I’ve decided to move to southern Europe next autumn with my girlfriend and stay for a few years. I’m especially interested in Spain or southern Italy. I’m fed up with Scandinavian winter so I’m looking for mild winter temperatures. And since this is a cycling forum, we will focus on the cycling perspective, and less on the other aspects as work possibilities and so on . Here are some of the things I am looking for:
I want to live close to the mountains, I love long climbs and my race calendar is climbing-focused.
I prefer to live close to the ocean.
Smaller town, city. Don’t mind if it’s a tourist town or not
Low living costs
My first idea was either Gran Canaria or Tenerife, but my girlfriend was a bit worried with how small these islands are. Are there any snow free moutains in Europe during winter? What about Sicily? Worste case scenario is that I just dont ride so far up the mountains during winter. I dont mind bad weather, its just really cold temperatures and icy, dangerous roads I can’t stand. That’s why I’ve also been thinking about Northwestern Spain, but I don’t know much about Galicia and surroundings.
If you were moving to Southern Europe, where would you like to live and why?
What are the best cycling places in Europe November - April?
What places in Spain/Italy/Portugal have you been riding your bike and how did you like it?