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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Villages beyond the Mountains

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6 Day(s)
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Quiet tarmac roads wind between enchanting mountain villages which, with their cobbled streets and charming squares, could have leapt straight out of a Victorian fairytale. Between Fragades and Papigo you will weave your way alongside magnificent gor ...

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Biking the Balkans

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21 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
1430 Km
avg 95 Km
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Here riders can gaze out over the city of Athens and contemplate their next 19 days on the road to Sarajevo. After cycling through the city’s awakening streets, the tour will head northwest towards the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi and t ...

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Marco Polo - Venice to Athens

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29 Day(s)
Moderate
1191 Km
avg 52 Km
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Join us on our most ambitious project to date following in the footsteps of Marco Polo. The aim is to ride from Venice to Beijing with 7 distinct stages pencilled in. The first of these is running in September/October 2020 and takes us from Venice (I ...

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Crusader Paths

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9 Day(s)
Easy
120 Km
avg 30 Km
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Cycle Greek islands Kos, Rhodes, Kalymnos, Nisyros, Symi.

In the 14th century the Knights of St. John arrived to the Dodecanese islands from Jerusalem. Many harbor towns still bear the regal façade of that era with castles, forts, moat ...

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Scenic Beach Tour

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8 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
350 Km
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Day 1: Arrival Kalamata
    Day 2: Kalamata-kardamili
    Day 3: Kardamili-Stoupa-Areopoli-Pirgos Dirou (Caves)
    Day 4: Areopoli-Kotronas-Skoutari
    Day 5: S ...

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Battle of Marathon

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9 Hour(s)
Easy/Moderate
31 Km
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The first, the Battle of Marathon, occurred in 490 BC when outmanned Athenian soldiers defeated the invading Persians, the super power of their day who had never been defeated in war.   6400 Perisans died and 192 Greeks.   The sec ...

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Cross Corinthia Drive & Bike

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
246.5 Km
avg 35 Km
Self-guided

The Peloponnese Peninsula is a huge land mass that would take a good three weeks to cycle its most prominent destinations. Cross Peloponnese Drive & Bike enables a visitor to cover a broad swath of the peninsula. By contrast, Cross Corinthia is a ...

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Magnificent Mani

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7 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
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Multiple day Bike Tours in Greece-Peloponnese, Our cycle tours showcase the wonderful south Peloponnese in Greece with all its beauty and century of Greek history like Sparta, Messinia, Mistras and Olympia. ...

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Experience Crete

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5 Day(s)
Moderate
260 Km
avg 87 Km
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…with  more roads (and hairpins) than the Canary Islands combined and a population smaller than Suffolk, this peaceful, sun bathed island with it’s miles of deserted roads awaits you…

Our ‘Experience&rsqu ...

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Cycling on Rhodes Island

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8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
234 Km
avg 39 Km
Self-guided

Experience by bike one of the most beloved islands of Greece from an unknown side. You will pedal through remote villages, taste the local wines and olives and enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate. 

Easy stretches along the sea ar ...

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Cycling on Kefalonia Island

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
281 Km
avg 47 Km
Self-guided

Breathtaking mountains, Mediterranean oak forests and vineyards, mysterious caves, lovely beaches and dizzyingly high cliffs dropping down to glittering azure seas invite endless exploration. 

You will spend the first three nights ...

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Cycling on Evia Island and around the Euboean Gulf

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7 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
183 Km
avg 37 Km
Self-guided

It is located in the Aegean Sea, separated from the mainland by the Gulf of Euboea. 

Your cycling on Euboea Island starts at the seaside town of Eretria, known for its ancient theatre and the Temple of Apollo Daphnephoros. Cy ...

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Cycling in North Macedonia and Greek Macedonia: Ohrid to Meteora

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13 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
558 Km
avg 56 Km
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The first part of the trip starts from the town of Ohrid, passing by the 700-year old monastery of Sveti Naum, across the Galichitza Mountain to Lake Prespa and the historic city of Bitola. Entering Greece, you cycle through the wine region and lake ...

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Bike Tour of Crete

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8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
341 Km
avg 57 Km
Self-guided

A fascinating bike trip to admire the Cretan culture, nature and the minoan Archaeology. It combines the magnificent landscape of Dikti and Asterousia mountains, the Mesara plain, the picturescue coastal and mountain villages and the marvelous beache ...

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Crete Bike Tour

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8 Day(s)
Advanced
283 Km
avg 57 Km
Guided|Self-guided

Crete, the central island in the eastern Mediterranean, boasts unique fauna, and "flowers of Crete"; a springtime miracle. Although it is the biggest Greek Island, it is very narrow. You can stand at heady heights and see the Mediterranean ...

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Cycling In Greece

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
234 Km
avg 47 Km
Guided

When it comes to history, archeology and mythology, the Peloponnese is arguably the most interesting part of Greece. Our week of cycling is a journey through fascinating classical history and a superb variety of landscapes, from the azure blue of the ...

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The Best of Halkidiki

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8 Day(s)
221 Km
avg 44 Km
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You will have the chance to explore the nature, culture and history of the three peninsulas of Halkidiki– Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos. The Ancients knew the region as Flegra - the Place of Fire - because it was believed to be the place where ...

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Rodopi Mountains to Halkidiki Seashore

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9 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
326 Km
avg 54 Km
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This cycling tour will take you on a memorable adventure in the lands of the Rodopi mountains in Bulgaria, the central parts of Northern Greece and Halkidiki peninsula (Sithonia and Athon). You will bike among pristine landscapes of old coniferous fo ...

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Peloponnese Road Cycling

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8 Day(s)
576 Km
avg 96 Km
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The varied landscape including beautiful sandy beaches, coves, crystal blue waters, high rocky mountains, green coniferous forests and mediterranean vegetation combined with the ancient historic remains of the regions such as old Venetians castles, a ...

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Athens and Saronic Islands by bike

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8 Day(s)
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Your guide will show you the best spots in Athens and you will get to peddle through the green landscape of Poros and the "pistacio island" of Aegina. You will see a unique birds park, visit coastal towns and enjoy Greece at its best - with ...

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