4 reasons to hire a pedalo this summer & relive your happy childhood holidays


My cyclist dad confused about this new breed of bike

My cyclist dad intrigued by this new breed of bike

Remember those sunny holidays in the Canary Islands as a child? You know, the ones where your parents caved in to your demands to go on the pedalos? Those holidays aren’t just a distant memory as I discovered last week in France with my parents, by a lake.

No sooner had I clapped my eyes on the yellow plastic, I let out a wail about needing to hire out a pedalo. They all groaned. “It’ll be fun”, I said.

I turned 29 a few days earlier and since my birthday wish to go on a boat that day had been extinguished by bad weather and then, when the weather brightened, a miserable French man who uttered only “Seulement a le weekend”, my parents and husband gave in to my childish demands.

During the days inbetween my birthday and ‘le weekend’ I had located a smaller lake, much closer to our holiday house, which hired out pedalos no matter the day. I paid 4 Euros for half an hour, begrudgingly pulled on the mandatory fluorescent life jacket, and assumed the drivers seat; my trainers landing delicately on the pedals. Poised for adventure.

Once all passengers were on board, my dad and I, started to cycle. It was more a sedate 30 minute tour de la lac instead of some grant adventure, but although a pedalo may not be rated highly in the fitness stakes, I think it certainly has some charm and merit. Here’s why:

  1. Taking a pedalo out is simple really, it’s like riding a bike, except it isn’t a bike. Your legs power round to propel
    Despite being metres from the shore, SportSeeker whistles for help

    Just metres from shore, SportSeeker whistles for help

    the boat and by moving a little steering stick to the left, the pedalo moves to the right and by moving the little steering stick to the right, the pedalo veers left.
  2. It’s practically impossible to get wrong (see point 1)
  3. You can socialise with your fellow holidaymakers while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
  4. Pedalo races could be the next big craze. (You heard it here first!)

So I ask you, what’s not to love about pedalos?

Will I pedalo again? In a heartbeat.

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2 thoughts on “4 reasons to hire a pedalo this summer & relive your happy childhood holidays

  1. This made me smile. I haven’t been on a pedalo for years, but see them often and wonder if I should. I’m definitely going to hire one next time!

    • Oh you should! They are so relaxing yet you can tell yourself you’re getting a work out! Probably the ones in the sea are a little trickier to navigate.

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