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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.

Customer Story: La Via Claudia in motion

Our La Via Claudia cycling holiday in Northern Italy is a great opportunity to explore beautiful cycle paths, accompanied by stunning views of the Alps – a trip that really immerses you in breath taking natural beauty. For your chance to see what all the fuss is about, take a peek at this great video from our latest competition winnersJoanna and her family, and prepare for immediate wanderlust…

Feeling inspired? Our La Via Claudia route is one of our most popular leisure cycling trips in Europe, and is ideal for those wishing to experience the beauty of the Alps on two wheels! In 2018 we are intruducing a self-guided option of this well-loved holiday, so you can now enjoy stunning views completely at your own pace.