This is the section of the site where we can recommend a few stand-out shops, services, accommodation and routes we have experienced along the way.
If you’re ever in these areas then we recon they’re definitely worth checking out:
Werfen Hotel – Obauer
Comfortable rooms, delicious food and the owner is a wonderful lady!
Alpe-adria cycle route
Taking you from Salzburg, over the Alpes and down to the sea in Italian Grado. Well marked and interesting.
Dubrovnik -Villa Micika
Cheap & friendly, can take bus to old city
Split- Black Cat Restaurant (now toc bistro)
Tasty interesting local specialities
Patras Bike Shop – Topodilato
Sound advice about routes and equipment
Thessaloniki Bike Shop – Action Bike Club
Best shop for touring/wheels we found in Thessaloniki. Helpful staff and good route knowledge.
Nafpaktos -Hotel Akti
The friendliest staff and the best breakfast ever!
Galaxidi – To Spitaki Apartment
Beautiful open plan apartment with a patio garden, open fire and an oven! We stayed here for our Christmas treat and Stella the owner made us very welcome.
Ski centre- 3-5 Pigadia – Northern Greece Nr Thessaloniki
Ski centre 2 hours drive from Thessaloniki. Cheap ski hire and lift pass – when we were there the condition weren’t great but it was cheap and so much fun 🙂
If you’re in the area a visit to Ancient Olympia is worth it. 9Euros a ticket is quite pricey but you can spend hours marvelling at the old olympic stadium and the ancient artefacts.
Srinagar – Young Ambassador House Boat (technically a dert?)
We had the whole boat (ensuite double bedroom, living room, dining room and balcony) to ourselves for £7 a night including breakfast and dinner.
Boulevard rd, gate no. 7
Old Manali – Ashock guesthouse
Just opposite the Shiva Garden Cafe in Old Manali is the Ashock Guesthouse. Comfortable doubles with a shared bathroom for £2 a night. Hot shower! 🙂
Old Manali – Shiva Garden Cafe
Traditional traveller fare, but every dish delicious. Best breakfast in town! Best pizza, best chinese food and best thali. Grand statements I know.
Old Manali – The Bee’s Knees, Mexican Restaurant
Homemade guacamole, need we say more?
Old Manali – Sesh Besh Restaurant
Veg pagodas amazing, Indian food top notch, and friendly too.
Parco Nazionale Foreste Casentinesi.
Beautiful national park with smooth roads through the forest. There’s also a wolf research centre!
We cycled through Northern Tuscany and it has to be some of the most rewarding and idyllic cycling! If only we had road bikes for those sweeping smooth climbs and descents!
Osh -TES Guesthouse
Rooms here are quite pricey, but you can camp in the garden for a fair price, or even stay in a yurt. Amazing shower! Even more amazing breakfast included in the price.
Duck kebabs. Expensive but delicious! Name?
Tivat – Sailing
Katie Squires & Tim Layton
Khorag- Pamir Lodge
We stayed for 18 days (back recovery) and felt most welcome. You can camp or stay in rooms- shared bathroom and hot water bucket shower. The lodge a walk away from everywhere but is extremely peaceful with a nice garden
The Pamir Highway
Running from Dushanbe in Tajikistan to Osh in Kyrgyzstan, the Pamir Highway is know as the Roof of the World and it certainly feels it at times. Our favourite section was the ‘northern road’ from Dushanbe to Khorag – taking you though winding rough tracks dotted with small villages (and ice cream to cool you down!) eventually taking you to run parallel with the Afghan border. Awesome.
Ankara – Gungorler Bisiklet
Really helpful, decent workshop and a bike wash area.
Ankara – Museum ankara
Friendly staff, lots of apple tea. Near an interesting Caravanserai.
A popular holiday spot for students. Felt like a theme park, but our accommodation was peaceful.
Khiva – Afandi ga
$10 per room, shared bathroom. Very small and personable, tasty food and more tea than you can drink. We loved it here 🙂
Khiva Silk Workshop
Supported by UNESCO and Project Mercy this is a co-operative carpet making venture creating work opportunies for local women and men, maintaining good working conditions and unique carpet designs. Set up by British guy, whose book makes an exceelend guide to Khiva!
Samarkand and Bukhara
2 fascinating cities, incredible architecture and a far reaching colourful history.