One of the best parts of visiting a new city is drinking it all in and going exploring. There are few better ways to really get to know an area than to take to two wheels and cycle around. It’s a great compromise, allowing you to cover ground while still being above ground and outside. What’s more, with plenty of cycling as part of your itinerary, you can exercise without even noticing it!
As a new survey from Expedia shows that one in eight people take an active route when exploring new areas, Expedia has worked with local experts in cities around the globe to uncover some of the best cycle routes in top holiday spots. This is part of the newly launched #FitnessBreaks campaign, which draws together a wealth of health and fitness tips and tricks.
With Lovisa Sandström, an entrepreneur and one of Sweden’s most famous fitness experts.
Stockholm is a great city for cycling, with a range of waterfront paths and facilities. They also offer rental bikes so it’s very simple to go for a ride on holiday. One good route if you are borrowing a bike is to start at Skanstull station, cross through Södermalm and Gamla Stan, speed through the hustle and bustle of the inner city and then wrap it all up in the beautiful and tranquil Hagaparken park, where the Crown Princess lives. It’s a great chance to pedal power your way through a range of sights in the Swedish capital.
Rio de Janeiro
With Gabi Temer and Rico Sombra, a family from Rio that visit different hotspots all around the world and write about their experiences. They travel with their 10-year-old daughter Juju.
There’s only one way to explore the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and that’s by bike. The area is one of the most beautiful places in Rio de Janeiro. Located in the heart of the city with the with the Rio de Janeiro mountains on the horizon, the Lagoon is a place to meet people, play sports, eat and relax. You can rent a bicycle from several places dotted around and follow the route, which is a little over six kilometres long. You can also skate in one of the skating areas along the way. After your walk, visit the Palaphita, a charming restaurant bar and the best view of the area: it faces the Corcovado and the Pedra da Gávea.
With Xuan Lan, fitness expert and yoga teacher
Barcelona crams a heck of a lot of restaurants, museums, bars and attractions into a small space, which makes it the perfect size to explore on two wheels and get a little light cardio to make room for tapas later on that evening. A good option is to head to Barcelona Rent a Bike in La Barceloneta, a shop that rents out Dutch bikes. From there, you can go on a ride through the old, semi-pedestrian district of El Born, La Ribera, Plaça Sant Agustí Vell, and the Arc de Triomf before ending up at the Parc de la Ciutadella.
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
With Fiona Falkiner, international plus-size model and television presenter
If you want to get out of the ‘Bondi bubble’ and get away from the beaten path a little, the guided bike tour with Bonza Bike Tours is perfect. In total, the ride reaches up to 23km, starting at The Rocks, going over the Harbour Bridge to Kirribilli and North Sydney, back across the bridge, stopping for lunch at Barangaroo before venturing up to The Observatory. You can continue around King Street Wharf and Pyrmont, then back past Cockle Bay, through the city to Hyde Park, down through The Domain, along the water’s edge past Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, and back through Circular Quay to The Rocks. It’s a long workout, lasting around six hours, but isn’t too intense, allowing you to ride by most of Sydney’s iconic attractions and appreciate them without having to worry about traffic or parking.
With Angela Simpson, an avid foodie, runner, Culinary Nutrition Expert and blogger
Though it might be a little colder than Sydney, Vancouver’s cycle routes do not disappoint. The iconic sea wall, complete with its breathtaking scenery, offers a stark, yet beautiful view to accompany your cycle. You can see the north shore mountains and the Pacific Ocean in the distance, the Lion’s Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, and several beaches along the Burrard Inlet. A great route to take is to begin at the Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza, which was built when Vancouver hosted the Winter Games in 2010. You can then make your way down to the pedestrian and cyclist-friendly path along the waterfront, following it all the way round to English Bay Beach. This route will allow you to cover nearly 12km, but for a longer jaunt, carry on along the path – the full sea wall is approximately 22km (13.7mi) long with plenty to see on the way. And don’t forget your phone or camera – there are plenty of opportunities for selfies and scenery shots to make your cyclist friends Insta-jealous.