Pedalare tra gli alberi nel Limburgo - Bjorn Snelders

Cycling in a unique place: Limburg

Ride through enchanting landscapes, works of art, quaint towns and cultural heritage while discovering local gastronomy. How many times have you heard this invitation to discover an area by bike?

But have you ever been invited to ride through trees? What about looking through a church? You read correctly. Not “inside a church,” but “through.”

Pedaling through the trees in Limburg - Bjorn Snelders
Pedaling through the trees in Limburg – (c) Bjorn Snelders

We bet very few times. For this reason, the time has come to discover Limburg, the eastern region of Flanders, west of the Meuse River. Bordering the Netherlands, it laps the provinces of Liège to the south, Flemish Brabant to the west and Antwerp to the northwest. Its most important city is Hasselt, a creative hub with several museums, eccentric street art and irresistible boutiques in addition to being surrounded by green streets, wide grasslands and river valleys.

What is Limburg like?

Limburg’s landscape is rolling, relaxing, dotted with castles, mining sites converted into attractions and farms. Grasslands, bodies of water and rivers enrich the basket of ingredients that make this region so fascinating.

Flanders - Limburg © Provincie Limburg - Robin Reynders
Limburg landscape, © Provincie Limburg – Robin Reynders

But not only that. The northern part is characterized by lush forests, while in eastern Limburg, where the Meuse River forms the landscape, ancient villages and water-rich landscapes follow one another. To the south, however, is Haspengouw, the fruit region. When the fruit trees are in bloom, cyclists and hikers are enveloped in clouds of flowers as toward summer the trees are filled with colorful, juicy fruit for picking.

Artistic inspirations and unique places to ride

We said that in Limburg it is possible to look through a church. But what is it all about? We are talking about a work of art that dialogues with the place in which it is placed. A church that allows views through its structure. It’s called Reading between the lines and is located in the Haspengouw region (the fruit region, to be clear), where the architecture plays with the landscape. Created by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a duo of Belgian architects (Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh), Reading between the Lines is a 10-meter-high steel plate structure modeled after the shape of a small church in Loon.

Flanders Reading_Between_the_Lines_van_Gijs_Van_Vaerenbergh_Kristof_Vrancken
Flanders Reading Between the Lines by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Kristof Vrancken

Also in the orchard region, it is possible to encounter several contemporary artworks perfectly integrated into nature.

For example, one can climb an installation created by artist Frits Jeuris with dozens of fruit trees felled after a disease. Helsh(ea)ven is in fact a platform from which there is a privileged view of the surrounding landscape.

Limburg (c) Enough Cycling
(c) Enough Cycling

These two installations are found along the last stretch of the 459 kilometers of the Hilly Route, the one that engages cyclists among the climbs and descents of the southern part of Flanders.

Then there are three unrivaled experiences that give cyclists the opportunity to ride in enchanting, but most importantly, unexpected places. Let’s find out together.

The three unexpected experiences to have by bike in Limburg

In Bokrijk you pedal across the water. One does not have to ford a river, nor is there any diving involved, because a bicycle footbridge has been built to connect the two banks of Bokrijk Pond. The uniqueness of this route lies in the fact that while you are pedaling the water is at eye level, very close.

Limburg - Pedaling on water in Bokrijk © David Samyn
Limburg – Pedaling on water in Bokrijk © David Samyn

Trees, height, beauty of nature. Here are the three elements of Cyling through the trees. But in what sense? You pedal 700 meters at a height of 10 meters, right through the treetops. Safely, you find yourself looking down on nature from above, along a double loop that immerses cyclists in the magic of the forest.

A 4-kilometer bicycle path and a 300-meter-long wooden bicycle and pedestrian bridge allow visitors to admire the splendor of the heathland in Belgium’s Hoge Kempen National Park. From the highest point of the bridge you can admire the surrounding landscape.

Limburg Flanders Heathland Gravel Limburg (c) Flanders Classics
Hoge Kempen (c) Flanders Classics

The park is located on the Kempen Route, 213 kilometers (213 miles) from Antwerp to Maasmechelen, among forests and wide moors, Sahara-like dunes and lakes.

Along this route you can also learn more about the area’s mining past and explore sites such as C-mine. Once a coal mining site, it is now a multifunctional hub immersed in a unique atmosphere of industrial archaeology, where you can admire works of contemporary art or rediscover mining activities by participating in the C-mine expedition, for example.

Flanders Limburg Genk C_Mine © David Samyn
Genk C_Mine © David Samyn

The Meuse Route

There are as many as 2,000 km of paved, marked, safe and mostly car-free bicycle routes in Limburg, and in addition to the sections of the two iconic routes described above. Those who enjoy the tranquility and magnetism of river landscapes can experience the Meuse Route.

We are along the river that is the border between Belgium and the Netherlands for about 40 kilometers, from Maastricht in the Netherlands to Kessenich in Belgium. There are no cars along its banks, so you can take your time to visit the square in Maaseik or what is considered the most beautiful town in Flanders-Oud-Rekem.

Cycling in Limburg - Flanders (c) Bram De Vrind
Cycling in Limburg – Flanders (c) Bram De Vrind

Pedaling, we cross the Maasvallei River Park, a landscape park with a varied landscape, characterized by an intertwining of old river arms, levees, canals and gravelly sands, connected to a few well-defined residential areas and unique ecosystems.

A route that does not have to remain ineluctably on the Flemish shore, because if you want to cross the river, just take the President Willy Claes Ferry at Ophoven-Ohé en Laak. And with a crossing, one can set foot, or rather, wheel, in the territory of the neighboring Dutch.

The Iconic Routes: to know

All of the routes mentioned are rideable both ways and can be divided into stages to suit your ability and time. At flandersbybike you can see how to cross them together and build your own bike trip in Flanders.

Via Verde della Costa dei Trabocchi, credits Regione Abruzzo

Abruzzo by bike: the routes and events 2024

Winner in 2020 of the Italian Green Road Award for the Bike to Coast project. – the bicycle and pedestrian path nearing completion along the entire regional coastline between the seaside resorts of Martinsicuro and San Salvo, an integral part of the national Adriatic Ciclovia – last November, the Abruzzo region won second place in the biennial European Greenways Award 2023 for its scenic Green Way of the Trabocchi Coast, a southern segment of the Bike to Coast between Ortona and Vasto (with some sections to be completed), characterized by the presence of the ancient and striking fishing machines built of wood and suspended over the sea.

Green Way of the Trabocchi Coast, credits Abruzzo Region
Green Way of the Trabocchi Coast, credits Abruzzo Region

The new and prestigious recognition thus consolidates the region’s image as an authentic bike-friendly tourist destination,a privileged destination for lovers of two-wheelers. In addition to the Adriatic route, in fact, there are several bicycle routes that gently creep through hillocks carpeted with vineyards and olive groves until they conquer the main peaks of the Apennines.

The bicycle touring routes in Abruzzo

Among the most striking, it gives deep emotions to ride among the rock walls of the Sagittario valley towards the lake of Scanno from the romantic heart-shaped perimeter or dive into the biodiversity paradise of the Pescara Springs Regional Reserve admiring up close the extraordinary color of the waters counterpointed by the lush vegetation.

Popoli, Sorgenti del Pescara Regional Reserve, credits Luca Del Monaco
Popoli, Sorgenti del Pescara Regional Reserve, credits Luca Del Monaco

Similarly, it excites to be able to reach the Lavino Sulfur Springs Equipped Park from downtown Scafa safely thanks to the newly inaugurated bicycle path. From theTorre del Cerrano Marine Protected Area, then, with minimal effort you can reach the Calanchi di Atri Regional Reserve, but once at your destination, fatigue will fade before the lunar beauty of a dreamlike landscape. And how can one not be amazed at the enchanting views offered by the Aterno bicycle path that, alternating paved and unpaved stretches and nearing completion, from the scattered hamlets at the foot of L’Aquila’s capital city creeps gently into the territory of the Sirente Velino Regional Park among medieval villages, castles, monasteries and Roman bridges, including the natural wonders of the Stiffe Caves.

The new bicycle tourism map

A selection of the cycleways and road and MTB routes currently usable in Abruzzo is available on the new regional cycling tourism map, distributed in printed form at trade fairs and free to download in PDF format in its digital version from the Media Gallery of the portal Reproduced in elegant graphic sign the map contains 45 routes, each with its own QR CODE through which to obtain the GPX track on the Koomot platform along with photos and brief descriptions of the tours.

Bike to Coast, new bridge over Vomano River, credits Ivan Masciovecchio
Bike to Coast, new bridge over Vomano River, credits Ivan Masciovecchio

To underscore the multimedia nature of the editorial product, other QR CODEs allow you to link to the regional map of camper areas, the dedicated portal with a complete list of bike-friendly routes and facilities, and to services offered by Trenitalia in Abruzzo. With a view to sustainable mobility, we would like to remind you that on all regional trains running in Abruzzo, including those of the TUA (Trasporto Unico Abruzzese) company, bicycle transportation is free within the limits of available seats.

