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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Saronic Jewels

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9 Day(s)
Moderate
247 Km
avg 49 Km
Guided

Tour destinations: Athens, Hydra island, Spetses island, Poros island, Epidavros, Nafplio

The Argo Saronic region in the southeast corner of the Peloponnese Peninsula is where everything encourages you to pedal at a gradual pace, or si ...

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Cycle Cyclades

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8 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
346 Km
avg 49 Km
Guided

When travelers fantasize about Greece they usually conjure up stark whitewashed island villages surrounded by a blinding blue sea. That’s the Cyclades. Blue and White, just like the Greek flag. Our bike tour uses ferries to hop from island t ...

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Cyclades Greek Islands

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8 Day(s)
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280 Km
avg 35 Km
Self-guided

The most romantic and even swashbuckling destination for an adventure biking  is the Cyclades, hopping by boat from one island to the next. Like a family with look-alike siblings, the islands share a blue and white appearance: impeccably white-w ...

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Greece's Peloponnese

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8 Day(s)
Advanced
578 Km
avg 72 Km
Self-guided

Inhabited for millennia, the Peloponnese is the source of many of Greece’s most beloved mythological figures and real life heroes, from Jason and his Argonauts to King Leonidis of Sparta.   No wonder Lonely Planet named the Peloponnes ...

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Argo Saronic Greek Islands

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
394 Km
avg 66 Km
Self-guided

The Argo Saronic region lies in the southeastern “finger” of the Peloponnese Peninsula, a stimulating region to cycle which Lonely Planet named the #1 European destination in 2016.

In this predominantly rural region you bik ...

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Peloponnese Drive & Bike

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8 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
388 Km
avg 49 Km
Self-guided

Cycle tours in the Peloponnese are like cycling on a huge island. In 1893, engineers cut the four miles of land attaching the peninsula to the Attica mainland, and voilà, an island was created. Actually that’s what Peloponnese means in Greek: & ...

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Corinthia with a Cycling Archaeologist

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
245 Km
avg 41 Km
Guided

Ancient Greece bike tour in Corinthia.  There are many archaeology tours in Greece, but Cycle Corinthia is the first and only such tour with a cycling archaeologist. The star of our tour, Brady Kiesling, is an ardent biker and archaeologist livi ...

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Historic Central Athens

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3 Hour(s)
Easy
11 Km
Guided

The Historic Central Athens bike tour Is 90% traffic free and stops at 25 points of interest in the old city.   Many sites on the tour are simply inaccessible to motor vehicles.  It is impossible to cover this much terrain by foot in t ...

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Crete: the Minoan Empire Tour

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8 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
453 Km
avg 65 Km
Self-guided

With its breathtaking mountains and seascapes, Crete is a dynamic destination for cyclists accustomed to ascents.  As Europe’s most southern terrain, Crete makes a desirable cycling destination during winter months when colder temperatures ...

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Hymettos Ascent

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4 Hour(s)
Mod/Advanced
34 Km
avg 9 Km
Guided

Road bike ascent.Athens sits in a basin surrounded by the sea and four mountains.  To the east is Mt. Hymettos, a region with pine, cypress, olive and eucalyptus trees, herbs and wild flowers, caves, rabbits & tortoises, botanical paths, off ...

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Temple of Poseidon

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8 Hour(s)
Mod/Advanced
70 Km
Guided

Cycle the coastal seaside  to the stupendous Temple of Poseidon at the tip of Attica peninsula.  The Temple  sits on a promontory overlooking the Aegean Sea with 360 degree views.   Built in 440 BC, the mighty temple has mesm ...

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Corinth Canal

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9 Hour(s)
Mod/Advanced
100 Km
Guided

Cycle coastal road from Athens to Corinth.When the Corinth Canal was cut in 1893 it turned the Peloponnese peninsula into an island.  The little strip of land 6.4 kilometer, 4 miles long was what attached the peninsula to the west Attica mainlan ...

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Attica Wineries

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8 Hour(s)
Moderate
45 Km
Guided

Greeks know a thing or two about viniculture. Archaeological evidence indicates they've been making wine for over 4000 years. The region due east of Athens known as Attica is quite prominent in the country's wine culture. We invite you to tak ...

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Aegina Island

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10 Hour(s)
Moderate
36 Km
Guided

Coastline cycling. When you talk to enough Athenians, you come to discover that many have a weekend home in Aegina, or some kind of favorite retreat on the island.  This is mostly because Aegina lies so close to Athens — only about an hour ...

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Crete Drive & Bike

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8 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
383 Km
avg 48 Km
Self-guided

Crete.  Greece’s largest island.  Greece’s most southern island.  Greece’s most strategically located island in the middle of the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Let us count a few ways visitors to Crete are ...

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North Cyclades Cruise

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8 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
346 Km
avg 49 Km
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Sailing cycling in Karystos (Evia),  Andros,  Tinos,  Mykonos,  Delos,  Syros,  Kythnos. Ends in Lavrio.

The North Cyclades Sail & Cycle adventure stops in the main harbors of seven islands including c ...

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South Cyclades Cruise

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8 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
255 Km
avg 43 Km
Guided

Cycle sailing in Mykonos, Tinos,  Syros,  Paros,  Naxos,  Ios,  Santorini.

The South Cyclades are the most popular islands in all Greece.  Why?  Because they epitomize that classic Greek isles look &m ...

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Saronic Sailing

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
198 Km
avg 33 Km
Guided

Family friendly sailing cycling in Aegina,  Corinth,  Epidavros,  Poros,  Hydra,  Spetses,  Nafplio.

The greatest feature of the Saronic region is that the ports are not located in the high seas which mean ...

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Lesvos & Chios

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12 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
474 Km
avg 40 Km
Self-guided

Cycle self guided in the Northern Aegean.  It is a region overlooked by travelers thus making  it inviting to adventurous bikers.  In Lesvos and Chios islands you will find an authentic local culture where the plateia (town square) dom ...

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The Odyssey

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50 Day(s)
Moderate
3710 Km
avg 100 Km
Guided

You will spin through 10 European countries, enjoying great scenery, amazing food, incredible history & fascinating cultures. Experience the hilltop Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Greece, old town of Sarajevo, the Croatian coastline, the cyclew ...

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