Getting on our bikes has always been a fantastic way to stay in shape, while enjoying the great outdoors. This year instead of pedalling away on your commute to work, why not try opting for a biking holiday?
Villa holiday specialist CV Travel has compiled a list of top properties for cycling enthusiasts in 2013, taking in some of the Mediterranean’s most scenic locations.
Here’s a selection of just a few:
The north east coast of Corfu is home to some of Greece’s most dramatic scenery with lush olive groves and traditional villages complemented by stunning views of the coastline and the surrounding mountains.
Those who are keen to explore the area on two wheels can take advantage of the array of full or half day mountain bike tours on offer.
Visitors can opt to stay at the Villa Giorgos, a hillside property that sleeps up to six guests with a private pool near the popular area of St Stephano, from £885 per week, or the Villa Aktea, a seafront property that sleeps up to eight guests with a private pool in Kassiopi, from £2,280 per week.
Both packages include car hire, maid service and welcome provisions.
Famed for its cycling roués that take in majestic views of the surrounding countryside, unspoilt villages and the occasional châteaux, the Dordogne is the perfect place to become acquainted with the south west of France.
Holidaymakers staying at the La Pomarede, a fantastic example of a traditional Dordogne house, will have full use of bicycles with helmets, giving them a chance to cycle through the region’s green countryside, ancient monuments and medieval towns.
After a full day of activity, guests can enjoy a relaxing swim in the onsite pool or simply take a leisurely tour of La Pomarede’s beautiful gardens.
La Pomarede can be booked from £2,120 per week in 2013 for up to 11 guests, including maid service and a welcome hamper.
Tuscany plays host to the Cycling World Championships between 21 and 29 September, making this year the perfect time to visit.
As well as watching competitors make their way through the streets of Lucca and Florence, visitors can also explore Tuscany by bicycle. This allows you to take in olive groves and cypress-lined routes which are typical of the Tuscan countryside.
Located a short distance from Castelvecchio di Compito, between Lucca and Pisa, holidaymakers can stay in one of two CV Travel properties.
Casetta Compito sleeps up to five guests and costs from £2,460 per week for arrival on 21 September, including maid service.
La Mezzaluna, located in the heart of Lucca, sleeps up to five guests and costs £1,345 per week for arrival on 21September.
For more information or to book, visit cvtravel.co.uk.