Cycling events in Abruzzo

In addition to hosting – between arrivals and departures – four stages of the next Giro d’Italia, Abruzzo will be the protagonist of other events for two-wheel enthusiasts. May 17-19 will be the Marina of Fossacesia (CH) on the Costa dei Trabocchi to host the village of Art Bike & Run + Wine, the event promoted by Legambiente and dedicated to families and tourists among art performances, group games, non-competitive running race, bicycle time trial, food and wine bike ride and an event space for tastings, workshops and children’s activities.

Among the vineyards against the backdrop of the Cerrano Tower, credits Gianni Alcini
Among the vineyards against the backdrop of the Cerrano Tower, credits Gianni Alcini

On Sunday, June 9, the village of Mutignano di Pineto (TE) will be the setting for the Cerrano Gravel-MTB Experience, a non-competitive cycling event designed with the aim of promoting the Terre del Cerrano area and its landscape, cultural and food and wine excellences through three different routes of 50, 80 and 110 kilometers.

On Sunday, June 2, Scanno and its romantic heart-shaped lake will be the site of the Stazzi Marathon, an event that has been held since 2004 capable of attracting numerous bikers each year, becoming over time one of the most important events of the MTB circuit, with the routes winding through the shepherds’ huts located between the hamlet of Frattura, the pass of Monte Genzana, Passo Godi and the lake.

Campo Imperatore plateau, credits Abruzzo Region
Campo Imperatore plateau, credits Abruzzo Region

On Saturday, June 8, however, Castel del Monte will host the Nova Eroica Gran Sasso, the new and unprecedented all road event in the heart of the Italian Apennines, with trails winding on the Campo Imperatore Plateau along the ancient tratturi, the white roads used since ancient times for the Transhumance of the flocks, a practice recognized in 2019 by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

Finally, on Sunday, October 27, the 13th Chestnut Cyclotourism will kick off from Sante Marie, three routes of various distances and difficulties immersed in beech and chestnut woods carved out next to walls from the Italic era, remains of Benedictine monasteries and other wonders offered by the Marsican territory.

Piemonte Val Formazza_Credits Visit Piemonte, ph I.Com

Your favorite rides? Piedmont!

From the “red devil” Giovanni Gerbi to Costante Girardengo and Fausto Coppi, from the Museo dei Campionissimi in Novi Ligure to the AcdB Bicycle Museum in Alessandria, cycling is in Piedmont’s DNA.

Map in hand, for a trip, a weekend getaway or a multi-day route in stages, Piedmont reveals a great network of touring cycle routes for all passions: ranging from mtb and gravel trails, to high altitude routes, enjoying the Alpine and Apennine skylines with horizons to the Ligurian Sea even on an e-bike. An environmentally friendly experience, “flavored” with stories of villages, people and cultures in an architecture of natural environments of extraordinary biodiversity, also ideal for those who enjoy nature photography and wildlife watching.

Piedmont Val Formazza_Credits Visit Piedmont, ph I.Com
Val Formazza Credits Visit Piedmont, ph I.Com

Professional guides and an extensive system of hotels, rental services and bike shuttles, chairlifts and gondolas equipped to transport bicycles at high altitudes, are a guarantee of a tourism product that is attentive to quality and hospitality, and to accessibility in a sustainable way.

Where to go in Piedmont: the mountains

If you like to sweep your gaze over ancient settlements, mountain pastures and peaks, forts and mountain huts, the Historic Mountain Routes take you back to the time of wayfarers and pilgrims, merchants and smugglers in the free nature.

Piedmont Assietta_Gran Serin_Credits ph Marco Cicchelli
Assietta Gran Serin Credits ph Marco Cicchelli

To date there are 69 routes distributed in 5 provinces (Turin, Biella, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Alessandria and Cuneo). Places where the sounds of nature reign and where to take time. Ways to Rediscovering the signs of communities, cultures and events, such as traces of the Cadorna Line defense system in Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, rock carvings and rock shelters in the Biella region, Walser villages in Valsesia, the Battle of Assietta between Alta Val Susa and Alta Val Chisone, or salt and anchovy routes in the Occitan valleys of Cuneo.

For those who like a challenge there is the Biella – Oropa climb, Pantani Mountain of the Giro d’Italia, 12 km to reach the 1,1.50 meters of the Oropa Sanctuary on the UNESCO World Heritage Sacred Mountain, and the magnificent Zegna Overview, with Oasi Zegna, designed by an extensive and well-equipped network of mtb and e-bike trails.

Zegna Overview_Credits Oasi Zegna
Overview Zegna Credits Oasi Zegna

Family cycling

Family-friendly ideas? TheUNESCO Grand Tour by bicycle, the loop of more than 600 kilometers to be traveled leisurely in stages among architectural treasures (from Royal Palaces to Sacred Mountains to Creative Cities) and the greenery of forests and parks in landscapes of unusual beauty.

Ideal especially in spring and fall, then, the 27-kilometer Risaie Ciclabili route enters the Vercelli area of rice fields, past abbeys, rural hamlets and ancient farmsteads, watched over by the watchful gaze of herons and Knights of Italy.

Piedmont Hills Alexandria_Credits ALEXALA Archives, ph Gianluca Grassano
Alexandria Hills Credits ALEXALA Archives, ph Gianluca Grassano

Also enjoyable and for everyone is the Tour of Lake Orta in Novara: 35.50 km from Gozzano, touching the cliff of Madonna del Sasso, the Omegna lakefront, Villa Crespi in Orta San Giulio.

From Lake Maggiore to Lake Mergozzo and Orta to the Ossola Valleys, “slow biking” is the key word for exploring this beautiful area along 40 routes of varying difficulty.

In the Biella region, trails for mtb, e-bike and road bikes wind through green spaces and forests in simply enchanting environments. From the flat trails of the Baraggia and Bessa nature reserves, to the imposing hill ridge of the Serra morenica overlooking Lake Viverone, from Oropa Valley to the fantastic Enduro Bike Parks of the Rive Rosse.

The hills of Piedmont

If you prefer the undulating horizon of the hills of Alessandria, from Castellania, the birthplace of Fausto Coppi, you set out on a tour that tells the story of cycling and Italian cycling. First stop is the Museo dei Campionissimi in Novi Ligure, then on to Alessandria, the pioneer city of the velocipede, which houses the historic collection of theAcdB Museo della Bicicletta at Palazzo Monferrato.

For those who enjoy the gravel experience, the Petalo dei Colli Tortonesi is perfect from March to October, on dirt and white roads for 143 km from Alessandria to the Colli Tortonesi, where fine DOC labels are born.

Piedmont Bocchetto Luvera, Valdilana_CreditsATL Terre Alto Piemonte
Bocchetto Luvera, Valdilana CreditsATL Terre Alto Piemonte

Suitable for everyone, from experts to families, the trail in the Scrivia Nature Park is a journey through the Curone Grue Ossona Apennine valleys, a corner of nature where you can admire tree essences and protected animal species (in fact, the Scrivia valley is one of the favorite routes for migratory routes of birds from Africa to the North), with stops in places rich in craft stories and food and wine specialties.

The Dalle Dolci terre alle Langhe route will engage you on the pedals from Acqui Terme to Canelli. And, having arrived in the Langhe, at the pace of the pedal we ride through the undulating UNESCO landscape of Langhe Roero and Monferrato Astigiano and Alessandrino on routes that will thrill wine tourism enthusiasts, such as Bar to Bar, 7-stage loop trail for mtb or e-bike between castles and farmsteads, forests and dirt roads, vineyards and low-traffic roads that connects Barolo to Barbaresco.

Also very enjoyable are the 4 Wine Cru tours of Roero, among vineyards and wineries with fabulous local DOCG and DOC wines.

The Cuneo

In the Cuneo area, a crossroads of great trade and commerce between the mountains, the sea and the Po Valley, a network of routes with time partially disused represents today a great heritage all to be explored. Think of thelegendary Limone-Monesi Salt Road, the most beautiful white road in Europe. 39 km of dirt road from the Alps to the sea, from Limone Piemonte and Upper Brig, on the old military road, between 1,800 and 2,100 meters.

Piedmont High Salt Road, Province of Cuneo_ Credits Visit Piedmont - I.Com Multimedia
Alta Via del Sale, Province of Cuneo Credits Visit Piedmont – I.Com Multimedia

On the border between Piedmont and Liguria here is the network of roads of the Roa Marenca (from Mondovì to Ormea), historically useful for transporting “salt,” once so precious that it was sometimes traded at the same value as gold.

For the more daring, there is the challenging Marguareis Route, which runs along the spectacular cross-border alpine route called “the Duke’s Cycle Route“, with 70 km of development and about 2,000 m of positive elevation gain; the advice, in this case in particular, is to be accompanied by the cycling tour leaders, in order to have appropriate assistance during the day.

The Torinese

In the Turin area, those who like to enjoy the variety of its nooks and crannies and landscapes can take theGreen Ring, the hiking trail of about 35 kilometers that takes in ancient paths, gardens, wooded patches and UNESCO hillside mansions such as Villa della Regina or sacred architecture such as the Basilica of Superga complex.

For a tour of the backdrop of hills, parks and rivers that surrounds the Royal Residences of Savoy, there is the Crown of Delights by Bicycle, the ring of more than 90 kilometers of cycle paths and rural roads for city-bikes, mountain bikes or on foot. A beautiful track, part of the Green Crown, the metropolitan area’s green infrastructure system.

