One of the most intimate ways to explore a city – apart from walking, that is – would be on a bicycle. Not only is it more mobile and environmentally friendly, it can also get you to nooks and crevices that are otherwise inaccessible to larger modes of transportation.
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely cycle or a more challenging expedition, a holiday on two wheels is certainly a great way to experience a destination. Here are six wonderful cities to cycle around, as recommended by travel platform Agoda.
A cheaper way to get around Beijing is by riding a bicycle. The city has a number of bike-sharing initiatives to make the commute even more accessible. To rent one, all you need to do is scan a bike with your mobile phone to unlock. First-timers to Beijing can follow a 16km tourist trail that covers some of Beijing’s highlights such as the Forbidden City, The Egg, and the Bird’s Nest stadium.
When it comes to cycling in the City Of Love, the Parc Rives de Seine is the place to be. The designated Unesco World Heritage Site was specially converted from an expressway into a promenade for cyclists and pedestrians. For a pitstop, consider one of the restaurants or taking part in the many events happening throughout the day.
Hoi An, Vietnam
For a taste of rustic charm, this city on Vietnam’s central coast won’t disappoint. Here’s also where you can cycle past beautiful rice field landscapes and picturesque farms. Along the way, get to know Hoi An’s past and present by immersing in local culture. Get off the bike every now and then to interact with local families and try your hand at making their crafts.
Think manual cycling is too laborious? Then try exploring Florence on an electric bike tour without getting too out of breath. Check out the famous terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo and experience the Renaissance magnificence at The Duomo. While you’re at it, stop along the way to get a taste of Tuscan wine and food.
The cultural capital of Australia has a thriving outdoor and cycling culture. Naturally, you have to look like a local and explore Victoria’s diverse terrains on a bike. For a short trip, consider the Yarra River trails through the region known for its vast wineries. For more spectacular sights, take a trip out to Warrnambool down the Great Ocean Road.
California, United States
The US Golden State is home to beautiful mountains, beaches and deserts – perfect for seasoned cyclists looking for an adventure. Pick an area like Santa Barbara and take the Gibraltar Road route for a good climb to get breathtaking ocean vistas. For something a bit different, head downtown to Handlebar Coffee Roasters for a cycling-themed coffee break.