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Our best coastal cycling tours 

Best coastal cycling tours

Feel the salt on your skin and the breeze on your back. Dip in and out of bays or pootle along promenades. Our best coastal cycling tours are marine adventures made in heaven if you are a lover of all things littoral. From Cornwall to Catalonia, Greek to Canary Islands, these are cycling holidays with a high dose of Vitamin Sea from beginning to end, sunrise to sunset. The type of cycling holidays where you leave a swimsuit strapped to the top of your pannier so that it can dry in the sunshine, as you go from one blissful beach to the next. These are aqua adventures where you park up and picnic in the dunes, seek solace in the surf and breeze your way through the day. 

Spain

Cycling in Lanzarote

This Canary is both blue and green, with the only sign of yellow being the sun’s rays beaming down on its volcanic lagoons, bright white traditional houses and prettiest of playas. This eight day Lanzarote cycling holiday takes you on a moderate-level velodyssey of this rugged, wild island which has developed a reputation for package tours but which actually proffer perfect pannier tours if you know where to go. Which we do, such as the fishing coves and villages of the north coast, the wild surfing beach of Famara on the west coast, or the turquoise shell-shaped beach at Papagayo. With volcanoes, vineyards and traditional villages in between. 

Cycling Asturias’ Green Coast

If you like to have mountains on one side and the sea on the other as you cycle, the Green Coast of Asturias in northern Spain ticks these and many other beautiful boxes. Starting in Villanueva de Colombres in the east, cycle in a westerly direction through Asturias as far as the maritime heritage city of Gijón. You also hit parts of the Camino del Norte on this week-long cycling holiday, following your own pedalling pilgrimage to beaches such as Pechón, Cuevas del Mar and Llanes. There are, in fact, 32 white sandy beaches here, in the shadow of the Picos de Europa mountains, so get pedalling and take your pick. E-bikes are also available on this holiday. 

One of our happy Asturias cyclists shared this view of the Asturias Green Coast with us.

Lighthouse Way, Galicia

Don’t be put off by the name for Galicia’s Costa da Morte, which translates as Coast of Death, because it simply refers to ancient mariners who perished on these shores. Their demise meant the creation of the Lighthouse Way (Camiño dos Faros) for landlubbers and coastal landscape lovers, with beautiful beacons to aim for on this wild route between Malpica and Finisterre. Cycle to historic lighthouses such as Touriñan or Punta Nariga and ignite the swimmer within at beaches such as Niñons or Praia do Lago. You will also never run short of Galician gastronomy to help you power through some of the longer stretches. All in all, this trip will have you beaming. 

A great cycling adventure along a stunning coastline… awesome scenery with plenty of opportunity for swimming off some incredible beaches.” Pete, Suffolk cycling the Lighthouse Way 

The Nordics

Øresund Strait, Denmark and Sweden

The Øresund or Öresund Strait is a body of water that separates Denmark and Sweden, adjoined by the Øresund (road and rail) Bridge, made famous by the worldwide TV series hit, The Bridge. Cycling around the Øresund Strait is far from a world of Scandi noir, however, as you will discover on this seven day tour around both countries. Ride alongside sandy beaches, waterfront villages or the Jaegersborg Dyrehave deer park, all in Denmark, as well as harbour villages like Barsebäckshamn and the island of Van in Sweden. And yes, you do get to go on ‘The Bridge’, putting your bike on board the train that crosses one of the longest bridges in Europe. 

Cycling the Kattegat Path, Sweden

The Kattegat Path is almost 400km of coastal cycling between the historic port city of Helsingborg and Gothenburg, both on the west coast. Helsingborg is a fantastic spot to start this Swedish adventure, historically a shipping city, it’s now a slick and sustainable one with a medieval heart. Swap its elegant urban environs for natural ones, such as the beaches at Tylösand, Frösakull, Ringenäs and Vilshärad, the windsurfing haven at Apelviken, or the rocky cliff terrain, with views out to islands of Getterön, Balgö and Vendelsö. There are plenty of options to take shortcuts on this tour if you don’t want to do the whole thing, and e-bikes are also available. 

France

Pink Granite Coast, Brittany

The Côtes d’Armor in Brittany comes from the Breton, ar mor, meaning, quite simply, the sea. They have no need to glam it up in Brittany. They just live and breathe the sea here, celebrating its dramatic coastlines and influences on local culture at every turn. And you will explore some terrific turns on this week long cycling holiday, which includes the Pink Granite Coast stretching between Trebeurden and Perros Guirec. The pink boulders it’s most famous for can be seen at many of its naturally sculpted bays, but they are particularly outstanding at Ploumanac’h. This Breton cycling holiday is also accessible by ferry and train, and e-bikes are available.

Excellent communication with Hannah…Accommodation almost always surpassed expectations. Bikes very user-friendly. Scenery stunning.” – Michelle G, on our Pink Granite Coast holiday 

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Ploumanac’h – la beauté en Bretagne.

Côte d’Albâtre, Normandy 

The Côte d’Albâtre translates as alabaster coast in English, where the white chalk cliffs, at their most dramatic in Etretat, are the natural centrepiece of this cycling holiday. Cycle from Le Havre through some of the region’s prettiest villages, such as Varengeville-sur-Mer and Veules-les-Roses, to Noyelles sur Mer, a fine coastal finale on an equally fine French maritime adventure. Also accessible by ferry and train, explore a revitalising and thought-provoking region, given its historical significance. 

Cycling on the Greek islands

When it comes to coastal cycling tours, Greece gives out generously, such as the off-road trails on Rhodes, the largest island in the Dodecanese, taking in ancient sites such as the Acropolis of Lindos or the ruined city of Kamiros. There are also unforgettable velo vistas on the island of Kefalonia which, although it’s the largest of the Ionian islands, it’s a lot less populated. Cycling along limestone cliffs and cooling down at blissful beaches such as Myrtos or Antisamos feels like a gift from the Greek gods. As does the circuit of ever-changing scenery cycling along the Gulf of Euboea (Evia) and its eponymous island. These cycling trips are also open to solo travellers, available between April and October. 

Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia, just one of many Ionian idylls on a cycling holiday here.

If these coastal cycling holidays aren’t quite salty enough for you, we recommend adding some seasoning with our blog on Best coastal walking holidays. Or, for less salt but plenty of aqua, check out our blog on adventure holidays in our Top lesser-known lake districts in Europe