In the vast web of routes and paths, for the more trained, the Colle delle Finestre is the classic 17-kilometer challenge on the Giro d’Italia climb, with 1700 meters of elevation gain and 33 hairpin bends between Val di Susa and Val Chisone, in spectacular scenery.

The Novarese

Piedmont Castle of Novara credits Davide Morello
Novara Castle credits Davide Morello

You pedal at a slow pace to discover the mosaic of the squared sea of rice fields, among farmhouses, villages and abbeys between Vercelli and Novara. In particular, in the Novara area, the network of bicycle routes. Cycling at the water’s edge, goes into the biodiversity of the UNESCO Ticino Val Grande Verbano Biosphere Reserve. There are also magnificent historical relics here such as the Visconti-Sforza castle of Galliate and shrines such as San Pietro in Vulpiate, called “the Varallino,” because of its similarity to the UNESCO Sacro Monte di Varallo.

Outside the capital city, BicinVigna with Antonelli is the cycle-tour itinerary through 9 municipalities linked to the architect’s biography. Between Romagnano Sesia and the beautiful setting of the Colline Novaresi, generous with renowned DOCG and DOC wines, the Monte Fenera Park and the Baraggia, sacred architecture intersects in Fontaneto d’Agogna, in Boca, at the shrine on which Antonelli worked all his life, and in Maggiora, where the architect is buried. On the way, splendid medieval views in Ghemme, Wine and Honey City well preserved within the walls of the castle-ricetto.

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Companion adventures have never been easier

“Group Tours” is a new feature that allows komoot users to turn any planned Tour into a shared adventure.

Komoot has launched “Group Tours,” a new feature that allows users to turn any planned tour into a shared adventure. Now it is possible to organize rides, bike rides and group tours with a simple tap and share them via QR code, even just before the activity begins. Enjoying the outdoors in the company of others has never been easier, because both those organizing the Tour and those participating can focus on the route to be followed-with the assurance that everyone will walk the same path. In addition, with real-time route updates, Tours can be modified and updated on the go, thus achieving maximum flexibility during the adventure-all participants are notified instantly about changes to the route.

Easily organize shared adventures

After creating a Tour with the Tour Planner or finding one through komoot’s Explore map, users can now select “Organize a Group Tour” and thus generate a QR code to share at any time with those who wish to join the activity.

You can also invite people through apps or links.

At this point, participants can follow the route from their phone or the komoot Connect IQ™ app and enjoy the experience at their own pace. Both organizers and participants can be assured that no one will stray from the planned route.

Replans and updates on the go

Whether it’s a detour due to mechanical failure or a coffee break mid-adventure, Tour organizers can always re-plan the route and thus have maximum flexibility on the go. In fact, Komoot will send a notification to all participants with the modified route-this way, even those who have lingered to take a photo mid-hike or to repair a puncture will avoid getting lost and straying from their companions.

Stay connected to the community

Whether it’s a post-work social ride, a club run or a weekend family outing, organizing a shared adventure-or participating in one-has never been easier or more inclusive. Gone are the days when you had to worry about keeping up with the group at all costs or, if you were driving, picking off people behind you: now each participant can follow the Tour at his or her own pace.

Group adventures can be arranged regardless of the respective user’s Tour privacy settings. If a Tour is set as “private,” only invited people can view it and start browsing it.

Plan your next Tour and turn it into a shared adventure with the new “Group Tour” feature.

Friuli Venezia Giulia Ciclovia Alpe Adria FVG1 Laguna di Grado photo: NicolaBrollo

Freewheeling Friuli Venezia Giulia: cycling from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea 365 days a year

Ten cycleways, bike paths and dirt roads, routes suitable for road bikes, gravel bikes, fat bikes or MTBs, up to itineraries riding city bikes: Friuli Venezia Giulia is the perfect destination for two-wheelers 365 days a year.

The particular geographical location of the region, a connecting point between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, offers a choice of countless spectacular environmental settings. Tranquil forests, bold peaks and legendary routes await mountain bikers in the mountains, tranquil lagoons and sheer cliffs on the other hand is what the coast offers. In the heart of the region, on the other hand, one encounters the spectacle of the great Tagliamento River, vineyard hills where great white wines are produced, rural villages and small historic towns where one can discover the culture, traditions and specialties of regional food and wine.

Friuli Venezia Giulia Ciclovia Alpe Adria FVG1 Grado Lagoon photo: NicolaBrollo
Friuli Venezia Giulia Ciclovia Alpe Adria FVG1 Grado Lagoon photo: Nicola Brollo

The Bicycle Routes of Friuli Venezia Giulia

At the center of the territory’s bicycle tourism proposal stand out the several cycle routes identified with the Regional Plan for Cycling Mobility (PRe- MoCi), an initiative adopted in 2022 that made the Friuli Venezia Giulia one of the few Italian regions to have a first-rate plan regarding biking, as well as structured biciplans for as many as 50 municipalities in the area.

The cycle routes, each with their own peculiarities and characteristics, make it possible to explore the region by combining breathtaking scenery, culture, food and wine, and entertainment.

FVG3d Dolegna del Collio vineyard cycleway ©Luigi Vitale
FVG3d Dolegna del Collio vineyard cycleway ©Luigi Vitale

Alpe Adria Cycleway (FVG1)

Queen of the regional cycle routes is the Alpe Adria Cycle Route (FVG 1), one of Europe’s most award-winning routes that from the mountains to the lagoon crosses the region, intersecting its history, culture and traditions. A cross-border route which, joining Salzburg with Grado in 415 km, crosses the border of the Alps arriving at the Adriatic among breathtaking landscapes and places filled with history such as the UNESCO sites of Palmanova and Aquileia, the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy of Venzone and Strassoldo, and the city of Udine, cradle of Tiepolo’s treasures.

The Ciclovia Alpe Adria is a true concentrate of Friuli Venezia Giulia, where the proximity to other countries has given the area an international vocation that can be felt pedaling after pedaling. The Friuli Venezia Giulia stages of FVG1 are Tarvisio – Venzone – Udine – Grado: 175 km of satisfaction for two-wheelers.

Adriatic Sea Cycleway (FVG2)

Adriatic Sea FVG2 Marano Lagoon Ciclovia photo: Lorenzo Biaggi
Adriatic Sea FVG2 Marano Lagoon Ciclovia photo: Lorenzo Biaggi

Near Aquileia, FVG1 intersects with the Adriatic Sea Cycleway (FVG2) , which connects Trieste to Venice and whose route corresponds to two other European cycle routes: Eurovelo 8 Mediterranean cycle route, which links Spain’s Cadiz to Athens, and the AdriaBike, which starts in Slovenia (Kraniska Gora) and descends to Gorizia-which in 2025 along with neighboring Nova Gorica (Slovenia) will be European Capital of Culture-and then reaches Trieste and continues to Venice with an appendix to Padua and Ravenna.

The AdriaBike is the end point of the Munich-Venice cycle route and in Friuli Venezia Giulia joins Lignano Sabbiadoro with Trieste: a route along the coast through the UNESCO site of Aquileia, with the possibility of navigating some sections by sailing on boats equipped to transport bicycles. The routes are Venice – Caorle – Lignano Sabbiadoro – Grado – Trieste for a total length of 260 km of which 136 km are in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Pedemontana Cycleway (FVG 3)

The cycle route runs at the foothills of the Pre-Alps through villages, towns with typical rural stone architecture and the wine-growing areas from which Friuli Venezia Giulia’s renowned white wines are made: from the Grave area to the DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli and Collio. The route has little elevation gain and is made up of bike lanes, easy dirt roads, and limited traffic roads.

The itinerary begins in Sacile, a well-known town referred to as the garden of the Serenissima, and ends in Gorizia, passing through the UNESCO site of Cividale del Friuli; while following the loops we reach the UNESCO site Palù di Livenza and some of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The stages of the FVG3 in Friuli Venezia Giulia are Sacile – Maniago – Gemona del Friuli – Cividale del Friuli – Gorizia for a total length of 180 km.

Tagliamento River Cycleway (FVG6)

Tagliamento Cycleway FVG6 Gemona Del Friuli Photo: Manuela Maiulini
Tagliamento Cycleway FVG6 Gemona Del Friuli Photo: Manuela Maiulini

An ideal trip to get to know Friuli Venezia Giulia is to follow the course of the Tagliamento River, the last great “natural” river in Europe. The FVG6 cycle route it skirts just the two sides of the so-called King of Rivers: starting from the Alpine town of Tolmezzo, the bicycle tourist can admire a wide variety of landscapes, from the Carnic Alps to the moraine hills of San Daniele del Friuli and the Friulian plain to the sea at Lignano Sabbiadoro.

The peculiarity of this cycle route is that it is composed of two parallel tracks separated by the river, which go to form a large loop that can be traveled in 6 days crossing different territories and resuming the car at the starting point. The stages along the right bank are Tolmezzo-Spilimbergo-San Vito al Tagliamento-Lignano Sabbiadoro for a total of 142 km, while those along the left bank are Tolmezzo-San Daniele del Friuli-Codroipo-Lignano Sabbiadoro for a total of 146 km.

