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Best cycling routes in Europe

Europe is packed full of paths, routes and roads that are perfect for cycling enthusiasts, but with so many options available to pick from, deciding on the ideal one for you can be a little perplexing.

Thankfully, we here at Green Flag aren’t just petrolheads, we’re also huge fans of pedal power too - racking up plenty of miles around many of the roads and cycle routes in Europe. After much head-scratching and deliberation, we put together a five-strong list of some of our favourites, so read on below for our selection of the best European cycling routes.

Cornish Coastal Way, England

Let’s start our trip close to home in Cornwall, where the Southern coastline of England reveals some fantastic spots for cycling. 

Whether it’s the crisp sea air, quaint Cornish villages or the tons of fresh seafood to choose from, there’s much on offer along this amazing coastal route. Cyclists have their pick of trails which range between 30 and 100 miles, travelling through the likes of St Ives as well as plenty of sandy coves, thrilling caves and more than your fair share of quality fish and chip shops for that much-needed refuel.

Via Francigena, Italy

This once-popular pilgrimage route was famously journeyed by the Archbishop Sigeric, and during his 1,800km journey in 990AD, he detailed many of the stops still used to this day by cycling enthusiasts. 

The Via Francigena has been travelled for over 1,000 years now and spans from Canterbury to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. During this epic journey, the route will take you through the 2,469-metre Saint Bernard Pass in the Alps, romantic Tuscan landscapes and picturesque medieval villages and fortifications, all before presenting the grand finale and ending your gladiatorial sized cycling trip in Rome.

Romantic Road, Germany

If you’re searching for picturesque cycling routes, then look no further than Germany’s Romantic Road. 

The Romantische Straße is a glorious, unfolding fairytale of a trip, stretching through 440km of beautiful, serene countryside and pretty, chocolate box medieval towns and villages, all with the Alps and the amazing mountain-top Neuschwanstein Castle as your backdrop. 

The Romantic Road isn’t just great for cyclists either, we love it so much that we also included it in our best European driving routes article too.

Danube Cycle Path, Germany

Sticking in Germany, our next destination is the Danube Cycle Path, one of Europe’s first cycle routes and still among the most breathtaking and popular too. 

This cycle path winds around its namesake all the way to the Black Sea, taking you through a total of ten countries, countless numbers of stunning villages, towns and cities as well as plenty of diverse scenery too, including the famous Danube Loop pictured above. For cyclists who are fans of plenty of variety, the Danube is a must.

The Croatian Coast, Croatia

In recent years, Croatia has grown in popularity as a go-to holiday destination, however, it’s long been a place enjoyed by cycling enthusiasts from across the world. 

It’s with good reason that the Croatian coast has proven such a mecca for cyclists too, as the ever-changing landscape and generally, superb weather conditions make cycling this destination a real joy and something of a cyclist’s dream. 

From hair-raising mountain passes to the vast, blue open expanse of the Adriatic Sea, there’s much to draw the breath and plenty of exciting bends and roads to keep you entertained along the way. 

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