Four Fantastic European Cycling Experiences
Biking is a great way to explore a new area, whether travelers are experienced outdoor enthusiasts or just starting out as beginners. With international travel to Europe hopefully resuming soon, here are a few fantastic experiences for cyclers of all levels to enjoy:
Ride a Custom Bike Through Saint-Tropez
Encapsulating the laid-back glamour of the French Riviera, the MUSE Saint-Tropez is the ultimate secluded retreat. The property is perched atop a rocky cliff top in the picturesque of Ramatuelle, providing guests with an oasis of serenity amongst a variety of flora and fauna. For cyclers interested in exploring the surrounding area, the MUSE offers custom-made bicycles, available for everyday use. Explorers can bike to the various beaches and restaurants spending the day in town, or go for a leisurely ride through the medieval village, taking in the sites and architecture. Following their time exploring Ramatuelle by bike, hotel guests can relax on a cabana by the property's pool, unwind with a spa treatment at La Tente by Spa Village and indulge in a meal of the freshest seafood at the property's restaurant, M.
Bike Along the Beaches in Spain For cyclers and nature lovers alike, Villa Costa Tropical located in La Herradura is a short distance to cycling trails for both beginners and advanced bikers. La Herradura is a unique area in Spain, known for its long beaches, warm climate and lush tropical and subtropical vegetation. In addition to the beginner trails along the shoreline, advanced cyclers can take advantage of black diamond trails within the mountains. As an exclusive property of ThirdHome, Villa Costa Tropical is a modern home with an area of 4,300 square feet, four bedrooms and three floors. The villa is equipped with a spacious living room that offers views of the sea and the coast and includes a fireplace to create a cozy atmosphere. Part of the magic of your experience at Villa Costa Tropical is having a drink while watching the sunset from the external pool that extends views from the mountains down to the sea with incredible sights of Almuñécar in the distance.
Cycle Across the Swiss Alps Nestled in the spectacular Graubünden mountains at an altitude of 5,900 feet sits Arosa, a picturesque traditional Swiss town straight out of a story book. With stunning views of the Alps and access to 140 miles of biking trails, mountain, road and e-bikers can fill their days exploring the area. Set among the spectacular mountains sits the Tschuggen Grand Hotel, a contemporary fairy-tale style venue. Complete with the Tschuggen Express, a private cable car providing exclusive access to the mountain trails, and the iconic Mario Botta-designed Tschuggen Bergoase Spa to unwind in after a ride, the property is the ideal choice for bikers looking for an outstanding Alpine getaway. In addition to providing access to the area's many trails, the hotel is also known for offering a variety of biking experiences for riders of all ages and levels, including their new Empowering Expedition. Taking bikers on a four mile ride, the new adventure is filled with 113 turns and an elevation change of 1,700 feet - the perfect way to see the magnificent Alps.
Conquer the "Beast of Provence"
Mont Ventoux, France also known as the “Beast of Provence” is a top bucket list destination for cycling enthusiasts. The mountain has been conquered by professional cyclists, included in famous professional bicycle races, and attracts cycling lovers all over the world. The feared and revered ascent of Mont Ventoux dominates the landscape and offers a number of challenging routes for cyclists of all levels. Each of route takes cyclists on a picturesque ride with vast panoramic views and sights. After spending the day conquering Mont Ventoux, Hotel Crillon Le Brave serves as the ultimate hideaway for cyclists to relax and unwind. Hotel Crillon Le Brave is a Maisons Pariente property, providing a ‘home away from home’ in true Provencal style. The hotel offers many experiences to decompress including the dramatic spa set in a former 18th century vaulted stone sable, an exclusive pool to take a dip in, private tastings in the hotel’s private cellar, or catching up on some reading in the tranquil garden. The hotel also features 2 restaurants that celebrate exceptional produce and magnifies authentic flavors of Provence with local and traditional dishes that are both healthy and tasty.
Any of these cycling experiences can be organized with start-up premium travel company, Niarra Travel, a next generation tour operator that operates according to its two guiding principles of transparency and purpose to ensure that each trip has a positive impact on the ground.