Family holidays, a wonderful moment to share together. Yet, organising such trip raise several questions. What destination to choose? In which hotel to stay? And most importantly, what activities to do during your stay? Maybe a city trip on a bike in family? Little Guest answers all these questions in this article, giving you all their advice, with a ranking of the best cities in which you can bike in family.
To ensure the peacefulness of your holidays, Little Guest invites you to check its top 5 of the best cities where biking in family will allow you to admire wonderful landscapes. Visit these cities in a fun and easy way: let us guide you and discover the kids-friendly hotels of the region.
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With all our advice, you will have the chance to spend moments in family in a safe way and enjoy your bike ride while taking pictures and contemplate the splendid landscapes.
The wonderful German capital, Berlin, welcomes you for you to discover its cultural and artistic heritage. Mainly known for the Museum Island but also its ancient avenue: the Unter den Linden. Visit the city and find its secrets in the different neighbourhood of this European capital rich with a lively past.
Would like a calm and creative atmosphere during your meals while you stay in the German capital? Discover the Klipper Segelschiffrestaurant, a restaurant set on a sailing boat, the ideal place for sea fruits lovers. Right next to the Insel der Jugend, you will have the chance to eat all sorts of fish and traditional German dishes. Finally, choose a breakfast and flee the capital’s bustle during a marine interlude.
To explore the German capital on a bike, several solutions are offered to you. You will find renting stations, for regular or sports cross bikes. A trek, maybe? Prefer a Call-a-bike option, which puts to rental trekking bikes near the large crossroads and the train stations. You can also choose self-service bikes through the following phone applications: Nextbike or Donkey Republic.
For you biking trips, choose the prepared itineraries or let the destiny guide you. Go through the city and the alleyways filled with secrets. Admire the famous sites such as the Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall memorials or the Saint-Nicholas Church. Just like every touristic city, Berlin also has must-see locations: have a walk on the Museum Island, and don’t hesitate to check the Brandenburg door or the Reichstag Palace.
In Berlin, the Lulu Guldsmeden **** is the family trip reference. This hotel welcomes you in a warm atmosphere and offers a play area for children. Appreciate the privileged location of this hotel to discover the city and the nearby family activities such as the famous zoological garden, the Tretower Park or the Labyrinth Children’s Museum Berlin. This hotel also leaves to the disposal of families and guests bikes, ideal for a city trip in family.
Considered as one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, Barcelona and its surprising architecture offers a unique atmosphere. During your stay, visit the indispensable Sagrada Familia, have a break at the Güel Park or have a walk in the Gothic neighbourhood alleyways, the Barrio Gotico. Also admire the Casa Batlló, a building conceived by Gaudí, in a modernist and Catalan style.
A stay in Barcelona without trying a paella? An outrage! The Bodega Joan is a restaurant that proposes combined paellas in a nice and hearty atmosphere. While waiting for your dish, let the wonderful Serrano ham and gambas tempt you, accompanied with a small glass of wine.
Biking is the best way to explore a city at the pace you like and to go wherever you like. In Barcelona, you will find several bike rental agencies spread across the city. Several brands exist, which propose a large choice: city bikes, BMX, mountain bikes and baby equipment.
To discover Barcelona and its surroundings, you will find a large choice of existing itineraries, but you can also choose to let adventure guide you and randomly find unexpected marvels. Regarding the routes, you will easily find one that will suit your needs, such as a ride alongside the coast, or maybe a visit in the heart of the city to discover the most emblematic monuments of Barcelona.
In the surroundings of Barcelona, the hotel Mas Salagros EcoResort ***** is a genuine natural haven with vast green areas. There, reconnect with nature and take part in outdoor activities. Your children can head to the kids-club which proposes a large choice of manual activities. They can also splash around in the pools of the hotel, which are under the surveillance of lifeguards all day long. This Eco-resort also provides with a thermal tour and cosmetic eco-workshop for the older children.
What about a fascinating and bewildering getaway? Fly to the Hungarian capital, Budapest. On the edge of the Danube, discover the grand cultural and architectural richness of this city : castles, verdant parks, gastronomic restaurants and a guaranteed nightlife atmosphere.
As it progressively became a refined place for gastronomy, you will have the chance to let yourself tempted by the cuisine of a new generation of chefs there, a creative, light and tantalising one. Find out more about the Hungarian gastronomy by sitting at the beautiful terrace of the Dunacorso, a historical restaurant the offers traditional dishes from the region with a splendid view over the old city of Buda.
A large number of bike rental agencies exist in this wonderful city. These rental places offer city bikes much like mountain bikes. They generally are open from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. Also find equipment, such as child seats, baskets and, obviously, helmets.
