It’s no secret that I love to cycle all over the world. My love for travel began in France, moved to Italy, and expanded at a rapid rate from there. And my love for cycling… well that’s been there my entire life, but has only grown exponentially as I explore new destinations from the saddle. After my recent journey through Europe with a good deal of time spent in Spain, I thought it would be fitting to share my favorite destinations to ride in while there.
Jeez! This is a place of remarkable beauty. Imagine: There you are, riding alongside dramatic cliffs that drop off and offer sweeping views of the bluest sea. Next you’re climbing high into the Tramuntana mountain range where you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking vista of the western edge of the island. And when you’re not riding along the coast, you pedaling on quiet, traffic-free country roads. It doesn’t hurt, of course, to wake up at La Residencia after a pampered evening of local wines and authentic specialties prepared by the region’s top chefs.
Rioja and Ribera del Duero
This is the wine region of Spain. If you’re an oenophile, this is the place to be. Rioja has recently been touted as a serious wine region to watch, and after a day on the bike you’ll be thrilled to enjoy a glass of the finest local variety. Ride along the banks of the Ebro River, stop at one of the best wine museums in the world, the Museo Dinastia Vivanco, and indulge yourself at the Caudalie spa located at the Marques de Riscal hotel. Come ready to ride, excited to eat, and disposed to drink.
*Image of Sand beach in Palma de Mallorca via Shutterstock