Wheels that take you everywhere, a total immersion in nature, only freedom and adrenaline: an active holiday on your mountain bike is one of the best forms of sustainable tourism.

Mountain bike holidays: 5 sustainable tourism idea in Italy

On two wheels you can indeed live intensely the nature without damaging it; and also a mountain bike trail brings important benefits for mood and physical health. So here we found for you bikers 5 ideas for a memorable vacation on two wheels, with breathtaking itineraries, eco-friendly accommodations and services for cyclists.

Mountain biking even in the snow, in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park

Mountain bike in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park
Adamello Brenta Natural Park, photo by imagea.org via Flickr

First destination: the Brenta Dolomites, where there are more than 171 km of routes. There is for example DossDeLaCros Trail, a 11 km circular route for the duration of one hour, with a vertical drop of 306 meters, running from San Lorenzo in Banale, and on to the beautiful Lake Nembia and passing into a beautiful trail downhill near the “Moline Deggia” where you can admire incredible landscapes.

Where to stay: The Garnì Lago Nembia is a hotel dedicated to sports and wellness located in the heart of the natural oasis of Nembia and the Adamello Brenta Nature Park. It offers an excellent breakfast with local products, a small spa, a private lake beach and many facilities for cyclists such as mountain bike rental, storage and maintenance, laundry service for technical clothing, paper maps, and download GPS maps. From € 74 for two people.

Pedaling overlooking the blue of the Cilento coast

Cilento coast

The mountain bikers will also love the Cilento, where the crystal clear sea, unspoiled countryside and archaeological sites are intertwined, creating a place that enchants us. The route that we suggest is the one leading to the promontory of Capo Palinuro, overlooking the entire Cilento coast. The itinerary lasts 4 hours, for a total of 30 kilometers. The sound of the waves, the thrill of the precipice and the skyline will make you live unique and unforgettable moments.

Where to stay: in Marina di Camerota, one of the most beautiful destinations in Cilento and perfect starting point for mountain bike tour, we can find the Eco-Residence Villa Andrea, an accommodation that is careful to the environment with a garden, a swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a solarium . Cyclists will also find a small workshop, a bike included in the price and the possibility of guided tours. From € 55 for two people.

Your mountain bike holiday in the beauty of Pesaro Urbino

Your mountain bike holiday in the beauty of Pesaro Urbino
Photo by Lino M via Flickr

The countryside and the sea of Marche region offer breathtaking landscapes that are enriched by the presence of picturesque medieval villages. In the province of Pesaro-Urbino it is possible to live one of the most challenging paths of the Italian east coast. Inside the Natural Park of Monte San Bartolo, you will cross forests, vineyards and small countries over the Adriatic Sea for 38 kilometers.

Where to stay: in a medieval village typical of the Marches and full of charm there is Casa Oliva, a beautiful Albergo Diffuso with 25 housing units scattered along the ancient village. The rooms are tastefully decorated and offer a wonderful panoramic view and are equipped with every comfort. The elegant restaurant serves excellent traditional dishes, and the spa awaits guests after their outdoor adventures with sauna, steam bath and much more. From 49 € for two people.

From the Emilian Apennines to the sea

Itinerari by mountain bike From the Emilian Apennines to the sea

A three-day trail for a total of 60 kilometers with a vertical drop of 1,000 meters to be done on a mountain bike or alternatively by foot with the donkeys. A unique and unforgettable travel that starts from the hinterland, from Parma’s Apennines, coming down to the sea of ​​Liguria in the romantic Bay of Silence, through woods, meadows and mountains.

Where to stay: the starting point of our route is the Room & Breakfast Tolasudolsa, one of the first bike hotels in Italy that offers among the rest shelter and workshop for bikes. Giorno, the host, will accompany you in your excursions on a mountain bike, that you can hire directly inside the accommodation. From 70 € for two people.

By mountain bike on the shores of Sardinia

Sant'Antioco, Sardinia
Photo by Philippe Roos via Flickr

We move to the South of Italy, in a small island of Sardinia. Sant’Antioco is a perfect destination for anyone who loves nature, the sea and its flavors. One of the best ways to explore this land is on two wheels; for example, there’s a route of 33.7 km that leads you to the discovery of the southern part of the island. It starts from the village of Sant’Antioco, goes towards the large ponds inhabited by pink flamingos and continues towards the sea, where you can enjoy the unique thrill of biking a few centimeters from the water. The aim is then Cape Sperone, then you’ll climb up towards an old military installation and finally go down to the nuragic complex of Grutti Acqua before returning to the village.

Where to stay: in the island you can find a small and eco-friendly bed and breakfast that offers colored double rooms, a beautiful garden and free bicycles. Every morning you’ll find a delicious breakfast prepared with local and organic ingredients. From 50 € for 2 people.

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