Methodology & Special Mentions
Our cycling experts researched and compiled a list of over 100 cyclable routes and areas around the world that are popular with cycling enthusiasts, as well as being jaw-droppingly beautiful. The initial list ranged from well-worn bike routes and established mountain trails through to national parks and forest areas that provide a plethora of ways to explore on bike; some routes are short and take hours or minutes to ride, and some others can take days or weeks to cycle. The results take into consideration sensibilities around how easy it is to find details of an established and accessible bike path or trail, and how the general public hashtag their posts.
For example, the island of Hvar has some excellent cycling routes, but choosing just one route to represent the region, especially against such a broad and popular #Hvar hashtag meant it was disqualified from the overall rankings. Other fantastic areas for keen cyclists to explore include Passo San Pellegrino in Italy, Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia and Doi Suthep in Thailand but again they were excluded due to difficulties surrounding finding a single representative route.
On the other end, some very established cycle routes were excluded due to a lack of relevant hashtags, such as La Farola in Cuba and Iceland’s Ring Road (Route 1).
If you’re feeling inspired by this list and want to explore the world’s most beautiful vistas on bike for yourself, we can help you find your perfect cycling tour. Visit our cycling holidays section
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All data correct as of August 2022.