Cycle Touring in Greece


Cycle Touring in Greece
Greece, the cradle of western civilisation, with a sun-drenched Mediterranean climate, is a perennially popular destination. 18 UNESCO sites, a wealth of historical landmarks and amazing landscapes with one of the longest coastlines in the world, mean the travel options here are abundant. The tavernas are welcoming and you can sip ouzo over ice with the locals. Greek food is fresh and uncomplicated and well suited to energy-hungry cyclists.
 Greece Regions Map

Greece is not particularly well known as a cycling destination though, with over 80% of the country being mountainous - though not at Alpine heights. However unsurprisingly mountain biking and on-road climbing routes are plentiful. With a population of only 11 million and relatively few cycle tourists, it isn’t hard to get to quiet or remote countryside.
 

Northern Greece

This region is mostly mountainous with a more extreme climate than the rest of the country. Hot dry summers and cold wet winters, particularly on the western side, mean the tourism season is shorter than elsewhere. It can make for great cycling, albeit more challenging due to a less developed tourist infrastructure - perhaps better though for experiencing the ‘real’ Greece.
A highlight is the descent to the sea from the home of the gods at Mt Olympus - at the end of which is
Greece's second city, Thessaloniki.
Nearby is the popular and easily accessible Halkidiki region with its beautiful three-peninsula trident and the world-renowned Greek Orthodox site at Mt. Athos.
More off the beaten trail but in a very imposing landscape, is another amazing and famous monastery complex, UNESCO heritage listed Meteora.

Meteora monastery


Central Greece

Also quite mountainous, Central Greece has plenty of mountain bike and climbing tours as it is generally more accessible and a higher population means more infrastructure. Getting closer to Athens has the bonus of more historical monuments and sites - like the fields of Marathon and Thermopylae. And although not particularly bike friendly the city of Athens more than compensates with it's vast history and culture - particularly, but not totally, of the ancient variety. The surrounding Attica region and the Saronic Gulf and islands make for much better cycling.

 

Peleponesse

The Peloponnese to the south has arguably the best cycling in the country. It shares the rugged terrain of the north but with a better network of roads and trails, and without the traffic congestion or air pollution of the areas around Athens. Consequently you will find more organised tours. The region also has some of the greatest historical sites like Olympia (home of the ancient Olympic Games) Epidaurus, Mycenae and Sparta as well as countless Byzantine churches, castles and settlements.
Also to be found in abundance are vineyards, olive groves and stunning scenery including mountains, valleys, forests, beaches and amazing Mediterranean views over aquamarine and turquoise water. Regional towns such as Nafplio and Kalamata make excellent bases for bike tours.

Bike on a Greek beach


The Islands

However it is the islands that are the best-known and most visited parts of the country. There are 227 inhabited islands with many times that number uninhabited. By and large these are microcosms of the mainland with hilly terrain away from the coast. One of the best ways to bike these is on a bike and boat tour where several islands, or even island groups, can be visited.
The Ionian, Cyclades and Dodecanese (or South Aegean) groups are perhaps the most popular although the North Aegean is equally of interest. Combining the islands with some of the Greek or Turkish mainland can provide even more variety of both sights and cycling.
Being by far the largest island, Crete is a destination in itself with a host of tours available in a range of degrees of difficulty. The Minoan civilisation, the earliest in Europe, was centred here and left a wealth of archaeological sites and remains.
 
Relaxing on board your accommodation while crossing the dazzling Aegean or Ionian Seas, together with making the most of your time on land, has to be one of the best holidays around. Or an easy bike ride in the almost year-round warm sunshine, a challenging mountain climb or taking in some of the extraordinary history and culture at cycling pace, you can’t really go wrong with Greece.

 
Check out below some of the awesome tours available from the best operators.
For more information on cycle touring we recommend the cycling page of the Visit Greece website.

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Mykonos Wind Turbine Tour

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4 Hour(s)
Mod/Advanced
13 Km
Guided

Its technical characteristics: climbing steep slopes and a rough & loose technical gravel road all the way down the mountain.

Yet the route is very scenic and the beaches of Myrsini and Fokos will soothe you with their inviting blue ...

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Mykonos Romantic Ride at Dusk

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3 Hour(s)
Easy/Moderate
9 Km
Guided

White or red wine, produced by Mykonos Vioma farm, is offered at this tour, together with some treats. A tablecloth, a cooler for the white wine, glasses, lanterns and a blanket (for chilly evenings) are carried along by the guide.

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Mykonos: Picnic at the Beach Tour

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4 Hour(s)
Easy/Moderate
9 Km
Guided

It is indeed the ideal tour for culinary explorers who look for an easy-to-cycle outdoor activity.

The local delicacies of Mykonos are directly linked to its history and tradition. This tour invites you to both taste and learn the c ...

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Mykonos VIP E-bike Tour

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8 Hour(s)
Easy/Moderate
21 Km
Guided

There is no standard itinerary for this tour. The route-related flexibility allows us to customize the tour following your wishes & cycling level. According to your choices, the tour may include visiting multiple off the beaten track ...

