For edition six of Magellan PR’s Five of the Best series, we are talking pedal power. Whether you are trying to be green, preparing your body for the beach or just taking in the sights and the sounds of some of the most beautiful regions in the world, bikes are a great way to travel about.
In the slow lane on a BMW Bike at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts – with eco-friendly and health & well-being central to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts credo, a partnership with BMW Cruise Bikes to provide guests with complimentary cycles whilst inhouse just seems perfect. From Fairmont Beijing to Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, the opportunity for adventure is everywhere. BMW Cruise Bikes are the perfect companion for both busy urban streets and scenic trails, promising a smooth ride on any surface thanks to a distinctive design and a Suntour suspension system. First time riders should beware however: there’s a brake built into the right side pedal!
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On your bike in the Ile de Ré with Visit Poitou-Charentes – As soon as you cross the bridge to the Ile de Ré, life becomes a little slower and sightings of cars become scarcer with two wheels definitely the de riguer mode of transport. With over 60 miles of dedicated tracks winding through vineyards, salt marshes and nature reserves with the highest point just 19 metres above sea level, it is not at all surprising that bikes are the most popular way to explore the whitewashed villages, sandy beaches and coastal defences all day long. In summer on the Ile de Ré, the centres of most villages are closed to traffic so this is a great way to explore the island.
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Step off the fast lane and relax cycling around the estate of LeDomaine –Imbued with the charm of a by-gone age, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine offers a welcome retreat from the stresses and strains of modern-day living. Covering some 700 hectares of prime vineyards and farmland, this medieval estate dating back to 1146, is located in Sardón de Duero within the historic and fertile region of Castille y Leon. The perfect way to take in all this spendour is of course by bike. LeDomaine has a fleet of mountain bikes available for complimentary use and the concierge will suggest a suitable route, depending on the season.
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Make like a local and hit the road in Santa Monica – Locals love the fact that Santa Monica is only 8.3 square miles in size, making it so easy to leave the cars at home and navigate the city on a bicycle. So if visiting why not rent a bike for a day at Perry’s bicycle rental who have the largest fleet in California and consists of a broad selection of speciality bikes including Schwinn performance bikes, beach cruisers, choppers, mountain bikes, tandems, childrens bikes, tricycles, tag-a-longs, kiddy carts and others. You can even book one of the historic bike rides so you can learn about the history of Santa Monica from its Spanish beginnings to the current day.
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I wouldn’t walk 1000 miles but I would cycle over 230 green miles in the Midi-Pyrénées – All the routes and itineraries offered by Tourism Midi-Pyrenees respect the environment and often follow former railway tracks or the banks of canals and rivers. They are exclusively reserved for cycling and other environmental sound ways of travelling about. In total, there are 22 of these routes in Midi-Pyrénées, providing over 230 miles of green itineraries. One such itinerary is the Canal des Deux Mers, dreamed up in the 17th century by Pierre-Paul Riquet (1604-1680), it runs from Toulouse to Sète.
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Contributor: Alexandra Pinhorn