The Adige River cycle path has to be one of the most enjoyable and scenic leisure-cycling routes in Europe. Starting from the head of the Resia Pass, close to the Austrian border, this idyllic cycle path follows the Adige River as it descends through stunning alpine landscapes past quaint mountain villages and historic towns to Lake Garda.
If you’re looking for carefree, easy cycling on quiet cycle paths through jaw-dropping scenery then look no further – the Adige River and Lake Garda Cycling Holiday really should be on your leisure cycling bucket list.
The above video was shot in June 2017 and depicts the sights and scenes from the route.
Read about this holiday in the Guardian
The route starts high in the Italian Alps at the head of the Resia/Reschen Pass and follows the Adige River as it descends along the stunning Venosta Valley. You’ll be cycling on a traffic free, tarmac cycle path. The going is easy, being predominantly downhill, allowing plenty of time to drink in the panoramic alpine vistas that unfold all around.
You’ll cycle past small villages and medieval towns, some of which originate from Roman times as this is the route of the Via Claudia Augusta, a trans-alpine path first opened in 46 AD. As you descend, the fruit orchards begin to give way to vineyards and the Adige turns from a tumbling mountain stream to a fully fledged river.
Shortly after the town of Trento you face the one, short, easy climb of the route – don’t worry it’s not that long and there’s no penalty for walking or taking a breather. Your efforts are rewarded with an exhilarating descent to the stunning northern shore of Lake Garda. You will spend the last night of your tour in one of the pretty lakeside towns on the northern shore, such as Riva, Torbole or Nago or in Arco in the northern end in an attractive setting.
The vast majority of this route is on tarmac cycle paths with some very short stretches on quiet roads. The route is predominantly downhill or level making it a good choice for families and anyone with a basic level of fitness.