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Mykonos Lia Beach Tour

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3 Hour(s)
Moderate
11 Km
Guided

Our first stop for swim, Lia, is a truly beautiful, organized, yet quiet, beach. But, of course, what goes down must come up; so the way back from Lia beach will give you bragging rights for your accomplishment in conquering this tour’s stee ...

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Mykonos Fokos Beach Tour

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3 Hour(s)
Easy/Moderate
9 Km
Guided

Then we continue our ride by the soothingly peaceful water of the reservoir of Ano Mera, before encountering the picturesque view of Fokos beach. As we coast down the last downhill before our destination we have the chance to admire this unique la ...

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Authentic Mykonos in a Nutshell

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4 Hour(s)
Moderate
15 Km
Guided

We first cycle at the rural part of the island –off-roading also through a winding single track- in Ano Mera, before visiting a family church, which will give us the opportunity to interpret Mykonos’ local traditions, typical landscape ...

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The Odyssey stage 3 - Athens to Ithaca

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15 Day(s)
Moderate
Guided

In Stage 3 we will be exploring mainland Greece for the first 10 days, but don't worry, we will board a boat again as we finish with the irresistible Ionian Islands - famous for their cycling pedigree, history and beauty! Although one of our f ...

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The Odyssey stage 2 - Rhodes to Athens

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11 Day(s)
Moderate
Guided

Stage 2 is an island hopping adventure taking in the very best of Greek Island living. From the Dodecanese, Cyclades, Crete and into Athens this is a magical time on bike and boat! We start on Rhodes, which abounds in beaches, wooded valleys and a ...

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The Odyssey stage 1 - Istanbul to Rhodes

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11 Day(s)
Moderate
Guided

From the soaring Byzantine dome of the Aya Sofya in Istanbul, and across the glittering island studded Mediterranean. 'The Odyssey' is true to its origins (besides its 10 year duration!) and the modern day definition of the word. Stage 1 s ...

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The Odyssey - Istanbul to Ithaca

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35 Day(s)
Moderate
Guided

From the soaring Byzantine dome of the Aya Sofya in Istanbul, across the glittering island studded Mediterranean, to Odysseus´ home Ithaca in the Ionian Islands. 'The Odyssey' is true to its origins (besides its 10 year duration!) an ...

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Sailing & Cycling The Cyclades Islands Tour

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
260 Km
avg 43 Km
Self-guided

On this very special trip you will get to explore the islands in a completely unique way and create memories that will last a lifetime. In addition, there are a limited number of berths (8) ensuring that a small group of participants enjoy a very ...

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Eastern Crete Cycling Tour

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
292 Km
avg 49 Km
Self-guided

And this tour combines history, culture, mountains, beaches, lakes, good food, lots of raki and Cretan music! You will begin in Heraklion, the capital, and you will follow the coast passing through Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Palaiochora and finall ...

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Western Crete Biking Tour

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
263 Km
avg 44 Km
Self-guided

It begins in Omalos, a plateau high in the mountains, then heads down to the sea passing the famous beach at Elafonissil, it then follows the west coast of Crete, passes through historical Chania and ends up in Rethymno.
This tour is of mod ...

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Laconia Coastal Biking Tour

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8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
Self-guided

Beginning from the famous military city-state of ancient world, Sparta, you will head south and passing by Elafonisos, with one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean Sea, you will end up to the unique Castle-town Monemvassia. Suitable ...

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Archaeological & Cultural Biking Tour

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8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
278 Km
avg 46 Km
Self-guided

It is unique as you start biking high in the mountains and you end up cycling next to the sea for a couple of days. It combines the magnificent fir trees of Mainalon mountain with the marvelous endless beaches lying along the Argolic Gulf. You wil ...

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Messinia Coastal Biking Tour

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8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
Self-guided

Your destination is Messinia, in the south-west part of Peloponnese, one of the most beautiful parts of Greece!
You will take an 8-day tour along the coast beginning from Kalamata, the famous seaside capital of Messinia.

Ridi ...

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Captivating Crete

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9 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
330 Km
avg 47 Km
Guided

Biking guided tour to Minoan ruins, a highlight of the Captivating Crete tour.  At Knossos you will learn from the professional guide that the peaceful Minoan empire was the first civilization on European soil and King Minos’ chair was rep ...

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The Asian Gateway

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47 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
3860 Km
avg 104 Km
Guided

A map of Europe will never look the same again after you cycle across the entire continent west to east.

The country count continuously ticks over as you edge your way towards our final destination Istanbul; the Gateway to Asia.
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Greece's Sacred Sites

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10 Day(s)
Advanced
567 Km
avg 71 Km
Guided

Outside magazine named our Sacred Sites  tour one of the “6 Best Cycling Tours in Europe.  “Lonely Planet named the Peloponnese peninsula the #1 European destination in 2016.  No one comes to Greece without paying homage to ...

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