Why bike in Europe? Let’s put it this way: For the best sushi in the world, you go to Japan; the best surfing, Hawaii; the best golf, Scotland. But if you are a cyclist, as good as many routes are in North America, there is nothing like road riding in Europe; especially in France, Italy and Spain. The roads are quiet and scenic. The drivers are respectful (one of their family members is certainly a keen cyclist, so they “get it”), and every 5 to 10 miles there is a small grocery store, cafe or restaurant where you can get supplies or a bite to eat.
Our regions are also home to some of the world’s most mythic rides -- the Mont Ventoux, the Amalfi Coast and the Costa Brava. Wherever you choose to travel, one thing is certain: Hosted Villas will put together a cycling week to remember.
For those looking to stay active but who aren’t keen on staying in the saddle, why not put on your sturdiest shoes and take a hike? France, Italy and Spain are all criss-crossed with scenic, well-marked hiking routes that are guaranteed to take you off the beaten track. In Catalonia, Spain, for example, the spectacular Garrotxa volcanic natural park covers over 12,000 hectares and offers plenty of options for walking, hiking and sight-seeing along breath-taking natural topography.
If you are interested in an active trip – whatever your skill level may be – our Villa Specialists will work with you to plan a customized Hiking & Biking experience.