Copenhagen to Oslo (Denmark, Sweden, Norway)
A unique, rugged coastal line can be found in Scandinavia along the shores of the North Sea. Along the wild and rocky seaside, the Scandinavian coastline has excellent roads and trails for the adventure traveler. Cycling from Denmark to Sweden to Norway is a challenge but not an impossible feat. In one week, you’ll visit three countries and see everything form quaint villages to modern art and architecture as well as ancient ruins and pagan temples of worship. Spend time in Copenhagen before heading north to the Helsingør – Helsingborg crossing to Sweden. Rest on the pristine white beaches of the southern coast.
Follow the untouched landscape all the way up to Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden where you can find metropolitan lifestyle, dining and culture. Cross the border of Norway and continue north to the town of Moss located on the Jeløya side of the Oslofjord, a quaint town with waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment. The Swedes are famous for their summer festivals; neighborhood street parties, music festivals and bonfires can be found throughout the spring and summer months. Learn more about our tours to Scandivaia.
Amalfi Coast (Italy)
Naples, Capri, Positano – just the names elicit romantic visions of cliff side coastline framed in blooming, floral splendor. A natural panoramic window looking out to the Gulf of Naples and a spectacular vision of the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, the Amalfi Coast is high, rugged terrain. Thousands of years ago, an earthquake pushed the ground forming the jagged cliffs. Steep at points with stairs, you must be fairly fit to hike the hilly landscape, but the challenge is well worth it. The views are breathtaking and you certainly won’t be disappointed by a rewarding meal of Napolitano cuisine at the end of your trek.
Exploring the Amalfi Coast is best done by bike and boat or on foot with a guided or self-guided walking tour. The narrow streets and baroque churches of Naples, a visit to Mount Vesuvius, and a boat excursion to Capri should definitely be on your itinerary. The ancient Roman town of Pompeii and the Path of Gods to Montepertuso with its decent to the town of Positano, bring together all that Italy has to offer; history and culture, beautiful landscape as well as style and elegance. Learn more about our tours to the Amalfi Coast.
The Algarve Coastline (Portugal)
The Algarve Coastline is an enchanting landscape of sandy beaches, deep blue waters of the Atlantic and waves crashing upon a rocky coastal strip. A fairly easy and flat trail with some uphill work, this 147 mile (235 km) stretch is best travelled by bike. Traveling along the coast and through pleasant countryside scenery, fishing villages, historical landmarks and churches, the Algarve will remain in your heart forever. Depart from Villa Real de San Antonio at the Spanish border, and work your way west towards Tavira and Olhao where you will find the world’s freshest fish. Try local specialties such as Caldeirada de Peixe (fish-stew) or Cataplana de Amêijoas (clams steamed in a copper pan), and sit back and enjoy a locally grown Portimão or Lagoa wine.
Continue on to Praia da Rocha and visit the historical military fort St Catherine of Ribamar. Rest your weary legs at a charming oceanfront hotel. Head towards the other towns and villages until you reach Cabo de Sao Vicente, found at the southwestern tip of Portugal where you will witness the most remarkable sunset. A pink and orange sky sets a backdrop for the antique lighthouse creating a uniquely memorable moment.
Portugal has a long-standing tradition of handcrafts and skilled artisans, so, save room in your pack for a small piece of pottery, handmade jewelry or handwoven linens. Learn more about our tours to the Algarve Coast
The Pink Granite Coastline of Brittany (France)
Castles, churches, and mysterious Celtic relics dot the coastline of Brittany. Located at the western tip of France, the Côte de Granit Rose (Pink Granite Coast) radiates a natural pastel hue. Millions of years of erosion have sculpted unusual and irregular rock formations outlining the seaside, as if giants came out of the ocean and pushed the stones aside. Hiking the trails of Brittany is easy and pleasant. An adventure vacation perfect for the whole family. From Lannion an excursion to the island of Île-Grande offers a special vantage point of the coast and its unique formations. On the old ‘customs trail’ from Polumanac’h to the beach of Trestraou, you will walk amongst the enormous pink granite, seeing and experiencing the immensity and vastness of it all.
A nature and bird reserve protect wildlife and the notorious Puffin seabirds. Weather permitting; an excursion to the Isle of Monks or the Island of Bréhat is a must-see. In the maritime villages of Port Blanc and Paimpol it will be easy to find a small bistro where you can sit back and soak in the local colors and flavors. Learn more about our tours to the Pink Granite Coast of Brittany.
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Article by Celia Abernethy – ItalyTravelandMore.com