Intermodality: sustainability in land travel

Friuli Venezia Giulia is a region that offers cyclists the opportunity to getting around by public transportation Together with one’s bicycle: year-round Trenitalia regional trains have reserved seats for transporting bicycles as well as the Udine-Cividale train service and the Micotra, the train that connects Udine to Villach in Austria twice a day and on Saturdays and Sundays also Trieste – Villach. Both services are operated by the operator Ferrovie Udine-Cividale.

In the summer season, the offer is expanded with the activation of BICIBUS and BICI+BARCA services, which connect the seaside resorts of Grado and Lignano Sabbiadoro to Trieste, Aquileia, Muggia, and Marano Lagunare. Lignano is connected to Bibione by the boat pass on the Tagliamento River.

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Giordania Jordan Bike Trail

Jordan by bike: the Jordan Bike Trail

Visiting Jordan by bicycle is an unusual way to discover the beauty of the Hashemite Kingdom. For several years already, cyclists with road bikes, gravel bikes or mountain bikes have been venturing along the scenic and history-laden roads of this village. More recently, the Jordan Bike Trail was created to provide a route to guide not only bicycle vacationers, but also trained and competitive cyclists, in a route all along Jordan, from north to south.

What is the Jordan Bike Trail?

Jordan Jordan Bike Trail
photo credit @Tommaso Pini/

The Jordan Bike Trail is a 730-kilometer mixed trail that runs throughout Jordan. Starting in the north of Umm Qais, the biblical Gadara, and ending on the Red Sea beaches of Aqaba, the route traverses an impressive array of historical and natural wonders. The trail to the north begins with rolling hills, olive groves, and farms; continues through the stunning canyons of the Dead Sea region; winds through the impressive landscapes of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, the legendary Petra, and the stunning desert of Wadi Rum, before reaching Aqaba on the Red Sea to the south.

Jordan Jordan Bike Trail
photo credit @Tommaso Pini/

There are several ways to approach the Jordan Bike Trail. From a trip fully supported by local operators without the need to carry any equipment and book meals and overnight stays, to a minimalist bikepacking adventure or somewhere in between.

On the dedicated website you can find all the information for both an organized trip and an adventure on your own. The site explains stage by stage the distance of the route, the positive and negative elevation gain to be covered, and the approximate time to travel.

Jordan Jordan Bike Trail
photo credit @Tommaso Pini/

The regions and stages of the Jordan Trail

There are three regions to tackle along the Jordan Bike Trail, in 12 stages in total.

1 – The Northern Region: 4 stages, starting in Umm Qays and ending in Madaba, the city of mosaics, passing through the remains of the Roman Decapolis, forests and hills in a typical Mediterranean climate.

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2 – The Central Region: 4 stages, starting from Madaba and ending at the foot of the Crusader fortress of Shobak, i.e., the ancient fortress of Monreale. The route traverses Jordan’s central plateau dotted with stunning canyons ending in the Dead Sea, from the vestiges of Herod’s ancient palace at Mukawir to the Crusader castles of Karak and finally Shobak.

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3 – The Southern Region: also consisting of 4 stages, it begins in Shobak and ends in Aqaba on the Red Sea. In some respects it is the most spectacular, and famous region in Jordan because it touches the wonders of Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabataeans, and the suggestions of the photochromatic Wadi Rum desert, made famous by the exploits of Lawrence of Arabia and later becoming a favorite movie set for science fiction films and beyond. The final part, from Wadi Rum to Aqaba, has a route that, at one point, turns into pure descent to sea level on the shores of the Red Sea.

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Itineraries for every need

Those who do not feel up to tackling such a long route can, again on the Jordan Bike Trail website, decide to ride the stages they find most congenial or most attractive for cycling in Jordan. For example, from Karak to Aqaba. The southern half of the route traverses the most spectacular terrain of the entire route and has significantly lower elevation changes than the first half of the route. This is an ideal week-long trip, including a rest day in Petra.

For a long weekend there is a choice of several options

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1 – Madaba to Karak. A sort of challenge between regions 2 and 3 of the Jordan Bike Trail, you cross three huge wadis (canyons) in central Jordan: Wadi Zarqa Ma’in, Wadi Hidan and Wadi Mujib. A fairly tough route, but with great views.

2 – From Ma’tan to Petra. These are 2 days, which are less physically taxing, but still require necessary preparation to tackle even challenging climbs. From Ma’tan to Petra, there are some of the most spectacular views on the entire Jordan Bike Trail, passing Shobak Castle and ending the ride in Petra.

3 – And finally from Petra to Aqaba. A 2-3 day route with less elevation gain than the rest of the Jordan Bike Trail, but with much more sand. A major route in Jordan’s Golden Triangle, touching Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba.

Difficulty and track

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The Jordan Bike Trail is a physically demanding trail, with an elevation gain of nearly 20,000 meters and 730 k run, especially in the Northern Region. Jordan’s route-between the plateau in the east and the Jordan Rift Valley in the west-contains numerous canyons (wadis) that cross the country from east to west. Traveling from north to south, it is necessary to cross most of them. It is a beautiful journey, but quite arduous!

However, the track is not technical. Sixty percent of the trail follows paved roads, while the vast majority of the remaining 40 percent follows dirt roads-it may seem like there is a lot of asphalt, but the Jordan Bike Trail is intentionally designed to make the climbs rideable.

There are occasional short stretches of technical riding, all of which are easy to ride if you are not comfortable in the saddle. You do not need to be an expert mountain biker to ride this route. Around Wadi Rum some of the kilometers are quite sandy and you may have to push your bicycle: so it is not particularly technical, but it can be slow.

The ideal type of bicycle is a gravel or mountain bike.

Anello dei Colli Euganei

The Euganean Hills Cycle Ring

Americans call them the “hills of Venice,” the English poet Shelley called them “islands without a sea”: these are the Euganean Hills, ancient volcanoes now at rest that emerge from the Po Valley like round green peaks. A precious land, beloved over the centuries by men of letters and nobles, a treasure trove of hermitages, castles, abbeys, Venetian villas, navigable canals and ancient hamlets, but also of a rich nature that combines biodiversity with carpets of vines that design the landscape.

TheEuganean Hills Cycle Ring is perhaps the best way to visit this area, discovering its beauty, flavors and traditions at the rhythm of the pedals.

Euganean Hills Ring

The Euganean Hills

The Euganean Hills offer landscapes and feelings in just a few kilometers, along a thread that runs from Petrarch, who spent the last years of his life here, to the centuries-old culture ofPraglia Abbey, to the ancient baths of Abano and Montegrotto. And while it is true that emotions need to be given time, the Euganean Hills should be traversed lightly and calmly, as bicycle tourists in search of authentic experiences know how to do.

The experience

Because that is what it is all about: an experience. Walking the 63 km of this loop means traversing in a short time everything that has made the Veneto the most visited region by foreign tourists: along lonely roads, just a few miles from the spas and art cities of the Veneto, we encounter medieval towns, villages, landscapes and Venetian villas, history and nature, traditions and modernity. And this is without fatigue, because the route is flat and varied, the kind you pedal mindlessly, allowing yourself to contemplate.

Euganean Hills Ring

The ring is developed within the Euganean Hills Natural Park and in this unmistakable geological setting nature shows itself in its richness, amidst important archaeological evidence and endless forests, in which, in the past, hermits and monks found peace – and it was not by chance – hermits and monks, still present today at theCamaldolese hermitage towering over Mt. Rua, visitable only by males.

How to travel the Euganean Hills itinerary

Since this is a loop route you can start from any point: those arriving by train can start the tour from the stations of Montegrotto Terme, Este or Monselice, but also start pedaling from the station in Padua.

Imagining starting in Abano Terme, the heart of one of Europe’s oldest spa areas, follow the markers, arriving shortly in Montegrotto Terme, where you can make an initial stop at Villa Draghi and the Museum of Thermalism. You then climb up the embankment of the waterway Battaglia, which Petrarch himself used to go to the city: here you cannot miss a visit to the Catajo Castle, a stone colossus designed to amaze, with 350 rooms and one of the largest and most spectacular fresco cycles of the late Venetian Renaissance.

Euganean Hills Ring

After Battaglia Terme, a detour is a must to see. Villa Barbarigo, in Valsanzibio: the designer of Versailles is said to have been inspired by his park, a magnificent example of a symbolic Baroque garden, born of Francesco Barbarigo’s promise to create a paradise on earth if his children were spared the plague. It was designed in the late 17th century by the papal architect and fountainmaker Luigi Bernini, brother of the more famous Gian Lorenzo.

Next stop, Monselice, which welcomes travelers to its charming historic center, perfect for a stop and a visit to the Castle and the nearby Seven Churches Jubilee Sanctuary promenade, overlooked by the medieval fortress.

Euganean Hills Ring

A few kilometers away is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Arquà Petrarca, named after the poet who lived here for a long time and where you can get lost in the narrow medieval streets. After Monselice we go into the southern part of the Hills to Este, with its Carrarese castle and beautiful cathedral. Also worth a stop is the town of Cinto Euganeo with the Cava Bomba Paleontological Museum, an interesting example of industrial archaeology recovery.

