Discover Europe by bicycle

Press Release   •   Aug 24, 2015 15:24 BST

20% of Brits cycle to stay active on holiday

August 2015, London: Holidays are no longer just an excuse to sleep in or relax by the pool. New research from Expedia, one of the world’s largest full service online travel sites has revealed that 50%[1] of Brits try to work out during a holiday, with 20%[2] citing cycling as their preferred way to do so. To help you make the most of your well-deserved break, Expedia suggests some fantastic destinations which cater for cyclists of all levels.

A cycling holiday is a great way to discover a new destination, especially in Europe where Brits can take advantage of declining flight prices to popular destinations[3] and the strength of the sterling against the Euro. Moreover, cycling burns an average of 600 calories per hour[4] making it an easy way to combine exercise and sightseeing.

“We often find ourselves trying to do more with less time and if you’re looking for a way to stay fit whilst enjoying your holiday, cycling could be the answer. Riding a bike you can get off the tourist trail and discover city destinations as a local, uncovering hidden gems and corners outside of the most known routes,” said Andy Washington, Managing Director of brand Expedia in the UK and Northern Europe.

Expedia’s five European cycling tours to try :

1. Cyclist's paradise in Copenhagen

Denmark is one of the cycling capitals of Europe with each Dane cycling 1.1km per day on average.[5] The charming Danish capital of Copenhagen is a cyclist's paradise - flat, with well-marked cycling paths. Take a city bike tour to see major sights like the imposing Amalienborg Palace, the 17th-century Kastellet Fortress and the vibrant waterfront of Nyhavn. Before you go, discover what else Copenhagen has to offer with a virtual tour of the city.

2. Indulgent Barcelona

Hit the streets of Barcelona and discover the iconic sights and hidden gems of the city. Pedal along charming alleys and the bustling promenade before treating your taste buds to delicious tapas made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. This leisurely city bike tour with Spanish tapas offers you a new way to see the bohemian side of the city away from the crowds of regular tours. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride down twisting alleyways, past famous monuments such as La Sagrada Familia and through traditional markets.

3. Live like a local in Amsterdam

Bicycles are to Amsterdam what skyscrapers are to New York—or what gondolas are to Venice. They are an ever-present attribute of city life and an integral part of its culture. Two-wheelers carry young and old, whether they’re rushing off to work or heading out to see friends.

The city bike tourintroduces you to famous attractions, such as the impressive Rijksmuseum, the elegant Vondel Park, the infamous Red Light District and Anne Frank’s house.

4.Cultural Berlin

Cycle the streets on a contemporary Berlin half-day bike tour through the city’s multicultural and modern attractions. Pedal along the runways at Tempelhof Airport, experience examples of urban renewal – such as the Art House Tacheles – and learn why counterculture is considered an integral part of life in the Kreuzberg district.

5.Lisbon Countryside

Uncover hidden treasures and picturesque scenery on a Sintra bike tour through the town’s charming streets and UNESCO-listed monuments. With an ancient Moorish castle, the odd and imaginative 19th-century Pena Palace and beautiful gardens, there's much to discover in this delightful town steeped in Portuguese legend.

For more inspiration on European cities to discover by bicycle, visit Expedia.co.uk.

[1] This survey was carried out on behalf of Expedia by OnePoll on 1000 adults in the UK who have been on holiday. The survey was carried out between 25 February 2015 to 5 March 2015.

[2] This survey was carried out on behalf of Expedia by OnePoll on 1000 adults in the UK who have been on holiday. The survey was carried out between 25 February 2015 to 5 March 2015

[3] Flights from the UK to Lisbon and Barcelona have seen a 15% price drop year-on-year: http://expediablog.co.uk/air-travel-trends-2015/

[4] http://www.visitdenmark.com/denmark/discovering-denmark-two-wheels

[5] http://www.visitdenmark.com/denmark/discovering-denmark-two-wheels

About Expedia

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