The popularity of cycling holidays in France
When people think about holidays, they automatically picture a beach or some other form of relaxing getaway, often returning to their hometowns feeling calm and stress-free. But for others, the idea of a holiday consists of cycling through the Garden of France, exploring all the exquisiteness that Loire Valley has to offer. Although biking every day while on vacation doesn’t sound too relaxing, cycling holidays have proven to be very popular among Europeans.
Perhaps the reason for the fascination of touring France via cycling can be attributed to the growth of bicycling enthusiasts and commuters, as more Europeans are investing in bikes. The UN released a study on Scandinavian countries that there was a correlation between the high usage and ownership of bicycles and being among the happiest in the world.
Other research demonstrates that the number of London bike commuters doubled in just a decade, which isn’t all that surprising given that places with large workforces building cycling hubs. Heathrow Airport, for example, has a cycle centre for staff that offers free maintenance and services, and according to Parking4Less, the airport even has free parking for passengers that cycle to the airport. In the UK, around three million people cycle at least three times a week, and about 20 million reported that they went on a cycling trip within the year the study was released.
Every year in Europe, around 26 million cycling trips are made, both competitive and leisure related. And with the beautiful scenery and architectural wonders of France, cyclers are finding more reasons to embark on a one-of-a-kind cycling holiday in the country. Besides, all the stunning French terrains are begging both local residents and out-of-towners to be explored via bike.
But why are people specifically traveling to Loire Valley?
For starters the fairytale setting allows tourists to leisurely take bike rides in quiet country lanes, through the vineyards and to the UNESCO chateaux, and finally relish in the local food and wine.
From the looks of it, there’s absolutely no reason why a cycling trip like this won’t be just as relaxing as a beach vacation.