We love watching the world’s greats defeat the cobbled monsters of the French and Belgian Classics at this time of year – but we need a bit more training before we’re taking on those routes. And while the thought that one day it could be us reaching the top of the Koppenberg, for now we’re happy to spend our holiday cheering from the sidelines and enjoying one of these more leisurely rides instead. So read on to discover some of our very favourite fun and easy cycle routes in Europe – easily tailored to suit the whole family.
With experts agreeing that a well-earned break can help to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit, spa weekends provide a healthy diversion from our busy everyday lives, offering both soothing relaxation and sheer indulgence to minimise stress levels. Hotel sanatoriums can be found almost everywhere now, but for those seeking great alternative spa breaks in Europe, we shine a light on some of the continent’s most blissful temples of calm. With thermal infinity pools, holistic treatments and soothing massages, these tranquil retreats will leave you feeling fresh, light and ready to face the world.
Widely hailed as Germany’s most beautiful region, the Black Forest’s landscape of deep river valleys, ancient woodlands and mountainous peaks makes it an enchanting place to escape. According to legend, the Brothers Grimm were inspired by the mysterious aura of this place to write their iconic fairy tales Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel. Despite the forest’s shadowy reputation in these fables, this scenic landscape is actually one of the sunny corners of the country, tailor made for cycle rides, village explorations and thrilling road trips. To inspire your adventure, take a look at some of the most amazing things you can do in Germany’s biggest nature park.