If you know the quiet back roads and cycling lanes of Europe, you have a fantastic opportunity to cycle in many countries. The best thing with cycling is that during the daily pedaling journey it is possible to see many sights and absorb local culture. But where are Europe’s best cycling routes? EuroVelo has mapped 15 routes that let cyclists explore Europe along cycling-friendly roads.
The people behind EuroVelo are members of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF). The association represents organisations in 40 countries with over 500,000 active members. The ECF coordinates EuroVelo’s development at the European level.
1 – Atlantic Coast Route
A cycling trip of 9,110 km / 5,661 miles. Start/End point North Cape, Norway and End/Start point Caminha, Portugal. Countries passed through Norway, UK, Republic of Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.
2 – Capitals Route
5,500 km | 3,417 miles. Start/End point Galway, Republic of Ireland End/Start point Moscow, Russia. Countries passed through: Ireland, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Belarus and Russia.
3 – Pilgrims Route
5,122 km / 3,183 miles. Start/End point Trondheim, Norway End/Start point Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Countries passed through: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France and Spain.
4 – Central Europe Route
4000 km / 2,485 miles. From Roscoff, France to Kiev, Ukraine. Countries: France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech, Poland and Ukraine.
5 – Via Romea Francigena
3,900 km / 2,432 miles. Start/End point London, UK – End/Start point Rome or Brindisi, Italy. Countries: UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Italy.
6 – Atlantic – Black Sea
4,448 km / 2,764 miles. From Nantes, France to Constanta, Romania. Countries: France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.
7 – Sun Route
7409 km / 4,604 miles. Start/End point North Cape, Norway – End/Start point Valletta, Malta. Countries: Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czechia, Austria, Italy and Malta.
8 – Mediterranean Route
5,888 km / 3,659 miles. From Cádiz, Spain to Cyprus. Countries: Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia.
9 – Baltic – Adriatic
1,930 km / 1,199 miles. End/Start point Gdansk, Poland – Start/End point Pula, Croatia. Countries: Poland, Czechia, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route
7,980 km / 4,927 miles. Also known as the Hansa Circuit. As a circular routre it doesn’t have a start or end point. Countries: Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
11 – East Europe Route
5,984 km / 3,718 miles. Start/End point North Cape, Norway – End/Start point Athens, Greece. Countries: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece.
12 – North Sea Cycle Route
5,932 km / 3,686 miles. North Circuit makes a loop around the North Sea and doesn’t have a start or end point. Countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and UK.
13 – Iron Curtain Trail
10,400 km / 6,462 miles. Start/End point Grense-Jakobselv, Norway – End/Start point Rezovo, Bulgaria. Countries: Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Czechia, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey.
15 – Rhine Route
1,233 km / 766 miles. Start/end Andermatt, Switzerland – End/Start point Hoek van Holland, Netherlands. Countries: Switzerland, Germany, France and The Netherlands.
17 – Rhone Cycle Route
1,115 km / 693 miles. Start/end Andermatt, Switzerland – End/start Port-Saint-Louis du Rhône or Sète, France. Countries: Switzerland and France.
Details of each route can be viewed at the EuroVelo homepage. All sections of routes and not yet fully mapped, but this is ongoing project.
A cyclist, Jeremy Wilks, made a report to Euronews about the route number 17 that follows the mighty Rhone River in Switzerland and France. He discovered many delightful sights and places, but also realized that the route was carefully planned. Over half the Rhone Route (ViaRhôna) is on car-free bike paths, the rest on quiet roads, making it suitable for all cyclists. This route has its own web site for more information.
View the video that shows a few places and cycling roads along the Rhone Route.
Now I know how I am going to spend my next summer – the only problem is which route to choose. What if I pedaled one route every year?