Top 10 European mountain biking locations

Are you a keen cyclist itching to get away and explore some biking trails across Europe? We’ve compiled a list of top 5 mountain biking trails in Europe…

Lake Garda, Italy
With more than one thousand kilometres of biking trails for all abilities from easy beginners to more experienced riders, the Cliffside trails offer amazing views over the pristine alpine lake scenery in Northern Italy making this one of the best trails to go mountain biking. For details on Lake Garda biking routes click here.

Basque Country, Spain
The Basque Country in Northern Spain is an up and coming mountain biking spot which is growing popular among bikers. From mellow biking trails to more experienced trails, there is something to suit most mountain bike riders along the mountains and ocean views en route from Bilbao to Biarritz. The best time to visit is between March and October, the winter the weather can be cold and wet so best to avoid November to February.

Åre, Sweden
The mountain region of Åre in north-west Sweden offers some of the country’s best opportunities for mountain biking. Mountain Biking in Åre, Jämtland is suitable for those with some previous experience of biking on small paths and tracks with a general good level of health and fitness. Ride a chairlift to the top of one of Sweden’s famous ski resorts, which is also a hot biking spot. Full bike hire facilities are available in the village of Åre.

Morzine, France
Located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil region, the Alpine village of Morzine has great riding right on its doorstep as well as easy access to riding in nearby Les Gets, Châtel and across the border in to Switzerland. Morzine has many bike parks and freestyle areas so there are plenty of opportunities for practicing stunts and moves.

Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
The Jungfrau region lies in the heart of the Berner Oberland and extends from Interlaken to the snow topped summits of the Jungfrau massif. At just over 18 km wide this postcard perfect region is dissected by single track trails near waterfalls, mountain lakes and sheer rock faces.

Don’t forget your adventure travel insurance!
Take out travel insurance before you leave home, just in case you have an accident or fall ill on your travels. Please ensure you check the adventure travel insurance policy wording to make sure you have cover for your chosen activity. 24/7 travel insurance offers great value cover and automatically covers 100 activities! An 3-day trip in Europe will cost you only £5.32* – a small price to pay for peace of mind to really enjoy your adventure activity holiday!

* Premium £5.32 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an adult aged under 55 taking out a “Standard” Single-trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for 3-days in Europe excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (July 2010) and are subject to change.