For a bike visit in Budapest, prefer a ride at the heart of city so to explore the alleyways and admire the must-see places. During your trip, have a halt at the Liberty Square, right in front of the Parliament, or in the main park of the city. Discover also the night routes to contemplate the city by night.
After a nice day biking, relax at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest *****, a hotel that put children in the limelight thanks to an entertaining programme. They will be greeted with presents and will take part in treasure hunts or will watch movies and read. In family, go for the zoo of Budapest, the Miniversum or the Hungarian Railway Museum. Finally, after a day filled with exploration, parents can unwind at the wellness centre of the hotel.
Kilmore Abbey and its Harry Potter castle look
If there is a place where biking is totally convenient, it’s Ireland. The outmost greenery, leading to Ireland being nicknamed « The Emerald Island« , provides breathtaking landscapes to discover on your bike saddle. Located on the Western part of the island, the Mayo County and the Galway County are sprinkled with ondulating hills, mesmerizing lakes and vertiginous cliffs. The greeny scopes are perfect for pastoral hikes and dazzling golf contests, while the lovely houses and cottages alongside Corrib river smoothly blend in the landscape.
Galway, second largest Western Ireland city, is human-sized and easy to visit by feet or by bike. Beside a must-stop at famous Tigh Neachtain pub to enjoy a Guiness, stroll around the old medieval city and pay a visit to the Galway City Museum. Attend one of the numerous festivals that occur throughout the year or a traditionnal music concert in the streets or in the bars. And for the foodies, don’t forget to book a Galway Food Tour to discover the countless tasty specialties of the region.
Bike rentals are around all corners in Galway and the surroundings. If you want to move around the city, check TFI and its numerous rental points, or Brite Mobility. If you want to travel through the region, local agencies such as West Ireland Cycling or Bike Hire Ireland will supply you with nice bikes. A rental service is also available at Ashford Castle. There are many ways and many paths to bike in Western Ireland!
The EuroVelo 2, currently being designed, plans to link Westerner Galway to Easterner Dublin, so about 200 km of bike paths. Currently, the path is designed from Athlone to Dublin (about a hundred kilometers) on the Old Rail Trail but the infrastructures to reach Athlone from Galway by bike are efficient. If you prefer to stay in the region, know that famous Conemara, the Burren park and the Kilmore Abbey are nearby. For a more simple stroll, just take a ride around the city longering the Corrib and enjoying the various street entertainments.
Super view on Corrib lake
Perfectly blending in its greeny landscape, the Lodge at Ashford Castle **** is the ideal place to spend your family holidays in Ireland. The domain is absolutely beautiful and is located in Mayo County, 40 minutes away from Galway. With its view on Corrib Lough, its torrents and its lands, the hotel seems to have popped up from a fairy tale and totally fits with the country’s magical impression. The children will love the Kids Pack at their arrival, the activities and the exciting excursions, while you will practice your swing or soak into the spa’s voluptuousness. A bike rental service is also available for your pedaly trip!
Head to Heraklion, Crete’s capital full of splendid landscapes and its wonderful fine sand beaches bordered with a turquoise-blue sea. Occupied by the Roman Empire, this city is then filled with archaeological sites and historical museums. Go back in time and explore the ruins of the Knossos palace or by visiting the Heraklion fortress. Appreciate the light and animated atmosphere of the city by walking in the city centre.
Visiting and feeling the culture of a city also goes through the plate! For this, nothing better than the Taverna Geronymos which offers a Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Your family will be warmly greeted with a tasteful and rich gastronomy. The ideal place for a great meal in family.
It has never been this simple to rent a bike. You will find plenty of rental agencies at the heart of the city, which propose regular bikes but also e-bikes. These agencies also provide with safety material such as helmets. You will have the possibility to book online so to ensure some availability of the material.
To make your holidays the best ever, discover the many routes so to satisfy everyone. In fact, we would recommend you to go for a ride in the heart of the city to admire the architecture and discover the city and its history. Maybe you would prefer a ride by the Northern coast or in the Cretan countryside… Whatever your choice will be, there are a plethora of possibilities.
Make your holidays by the sea splendid by staying at the Grecotel Amirandes ***** and its unique programme dedicated to children! This piece of paradise for the children provides with a baby-club, a kids-club and even a teens-club: a large array of activities for unforgettable moments. For the family activities, try a horse ride the time in the morning, and go diving in the afternoon to explore the marine life. Finally, for parents, the hotel boasts an 18-hole golf court, a wellness centre and boutiques.
Have a good trip, and happy holidays with Little Guest!
Lucie, 20 years old, student & travel enthustiast, from Saint-Étienne