The Inishowen stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way has just been named the ‘most picturesque’ cycling route in Europe.
From Ireland across to France and Spain, Comparethemarket has compiled a list of the top 20 most Instagrammed cycling routes across the continent.
Taking the top spot is the Wild Atlantic Way on the Inishowen Peninsula.
“At 1,600 miles in length, the coastal route winds across the breath-taking Irish West Coast,” competition organisers said.
“Dotted with spellbinding cliffs, towering bays and enigmatic islands, it’s no surprise that the cycling route attracts tourists from across the world who have snapped over 1.6 million posts under the hashtag #wildatlanticway.”
Home to the iconic Tour De France, it’s no surprise that France takes the lead as the country with the most picturesque cycling routes – five to be precise.
Of the French routes that rank in the top 20, the Camino Francés takes the second spot overall.
The scenic route runs from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port across the border to some of the most striking areas of Spain.
Ranking third on the list is the Cinglés de Ventoux route, another French trail, which begins in the quaint agricultural village of Bédoin.
Commenting on the research, Anna McEntee, director at Comparethemarket, says:
“For holidaymakers looking for a trip where they can combine their hobby with taking in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, a cycling holiday is a great alternative to a city break or coastal holiday.
“However, just like any type of active holiday, accidents can happen, especially when cycling across different terrains. Having the right level of travel insurance in place is essential. And always check the policy T&Cs before going away so that you’re clear on what you’re covered for.”