The vineyards of the Euganean Hills

You still pedal on the plain, but the panorama is never the same: here the light changes, the vegetation changes, and the view widens to the Berici Hills. The area of the great wines of the Hills, the reds and Moscato Fior D’Arancio, The area of the great wines of the Hills: the many wineries open their doors to visitors, allowing them to combine the pleasure of discovery with that of the table.

Euganean Hills Ring

In Lozzo Atestino, the cycle route circumnavigates the mountain of the same name, allowing you to reach the 13th-century Castello di Valbona. After a short while, we climb Mount Sereo, the only climb of the route, which offers magnificent views of the Euganean and Berici Hills. Having conquered the summit, 70 meters above sea level, the road has a short flat section before plunging toward the Frassanelle golf course. We skirt it for a few hundred meters until we reach the Rialto drainage, which accompanies us to the starting point, passing by Praglia Abbey, an authentic Renaissance jewel and an important Benedictine spiritual center, still active today and also famous for its medicinal herbs.

And from here it’s back to Abano or Montegrotto, where you can end the experience by soaking in the famous thermal waters.

The ring can be experienced as a day trip or as a short vacation proposal, combining the bicycle with a spa wellness stay, a visit to archaeological museums, Venetian villas and historic centers.

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Enchanting Spain by bicycle

Spain is an ideal destination for bicycle enthusiasts. Its geographic diversity and beautiful climate allow for year-round bicycle touring. The preserved natural environment is very extensive; in fact, it is the country with the most areas considered as Biosphere Reserve (as many as 53) and there are 16 National Parks.

Walks and itineraries in Spain

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Turespaña_Vía de la Plata León ©Ruta Vía de la Plata. TrackMTB Photos

In addition, the country boasts some of the most beautiful and best marked routes in Europe, the best known of which is the Camino de Santiago with its many variations. These include, for example, the French Way, which begins in the Pyrenees, or the Portuguese Way (from Porto and Lisbon). Among the many variations and branches are also the Inland Basque Way, which crosses the Basque Country from northeast to southwest and joins with the French Way, and the Camino Lebaniego, a branch of the Northern Way that runs inland from Cantabria in the heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains.

A peculiar route is represented by the Silver Route, which retraces the historic Roman road that connected northern and southern Spain, from Seville to Gijón between Andalusia, Extremadura, Castile and Leon, and Asturias. Finally, the Camino del Cid, which retraces the footsteps of the legendary medieval knight Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar by traversing inland Spain (from Burgos to Valencia).

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Cyclotourism_Parque JuanCarlos I

Prominent among the types of bicycle routes are the Vías Verdes: more than 3,200 kilometers of decommissioned railway lines have been converted into bicycle touring routes. There are more than 120 routes available and distances vary widely (from 1 to 100 kilometers).

Then there are the Caminos Naturales: more than 10,300 kilometers of nature trails that include old railway lines, canals, transhumance routes, and paths.

Finally, the EuroVelo routes: many stretches of the Mediterranean area are set up perfectly for bicycle touring, for example the EuroVelo 8 route from Cadiz to Athens.

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The Valencia Region

Valencia’s cultural and natural heritage is of astounding beauty and variety. Villages perched on hilltops, walled cities with a strong medieval character, seaside residential centers, spas, hermitages, monasteries, castles, snow wells, prehistoric caves with rock paintings, royal sheep-tracks, ancient mule tracks and endless hiking opportunities: these are the centuries-old evidences of a man-made landscape that fascinates the visitor. With more than 2,500 hours of sunshine a year and an average temperature between 12° and 20° in winter and between 24° and 32° in summer, the Valencian territory allows cycling 365 days a year.

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Valencian landscapes

Virtually all types of landscapes, excluding high mountains and tropical forests, The territories are characterized by dense forests in the north and inland from Castellón, Valencia, and Alicante, there are beech forests, tejeras, and forests of holm oaks, cork oaks, and junipers, in a good state of preservation, as well as sub-desert landscapes of very high botanical value. The peaks reach nearly 2,000 meters and are covered with high-altitude vegetation. There is no shortage of extensive wetlands embraced by dunes overlooking the sea.

In addition, there are areas exposed to heavy rainfall and brushy areas on the edge of dryness, cliffs overflowing with vegetation but also lonely coves and, of course, wide beaches on the Mediterranean.
An extraordinary diversity due to the abrupt irregularity of geography, its dichotomy rather than its altitude: mountain-coast, hills and valleys, sun and shade, snow and sea. This diversity of ecosystems forms a unique natural environment, rich in more than three thousand different species of plants, including many exclusive endemic species. These places also provide a haven for countless birds during their annual migration and protected nature parks that can be explored leisurely by bicycle.

In the European context, the Valencia Region is one of the main and largest mountainous territories. In particular, the region of Ports, inland from Castellón, is the second most mountainous region in Spain, and the region of Alicante does not differ much.

For those who love MTB

Even without exceeding two thousand meters, the complexity of its structural systems, steep slopes, extensive massifs and intricate cliffs make the Valencia Region an ideal area for mountain biking.
The mountains, which occupy nearly three-quarters of the territory, open like a large amphitheater to the Mediterranean. A narrow coastal strip hosts the most inhabited plains: the Plana de Castellón, the Llano de Vinaroz, the Huerta de València, the Ribera del Júcar, and the Vega Baja del Segura.

These are also the most fertile agricultural areas and where the greatest urban concentration is found. This coastal plain is surrounded by mountain ranges and massifs originating in the Cordillera Iberica to the northwest and the Cordillera Betica to the south. The confluence of the two great peninsular mountain ranges is the origin of this geographic complexity, the offshoots of which reach to the seashore.

Valencia’s bicycle tourism offerings

Valencia offers everything a bicycle tourist wants to find on a trip. Mountain passes are a paradise for road cyclists, and inland towns, villages, and valleys are ideal for bikepacking tourism. The Valencia Region ‘s good accessibility by road, train and air undoubtedly facilitates tourism at all levels, but it is even more conducive to cycling by being equipped with an extensive network of infrastructure, which allows for the safe practice of this mode of excursion.

From fully equipped MTB Centers, to Green Routes and cycling tourism projects such as the Vall d’Albaida, with detailed routes and quality accommodations that specialize in sports tourism, the Valencia Region is at the forefront of cycling infrastructure endowments in Europe. There is practically no municipality or association of municipalities that has not signaled and promoted bicycle paths on its territory.

Benidorm Spain by bike

With a wide range ofaccommodations and all sorts of services tailored to the needs of cyclists, as well as a wide range of companies specializing in active tourism that allow you to contract specific or tailor-made products, it is easy to find the right fit for your cycling vacation.

By extending their stay, cycle tourists can access many cultural offerings, other sports, and outdoor activities (kayaking, hiking, canyoning, climbing, windsurfing, diving, or cultural visits) that can turn their stay into an unforgettable experience.

Last but not least, gastronomy: there is no better combination of cycling and the Mediterranean diet than that of regaining strength in top-quality restaurants that offer an ideal balance for the athlete’s diet.

Areas not to be missed

A bike trip to the Costa Blanca represents a real pleasure for those who love cycling. Cycling is one of the most established products in the province of Alicante, on the Costa Blanca, which reveals impressive mountains, extensive beaches and excellent road conditions. A wide range of routes in fact cater to all kinds of audiences.

Spain by bike Costa Blanca

This, together with the wide range of specialized services, also makes the area an ideal destination for internationally renowned cyclists who choose it for their training and pre-season. The Costa Blanca reflects the spirit of improvement that is admired in major sporting events such as the “Vuelta Ciclista a España.”

Benidorm, with its varied geography and mild climate, also allows for year-round cycling. The roads and trails that wind between the coast and inland offer routes for all levels, beginners and experts alike, who can enjoy routes that climb the surrounding hills or skirt the charming coves and golden beaches. This variety of landscapes not only tests the endurance and skill of cyclists but also offers breathtaking panoramic views, combining sport with exploration of the natural and cultural beauty of the region.

In addition, Benidorm stands out for its excellent infrastructure dedicated to cyclists, including numerous specialized accommodations, bike rental stores, and workshops equipped for every need. The city actively promotes cycling tourism with events, guided tours and marked routes that allow people to discover lesser-known but equally fascinating corners of the area. This commitment to supporting the cycling community makes Benidorm an ideal destination not only for those seeking a sporting challenge but also for those who wish to experience an active vacation, immersed in nature and local culture, exploring the region on two wheels with a unique sense of freedom and adventure.

The Green Ways of Valencia

The Valencia Region is traversed by 13 greenways for about 200 km. By walking through them, the traveler can learn about the history, culture and nature of the Valencian area. They can be found along the coast, inland, in the middle of the mountains, or in the middle of vegetable gardens or orange groves. Taking them up is the best way to discover the Valencia Region, following your own pace and time.

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Aragon is an ideal area for mountain biking and bicycle touring because of its geographic and scenic diversity, extensive network of back roads and other types of trails, and climate. There are trails of all levels, many suitable for families as well. Excitement and adventure are the ingredients of routes in the Pyrenees, the rugged Iberian mountains of Zaragoza and Teruel, and the surprising plains of the Ebro Valley.

The website collects the 300 routes that represent Aragon’s possibilities for mountain bikers.

