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Cycle of life: 10 top spots for your next bike trip


With cycling tourism gaining in popularity, FRANK CHESHIRE from Intrepid Travel has put together his top 10 locations around the world.

Colombia is a cycling-mad destination and closes its capital city’s main streets every Sunday for Ciclovia de Bogata, where more than two million cyclists, or 30 per cent of the city’s population, can enjoy traffic-free riding. 

 

Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrims in the northwest of Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of Saint James are buried.

While most pilgrims slog it out on foot, the path is growing popular with cyclists keen to experience the thrill peaks on the final hill where you’ll see the towering steeples of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in the near distance.

 

Iceland

 

Iceland is known for its scenery and there’s no better way to experience it than on two wheels. You will feel dwarfed by the majestic beauty of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier where the lake glistens with diamond-like mini icebergs.

Intrepid also take cycling groups out to the Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon and Game of Thrones scenery. 

 

The Balkans include some of Europe’s best landscapes spread over three countries. A pit stop in the charming town of Mostar includes a visit to Stari Most (Old Bridge), where locals dive almost 30 metres into the River Neretva below.

 

Japan is one of the hot destinations for 2019 and the rustic Noto Peninsula, with its quiet roads, rugged coastlines and sleepy coastal fishing villages is the perfect antidote to the buzz of Tokyo.

 

Cuba

 

Eastern Cuba is where cyclists can explore a seldom-visited paradise not far from Varadero’s popular beaches – the Yumuri Valley. 

Tucked behind the hills that line the province’s northern edges, the valley features a mix of rolling pastures, palm trees, small forests and agricultural plots. This is a genuine insight into Cuba away from the tourist crowds. 

 

New Zealand’s South Island has some of the finest ‘rail trail’ cycling routes in the world and few are better than the spectacular Otago Central Rail Trail. 

It’s the oldest rail trail in the country and the locals have voted it 'New Zealand's Favourite Ride' for the last two years in a row.

 

Northern Vietnam and the ride to Mai Chau have you cycling past some of the country’s most remarkable views. These include limestone karst peaks rising out of serene rice paddies and the peaceful and friendly village of Mai Chau.

 

Vietnam

 

Kerala is on India's tropical Malabar Coast and is a dream to cycle, from the cooler climes of the hilly Western Ghats to the buzzing port town of Kochi. 

A highlight is the ride from Trivandrum to Varkala, with Kerala on your right and nothing but long stretches of sand, palm trees and the Arabian Sea on your left. Best of all, Varkala has some of the most pristine beaches in India.

 

Costa Rica’s shores of Lake Fortuna, in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano, is a must do in this area of natural beauty. In between pedalling, you can check out the reggae bars and even take a chocolate tour.

 


Written by: Traveltalk Magazine
Published: 1 March 2019


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