the convenience of an organised trip, there are several companies that offer package programmes where everything is included. From the best hotels to expert guides, from restaurants where the food tastes more authentic to visits to monuments and museums, there are packages for all tastes. And those who prefer to be independent can opt for “self-guided tours” and travel alone, without a guide or schedules, but taking advantage of the support services that they find more convenient. In short, a holiday with plenty of exercise but no worries! It is also possible to combine bike tours with other nature activities such as horse riding or observation of flora and fauna. In this way, it’s possible to enjoy more experiences that give you a better opportunity to get to know Portugal’s many charms.”
Romania 🇷🇴
Romanian Ministry of Tourism www.romania.travel
Cycling Information
Russia 🇷🇺
San Marino 🇸🇲
State Office for Tourism www.visitsanmarino.com
Cycling Information
Serbia 🇷🇸
National Tourism Organisation of Serbia (NTOS) www.serbia.travel
Cycling Information
“Whether you’re a hardcore cycling aficionado or only cycle recreationally from time to time, Serbia’s diverse terrain provides the perfect backdrop for your passion.From undemanding rides on the cities cycle lanes to the international cycling race “Tour de Serbie”, Serbia offers plenty of ways for you to enjoy the sport. Serbia also sits on the European cycling route Eurovelo 6, which connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea. The route through Serbia follows the course of the Danube, guaranteeing enjoyment of Serbia’s natural and historic landmarks. If you prefer exploring more urban areas, you can also visit Serbia’s city centres by bicycle. And if excitement and an adrenaline rush is what you’re after, we recommend mountain biking. Challenging rides down steep alpine paths offers the perfect mix of cycling and exploration. No other experience can match the sensation you feel as you speed down challenging rocky paths! This is also an unconventional way to get to know Serbia’s many mountains outside of the skiing season.”
Slovakia 🇸🇰
Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic www.slovakia.travel
Cycling Information
“Set in the lap of Slovak nature, which offers a rich array of fascinating experiences, enthusiasts of active and healthy relaxation can enjoy the breathtaking rock massifs, canyons and ravines, magical mountain valleys, amazing caves of world significance, meandering streams and cascading waterfalls, rare fauna and flora and so much more, from the saddle of one of the most ecological means of transport, a bicycle. In addition to astonishing natural beauties, cyclists in Slovakia will discover all kinds of unique cultural heritage as medieval towns, romantic castles, chateaux and ruins, glorious manor houses and exceptional archaeological findings.”
Slovenia 🇸🇮
Slovenia Tourist Board www.slovenia.info
Cycling Information
“The dynamic landscapes of Slovenia, with their countless natural beauties, are ideal for a biking holiday. Here, you are sure to find trails suitable for you, your friends, and your family. Due to the influence of the Mediterranean climate, you can go biking in Slovenia almost all year round. Hop on a bicycle and take a ride along the trails through Slovenia’s most extensive forest, ascend the picturesque plateau in Central Slovenia and enjoy a ride through hilly landscapes. You can also explore the city streets and squares by bicycle.”
Spain 🇪🇸
Turespaña – Instituto de Turismo www.spain.info
Cycling Information
“Cycling and holidays are more than compatible in Spain. Whether you just want to cycle around between visits or you want to go on cycling excursions for a couple of hours, you will find perfectly adapted routes and cycle touring and bike hire companies all over Spain. The excellent Spanish climate makes it easier to go cycling practically all year round.There are numerous routes and trails through the countryside for all levels in Spain. The impressive scenery you will encounter on the routes is really worth seeing. In fact, Spain is the country with the most Biosphere Reserves (52), not to mention its 15 National Parks, as well as some of the most beautiful and best signposted routes in Europe (such as the Way of Saint James, where you can even find hostels that are free of charge). Numerous routes run through destinations of immense cultural and gastronomic interest. Spain abounds in charming, easygoing villages to visit by bike (both along the coast as well as inland). Accommodation wise, you have a wide selection to choose from: hotels, country house lodges, campsites, hostels, etc. There are even “Bikefriendly Hotels”, particularly in Mallorca, the Canary Islands and around the Pyrenees, which offer a host of services like video surveillance for bikes, washing areas, special menus for athletes, and bike hire. Even though you can go cycling practically all year round, bear in mind that in summer the temperatures can get very high in certain areas (even topping the 35ºC mark).A lot of cycling tourists prefer to travel in the low season (thus avoiding July and August), when there are less people on the trails. Vías Verdes (Greenways): these are over 2,700 km of old railways lines that have been converted into cycle touring itineraries. More than 120 routes are available with distances greatly varying in length (from 1 to 100 km). You can visit the official website. Nature Trails: there are over 10,200 km of these trails throughout Spain. Among them you will find old railway lines, canals, cattle routes, tracks, etc. On the official website you can download GPS files for several of the suggested routes. EuroVelo Routes: A lot of stretches along the Mediterranean coast of Spain are perfectly equipped for cycle touring. One of the reasons for this the EuroVelo 8, the Mediterranean Route from Cadiz to Athens, which is about 5,400 kilometres long. In addition to all of these routes, you will find other types of tracks, rural pathways, etc. along the way. Saddlebag cycle touring is all the rage if you are into cycling routes that take several days to complete. Use a hybrid bike fitted out for transporting packs to carry your luggage. There are particularly famous cycle touring routes you might like to do. Here are a few examples: St James Way: the famous Camino comprises several different routes ending at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (Galicia), including the French Way, the Primitive Way, the English Way, etc. You might be interested in our report on “St James Way by bike”. The Way of El Cid: this route follows in the footsteps of El Cid Campeador through Castilla-León, Castilla-La Mancha, Aragon and the Region of Valencia. Canal de Castilla: once a major transport artery, this canal is now one of the most attractive routes in Castilla y León.
HANDY TIPS
– As a general rule, in Spain cyclists not allowed to ride on motorways (unless otherwise indicated in the signage).
– Road rules make the wearing of a reflective garment compulsory at night and in tunnels, as well as the use front and back lights can be seen at a distance of 50 m. 
– When it comes to cycle touring, before coming to Spain (and particularly if you are going to do one of the long or more difficult routes) you might choose to join your country’s cycling federation and have it extend your insurance cover to Spain or, you can take out travel insurance that covers medical attention and public liability. 
– If you come to Spain by plane and want to bring your bike, you must pack it properly. Some airline companies charge an extra for bikes. This goes for long-distance coach companies too. Take this into account before buying your tickets.
– If you are travelling by train, according to the Spanish National Train Network (RENFE), as long as the bike dimensions are greater than those established for hand luggage, they will be admitted in the following services: AVE, Long Distance and Avant for national routes under the following terms and conditions: The bike is folded or dismantled and in a bag which must not exceed the following maximum dimensions: 120 x 90 x 40 cm (long-high-wide). The pedals have been dismantled and the handlebar rotated by 90º.
– For more information on cycle touring visit the tourist offices in each area or get in touch with their respective cycling federations. You can also visit the website of the Royal Cycling Spanish Federation.
Given that the recommendations and regulations provided may change, we advise you always to check the requirements before starting out on your journey.”
Sweden 🇸🇪
Switzerland 🇨🇭
Switzerland Tourism www.myswitzerland.com
Cycling Information
“Discover Switzerland in all its beauty on your bicycle.”
Turkey 🇹🇷
Ukraine 🇺🇦
The Vatican City 🇻🇦