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Aragon_ Valle de Benasque

Aragon has 8 MTB centers, large areas that offer marked trails for the best mountain experiences. The trails are divided into different levels depending on the user’s skills: beginners, families/friends, enthusiasts… with incredible downhill, enduro and cross country trails. Aragon is also a reference among BTT enthusiasts for a number of internationally renowned trials, such as Quebrantahuesos, Orbea Monegros, BTT Trans Highlands, Trans-Nomad, Calcenada, Vuelta al Moncayo GR 260 and TowCar Puerto Gorribaza.

And, of course, there are the great bike paths, such as the Transpirenaica and the Ebro Natural Trail, and emblematic greenways (Greenways), such as the Val de Zafán that ends in the Mediterranean Sea, or the Ojos Negros, the most extensive in Spain. In addition, Aragon is affected by the Eurovelo “Iberica”route from Lisbon to Toulouse , which runs through Aragonese territory from south to north.


The island offers spectacular road cycling, mountain biking and e-biking trails 365 days a year, always accompanied by spring-like temperatures.

Tenerife is a well-known destination for its privileged climate, unique natural spaces and gastronomic, cultural and historical offerings. Another key ingredient is the bet on sustainability, which has led it to be recognized as Destination Biosphere for developing several projects in the areas of social, environmental and economic sustainability.

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Carretera Parque Nacional del Teide

In recent years, the island has increasingly become a destination of choice for those wishing to enjoy outdoor activities and sports, particularly those related to two wheels.

Mountain bikers have about 200 kilometers of trails that cross the entire island and, in particular, the highlands of Tenerife such as the Corona Forestal. A comprehensive network of trails allows for multiple combinations that can be reached by public transportation or by car.

The island’s bicycle network suitable for road cycling is extensive, very well maintained, and often in sparsely traveled areas traversed by meandering paths. A sure fun for those who enjoy this type of cycling. And even professional cyclists know that the island is an excellence for training: every year many of them come to Tenerife to prepare for participation in the Tour de France, the World Championships and the Olympic Games. It is not strange, nor is it rare, that one may encounter some along one’s path.

Competition-wise, Tenerife is home to some well-established bike races, such as the Vuelta al Teide, a Granfondo run in May around Spain’s highest peak, Teide – 3,715 meters above sea level. There are 175 kilometers in the long version and 95 kilometers in the Half Teide mode. This race is also an ideal excuse to visit the island.

Services in Tenerife

Tenerife’s attractiveness also comes through services, such as its excellent direct or stopover air connections in Spain. And what about the overnight stay? The island is home to some of Europe’s best four- and five-star hotels, boutique hotels, and agritourisms, including some excellences such as the Parador of Teide National Park.

In particular, cycling enthusiasts and professionals have the opportunity to stay overnight in bike-friendly facilities, which offer specific services: from space to safely store bicycles to repair shops and bicycle rentals of all kinds.

Rounding out the bicycle touring offerings are companies specializing in bicycle touring services that provide equipment and advice. These services include local bicycle tour guides. These are experts who know how to tell about the area, point out where to stop to admire the view, explain the most interesting places of island heritage, and, last but not least, show where to enjoy a traditional lunch or snack.

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Puglia by bicycle: an unexpected destination

Pedaling through ancient oaks, monumental olive trees, and dense Mediterranean scrub, which cast majestic shadows, reveals a wonderful and unexpectedly captivating Apulia to the eyes of the bicycle tourist.

Thousands of kilometers from Gargano to Salento, to be traveled by bicycle along ancient trails, country roads and low-traffic roads. Bicycle touring in Apulia offers the flexibility to create routes tailored to individual preferences, desired difficulty levels, and personal interests.

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It is not necessary to be trained cyclists. Indeed, each proposed itinerary can be divided into multiple stages and tailored to various durations, including week-long trips, day excursions, or extended weekends. Between stops, travelers can discover gastronomic specialties, explore museums, visit villages, and explore art cities. A journey of culture and wellness.

A Region to be discovered slowly

Cycling through Puglia is a unique experience, yet it continually transforms with each season. The invitation is to discover it all, slowly. That’s why Puglia is working on structuring several bicycle routes to make your experience on two wheels unforgettable. Below are our suggestions (work in progress) to do by gravel or mountain bike.

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Apulian Aqueduct Cycleway

A journey along the Via dell’Acqua made of landscapes, villages, but also a priceless heritage of industrial archaeology related to the most important engineering work ever built in Italy. In Apulia, one can start from Castel del Monte and-going through the Alta Murgia National Park-come, from one UNESCO site to another, to Alberobello, in the Land of Trulli. From here, head southward, departing from Manduria, renowned as the city of wine. Traverse the entirety of Salento until you reach Santa Maria di Leuca, where the embrace of two seas signifies the journey’s end. Diverse landscapes and flavors await the traveler, leaving them with a sense of joyful multiplicity.

Ofanto Cycleway

Follow the course of a very ancient river, the Aufidus, to traverse lesser-known Apulia on two wheels. The route winds through the Ofanto River Regional Natural Park, traversing agro-pastoral landscapes adorned with Roman vestiges. It alternates between the rolling hills of Irpinia and the expansive plains of the Tavoliere. It starts at high altitude from Rocchetta Sant’Antonio to reach the plains, first in Cerignola and then in Canosa, where it is possible to visit breathtaking archaeological sites. From here, we journey towards the sea, reaching the mouth of the river mentioned by Polybius. Our adventure culminates on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, amidst the shimmering reflections of the salt pans of Margherita di Savoia.

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Appian Way

A bike route that is a true cultural itinerary, an open-air museum made up of archaeological sites of inestimable beauty. In Apulia, one can embark on a two-wheeled adventure starting from Gravina in Puglia, ancient Silvium. After traversing the verdant expanses of the Murgia, you’ll arrive in the Land of the Gravines, distinguished by the largest canyons in Europe. Continuing onward, you’ll reach the Ionian Sea, arriving in the city of Taranto. From there, journey through Grottaglie, Oria, and Mesagne, ultimately arriving at Brindisi, the most significant Adriatic port in Roman times, renowned as a true gateway to the East.

Via Francigena

A cultural itinerary uniting Europe, from Canterbury to Santa Maria di Leuca. In Apulia we start by the green landscapes of the Dauni Mountains, between Faeto and Celle San Vito, then reaching the Tavoliere, passing through the rural villages of Stornara and Stornarella; from here we point to the centers with medieval vestiges of Andria, Corato, Ruvo, Bitonto and Bari, where you gain the Adriatic coast, which you do not leave until you arrive in Brindisi, touching Polignano and Monopoli. Traveling through the Salento region, one must admire the Otranto Cathedral, as well as savor the charm of its inland areas. A stop in Lecce is essential, where one can be captivated by the spectacle of Baroque architecture and experience the warm hospitality characteristic of Salento.

Via Peuceta, Via Ellenica and Via Jonica of the Materano Way.

Three different routes that allow you to cross Apulia as you never have before. The first two proposals can be accomplished in a simple weekend: the Via Peuceta makes it possible to start in Bari and arrive in Basilicata, in Matera, through the ancient transhumance routes of the Alta Murgia National Park; The Hellenic Way in the Land of Olives, on the other hand, starts from Brindisi and goes all the way to Alberobello, passing through the beautiful landscapes of the Itria Valley. The Ionian Way requires a few more days and is worth experiencing especially out of season. Indescribable to pedal having the sea of Porto Cesareo, Maruggio, Marina di Lizzano beside you: impossible not to give in to the temptation of a dip in the crystal clear water.

The Route of the Two Seas

A coast-to-coast route linking the shores of the Adriatic with those of the Ionian Sea. A bike ride from sea to sea, starting in the town of Domenico Modugno, Polignano, to touch the natural beauty of the Caves of Castellana, the sophistication of the architecture of Martina Franca and then come to the cradle of Magna Graecia, Taranto, where, upon reaching the destination, you can enjoy a beautiful sunset while watching the sun dip into the waters of Falanto.

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Bike trip to Flanders: where and why in 2024

Some know them for the Tour of Flanders and the cobblestones, some for art cities like Bruges and Ghent. Someone else thinks of beers and chips, while some dream of seeing the artworks of Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens. The beauty of Flanders is precisely that it can offer all this at the same time.

No excuses are needed to plan a trip to one of Europe’s most developed regions for cycling tourism-between services, routes and bike paths it undoubtedly ranks as one of the best destinations for a cycling vacation.

Flanders art cities bike route

If the beauty of nature and cities and the ease with which they can be traversed were not enough, be inspired by the Iconic Routes to Bike – the one Coastal and that of the Cities of Art – and this year’s selection of this year’.

Triennial Beaufort24 and Ensor’s art: biking the coast and immersed in art

With the Beaufort24 triennial and celebrations dedicated to the painter James Ensor (1860-1949) taking place simultaneously, 2024 offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in beauty and diversity along a route that embodies the essence of Flemish creativity and local lifestyle. To be discovered, of course, with a bicycle trip.


Cycling along the magnificent coastal bike paths, carefully selected from the Iconic Flanders Bike Routes, visitors have the opportunity to admire not only the nature of the coastline, but also the many outdoor contemporary art installations that blend harmoniously into the natural landscape.

