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6 top cycling holidays for autumn

Bringing more balanced temperatures and fewer crowds, autumn is a fantastic time for a cycling trip. Soak up a Mediterranean coastline from the saddle, or head further afield to the Wadi Rum desert. Wherever you cycle this autumn, you'll find beautiful scenery.
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1. Cycle the Dalmatian Coast

Thanks to the Mediterranean climate cycling the Dalmatian Coast is perfect at any time of the year. But as the autumn begins you’ll still find pleasantly warm weather to accompany you on your rides, and a coastal breeze to keep you cool. Crowds in Croatia will dwindle throughout the season, giving you plenty of choice when it comes to waterfront bars and restaurants. While October has an average temperature of around 18 degrees celsius, you’ll still be able to enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean or a wander along a quiet beach.

2. Cycle Jordan

With the hot summer weather dropping off as we head into autumn, you can expect nice, balanced temperatures as you cycle Jordan. Enjoy a traditional Ottoman Bath on a cool autumn evening - the perfect way to end a day spent cycling Little Petra and an ancient Stone Age village. In Wadi Rum you’ll experience authentic Bedouin living arrangements as you camp under the stars in communal-style tents, keeping you warm against Jordan’s colder night-time temperatures. 

3. Cycle Southern Spain - Murcia

Murcia boasts pleasant temperatures and reliable sunshine throughout autumn after the hot days of summer have passed, making it idyllic for cycling. As you cycle Southern Spain, riding on peaceful backroads and breathtaking landscapes, soak up the sun-drenched orchards and villages along the way. Finally, after a busy day sightseeing from the saddle, spend the evening strolling a quaint plaza, or indulge in delicious traditional Spanish tapas.

4. Cycle Saigon to Hanoi

As the dry season approaches in October and November, autumn is a great time to cycle Vietnam. These months are among the best for visiting Hanoi and Halong Bay where, after exploring the south and centre of Vietnam, you’ll be boarding a boat through remarkable limestone scenery to visit Sung Sot Cave, and wandering the city of fascinating Hanoi on foot.

5. Cycle Morocco - Atlas to the Sahara

Morocco’s hot season draws to a close in October, with autumn bringing a more comfortable temperature that’s perfect for cycling. On this moderate grade cycling tour of Morocco, set off in the heart of the Atlas Mountains where you’ll bike to the impressive fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, that was on the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh. Later in the trip, you’ll swap your bike for a camel and embark on a journey into the desert, passing sand dunes of up to 150 metres.

6. Cycle Turkey

September is one of the best months for cycling Turkey, thanks to its pleasantly warm temperatures and bright blue skies. As you cycle the hills and coastline of ancient Lycia you’ll experience local village life in Minare and Sutlegen, marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Xanthos, and stop for a swim at Patara Beach. While the weather in late autumn can be more varied, you may still see temperatures reach up to 29 degrees celsius.

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