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From the family-run vineyards of Catalonia and sherry bodegas of Jerez, to the rolling hills of Tuscany and towering peaks of the Alps, we can design a bespoke or self-guided tour for you on bikes, in boots or on horseback.

Andalusia

Magnificent architecture, flamenco and the infamous pueblos blancos form only part of Andalusia’s rich tapestry. Ruled by the Moors from the early 8th until the late 15th centuries and with both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines, Spain’s most southern region boasts palatial bodegas in the Sherry Triangle, rural landscapes in the Sierra de Aracena and soaring peaks in the Sierra Nevada. After a day spent hiking in the hills or cycling the Pico de Valeta, return to your overnight stay for an array of mouth-watering tapas, swilled down with a glass of crisp, salty manzanilla sherry. It’s safe to say, Andalusia has never failed to win over our hearts and conquer our appetites.

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Catalonia

In the northeastern knuckle of Catalonia, where Spain splashes up the sides of Pyrenees peaks and rolls into the azure waters of the Mediterranean, lies the Empordà – one of Europe’s most culinary-rich destinations. It is a land of rolling hillsides, dramatic coastline and medieval villages. This region is relatively unknown given its gastronomic, viticultural and olive oil producing heritage, yet it has been producing wine and olive oil since the Greeks, Romans and Arabs inhabited the area 2,500 years ago. Wending through the country lanes of the Empordà, pausing for lunch in wildflower meadows and wine tasting at family-run vineyards, it doesn’t take long to figure out why it’s called the undiscovered Tuscany.

Mallorca

Discovered by the Romans, conquered by the Moors and with close ties to Valencia and Catalonia, the largest of the Balearic Isles is steeped in history and culinary tradition. Beyond the tourist attractions and sprawling beaches, the richness and charm of its cuisine, culture and people remain. A delightful tangle of winding roads and trails trace the contours of the coastline, from quaint coves and secluded bays through cobbled streets and citrus orchards, to the craggy mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana. For cyclists and hikers, Mallorca has become an all year round outdoor paradise. The iconic rides to Puig Major, Sa Calobra and the Cap de Formentor are unmissable, but be sure to experience the lesser known routes by foot through hilltop towns and honey-stone villages, down to secluded beaches and pine-flecked bays. As they say, Mallorca never fails to seduce you.

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The Accursed Mountains

The name given to the rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. It’s an evocative name, but one which fails to do the area justice, since it’s a spectacularly beautiful place – jagged limestone peaks, rolling green pastures, high passes and wonderfully hospitable mountain villages. For much of the 20th century, conflict and dictatorship kept outsiders away from the Accursed Mountains. It was virtually impenetrable and as such, few parts of Europe are so little known, or so little visited. Nevertheless, in the last decade border crossings have opened and the exceptionally friendly local highlanders have become renowned for welcoming travelers into a world that is refreshingly disconnected from the rest of Europe.

Tuscany

Tuscany’s rolling hills and meandering roads make it the perfect playground for all levels of cyclist. Pedal through medieval hilltop towns, pass vineyards tended by generations of winemakers and ride across plains that once were the stage for great Roman battles. Savour the region’s Super Tuscans and Chianti Classico red wines and sit down for traditional cucina contadina (farmer’s cuisine) made from local ingredients bursting with flavour. From the iconic landmarks of Florence and Siena, to the pastoral landscapes punctuated by olive groves and cypress trees, a trip through Tuscany is a feast for the senses.

Corsica

Jutting out of the Mediterranean like an impregnable fortress, Corsica resembles a miniature continent, with astounding geographical diversity. From pristine bays, bustling coastal cities and fabulous beaches to sawtooth peaks, verdant valleys, dense forests and charming hilltop villages, the landscapes change round every corner. Though Corsica has officially been part of France for more than 200 years, it feels different from the mainland in everything from customs and cuisine to language and character, and that’s part of its appeal. The evenings are filled with fantastic food, excellent local wine and melodious Corsican music, and the roads are winding and peaceful, making cycling here the perfect way to explore.

Sicily

Sicily is a cultural crossroads where Greeks and Romans, Phoenicians and Arabs, French and Spanish civilizations have all left their mark over the centuries – artistically, architecturally and gastronomically. The island’s dramatic and varied landscape of sea, volcano and mountain scenery makes a spectacular backdrop for cycling. Wind along precipitous coastlines and through mountain meadows set against the smoking hulk of Etna. Discover a stunning array of baroque architectural masterpieces, from the golden-hued domes and palaces of Noto to the multi-tiered cathedral facades of Ragusa and Modica. And enjoy endless opportunities to experience a cuisine influenced by Greece, Spain and the Middle East, accompanied by some excellent local wines.


Provence

Home to the famous Tour de France summit of Mont Ventoux, Provence has an esteemed place in professional cycling folklore. Yet it is the perfect playground for all levels of cyclist. The meandering roads weave through lavender fields and vineyards, over maquis-cloaked hills and into quaint market towns. Ancient olive groves, medieval architecture and dramatic gorges punctuate the landscape, making this region in Southeast France a wonderful place to explore on two wheels. Out of the saddle, visit local wineries and savour outstanding regional cuisine, dominated by the hallowed ingredients of Mediterranean cooking – olive oil, wine, tomatoes and garlic. Bon appetit.

More inspiration


Girona

The new mecca for road cyclists in Northeastern Catalonia


Pyrenees

Conquer the classic Cols of the French Pyrenees


Dolomites

Ride from passo to passo in Italy’s Monti Pallidi


Puglia

Hop between Trullis in the breadbasket of Italy


Scotland

A windswept coastal adventure in the Northwest


The Balkans

Wild landscapes, high-altitude meadows and glacial lakes


Andorra

Nestled between France and Spain with 21 mountain passes


Cornwall

Explore the wilds of England’s southwest coastline


Julian Alps

Emerald lakes, turquoise rivers and soaring Slovenian peaks


Andermatt

An uphill adventure from the foothills of the Urseren Valley


Douro Valley

Weave through terraced vineyards from quinta to quinta


Sierra Nevada

Discover the wild snow capped peaks of Granada’s backdrop


Tyrol

Fairytale mountain landscapes, glaciers and alpine meadows


Basque Country

From craggy Atlantic coastline to soaring peaks, and pintxos


Asturias

From the Lagos de Covadonga to the towering Picos de Europa


Mallorca

Europe’s number one year round riding paradise


Wales

Ride the rolling heathland ridges of the Black Mountains


Yorkshire

Escape to the quiet backroads and moorlands of the Dales


Priorat

From vineyards to hilltop monasteries in Southern Catalonia


Bespoke Tours

Private tours tailored for groups of friends and family


Self Guided Tours

Stripped-back inn to inn tours for smaller groups of guests