Flanders Coast Beaufort © Piet De Kersgieter
Sculpture Park Beaufort © Piet De Kersgieter

Beaufort24 is the art event now in its eighth year, which will be held from March 27 to November 2, 2024. This year, 18 artists creatively explore the Flemish coast, varying the theme the“Fabric of Life”(Fabric of Life).

The installations, set in the landscape of the nine coastal towns, are not all temporary; in fact, eight of the works in this edition add to the collection of the Beaufort Sculpture Park, an open-air museum that sees Belgium’s 60 kilometers of North Sea coastline dotted with art installations.

The iconic coastal route to ride a bicycle

A focal point of coastal cultural life, Ostend is a creative, dynamic and contemporary city renowned for its rich cultural and gastronomic offerings. Ostend represents the ideal starting point to travel alongthe Kustroute, the 85-kilometer route that allows you to explore the Flemish coastline.

Proceeding eastward one comes across picturesque locations such as De Haan, famous for its elegant residential area dating back to the Belle Époque, known as the Concessie. This area is characterized by charming villas overlooking the sea, including the Villa Savoyarde, where Albert Einstein stayed in 1933. From the Concessie it is easy to reach the beach, where one of the permanent works of the Beaufort Sculpture Park is located: Eternity, a contemporary Poseidon dominating the sea horizon.

Flanders Coast Blankenberge 12 © Toerisme Blankenberge
Flanders Coast Blankenberge © Toerisme Blankenberge

Continuing along the coast to its eastern end, we reach Knokke-Heist, located on the border with the Netherlands where the Beach Castle installation is located. Knokke also boasts the precious Zwin Nature Reserve, with its wild dunes and brackish lagoons, offering an immersive experience in the unspoiled beauty of nature, amid unique colors, smells and sounds. In the opposite direction, passing Ostend to the west, one arrives in Westende, where one can admire other iconic coastal Sculpture Park works such as Olnetop.

Beaufort OLNETOP © Westtoer APB
Beaufort OLNETOP © Westtoer APB

To add intriguing activities to the trip, consider that in Oostduinkerke you can participate in the ancient tradition of horse fishing, a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage site. During the months of April to October, fishermen venture into the water with their draft horses to catch the prized North Sea gray shrimp.

Flanders Coast -Oostduinkerke Shrimp fishermen © Westtoer APB
Flanders Coast -Oostduinkerke Shrimp fishermen © Westtoer APB

Ostend and James Ensor

Ostend is not only the centerpiece of the iconic coastal itinerary, but also the heart of James Ensor’s celebrations.

Iconic coastal route Flanders Ostend

Ensor, a modern Flemish master known for his whimsical and sometimes somewhat disturbing figures, spent much of his life in Ostend, which in fact celebrates him 75 years after his death with a citywide festival full of events and exhibitions. This is where much of the artistic program dedicated to the painter is developed, and it is here that unrepeatable exhibitions and initiatives can be found. Summer and fall await visitors with three exhibitions: Self-Portraits (through June), Ensor’s Imaginary Paradise (through October) and Satire, Parody, Pastiche (through January 2025).

The city’s cultural institutions, from the Mu.ZEE museum to Ensor’s house-museum, also collaborate withThe Crystal Ship street art project to help visitors discover the city’s less conventional corners. An opportunity really not to be missed.

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Ensor House © Toerisme Oostende vzw – James Ensorhuis – Nick Decombel Photographs

Not only exhibitions, but also installations in public spaces, music, performances and projects for children. The“Elle adore le noir” project, for example, represents a circuit to be traveled by bicycle or on foot among Ensor-related artworks placed in or near commercial establishments.

James Ensor in Brussels and Antwerp

Flanders Antwerp Port House by Zaha Hadid
Antwerp – Port House by Zaha Hadid

In the spring, the capital city of Brussels also joins in this celebration to rediscover the work and talent of this Modern Master. While after the summer, celebrations move to Antwerp, with leading exhibitions in many of the city’s cultural institutions, from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts KMSKA (where the world’s largest Ensor collection since the 1920s is located) to the Fashion Museum, passing through the Plantin-Moretus house-museum.. A truly curious exhibition is opening Sept. 28 at MoMu-the Antwerp Fashion Museum-which plays on Ensor’s ideas about disguise, (false) coquetry, the grotesque and the ephemeral.

Cycling along the route of the cities of art

Flanders Iconic Cities of Art Itinerary

Ensor’s featured cities of the year are all located along the art cities route, which is particularly fascinating for those who enjoy exploring urban centers. It is probably the most iconic of all Flemish routes, because not only is it one of the longest (332 km), but especially because it passes through all the cities of Flanders. This route allows you to discover, at a slow and sustainable pace, Brussels, Leuven, Antwerp, Mechelen, Ghent, Bruges and Ostend, uniting centuries of the region’s history and art in a single route.

There is no shortage of immersion in greenery and nature on this itinerary either, as in between cities we pass through spaces of countryside, follow waterways, and admire the relaxing landscapes of the Flemish territory.

Contemporary art en plein air in Bruges

In this 2024’s ideal journey through Flemish nature and art, one cannot miss Bruges, perhaps the most recognizable city in travelers’ imaginations.

Located on the Cities of Art Route and only a few kilometers from the coast, it is not only a beautiful town to visit, but also an ideal place for lovers ofcontemporary art en plein air because it hosts the Bruges Triennial.

Flanders Bruges by bike

The Bruges Triennial(April 13 to September 1, 2024) focuses on the link between art and place and highlights the lesser-known and lesser-used corners of perhaps the most famous city in Flanders. The historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thus becomes a magnificent backdrop to contemporary installations.

The theme“Spaces of Possibility” is a reflection by twelve artists and architects from around the world on how to deal with change in a city where the concept of “not building” represents a vision of the future. The goal is to challenge people to think collaboratively about the future of Bruges and, in broader terms, cities in general.

Flanders Bruges

One of the art installations will even bring temporary change to the Bruges skyline. The Thai architecture firm Bangkok Project Studio is in fact creating. a contemporary clock tower, a wooden viewing platform that will highlight a less-visited area of King Albert I Park. Visitors will be invited to discover this little-known green corner and admire the view from a new perspective, as well as the classic three medieval towers that characterize the city.

Flanders by bike: all the iconic routes

These are nine iconic cycling routes for a cycling adventure in Flanders. Each iconic route connects the wonders of Flemish landscapes through fascinating thematic bike paths. All of these routes have signage in both directions, allowing cyclo-travelers to freely choose which direction to ride and where to start or end the journey.

Itinerario del Barocco siciliano

Sicily, the Baroque itinerary by bicycle

History, culture, nature, and food and wine are among Sicily ‘s main attractions, and in the southeastern part of the island, these elements reach levels of absolute excellence.

We are in the Val di Noto, where inland landscapes are enriched by the evidence of an ancient and illustrious past. It is, in fact, an ancient region that from the Norman period until 1812 constituted one of the administrative districts of the Kingdom of Sicily. Today it corresponds to eight cities: Palazzolo Acreide, Caltagirone, Ragusa, Modica, Noto, Scicli, Catania, and Militello. After the terrible earthquake of 1693, these cities were magnificently rebuilt in the late Baroque style, so much so that they have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002.

Sicilian Baroque Itinerary

photo credit Italy Cycling Tours

The Sicilian Baroque Itinerary

The bicycle route, among many that can be undertaken, starts from Pantalica and arrives in Syracuse, is of medium difficulty and requires at least four days (about 250 km) to be fully enjoyed. To be completed it crosses provincial roads, nature reserves and dirt roads.

The departure at the Pantalica Oriented Nature Reserve

We begin at the Pantalica Oriented Nature Reserve in the province of Syracuse, a naturalistic area of great beauty. Over the millennia, the Anapo and Calcinara rivers have carved deep gorges, the walls of which have been covered by lush vegetation with oleanders, willows and poplars. In spring, the landscape is enriched with color as wild orchids and irises bloom. There are also picturesque natural pools here whose crystal-clear waters, with colors ranging from turquoise to emerald green, are perfect for a refreshing dip after a bike ride.

Pantalica, an itinerary of Sicilian baroque

From the entrance to Sortino, follow a beautiful 24-km (round trip) route along a dirt road that runs along the old railway line that connected Syracuse to Vizzini.
Crossing bridges and tunnels, one enjoys unforgettable views of Europe’s largest necropolis-5,000 tombs-dating from the period when the Siculians inhabited the eastern area of Sicily between the 13th and 7th centuries BC.

Continuing on we reach Palazzolo Acreide, the pearl of the Hyblean Mountains, listed among the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. Ancient Akrai preserves splendid vestiges of Greek rule, such as the Acropolis with its “theater of heaven,” situated in a dominant position over the valley, and the Bouleuterion, where the city senate met. Alongside these Greek vestiges, Palazzolo also holds treasures of Baroque architecture, such as the Mother Church, with its sumptuous facade and richly decorated interior.
Don’t miss the excellent Palazzolo Acreide sausage, a Slow Food Presidium, which is still produced according to the traditional processing of Sicilian black pigs.

