Mountain biking is a big sport in Europe, and there are plenty of trails and routes to choose from, so going mountain biking on your holiday is a great way to see the country. You get the best of both worlds: spending a lot of time in the most beautiful surroundings, while getting your adrenaline kick at the same time! It’s really difficult to say which mountain bike routes are the best in Europe, but below we have listed some truly great ones to give you some ideas and inspiration for your next trip to explore Europe.
Great Mountain Bike Locations In Europe
Lake Garda – Italy
Possibly one of the most beautiful locations for mountain biking in Europe, Lake Garda makes for an unforgettable mountain bike experience.
With over 1000 kilometers of way marked trails for all abilities from beginners to pros, it lives up to its reputation for having some of the best mountain biking in Europe.
There are routes for all likes; some go past small villages, rural fields and olive groves to ruins, forests, cliffs and waterfalls.
Calderdale, Yorkshire – UK
UK has a lot of really good mountain biking, but Calderdale has to be among the best routes in the country.
It’s the best technical riding area in England with plenty of routes, including the ”Mary Towneley Loop” which is 47 miles long with some serious challenge in beautiful nature.
When you’re in the area or are staying in the holiday cottages yorkshire dales, I should also mention that it’s worth checking out the Yorkshire dales national park, where it’s also possible to mountain bike or cycle.
Karavanke Alps – Slovenia
What puts Slovenia on our list is not only that it offers some incredible mountain biking, but that the place is rather ”undiscovered” and therefor it almost never gets crowded on the trails and you often have the whole place to yourself.
The trails here were cut by mules, huntsmen and miners over a long time, but have only recently been discovered by mountain bikers.
Morzine – France
The small French town Morzine sees itself as the heart of Alpine mountain biking, and with over 23 lifts and hundreds of kilometers of trails for both free ride and cross country bikers, this is a place that has it all.
While many people go to Morzine for their winter holidays, this place is just as good during the summer months for a bit of mountain biking and adventure sport.
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