The World's Top 4 Cycling Spots
Cycling to and from work every day certainly has its perks, but there are times when you want to go that little bit further, do just that little bit more, and see things you haven’t passed a million times before. Just like travelling, you can cycle all over the world. Get your calendar out, you’ll want to pencil in a trip to these amazing cycling destinations!
La Farola, Cuba
Before the Revolution, the Cuban town of Baracoa was only accessible by sea, but the opening of the La Farola road in 1965 changed all that. Winding through the Cuchillas de Baracoa Mountains, the road is a sight to be seen. Clinging to the side of the cliffs, weaving through tropical forests, with the peaks and valleys of the surrounding mountains as your view, the road is well known route for cyclists. And handy guard rails along the road make it feel much safer.
National Highway 1, Vietnam
Arguably the most popular cycling destination is Asia, the National Highway 1 is best known for its challenges but also its incredibly rewarding results. This cycling spot gives you the chance to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and history and take in the beautiful surroundings along the way. One section of the ride includes cycling through the Hai Van Pass, a 500 metre mountain pass that separates the north and south of Vietnam.
Otago Peninsular, New Zealand
This lovely spot in New Zealand offers cyclists several options depending on your level of ability. The winding roads along the Otago Harbour offer beautiful ocean views and a leisurely bike-ride. If you want to ramp it up a notch, you can head up Highcliff Road, whose name is pretty self-explanatory. Expect a tough ride as you gain a lot of altitude up the cliffs of the Otago Peninsula, but you’ll be rewarded at the top, with views out over Dunedin and the ocean below.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
This often overlooked area for cyclists takes you through the beautiful scenery of northern Italy. Known to be a slightly more laid-back cycle spot, it takes you through picturesque farm-land, quaint local towns, and finally along the Istrian coast. Not to be missed if you want to sample a little bit of everything in Italy.
Feeling inspired? This could be your year to finally explore the world by bike! But don't forget, always be prepared and make sure you have the right gear.