In the heart of the Iblei and Ragusa

Continuing the bike ride along the ancient paths that were once traversed by monks and pilgrims, you can admire beautiful landscapes dotted with olive trees, wheat fields and abandoned mills until you reach Chiaramonte Gulfi. This small town is located 679 meters above sea level in the heart of the Iblei Mountains. It is famous not only for its magnificent location, which has earned it the nickname Balcony of Sicily by offeringspectacular views ranging from Mount Etna to Gela, but also for its excellent oil, considered among the best in Italy.

We continue to Ragusa, the city of two patrons and three bridges. Its oldest part, Ragusa Ibla, holds one of the best examples of Baroque in all of Sicily: the church of San Giorgio.

Modica and Portopalo di Capo Passero

After leaving Italy’s southernmost capital, continue along State Road 115 in the direction of Modica, a city nationally famous for its delicious chocolate, still made following the ancient Aztec recipe. Modica, known as the “city of a hundred churches,” is divided into two areas, Modica Alta and Modica Bassa. It is a wonderful nativity set in the rocks of the Iblei Mountains. Its main churches, St. George’s Cathedral and St. Peter’s Church, face imposing stairways rather than squares, creating a charming atmosphere. From the top of Pizzo Belvedere, the highest point in the city, there is a splendid panoramic view.

Capo Passero Sicilian Baroque Itinerary

Before returning to the province of Syracuse, to taste the delicious scacce ragusane, flatbreads stuffed with various toppings, from the classic with tomato and caciocavallo cheese to one with ricotta and parsley.

Among the picturesque dry stone walls and the smell of the countryside dotted with olive, carob, almond and prickly pear trees, we reach the southernmost point in Europe, Portopalo di Capo Passero. This fishing village is located between the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Marzamemi and the Vendicari Reserve

From here we travel up the eastern coast of Sicily to Marzamemi, a pretty seaside village where it is possible to make a brief stop to admire the picturesque Piazzetta Regina Margherita, surrounded by the fishermen’s characteristic Arab “casuzze,” now converted into clubs and restaurants. On either side of the small square are the beautiful church of St. Francis of Paola and the palace of the Prince of Villadorata, connected at the back to the tuna fishery dating from the time of Arab rule.

Marzamemi, Queen Margherita Square Sicilian Baroque Itinerary

The Marzamemi tuna fishery has been of enormous importance over the centuries, becoming the second most important in the whole of Sicily after that of Favignana. Here you can stock up on tuna and other delicious products derived from its processing, such as bottarga, ventresca, and tarantello.

Next we reach the southern entrance to the Vendicari Reserve, a peaceful oasis whose tranquility is interrupted only by the passage of numerous bird species along their migratory routes from Africa. Leaving the bicycles in the parking lot, you can ride the 14 km of the reserve (for those who are short on time, you can choose one of the 3 available trails-blue, orange or green-through the different gateways).

Surrounded by the scents of the Mediterranean maquis, among juniper forests, ancient salt pans, ponds and the striking tuna fishery, you can admire the famous beaches of San Lorenzo, where turtles nest in July and August, Cala Mosche and Marianelli.

Noto, capital of Baroque

Only 26 km remain to reach the plateau on which stands the renowned capital of Baroque, Noto, overlooking the Asinaro Valley. Through the Porta Reale, an imposing triumphal arch built in the 19th century on the occasion of the visit of King Ferdinand II of Bourbon, one enters Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

Sicilian Baroque Itinerary

photo credit Italy Cycling Tours

Here, the sun never ceases to illuminate its masterpieces thanks to its east-west orientation, and wonders such as the Convent of St. Francis, the Church of St. Clare, Palazzo Ducezio and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas can be admired. In nearby Via Nicolaci, where the splendid Nicolaci family palace is located, wonderful floral decorations are made and adorn the street during the Infiorata, a traditional salute to spring held every year on the third Sunday in May and attracting many visitors.

The final destination of the Sicilian Baroque itinerary: Syracuse

Finally, we come to Syracuse, the city that Cicero called the largest and most beautiful of all Greek cities. One cannot but agree after crossing the entrance to the Neapolis Park: here the Greek theater, which in the spring season hosts the performance of ancient Greek tragedies after dark, and theEar of Dionysus, an imposing 23-meter-high cave with exceptional acoustics, stand out. According to legend, the tyrant Dionysius used it to listen to the words of his prisoners.

Here, too, there is no shortage of late Baroque gems: just cross one of the two bridges connecting Syracuse to the island of Ortigia to immerse yourself in the fascinating narrow streets of this magical little island. Among sumptuous palaces and quaint craft stores, we reach the splendid Minerva Square. Admiring the beauty of the Cathedral, whose facade shines under a warm light that enhances its details, you can enjoy a refreshing granita and think back to the beauty of this incredible itinerary.

E-book Sicily by Bike: Art and Culture

To find more hints and inspirations and plan a bicycle trip to Sicily, download the e-book Sicily by Bicycle: art and culture

Clorofilla colonnine per il cicloturismo

Clorofilla bike station: From passion, a tool to improve cycle tourism.

Cycle tourism is a vacation style that allows you to explore territories and get to know not only the places but above all the local identities, the people. Cycle tourism is also a business, which stimulates and enriches the economies of destinations that invest in activities and infrastructures related to active holidays. Cycle tourism also represents a growing sector that generates profits and is in line with the need to protect the environment through sustainable practices.

Bike station Clorofilla

Cycle tourism is above all a passion, and the bicycle is a powerful tool to improve people’s quality of life. . And it is precisely passion, combined with a responsible vision of one’s role, that gave life to the Chlorophyll project, an Italian manufacturer of assistance and charging stations for bicycles and e-bikes.

Clorofilla’s activity is based on the assumption that cycling tourism not only has less impact on the environment but also represents educational tourism, capable of enabling people to discover beauty in motion. . Hence the idea of ​​supporting those realities that focus on the hospitality and welcome of bicycle travelers.

The Company Clorofilla

The company Buratti Meccanica, a historic and prestigious mechanical processing company from Romagna, was born from the experience of Buratti Dino & Figli when Mr. Dino opened a mechanical repair workshop after the Second World War. Today, the company is still managed by the Buratti family, supported by a team of technicians and programmers. Precision, pragmatism, and innovation are the foundations on which the company’s work is based, which in 2019, after years of research and development, presented its charging stations at Eurobike..

Clorofilla Azienda Buratti

The company strongly believes in the improving role of bicycles and cycling holidays, which is why it decides to dedicate itself to the development of solutions that meet the needs of those realities that share the same perspective with Clorofilla The company’s mission is clear: to meet the needs of cyclists by solving the small/big mechanical problems that may arise along the way.

And while it is true that assistance stations are specifically designed for the end-user – the cyclist – it is also true that Clorofilla at the same time seeks to respond to a question, sometimes not yet emerged or perhaps unexpressed, from bars, restaurants, bike hotels, and facilities that aim to provide products dedicated to that cyclist.

Infrastructure and hospitality culture are the fronts to work on to contribute to the development of cycle tourism and make a destination more attractive; it is important to be present and work to improve these aspects. In fact, a positive experience generates significant benefits for the bicycle holiday movement.

The Apennine Cycle Path and other projects

There are already cycle tourism itineraries in Italy where the result of the installation of bicycle repair and e-bike charging stations can be seen, such as the Apennine Cycle Path. Thanks to the partnership with Misura, sponsor of the cycle path, funds have been made available to finance the purchase of Clorofilla stations. For this cycle path, the stations have been customized.

Clorofilla service and charging stations for bikes

Other projects in progress involve the enhancement of the Cycle Path of the Parks of Calabria and the cycle tourism network “In Bici a Pelo d’Acqua” in Piedmont. In 2024, these cycling routes will be enriched with the installation of repair and charging stations for bicycles, marking an important step towards the realization and promotion of sustainable solutions in the cycle tourism sector.

Specifically, the Calabria Region is preparing to equip its 545 kilometers of Cycle Path with 20 customized stations Clorofilla Power. Similarly, the Piedmontese cycle tourism network “In Bici a Pelo d’Acqua” will adopt 27 Clorofilla Basic and Trail series stations along its 270 kilometers of paths that cross picturesque landscapes, connecting Italy to Switzerland.

These investments testify to the recognition of Chlorophyll’s constant commitment to promoting cutting-edge and sustainable cycling infrastructure, contributing tangibly to the renewal and growth of the territories involved in a distinctive and value-added way.

Accessible to all

The bike is democratic, accessible to all. Equally so should be the tools for the cyclist. This is why the designers have created an ergonomic and intuitive design that makes the charging stations easily accessible and usable. Furthermore, to minimize maintenance, wear-resistant components have been used.

Clorofilla Bike Station

What can be found on a charging station? A series of screwdrivers, Allen keys, and wrenches of the most common sizes to be able to intervene in case of need and solve small mechanical problems.

Not only should the use be “easy,” but also the availability. Communicating the presence of charging and assistance stations is fundamental so that the community of cyclists and cycle tourists are aware of the existence of the stations. A hidden or unfindable charging station is of no use.

With this consideration in mind, Clorofilla has implemented two additional services for the facilities that decide to install the charging stations. Firstly, an interactive Google map has been created, allowing users to identify the nearest charging station or view available stations in a particular area of interest. Furthermore, in collaboration with Komoot, a collection of all charging stations has been created so that those who use Komoot can find them on their route.