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Our travel expert puts a new spin on Sardinia

New travel consultant and self-proclaimed ‘proper leisure cyclist’, Ruth Long, already has a Skedaddle holiday under her wheels! Having joined us for cycling fun Sardiniawe wanted to get her top travel advice for exploring this Italian island on two wheels:

1. Learn some basic Italian; the Italians love it when people make the effort to speak their language, and they especially appreciate it in Sardinia. You’ll stay in some super rustic villages, so greeting the locals with a Buongiorno or Buonasera is an absolute must and often rewarded with free coffees or glasses of prosecco…

2. Cycling in Sardinia can be undulating, but your climbs will always be rewarded with the most amazing views of crystal clear waters. It’s worth keeping that in mind when you’re pedallin’ up that hill!

3. Be sure to take your swimming costume and a mini quick-dry sports towel on your day’s cycling; you’ll cycle past so many hidden bays whose beaches are empty; not stopping for a swim seems criminal!

4. Make sure you explore the local areas! It’s tempting to stay in your hotels as they’re so fantastic, but there are lots of coastal wonders worth getting out to see and local flavours to taste.

5. Stay hydrated! One of my favourite things about Italy, and Sardinia is no exception, is that every village, no matter how tiny, will have somewhere you can get a great coffee, and fill up your water. During our ride we were never short on refreshments; just look for the main square (la piazza) or ask for il bar!

One more thought…
A Skedaddle cycling holiday in Sardinia allows you to see so much more than your average holiday would: you’ll stay in rustic Italian villages, you’ll taste delicious, authentic food, cooked and served the Italian way, and you’ll cycle through places that you’d typically never see. Traveling by bike is the best way to see how the locals live!

Feeling inspired? Ruth cycled our Island Flavours holiday in Sardinia.

Spain: 6 wonders for the wheels

With over 30 cycling holidays (and counting!) alongside a Skedaddle base, Spain is a destination we’re proud to call home! Here’s our 6 wonders of Spain, best experienced when exploring on two wheels:

1. Camino de Santiago
The ultimate pilgrimage is renowned worldwide and offers an ancient journey packed full of timeless, cultural sites.

2. Sierras
Literally translated as ‘mountains with jagged peaks’, Spain’s flat, dry plains are complimented by these dramatic, lofty playgrounds.

3. Endless empty roads
Being one of the largest countries in Europe means Spain is a destination with lots of space! Cyclists can expect some blissfully unspoilt riding.

4. Seville
Crowned Lonely Planet’s number 1 city in their prestigious ‘Best in Travel 2018’ list, this thriving so-called ‘city of bicycles’ is a must see.

5. The Asturian Coast
This unspoilt stretch of coast in the North of Spain boasts a treasure trove of delights! Get ready for white sandy coves and theatrical rocky features.

6. Paella
A dish with ancient roots, paella is a fantastic community dish associated with fun and fiesta. It’s also a great crowd pleaser for a group of hungry cyclists…

Eager to explore on two wheels? Take a look at our extensive range of cycling holidays in Spain by clicking here.

Bruges to Bordeaux: A cycling challenge not to be missed

Set your sights on an exciting new 900-mile Iconic Journey in 2018! This cross-border challenge, takes you through not 1, but 2 countries and offers a totally unique insight into Belgium and France. Take a closer look at Bruges to Bordeaux:

The journey in a nutshell…
From the cobbled climbs near Bruges to the extinct volcanoes of Auvergne, we cross Belgium and France from east to west through the wine-growing regions of Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux. This journey of varied terrain and culture is a must-do!

A note on the cycling…
The terrain varies dramatically with flatter days near to the start, a crescendo of climbing in the middle and more gentle rolling hills as we reach our conclusion. The mid-section of the route becomes increasingly hilly as we cross the Massif Central, before finishing with easier riding along the delightful Dordogne. 

A highlight to look out for…
Watch out for the climb of Le Puy Mary, a now extinct volcano with a cheeky 1600m ascent. Notably this featured on the Tour de France’s 2016 edition!

Up for the challenge?
Don’t miss our inagural tour in 2018, to find out more about our exciting new journey Bruges to Bordeaux click here. Or, for the full range of Iconic Journeys click here.